Feb. 15, 2003
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Oregon State starting pitcher Ben Rowe allowed only one hit in six innings as the Beaver pitching staff continued to dominate in a 5-1 win over Gonzaga in the second day of the inaugural Coca-Cola Spring Training College Baseball Classic at Surprise Stadium.
The Beavers improved to 3-2 on the season with the win and are now 2-0 in the tournament after beating Oklahoma State 4-0 on Friday. Gonzaga drops to 0-2 on the season.
A day after Jake Postlewaite and Jon Koller shut out Oklahoma State 4-0, Rowe combined with sophomore reliever Mike Ekstrom to limit the Bulldogs eight hits and did not allow a run after the second inning. Rowe, a 6-4 junior right-hander from Perth, Australia, struck out three and did not walk a batter to improve to 2-0 on the season. Ekstrom threw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen for his third career save.
Gonzaga starter Errol Simonitsch had a strong season debut, striking out seven in four and two-thirds innings, but was saddled with the loss by giving up two runs. Two Gonzaga relievers combined to give up three runs in the final three and one-third innings.
Junior right fielder Kerisi Reynolds led Oregon State at the plate with a 4-for-5 game, including two bunt singles. Senior Andy Jarvis continued his solid play in the tournament with two more hits. Junior left fielder Seth Pietsch belted a two-run home run when OSU trailed 1-0 for what proved to be all the OSU would need. The second home run of the year for Pietsch, also holds the distinction of being the first ball ever hit out of Billy Parker Field at Surprise Stadium.
Oregon State (3-2) completes tournament action tomorrow with a 3 p.m. game against No. 5 Arizona State and Gonzaga (0-2) will match up with Oklahoma State in an 11 a.m. game at Surprise Stadium.