OSU Continues Homestand Vs. San Francisco

Feb. 28, 2001

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

San Francisco at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

San Francisco at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

San Francisco at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

RADIO: KLOO-AM (1340)

For the first time in over a month, Oregon State (6-5 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) will spend a weekend in which no time will be spent on buses or airplanes. The Beavers play their first home series of the season, meeting San Francisco (7-4, 0-0 West Coast) in a three-game non-league set at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

After four straight weeks on the road, the Beavers opened their home schedule on Tuesday, beating Portland 9-0 under bright blue skies and sunshine.

'It was a good way to open up at home,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said of the win. 'Now we need to settle in, get ourselves playing good baseball on a consistent basis, and see if we can make the most of the homefield advantage for a while here.'

The series against the Dons continues a stretch in which OSU plays 14 of 17 games at home, and the Beavers' visitors during that time will also include Washington, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Arizona State. San Francisco is just the second non-Pacific-10 team from the south to visit OSU for regular-season games (Cal State-Northridge in 2000 was the first), Minnesota is the first team from the Midwest to come to Corvallis in the Beavers' 92-year baseball history.

Oregon State's home schedule in 2001 is just one sign of the Beavers' baseball progress since the addition of Goss Stadium to Coleman Field in 1999.

'We've got a ballpark that allows us to do some new things with our schedule,' Casey said. 'When you have a nice facility, you've got a lot better chance of getting people interested in coming up to play you. We're already seeing that, and the improvements to our playing surface lately let other teams know that if they come to Oregon State, we're going to be able to play.

'It's been a great thing for us the past few years, and hopefully our schedule will keep improving in the next few years. I know our players like being able to go out in front of a home crowd more often. It's also great to let our fans have the chance to come out and enjoy more games against some Division I clubs that haven't been here before.'

San Francisco was to play at Fresno State on Wednesday night before arriving in Corvallis. The Dons went into that contest on a three-game win streak, last week, they won 4-2 at San Jose State and 5-2 at home vs. Cal-Riverside.

The Dons have a big-time prospect in infielder Taggert Bozied. He was a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins after batting .351 with 14 homers and 52 runs batted in last season, but Bozied decided to return for his senior year at USF.

'He's a talent, but he's not the only one they've got,' Casey said of Bozied. 'San Francisco is a good club all the way down their lineup and they pitch pretty well.'

Going into Wednesday's game, Bozied was batting .279 with one homer and five RBIs, junior pitcher/infielder Jesse Foppert was batting .391 with one homer and 7 RBIs, junior catcher Steve Booth was batting .387 with no homers and six RBIs, and junior outfielder/pitcher Jeremy Janz was batting .308 with two homers and 12 RBIs. The Dons had six starters batting .300 or better.

On the mound, junior righthander Peter Dunkle is 2-0 with a 2.25 earned run average, freshman righthander Kevin Rose is 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA, and righthander Foppert is 2-0 with a 3.81 ERA.

As a team, the Dons are batting .271 and opponents are hitting .272, USF has a team ERA of 4.73 and their opponents have a mark of 5.82.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

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

.333, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs

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

.302, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs

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

.290, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

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

.250, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

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

.268, 2 HRs, 16 RBIs

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

.280, 1 HR, 7 RBIs

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

.429, 3 HRs, 11 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.),

.286, 1 HR, 5 RBIs

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

.500, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs

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

.406, 0 HRs, 9 RBIs

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

.429, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs

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

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

(Tentative starting pitching rotation)

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

2-0, 5.00 ERA

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

0-2, 12.54 ERA

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

1-0, 4.62 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-0 vs. San Francisco in a series dating back to 1974. The teams have not met since 1977, when OSU took a 17-2 win in the San Jose State Tournament, the only other meeting was OSU's 6-0 win at San Francisco in 1974.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State broke even playing a rough schedule at the Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament, going 2-2 on the weekend. The Beavers took 1 of 3 games from 10th-ranked Clemson and beat host UNLV in a single game. OSU then returned to Corvallis for its home opener and beat in-state rival Portland.

On Feb. 23, the Beavers fell 9-5 to Clemson as the Tigers scored 7 runs in the sixth inning. OSU starter Thad Johnson took a 5-2 lead into the sixth, but the Tigers picked up 7 runs on 7 hits, 1 walk, 1 hit batter and 2 wild pitches. Of the hits, 3 were groundball singles through OSU's infield and 1 was a bunt that OSU misplayed into a hit.

