Beavers Hit The Road, Then It's Home Sweet Home

Feb. 21, 2001

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Oregon State at Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Oregon State vs. No. 10 Clemson, at UNLV, 11 a.m.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Oregon State vs. No. 10 Clemson, at UNLV, 10 a.m.

Oregon State at Nevada-Las Vegas, 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Oregon State vs. No. 10 Clemson, at UNLV, 11 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Portland at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

Oregon State (4-3 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) makes one more road trip before finally playing its home opener, and the Beavers' final journey south in February will be anything but a pleasure cruise. At the Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament, OSU will meet 10th-ranked Clemson (2-1 overall, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) three times and also play a game against Nevada-Las Vegas (4-7, 0-0 Mountain West) on the Rebels' home field.

Then, at long last, the Beavers return to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for the venerable diamond's 92nd Opening Day. The first visitor to OSU's ballpark this season will be longtime in-state rival Portland (1-2, 0-0 West Coast).

OSU hits the road with renewed confidence and momentum this weekend after willing all four of its games at last week's San Diego Classic. The Beavers will need the same type of play - and then some - against the Tigers.

'It's a chance to go play someone who was ranked No. 5 in the country in the preseason, and getting them this early in the season - it's a tremendous challenge,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'They're coming off the College World Series (in 2000) ... if I'm on our club, I'm looking forward to it. That's why we play baseball.'

UNLV will provide a stern challenge, as well.

'Any time you're playing someone on their home field, early in the season, you've really got to go out and be better than they are if you expect to win,' Casey said.

After the visit to the desert, Oregon State will open the home schedule against Portland, OSU's all-time record in home-openers is 73-18.

The game against the Pilots begins a stretch in which OSU plays 14 of 17 games at home and the Beavers' visitors during that time will include San Francisco, Washington, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Arizona State. In the stretch beginning in Las Vegas and going through March 26, Oregon State will play games on 20 of 32 days.

'Any time you're at home, you like it more,' Casey said. 'But February and March are awfully long for us. We're going to have to pitch our way around some situations, and we're going to have to pitch some guys in longer stints than what they're used to.

'But it will be nice not to have to travel. Last Sunday, we were out of bed at 5:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. game and we got home at 10:30 p.m., that's a 17-hour day. Then these guys have to get up and go to class the next morning. Travelling is a much bigger challenge.'

This weekend, the Beavers go on the road in much higher spirits, with their San Diego success having dimmed the memory of being swept at Cal State-Northridge in the first series of the season.

'As a team, we feel better after going to San Diego and just playing better baseball,' Casey said. 'I think people know what kind of baseball we have to play to compete with a team like Clemson, and to compete in the Pacific-10 every weekend.'

In San Diego, OSU had to come from behind to win three of its games and was without starting centerfielder Eric Stark most of the weekend due to a separated shoulder (Stark is listed as doubtful for this weekend).

'I think that was a big part of the weekend,' Casey said of the Beavers' ability to get through some adverse circumstances. 'We had a lot better mental approach than we'd shown earlier. We were more confident, and guys had a better understanding of how we wanted them to play.'

Clemson began its season last weekend, taking two of three games from visiting Richmond. The Tigers dropped the series-opener 10-5 before winning 14-4 and 7-3. Clemson is batting .346 as a team while its pitching staff limited Richmond to a .192 average and the Tigers had a 3.33 earned run average.

Junior third baseman Khalil Greene and senior outfielder Patrick Boyd were both second-team preseason All-America picks by Baseball America magazine, Greene is batting .417 with one run batted in while Boyd sat out the season-opening series. Sophomore outfielder Chad Coder is hitting .556 with one homer and three RBIs, while senior utility player Casey Stone is batting .545 with two RBIs and sophomore shortstop Jeff Baker is batting .333 with two homers and six RBIs. The Tigers' three starters - junior righthander Steve Reba, senior righthander Kevin Lynn and sophomore righthander Jarrod Schmidt - have ERAs of 2.25 or lower.

Nevada-Las Vegas lost all three of its games at a tournament in Albuquerque last weekend, falling to Missouri 10-1, Kansas State 20-9 and Nebraska 14-0. The Rebels have played a pair of Pacific-10 teams already, taking two of three games from visiting Washington State and being swept in a three-game set at UCLA.

Sophomore infielder Garet Shitanishi is batting .370 with two RBIs, senior catcher Brad Beasely is batting .350 with one homer and two RBIs, while senior outfielder Trent Kitsch is batting .256 but has two homers and 18 RBIs. The Rebels are batting .242 as a team, and their staff has a 7.74 ERA.

