UW 1, #3 Oregon State 3 (10)

Tyler Graham singled to score Mike Lissman with the go ahead run as third ranked ORegon State defeated the Huskies 3-1 in 10 innings in the finale of a three game Pac-10 series at Husky Ballpark on a mostly cloudy Sunday afternoon.

With the win the Beavers won their eighth straight game and improved their Pac-10 leading mark to 17-4 and overall record to 39-8, while the Huskies dropped their fourth straight and fell to 7-11 and 27-21.

620 fans in attendance saw a terrific pitching duel between the Beavers' Jonah Nickerson, who entered the game 8-0 with a 1.43 earned run average, and the Huskies' David Dowling, who normally pitches in long relief but got the starting call from head coach Ken Knutson.

At game's end both pitchers received a no decision. Nickerson shut out the Huskies through seven innings, allowing only a one out single to Joey Dunn in the bottom of the fifth. He walked six and struck out 10. Dowling went nine innings, holding the Beavers to just one run on four hits. He walked five and struck out six. The only run Dowling allowed came in the top of the first.

Leadoff batter Jacoby Ellsbury hit a soft ground ball to second baseman Andy Lentz and beat the throw to first, and when the ball went into the Husky dugout he took second. Ellsbury then advanced to third on a sacrifice by Graham and scored on a line single to left by Andy Jenkins. That run stood up on the scoreboard until the bottom of the ninth. Beaver head coach Pat Casey brought in Kevin Gunderson, his left handed closer to save teh game for Nickerson and it looked like he would do so when he got the first two outs, retiring Matt Hague on a groundout to second and Matt Lane on a flyout to left. Nick Batkoski then stepped up to the plate representing the Huskies' last hope and drove a 3-1 pitch over the wall just to the left of the center field screen to give the Huskies a 1-1 tie and send the game into extra frames.

The Beavers came right back in the top of the 10th against reliever Josh Conover. Lissman and Casey Priseman walked and moved to third and second, respectively, on a sacrifice by Chris Kunda. Conover then walked Ellsbury intentionally to load the bases and set up a force at any base. Ater taking a strike from Conover, Graham hit a soft liner into center field that dropped in front of charging Taylro Johnson to score Lissman. Priseman then scored to make it 3-1 on a sacrifice fly to center by Darwin Barney.

In the bottom of the 10th, Gunderson struck out Mike Rundle and Brent Lillibridge swinging before Johnson grounded a single to right to bring Zach Clem to the plate representing the tying run. After looking at a ball and a strike Clem flied out to right fielder Cole Gillespie to end the game.

Despite blowing the save, Gunderson got the win to improve to 5-2. Conover took the loss to drop to 0-2.

The Huskies look to snap their losing streak when they face the perennial NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State Warriors at Husky Ballpark on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. They then play their final Pac-10 home series of the season from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22 when Arizona State visits.

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