Beavers Look For Better Weather

Feb. 13, 2001


Oregon State at San Diego Tournament


Oregon State at San Diego State, 6 p.m.


Oregon State vs. Texas Tech, at SDSU, 2 p.m.


Oregon State vs. Cal-Riverside, at SDSU, 10 a.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340).


Oregon State vs. No. 19 Oklahoma, at SDSU, 9 a.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340).

Oregon State (0-3 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) makes another trip to supposedly-sunny Southern California this weekend, and the Beavers are hoping for better weather than they found last week. OSU heads into the San Diego Tournament not having played in almost two weeks after being rained out of a three-game series at Cal-Santa Barbara last weekend.

The Beavers will play four games in four days, meeting co-host San Diego State (3-3, 0-0 Mountain West), Texas Tech (6-3, 0-0 Big 12), Cal-Riverside (3-5, 0-0 Big West) and 19th-ranked Oklahoma (2-4, 0-0 Big 12). All four of OSU's games will be at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium.

'It's going to be a very challenging tournament for us,' Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. 'We're going to be playing some very good teams. We need to get going and get out and play. I hope our club is up to the challenge of playing in a great tournament against great teams.'

The Beavers go into the San Diego Tounament still looking for heir first win after opening the season with three losses at Cal State-Northridge from Feb. 2-4.

San Diego State took two of three games from Houston last weekend in San Diego, winning 3-2, losing 13-7 and winning the finale 5-4. Junior second baseman Carlo Cota leds the Aztecs with a .429 batting average and has driven in nine runs. The Aztecs are batting .258 as a team and opponents are hitting .258, SDSU has a 5.09 earned run average while its opponents are at 3.00.

Texas Tech won two of three games over Cal State-Northridge last weekend in Lubbock, losing 9-3 before taking the final two games 3-2 and 9-2. Junior outfielder Tyler Carson is batting .438 with three RBIs, junior second baseman Bryon Smith is batting .433 with nine RBIs, junior catcher Anthony Arnerich is batting .378 with 10 RBIs, and junior third baseman Nick Blankenship is batting .364 with three homers and 11 RBIs. The Raiders are batting .313 as a team and opponents are hitting .239, Tech has a 3.22 ERA while its opponents are at 8.33.

Cal-Riverside was swept at home by Utah last weekend, losing 14-8, 8-7 and 10-1. Junior catcher/designated hitter John Pestorich is batting .533 to lead the Highlanders, while sophomore catcher/designated hitter Jimmy Anderson is batting .423 with five RBIs, sophomore second baseman Randy Blood is batting .344 with two RBIs and senior first baseman Brandon Smith is batting .344 with three homers and 13 RBIs. The Highlanders are batting .286 as a team and opponents are hitting .365, UCR has a 7.35 ERA while its opponents are at 4.82.

Oklahoma was swept at No. 23 Alabama last weekend, losing 10-8, 5-0 and 6-5. Senior outfielder Jerome Godsey is batting .500 with one homer and two RBIs, junior outfielder Zach Harris is batting .391 with one homer and four RBIs, senior outfielder Bryan King is batting .318 with one homer and seven RBIs and senior shortstop Jason Bartlett is batting .308 with two homers and three RBIs. The Sooners' are batting .283 as a team and opponents are batting .283, Oklahoma has a 5.20 ERA while its opponents are at 5.30.


C-Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS), .571, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

1B-Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS), .143, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs

2B-Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC), .200, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

3B-Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS), .333, 1 HR, 7 RBIs

SS-Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS), .214, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

LF-Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS), .500, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

or-Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS), .000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

CF-Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS), .625, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

RF-Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS), .462, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

DH-Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS), .500, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

or-Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS), .500, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

or-Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS), .000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

(Tentative starting pitching rotation)

RHP-Thad Johnson, sr., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC), 0-0, 8.44 ERA

LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC), 8-7, 4.72 ERA in 2000

RHP-Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS), 0-1, 49.50 ERA

or-Ben Rowe, fr., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS), 0-0, 7.20 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 4-5-1 against San Diego State in a series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 2-game losing streak and 3-game winless streak against the Aztecs. The teams last met in 1998 at the San Diego Tournament, with SDSU winning 6-3. The teams tied 10-10 in 1996 in San Diego, OSU's last win was an 8-7 neutral-site victory in 1987.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 0-1 against Texas Tech. The only previous meeting was Tech's 14-9 win in San Diego in 1999.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 5-5 against Cal-Riverside in a series dating back to 1970 and OSU is on a 2-game losing streak against the Highlanders. The teams last meet in 1991, with UCR winning 2-1 in Riverside, OSU's last win was in 1986, 13-3 in Riverside.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-5 against Oklahoma in a series dating back to 1971 and OSU is on a 1-game losing streak against the Sooners. The teams last met in 1997 in a 2-game series in Norman, OSU won the opener 10-2 and Oklahoma took the finale 14-2.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State spent the weekend in the Sunshine State and saw precious little sunshine, as the Beavers' entire 3-game series at Cal-Santa Barbara was rained out. OSU did manage light workouts in the Gauchos' batting cages and on the outfield grass at Caeser Uyesaka Stadium both days before heading home.

OREGON STATE QUICK NOTES: In the season's first week, OSU centerfielder Eric Stark was everything a team wants from a leadoff hitter. Stark had an on-base percentage of .800 and scored 7 runs, he batted .625 (5-for-7) with 1 double while drawing 6 walks, being hit by pitch once and striking out just once ... the Beavers' Bryan Ingram was named the Pac-10's best defensive catcher in Baseball America's preseason picks, but he also showed offensive prowess at Cal State-Northridge. Ingram batted .571 (4-for-7) and had a stolen base in his 2 games behind the plate ... third baseman Brian Barden was also named the Pac-10's best in the field at his position, and he also had a big series offensively. Barden drove in a team-high 7 runs, batting .333 (5-for-15) with OSU's only homer ... leftfielder Chris Biles, making the move from catcher, added pop to OSU's lineup by batting .500 (6-for-12) with 3 RBIs and a stolen base. He also had a diving catch in left-centerfield to rob a Matador of an extra-base hit ... rightfielder Josh Carter batted .462 in the season-opening series, tagging 3 doubles and driving in 4 runs ... designated hitter Curtis Davis batted .500 (3-for-6) in the 2 games he played at Cal State-Northridge ... freshman Kerisi Reynolds got his first career start in Sunday's series finale, replacing ill second baseman Zach Gordon. Reynolds was 1-for-3, was hit by pitch twice and stole 3 bases ... freshman pitcher Ben Rowe arrived at OSU over the holiday break and made an impact in his first start. In a no-decision at Cal State-Northridge, he went 5.0 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 0 walks, striking out 2 ... OSU was 6-for-7 in stolen bases at Cal State-Northridge, the Matadors were 0-for-1 ... OSU batted .336 as a team in the series, but CSUN batted .398.

BEAVERS VS. THE WEATHER: Oregon State has had its share of problems with the weather, but most of them come when the Beavers are trying to play in what are supposed to be sunnier regions. The latest came at Cal-Santa Barbara earlier this season, when OSU had a 3-game series against the Gauchos rained out.

In the past 5 seasons (1997-2001), Oregon State has had 21 games either cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 4 have been games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and 5 were at other sites in the Pacific Northwest, 12 were at ballparks in California, Hawaii, Florida and Texas.

OSU has lost only 2 home games to rain in that time and had 2 others rescheduled. The Beavers have had 2 games cancelled at other Pacific Northwest sites and 9 cancelled at sites outside the region. The Beavers have had to postpone 2 home games, 3 other Pacific Northwest games, and 3 games at sites outside the region.

The trip to Cal-Santa Barbara was the first time the Beavers had an entire series cancelled since the start of the 1998 season, when OSU had a 3-game series at San Jose State washed out before the Beavers ever left Corvallis.

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 177-131-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .574. His career record is 348-244-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .587.

