June 25, 2007


Beavers do it once again


Associated Press/Eric Francis
Oregon State's Darwin Barney (6) is atop the pile of players after the Beavers beat North Carolina 9-3 in Game 2 of the best-of-three College World Series finals to win the championship, in Omaha, Neb., Sunday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State became the first team in a decade to repeat as College World Series champion, completing a dominant run through the tournament with a 9-3 victory over North Carolina on Sunday night.
The Beavers (49-18) won all five of their CWS games, including a sweep of the Tar Heels in the best-of-three finals, and trailed for only one of 45 innings they played in Omaha.
North Carolina was runner-up for the second straight year after the first CWS finals rematch since Arizona State and USC met in 1973. Oregon State is the first back-to-back champion since LSU in 1996-97 and the fifth overall.
Darwin Barney’s two-run homer gave the Beavers the lead in the second inning of the decisive game. Jordan Lennerton hit his second homer in two nights, a two-run shot in the eighth.
The Tar Heels (57-16) didn’t get much going against Oregon State’s steady pitching and solid defense, and were shut down whenever they appeared on the verge of a big inning.
Mark Grbavac and Joe Paterson combined to retire the last seven North Carolina batters. Paterson got a called third strike against pinch-hitter Kyle Shelton to end the game and send the Beavers sprinting out of their dugout for the celebratory pile.
“It’s crazy. It’s just crazy,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. “I just felt like we were going to win. There is something in that dugout.”
The Beavers, who were nearly left out of the 64-team national tournament field after struggling in the Pacific-10 Conference, finished the season with 10 straight wins and became the first to win four CWS games by six runs or more.
“When we got here, we were excited to get in that dugout and in that locker room,” Barney said. “We feel very comfortable in there. This is home, baby. This is Omaha.”
The Beavers knocked out North Carolina starter Luke Putkonen (8-2) in the second inning after Barney lined a pitch over the left-field wall. Another run scored on third baseman Chad Flack’s throwing error.
Putkonen, a sophomore, went only 1 2-3 innings in the shortest outing of his career.
Tar Heels coach Mike Fox made a surprise move by bringing in closer Andrew Carignan, whose appearance in the second inning was his earliest in two years.
Not even Carignan, who allowed no runs and only one hit in 6 1-3 CWS innings before Sunday, could stop the Beavers. Singles by Santschi in the third and John Wallace in the fifth stretched the lead to 5-2.
Dustin Ackley hit his second homer of the CWS and 10th of the season to pull North Carolina to 5-3, but Scott Santschi’s third RBI single and Chris Hopkins’ infield hit made it 7-3 in the seventh.
Ackley’s RBI single in the first put North Carolina up 1-0 and ended a streak of 61 innings over seven games in which Oregon State led or was tied. The Beavers hadn’t trailed in a CWS game in 50 innings, since the fourth frame of Game 2 of last year’s finals.
North Carolina’s first three batters reached against Mike Stutes (12-4) in the first and third innings, but the Tar Heels came away with only one run each time.
Ackley homered in the fifth, and two more _batters reached before Stutes induced an inning-ending groundout.
After Garrett Gore doubled in the sixth, Anton Maxwell entered and hit Josh Horton to put two runners on with the dangerous Ackley coming up. Ackley drove a liner into left field that Wallace snagged to end the threat.
In the seventh, Tim Fedroff tried to score on Seth Williams’ hit to the left-field wall. But Wallace threw to Barney, the shortstop, whose relay home was in plenty of time to get Fedroff at the plate.
The Beavers lost six position players, two-thirds of their starting rotation and the closer from last year’s team. They almost were left out of the NCAA tournament after they went 4-8 in May and finished tied for sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference.
They got on a roll once the postseason started. They were sent to Virginia for regionals and lost their second game to the host Cavaliers. They never lost again.
“We realized during that Virginia regional we could do this again,” Stutes said. “We started rolling again.”
The Beavers never trailed in any of their first four games at the CWS.
Their closest game here was their first, a 3-2 win over Cal State Fullerton. Victories of 12-6 over Arizona State and 7-1 against UC Irvine got them into the finals.
It was a much easier path than a year ago, when Oregon State lost its CWS opener 11-1 to Miami. The Beavers staved off elimination four straight times to make it to the finals against North Carolina. They came back from a loss in Game 1 to win the title.
Texas (1949-50), Southern California (1970-74) and Stanford (1987-88) also won consecutive titles.




Lansing revenge beating Post 465

ITHACA — Matt Ford was 2-for-4 with a triple and drive in four runs Lansing earned a measure of revenge with a 12-6 win over Homer Post 465 in a wild American Legion baseball game at Cornell University’s Hoy Field Sunday.
Post 465 falls to 4-4 with the loss.
In another scheduled American Legion contest, Cortland Post 489 received a forfeit win over Sidney.
After a scoreless first inning, the action really picked up as Homer scored five runs in the top of the second inning. Post 465 drew four walks off starting pitcher Justin Payne. Dan Miller added a squeeze bunt with Eric Rosato delivering an RBI single. Another run would score on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Matt Murphy.
Lansing rallied quickly with six runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Post 465 starting pitcher Jon Galeotti issued four walks before Ford belted his bases-loaded triple. Trevor Wolf, who was 2-for-3, added an RBI double during the big inning. It was one of two doubles recorded by Wolf.
Post 465 tied the game in the top of the third. Tim Riehlman singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Riehlman stole third base and scored on a passed ball.
Lansing took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the inning before the home team scored three runs in the fourth and two more runs in the fifth to pull away. Brian Stull added a 2-for-4 bat to the winning attack.
T.J. French came on in the fifth inning for Lansing and allowed just three Homer hits while Payne was credited with the win. Payne did have five strikeouts while French fanned two Homer batters.
Homer will return to action today as Post 465 will host Marathon at 6 p.m. Post 465 will then host Ithaca Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the high school.




Friends hand Cortland Carpet first loss

Friends jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, but needed three runs in the top of the seventh inning to secure a 12-8 over Cortland Carpet and take a one-half game lead in the Bob Schlenker Over 35 Slow Pitch Softball League standings.
Friends improved to 3-1 while Cortland Carpet suffered its first loss in three outings.
In other games, Gator’s Tavern posted its first win of the season with an 11-6 victory over Red Dragon and Paddy’s Pub rolled to a 23-6 win over Andrews Agency.
Friends 12, Cortland Carpet 8: Jeff Palmer and Marty Woodward each had four hits for Friends, who pounded out 23 hits overall.
Myers, Stanton and Craig each delivered two hits for the Carpetmen. Myers had two doubles and Stanton belted a home run.
Gator’s Tavern 11, Red Dragon 6: Chris Phalen was 4-for-4 with a double and triple as Gator’s broke open a 6-2 game with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tom Cullip and Randy Arnold added triples to the Gator’s attack.
Robinson hit a home run for Red Dragon, Sean Babcock tripled and Tim Stogsdill added a double.
Paddy’s Pub 23, Andrews Agency 6: Paddy’s sealed its win with a big 10-run third inning and pounded out a total of 33 hits.
Mike DuBrava paced the Pubsters by going 4-for-5 with three doubles while Kevin Cowen _was 4-for-5 with a double and home run. Al Walker (double)  and Don Butler also contributed 4-for-5 bats with Kevin Bishop (double) and Frank Tibke (HR) going 3-for-5.
Paul Yarnell (double), Marc Perosio and Mark C. each went 2-for-4 for Andrews.