Kunda powers Beavers past Kansas

Updated: June 4, 2006, 12:54 AM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Chris Kunda hit two home runs to power Oregon State to an 11-3 win Saturday night against Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Corvallis Regional.

Beavers starting pitcher Jonah Nickerson allowed just one run through his first seven innings to help Oregon State remain unbeaten in the double-elimination, four-team tournament at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Oregon State (41-14) scored the first seven runs of the game in the second inning before Kansas (43-24) was able to record an out.

Kunda, a senior, capped the scoring in the frame with his first homer, a three-run shot to left field. It was Kunda's first home run since April 2005.

Kunda also gave the Beavers their next two runs with a homer in the fourth to make it 9-0. Nickerson's first hit allowed was a solo home run by Brock Simpson in the fifth inning.

The Jayhawks added two more runs in the eighth. Oregon State's Cole Gillespie completed the scoring with a two-run double in the eighth.

Kunda finished the game 2 for 5 with five RBIs. Gillespie was 3 for 4 and Mike Lissman 2 for 4 for Oregon State. Nickerson struck out eight and walked four in 7 2/3 innings. Kansas had just four hits, three off Nickerson.

Kansas will play Hawaii at 1 p.m. Sunday in a loser-out game. Oregon State will play the winner of the Kansas-Hawaii game at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Beavers can win the regional with a victory in that contest.

Hawaii defeated Wright State 5-3 in an earlier game Saturday to stay alive in the regional.


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