Casey came to OSU from his alma mater, George Fox, after leading the Bruins to a 171-113-1 record and winning 3 NAIA District 2 titles at the school in Newberg, Ore.

ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE BRIAN BARDEN: Sophomore third baseman Brian Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) has already begun picking up honors in 2001, having been named to the Preseason All-America third team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In 2000, Barden was named to Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Freshman All-America team.

Through the first week of the 2001 season, Barden is batting .333 with 1 homer and a team-high 7 runs batted in.

Barden was a key to Oregon State's improvement in 2000. After missing 6 games with a hip injury in late March, Barden settled in to hit .370 with 8 homers, 2 triples, 13 doubles and 49 RBIs. At the end of the regular season, Barden was among the Pacific-10 leaders in batting average (seventh, .370).

Barden contributed not only at the plate, but also in the field as he had just 7 errors, fielding at a .949 clip. Barden teamed with another true freshman, shortstop Will Hudson, to make the left side of the Beaver infield one of the best in the Pac-10 defensively.

JOHNSON AND NICHOLSON TOUGH PITCHING COMBO: Senior righthander Thad Johnson (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa JC) and senior lefthander Scott Nicholson (Longview, Wash./Lower Columbia CC) are looking to build on their 2000 success, when they established themselves as one of the top pitching combinations in the region.

Johnson received no decision in his first outing of 2001 on Feb. 2 at Cal State-Northridge, going 5.1 innings and allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Nicholson did not pitch in the series, serving a 1-week suspension for violating an OSU athletic department policy.

In the final 8 weeks of the 2000 season, Johnson and Nicholson combined for a 7-8 record but had a 4.74 earned run average and 9 complete games. During that time, the duo averaged over 7.2 innings, 7.8 hits, 2.6 walks and 4.8 strikeouts. One of the losses was Johnson's 3-hitter in a 1-0 loss at then-No. 4 Arizona State.

On April 7-8 at fourth-ranked ASU, Johnson and Nicholson turned in one of OSU's top back-to-back pitching efforts in recent memory. ASU entered the games ranked first nationally in scoring (11.25 runs per game) and second in team batting average (.346), Johnson and Nicholson limited the Sun Devils to just 4 runs (2 earned) on 10 hits in a pair of complete games.

PACIFIC-10 COACHES POLL: When the Pacific-10's baseball coaches voted on a predicted order of finish for the 2001 conference race, Oregon State was tabbed for seventh place. However, only 4 points separated the fourth- through seventh-place selections. Results of the balloting:

Place/School	(1st-place votes) Pts.1. Southern California   	(6) 522. Arizona State	        (1) 493. Stanford              	(1) 374. Arizona	                    315. California	                    306. UCLA	                            297. Oregon State	                    278. Washington	                    159. Washington State	             8

BASEBALL AMERICA PICKS: Baseball America magazine tabbed Oregon State for a seventh-place finish in the Pacific-10, and ranked the Beavers at No. 75 on its list of the top teams among the 281 Division I programs.

In its 'Best Tools' listings, Baseball America rated OSU's Bryan Ingram as the conference's Best Defensive Catcher and Brian Barden as the Pac-10's Best Defensive Third Baseman.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL PICKS: Collegiate Baseball newspaper picked Oregon State to finish seventh in the Pacific-10. Collegiate Baseball's list of Players to Watch in the conference included OSU pitcher Scott Nicholson, first baseman Andy Jarvis and third baseman Brian Barden.

BEAVERS FACE TOP-FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Oregon State again faces one of the nation's most challenging schedules. The Beavers have 13 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today preseason coaches poll, facing No. 3 Southern California (3 games), No. 5 Clemson (3 games), No. 6 Arizona State (3 games), No. 9 Stanford (3 games), and No. 19 Oklahoma. OSU has 13 more games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Minnesota (3 games), UCLA (3 games), Texas Tech, Arizona (3 games) and California (3 games).

