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Oregon State Beats Cal State Northridge 3-2 in Coca-Cola Classic
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 02/15/2004
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Feb. 15, 2004

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Oregon State senior catcher Paul Richie had a two-run home run in the bottom of the second and solid pitching made the lead stand leading the Beavers to a 3-2 win over Cal State Northridge on Sunday morning at Surprise Stadium.

OSU completed a perfect 3-0 weekend in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic. Cal State Northridge lost its fourth straight to fall to 4-6 on the year.

OSU sophomore starter Andy Baldwin struck out six in six and a third innings to pick up the win. He scattered four hits and gave up one earned run in six and a third innings. Junior college transfer Kyle Asleton earned the save with 2.2 scoreless innings.

CSUN starter Craig Baker took the hard-luck loss giving up five hits and three runs in six innings. Relievers Joe Rocchio, Jimmy Brettl and Phil Polanco closed out the game with two scoreless innings.

OSU center fielder Aaron Mathews ended the game 2-for-4 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team after going 4-for-12 (.333) with two doubles and four RBI.

Northridge catcher Adam Fleener was 2-for-2 with a walk and first baseman Michael Paulk added a multi-hit game going 2-for-4.

The Beavers took a 2-0 lead on a two-run home run in the bottom of the second by catcher Paul Richie. Northridge battled back in the third with a run, but a diving catch by Mathews prevented the tying run from scoring. OSU extended its lead to 3-1 with a run-scoring double down the left field line from Mathews in the fifth.

CS Northridge will join ASU in the Coca-Cola Rice Baseball Classic at Reckling Park in Houston next weekend. The Matadors will face Memphis, No. 1 Rice and Wake Forest. Oregon State will travel to the Texas-Arlington Invitational to face UTA, Arkansas-Little Rock and Southwest Missouri State.

-- 2004 Coca-Cola Surprise Spring Training Classic --
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