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Oregon State Hits And Pitches Past Gonzaga 8-6
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Release: 02/14/2004
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Feb. 14, 2004

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Oregon State third baseman Shea McFeely went 3-for-4, falling just a double short of hitting for the cycle, and helped lead the Beavers to a 8-6 victory over Northwest rival Gonzaga Saturday afternoon in the fifth game of the second annual Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic at Surprise Stadium.

Oregon State moves to 2-0 on the year after opening the season with an 8-6 victory over Utah on Friday. Gonzaga evened its record at 1-1 after a season-opening 15-5 win over Oklahoma on Friday.

McFeely, a sophomore transfer from Tacoma Community College, tripled in the first, singled in the third and hit a two-run home run in the fifth. Leadoff hitter Aaron Mathews was also 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI.

A pair of freshman pitchers helped nail down the win for the Beavers. Freshman lefty Kevin Gunderson earned the win with two scoreless innings and hard-throwing righty Dallas Buck earned his second save in as many days with a scoreless ninth. OSU senior starter Ben Rowe took the no-decision, giving up three runs on six hits in four innings.

Zags reliever Bobby McEwen (0-1) took the loss by giving up five hits, five runs and three walks in an inning and a third. Senior left-handed starter Ed Clelland recorded the no-decision scattering four hits and three runs in five innings.

The Bulldogs were led by the four-hit day from leadoff hitter Jackson Brennan and multi-hit games from catcher Kiel Thibault and shortstop Aaron McGuinness.

The Beavers scored first in the top of the third with a run-scoring double to the right field gap by Mathews.

Gonzaga tied it with a sacrifice fly from David Johnson and then took the lead on a run-scoring single by designated hitter Matt Reding. A fielding error by OSU right fielder Jacoby Ellsbury allowed another run to come home on Reding's single.

OSU tied the game in the top of the fifth on a two-run home run by McFeely. The Beavers forged ahead in the sixth on a one-out single by catcher Billy Munich and then extended the lead to 5-3 on a perfectly executed safety squeeze by second baseman Chris Kunda. Mathews padded the lead with a two-out single to center field to score Munich from second.

Oregon State will complete tournament play Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against Cal State Northridge. Gonzaga will play Utah in the noon game and then travel to Tempe, Ariz., for a Monday tilt against No. 7 ASU.

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