Portland got started last weekend by hosting a three-game non-conference series against Gonzaga, losing 1-0, winning 5-4 in 10 innings, and losing 8-3. The Pilots batted .189, but their pitchers limited the Bulldogs to a .238 average and Portland's ERA was 3.54.

Junior infielder Cory Lunde and sophomore infielder Brad Stewart lead Portland with .333 batting averages. The Pilots play a four-game series at Pacific (Calif.) this weekend.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

C - Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS),

.417, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

1B - Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),

.382, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs

2B - Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC),

.154, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

or - Kerisi Reynolds, fr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),

.333, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

3B - Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),

.314, 1 HR, 11 RBIs

SS - Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),

.233, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs

LF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),

.407, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs

or - Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS),

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

CF - Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS),

.455, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

or - Josh Howard, sr., Prineville, Ore. (Abilene Christian U.),

.333, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs

RF - Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS),

.500, 1 HR, 9 RBIs

DH - Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS),

.476, 0 HRs, 9 RBIs

or - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),

.407, 0 HRs, 6 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, 5.40 ERA

LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),

1-0, 4.00 ERA

RHP-Ben Rowe, fr., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),

0-0, 9.35 ERA

LHP-Mark McLemore, so., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),

0-1, 12.00 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-1 against Clemson in a series dating back to 1988, and the Beavers are on a 1-game winning streak vs. the Tigers. The last meeting was OSU's 9-2 win in 1994 at the Hawaii Tournament, the other meeting was Clemson's 9-3 win in 1988 at the Fresno State Tournament.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-4 against Nevada-Las Vegas in a series dating back to 1975, and the Beavers are on a 1-game winning streak against the Rebels. Last season, OSU won 4-3 in Las Vegas at the UNLV Tournament, Nevada-Las Vegas' last win was 9-6 in 1992 at the UNLV Tournament.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 121-56 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909, and the Beavers are on a 2-game winning streak against the Pilots. Last season, Portland won the first meeting 13-10 in Corvallis before OSU took wins of 13-5 in Portland and 11-4 in Corvallis.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State had the best record among the 6-team field at the San Diego Classic on Feb. 15-18, going 4-0. OSU beat host San Diego State 8-7 in 10 innings on Feb. 15, Texas Tech 5-4 on Feb. 16, Cal-Riverside 18-10 on Feb. 17 and Oklahoma 10-8 on Feb. 18. OSU did not play the sixth team, San Diego.

Three Beavers were named to the all-tournament team: rightfielder Josh Carter, designated hitter Curtis Davis and first baseman Andy Jarvis. For the tournament, Carter batted .529 (9x17) with 1 homer, 1 double and 5 RBIs, Davis batted .467 (7x15) with 1 triple, 2 doubles and 8 RBIs, and Jarvis batted .550 (11x20) with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 8 RBIs.

Against San Diego State, Eric Stark stole home in the top of the 10th inning for the winning run on the front end of a double steal. OSU had taken a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth only to have the Aztecs tie the game on Anthony Gwynn's 2-out, 2-run single off reliever Stephen Copeland. Copeland pitched a scoreless 10th inning, though, to pick up the win. Starter Thad Johnson gave the Beavers a strong outing, going 8.0 innings and allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. Jarvis was 3-for-6 with a double for OSU.

Against Texas Tech, Scott Nicholson pitched a 7-hitter and OSU overcame a 4-run deficit. Nicholson walked 1 and struck out 2 in his first appearance of the year. Davis tripled home OSU's first run in the bottom of the sixth inning, then singled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Against Cal-Riverside, Jarvis homered twice in OSU's 9-run seventh inning. Jarvis had career highs for homers, hits and RBIs as he went 4x6 with the 2 homers and drove in 6 runs, his first homer led off the seventh inning and the second homer was a 3-run shot that capped the frame. Paul Williams got the win in relief, pitching 3.0 innings and giving up just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. Copeland then wrapped up the game by pitching 1.2 perfect innings.

Against Oklahoma, the Beavers had to rally for 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning. Davis 2-run single tied the game, then Jason McBride's sacrifice fly put the Beavers in front and an insurance run scored on a Sooner error. Craig Hays got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless 1.2 innings and allowing just 1 hit. Copeland earned the save, retiring the final batter with the tying runs in scoring position. Carter was 3x4 and Jarvis 3x5 for the Beavers.