BEAVERS TOUGH ON OPENING DAY: Despite this year's 17-7 loss at Cal State-Northridge on Feb. 2, Oregon State has a remarkable record in both Opening Day contests and home openers. OSU has an all-time record of 65-27 on Opening Day, the Beavers have won 11 of their last 15 on Opening Day.

Incidentally, this year's Feb. 2 date was the earliest ever for an OSU baseball game, edging the Feb. 4 date of the Beavers' 2000 opener against Kansas State in Albuquerque.

The Beavers begin their slate of 25 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Feb. 27 against Portland, OSU's all-time record in home-openers is 73-18.

ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,660-1,144-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 749-533, a winning percentage of .584.

To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 18,457 runs and allowed 14,116 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.01.

In its 91 seasons of varsity baseball, OSU has had 68 winning seasons, the Beavers finished at .500 another 4 seasons. The Beavers have won 20 pennants through the years. Oregon State began fielding a varsity baseball team in 1907 and has failed to field a team only 3 times since then - in 1917 due to World War I and in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.

GOSS STADIUM AT COLEMAN FIELD: Oregon State has been playing on the same site since starting varsity baseball in 1907, making Goss Stadium at Coleman Field the oldest diamond in the Pacific-10 and one of the oldest in the country.

In 91 seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 865-371-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .700. Oregon State was 13-10 at home in 2000. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 114-42 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .731.

Goss Stadium was added to Coleman Field over the winter of 1998-99. The ballpark holds 2,000 fans, with the main grandstand seating 1,500 of those. The structure includes a press box, concession/lobby area, dugouts, locker rooms, restrooms and storage areas.

The playing surface has been completely rebuilt recently, with the infield undergoing renovation in 1996 and the outfield in 1998.

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State will have several games televised this spring by Fox Sports Net. The schedule includes a national game at UCLA on May 12, however, the reginoal TV schedule for 2001 has yet to be announced.

Oregon State has played at home on national cable television each of the last 3 seasons, and the Beavers were 3-0 in those games. In 2000, OSU beat third-ranked Stanford 5-2 in Corvallis. In 1999, OSU dedicated Goss Stadium at Coleman Field by beating California 11-5. In 1998, the Beavers beat Arizona 3-2 in a game marking the first visit to Corvallis by a Southern Division team in 27 years.

Since Fox Sports Net (formerly Prime Sports) began televising games in 1990, Oregon State has a 27-13 record in televised games, including 8-1 in national TV games.

OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this spring on KLOO-AM (1340) in Corvallis, with almost the entire Beaver schedule on the air. Some games may be pre-empted due to programming conflicts. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, handled play-by-play duties along with John Warren and Kip Carlson. This weekend at the San Diego Tournament, Saturday's game against Cal-Riverside and Sunday's gme against Oklahoma will be broadcast.

OREGON STATE BASEBALL TICKETS: Season tickets are now on sale for Oregon State's 2001 home schedule at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The 25-game schedule includes Pacific-10 series against Arizona State, Southern California, California and Washington State, non-league series against San Francisco, Minnesota, Washington and Gonzaga, and games against Portland (twice) and Concordia.

Season tickets guarantee fans the same theater-style seat for all home games. The cost for a season ticket is $112, more information is available by calling the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS (462-2387).

Single-game tickets are sold the day of the game only. Reserved seats are $6, general admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students through high school and senior citizens age 62 and over.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for 2 admissions for the price of 1 adult admission for all OSU home games.

OSU students are admitted free with their OSU student identification card. Junior Benny Beaver Club members are also admitted free with their club membership card.

OREGON STATE DUGOUT CLUB: The Oregon State Dugout Club is an organization devoted to the support of Beaver baseball. The group is open to the general public, dues are $75 per year.

Also, anyone entering the OSU Dugout Club Golf Tournament automatically gains club membership. This year's tournament will be held on a date to be announced at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.

Over the past several seasons, projects financed by the OSU Dugout Club include batting cages at Coleman Field, helping finance trips that upgrade the quality of the Beavers' non-league schedule, and carpeting the baseball locker room in Gill Coliseum. For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.

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