Oregon State 7 UW 4

Chris Campos had three hits to lead a 10 hit attack as the Beavers downed the Huskies 7-4 in the opener of a brief two game non-conference series at Husky Ballpark on Monday night.

Campos singled in the first and again in the second before smacking his seventh home run, a two run shot, of the season in the fourth to give the Beavers a 7-1 lead. The home run also gave Campos 13 hits in his last 22 at-bats.

The Beavers roughed up Husky starter Richie Lentz for four runs on four hits and three walks in the second. Aaron Matthews legged out a double to lead off the inning and Shea McFeely walked before Andy Jenkins singled to load the bases. After a walk to Chad Schroeder forced home Matthews with the first run of the game, Mike Lissman singled to left center to score McFeely and Jenkins. Paul Richie then drew a walk and Campos brought home Schroeder with a run-scoring single to left center.

The Huskies got a run back in the bottom of the second as Zach Clem doubled and scored on a single by Nick Batkoski. Matthews then made it 5-1 Beavers in the top of the third with a solo home run, his fourth of the season, to left field.

Freshman Jonah Nickerson started on the mound for the Beavers and got the win to improve to 3-0 as he shut down the Huskies, allowing only one run on three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in five innings. He struck out the side in the fourth and the fifth, and his whiffs in the fifth came at an especially crucial moment in the game as the Huskies had the bases loaded. Two hit batters and a single by Greg Isaacson loaded the bases, with Brent Lillibridge and Kyle Larsen, the Huskies' third and fourth hitters, coming to the plate, but Nickerson struck out both swinging to get out of the inning.

Lentz lasted only three innings to suffer the loss and drop to 3-3. He allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Reliever Jordan Ponzoha kept the Huskies in the game, pitching five and two thirds innings and allowing two runs on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

After reliever Jared Sanders pitched a scoreless sixth, the Huskies got to third Beaver pitcher Kevin Gunderson for three runs in one and a thirds innings. Two runs came in the seventh, as Ben Johnson and Isaacson got hit by pitches, with Johnson scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-2. After Lillibridge struck out, Larsen lined a single into right center to score Isaacson.

The Huskies made it 7-4 in the eighth as Zach Clem got hit by a pitch to lead off, and one out later scored on Nick Batkoski's third hit of the game, a double into the gap in left center field.

Tyler Mach flied out to shallow center for the second out, and Ben Johnson walked, bringing up Isaacson with a chance to tie the game with a long ball. After looking at two balls and a strike, Isaacson flied out to Matthews at the warning track in center to end the inning.

With a pair of runners and a long ball, the Huskies could still tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but fourth Beaver pitcher Ben Rowe retired them in order to earn his second save of the season. He got Taylor Johnson to line out to second base and then struck out both Lillibridge and Larsen swinging to put the game into the W column for the Beavers.

The Beavers improved to 20-11 with the win, while the Huskies dropped to 19-11-1. The two teams wrap up the brief series at 2:30 p.m. at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday afternoon, and then the Huskies travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in a three game series beginning on Friday, April 16. KKNW 1150 AM will broadcast all three games, at 4 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and on Sunday on a delayed basis at noon.

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