March 10, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 12th-ranked Oregon State baseball team (11-4) snapped New Mexico's eight-game win streak with a 10-4 victory at Isotopes Park on a breezy Friday night. The Beavers shelled out 16 hits while holding the Lobos to just six.
After retiring the first two batters of the game, senior Nate Melek gave up four consecutive singles to give OSU a 1-0 lead. Melek settled in after the first, allowing just two hits in the next three innings with two strikeouts.
Unfortunately for New Mexico, Beaver ace Dallas Buck was flaming from the start, holding the Lobos hitless through the first three. Junior Chris Carlson singled with one on in the fourth for the first Lobo hit off Buck. Buck then hit junior Daniel Stovall to load the bases for junior Matt Foote. Foote grounded to short, reaching on a fielder's choice but picked up the RBI as junior Jay Russell scored.
Three OSU hits and two UNM errors in the fifth put four runs on the board, giving the Beavers a 5-1 lead. Back-to-back triples added two in the sixth and a two-run shot from Cole Gillespie in the seventh gave Oregon State a 9-1 lead.
Sophomore Ian Hollick extended his hitting streak to 12 games in the seventh with a leadoff, full count home run to left center, which was just the fourth home run hit off Oregon State this season. But three straight singles from OSU in the top of the eighth put the lead back to eight.
Hollick blasted the ball to right field in the top of the ninth for a double but was called out trying to grind it out into a triple to jump start the rally. Two consecutive walks from reliever Eddie Kunz led to two runs for New Mexico as senior Ryan Barba doubled to center but that is all the Lobos could get, recording two outs in the next two at bats.
Buck improved to 4-0 on the season, allowing four hits, two runs and three walks with five K's in 7 innings. Melek fell to 3-2, allowing nine hits, five runs (three earned) and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 innings. Freshman Tim Sloan hurled a one-hit inning of relief, allowing one walk with two strikeouts.
Barba led New Mexico at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Hollick was 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored. Bill Rowe was 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead Oregon State. OSU's Shea McFeely was 4-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI.
The Lobos look to end Oregon State's seven-game win streak tomorrow behind undefeated junior Danny Ray Herrera. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. at Isotopes Park.