OREGON STATE QUICK NOTES: Oregon State has at least 10 hits in all 7 of its games this season ... Josh Carter has a hit in all 7 of the Beavers' games this season, Curtis Davis and Bryan Ingram have a hit in all 6 games in which they've played ... Brian Barden and Andy Jarvis both have hits in the last 6 games after going hitless in the season-opener ... the Beavers are batting .361 as a team, opponents .343 ... Chris Biles' fast start - he's hitting .407 this spring - has him at .400 for his career ... 3 members of the Beaver lineup who have at least 1 full season under their belt are batting .300 or better for their careers: Brian Barden (.361), Josh Carter (.313) and Andy Jarvis (.349) ... before being sidelined with a separated shoulder Feb. 15 vs. San Diego State, Eric Stark was displaying the traits every team looks for in a leadoff hitter: .455 batting average, .714 on-base percentage, 9 runs scored in 4 games ... after Stark was hurt, Josh Howard came off the bench to bat .333 (4x12) in the tournament with 2 RBIs ... in San Diego, the Beavers batted .378 as a team, that included marks of .550 by Andy Jarvis (11x20), .529 by Josh Carter (9x17), .467 by Curtis Davis (7x15) and .353 by Bryan Ingram (6x17) ... OSU outscored its opponents in San Diego 41-29 despite being outhomered 5-3 ... OSU catcher Bryan Ingram was named the Pac-10's best defensive catcher by Baseball America in its preseason picks, and he's thrown out 40 percent (4x10) of runners trying to steal against him this season.

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 181-131-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .579. His career record is 352-244-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .589.

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.

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

BARDEN PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA: Third baseman Brian Barden was named a third team preseason All-America in selections made by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

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 15 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll of Feb. 19, facing No. 2 Southern California (3 games), No. 4 Arizona State (3 games), No. 7 Stanford (3 games), No.10 Clemson (3 games) and No. 24 UCLA (3 games). OSU has 7 more games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Texas Tech (1 game), Arizona (3 games) and California (3 games).

DAVIS HAS BIG DAYS IN TONY GWYNN STADIUM: Curtis Davis ought to be sorry that the Beavers don't have any more games scheduled at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium during his career. The senior designated hitter put together a long list of big moments during San Diego Classic games in the ballpark.

As a freshman in 1998, he got into an exhibition game against CETYS of Mexico and went 2-for-3 with a double. A year later, he doubled home the game's only run as teammate B.R. Cook pitched a 1-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State.

Finally, Davis had a big weekend in this year's tournament Feb. 15-18, going 7x15 with 8 RBIs, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 4 runs scored as the Beavers went 4-0 vs. host San Diego State, Texas Tech, Cal-Riverside and Oklahoma. Davis had crucial hits in 3 of the wins. Against San Diego State, his 2-run double was the key hit of a 4-run inning in an 8-7, 10-inning victory. Against Texas Tech, OSU trailed 4-0 when Davis doubled home OSU's first run in the sixth inning, in the seventh, he singled home the tying and winning runs in a 5-4 win. Against Oklahoma, his 2-run single tied the game during the Beavers' 4-run ninth inning in a 10-8 victory, in the bottom of the inning, he made a rare appearance at first base and made a diving stab of leadoff hitter Greg Dobbs' line drive to help secure the win.

JARVIS HAS BIG INNING: Andy Jarvis homered twice in one inning during the Beavers' 18-10 win over Cal-Riverside on Feb. 17 at the San Diego Classic. The sophomore first baseman began OSU's 9-run seventh inning with a solo homer to left-centerfield, he capped the inning with a 3-run homer to right-centerfield.

WASHED-OUT SERIES LEAD TO SWEEPS: Oregon State has had 2 southern trips from which it returned unbeaten in the last 4 years, and both came just a week after the Beavers had an entire series rained out in southern locations - the only times OSU has lost a whole series to weather in that span.

On Feb. 9-10 of this season, OSU saw a 3-game series at Cal-Santa Barbara rained out. Then from Feb. 15-18, the Beavers posted the best record in the 6-team San Diego Classic by beating San Diego State, Texas Tech, Cal-Riverside and Oklahoma.

In 1998, OSU's season-opening series at San Jose State was rained out before the Beavers ever left Corvallis. A week later, OSU went to a tournament at the Florida Marlins' spring training park in Melbourne, Fla., and beat South Florida, Florida Atlantic and Central Florida.

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.

BEAVERS TOUGH ON OPENING DAY: 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. OSU has won 12 of its last 13 home-openers and 27 of its last 30. Last season, the Beavers beat Western Oregon 9-5 on Opening Day at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Despite this year's 17-7 loss at Cal State-Northridge on Feb. 2, Oregon State also has a remarkable record in season-openers. OSU has an all-time record of 65-27 on Opening Day, the Beavers have won 11 of their last 15 in season-openers.

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.

ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,664-1,144-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 749-533, a winning percentage of .592.

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 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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