May 26, 2006
Corvallis, Ore. - The No. 5-ranked Oregon State Beavers clinched their second-consecutive Pac-10 Conference Championship with a 9-2 win over UCLA on Friday night at Goss Stadium. The loss drops UCLA to 31-23 overall and 12-10 in the Pac-10 while OSU improves to 39-13 overall and a Pac-10 best 16-6.
Junior RHP Hector Ambriz (7-7) took the loss going 5.2 innings with six strikeouts, allowing seven runs on 12 hits.
UCLA loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the first inning but could not capitalize. Curtis walked with one out, Jensen followed with a single to shallow right field, and Ambriz drew a two-out walk to load up the bases. Senior Sean Smith then flied out to left field to end the inning and leave the bases juiced.
Oregon State took a 1-0 lead over UCLA in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly to left by Mitch Canham.
The Bruins scrapped for a run in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. Babineau and freshman Brandon Crawford drew back-to-back walks with two outs to give UCLA a couple of base runners. Curtis followed with a single up the middle to score Babineau from second and tie the game up at one apiece. Jensen then walked to load the bases with two outs before junior Tim Stewart struck out swinging to end the inning and leave the runners stranded.
The Bruins stranded six runners, as OSU starter Dallas Buck issued five walks through the first two innings of the game.
The Beavers went up 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning. With two on and two outs, Darwin Barney hit a dribbler that rolled and died halfway to the pitcher's mound. Babineau fielded the ball from behind the plate and threw to first but could not throw out Barney which allowed Tyler Graham to score from second as no Bruin was covering home.
Oregon State scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead. The Beavers went up 3-1 on a sacrifice fly to center by Barney, and Cole Gillespie hit a two-run home run to left center with two outs to give OSU a four-run lead.
OSU went up 6-1 in the fifth on a solo home run to center by Bill Rowe with one out, and took a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning on a RBI triple to center by Gillespie with two outs.
A RBI single up the middle by Graham in the bottom of the seventh inning put OSU up 8-1.
Buck retired 11-consecutive Bruins, and 16-of-17 from the second inning until Jensen led off top of the eighth inning with a home run to right center to cut the Beavers' lead to 8-2.
OSU went up 9-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning on a RBI single by Shea McFeely with two outs.
UCLA and No. 5 Oregon State will play game two of the three-game series on Saturday, May 27 at 2 p.m.