On Feb. 24, OSU held off Clemson for a 10-9 win and then rallied to beat UNLV 11-9. Against Clemson, OSU rolled to a 10-1 lead before the Tigers scored 8 runs in the final 3 innings. Chris Biles had a pair of solo homers for OSU as part of a 4-for-5 game, while Brian Barden and Andy Jarvis added homers for OSU. Scott Nicholson got the win for OSU, going 8 innings. Against UNLV, it was the Rebels jumping to a 7-0 lead after 2 innings. OSU reliever Craig Hays allowed just 2 runs in 6.2 innings of work, though, to give the Beavers a chance, they finally scored 3 runs with 2 out in the top of the ninth on Zach Gordon's run-scoring single and Bryan Ingram's 2-run double. Stephen Copeland retired the Rebels in order in the ninth inning for the save.

On Feb. 25, OSU fell to Clemson 13-2 as the Beavers managed just 3 hits in a game that was called after 7 innings due to the 10-run rule. Clemson broke the game open with a 5-run fourth inning, handing starter Mark McLemore the loss. For OSU, Pat Stevens came off the bench to go 2-for-2.

On Feb. 27, OSU played at home for the first time in 2001 and beat Portland 9-0 as Johnson, Nicholson and Copeland combined on a 3-hitter. Johnson worked the first 7 innings, striking out 6. Josh Howard and Josh Carter both had 3-run homers to key the Beaver offense.

OREGON STATE NOTES: When OSU pitchers Thad Johnson, Scott Nicholson and Stephen Copeland combined to blank Portland 9-0 on Feb. 27, it was the Beavers' first shutout since Mark Newell's 13-0, 7-inning win over Ohio State at the Texas A&M Tournament last March. The Beavers' last 9-inning shutout had been B.R. Cook's 1-0, 1-hitter over Oklahoma State at the San Diego Tournament early in the 1999 season. The last time OSU allowed that few hits was Johnson's 3-hitter at Arizona State in a 1-0 loss last April ... Josh Carter is on a 10-game hitting streak, having come up with at least 1 hit in every game he's played this year. He missed 2 games last weekend at the Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament with a minor injury but did collect a pinch-hit single Saturday against UNLV ... Chris Biles had a 9-game hitting streak snapped in Sunday's loss to Clemson, then came back with 2 hits against Portland on Tuesday ... Biles had 3 homers in the first 2 games of the UNLV Tournament, including 2 in the win over Clemson, he batted .455 (10-for-22) with 3 homers and 5 runs batted in for the week ... Curtis Davis had hit safely in the season's first 8 games before going hitless against UNLV ... Biles leads the Beavers with 8 multi-hit games this season, including a 4-for-5 day with 2 homers in Saturday's win over Clemson, Carter has 7 multi-hit games and Brian Barden and Bryan Ingram 5 each ... Barden leads the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 5, while Andy Jarvis has 4 ... Zach Gordon's batting average has been on the rise in the past week. After an 0-for-1 day against Cal-Riverside on Feb. 17, he was batting .091, since then, he's raised his season average to .290 by going 8-for-20 with 2 doubles and 1 triple ... Will Hudson collected his first career homer as part of OSU's comeback victory at Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday, Hudson has a hit in 10 of OSU's 12 games ... in his last 4 appearances, Copeland has 2 saves, vs. Oklahoma and Nevada-Las Vegas, he also held leads in non-save situations in wins over Cal-Riverside and Clemson during that time ... in his last 2 appearances, Craig Hays has earned wins in relief, during that time, he's allowed just 2 runs in 8.1 innings ... in his 4 starts this season, Johnson is averaging 6.1 innings, 5.8 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts per game with an earned run average of 4.62 ... in his 3 starts this season, Nicholson is averaging 6.0 innings, 6.3 hits, 1.7 walks and 3.3 strikeouts per game with an ERA of 5.00 ... the closer the game, the better OSU has fared this season. The Beavers are 3-0 in games decided by 1 run, 2-0 in games decided by 2 runs, and 1-0 in extra-inning games ... OSU is 2-3 in games decided by 5 or more runs.

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 184-133-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .579. His career record is 355-246-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .590.

Casey was named the Pacific-10 Northern Division Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the Beavers to a 38-12-1 mark, a school record for wins in a regular season. During Casey's time at OSU, the Beavers have had 13 players drafted by Major League Baseball teams and had 3 more players sign as free agents.

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) 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. 26, facing No. 3 Arizona State (3 games), No. 4 Southern California (3 games), No. 9 Stanford (3 games), No. 13 Clemson (3 games) and No. 17 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).

HOWARD, CARTER SPARK WIN IN HOME OPENER: Feb. 27 was a good day to be named Josh - at least it was if you're a Beaver. Josh Howard and Josh Carter delivered 3-run homers for OSU in its home-opener, a 9-0 win over Portland.

OREGON STATE COMEBACKS: In its last 9 games, Oregon State has won 4 times after trailing going into the seventh inning. That includes a pair of ninth-inning comebacks - OSU scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Oklahoma 10-8 on Feb. 18, and the Beavers scored 3 runs - all with 2 out - in the top of the ninth to beat Nevada-Las Vegas 10-8 on Feb 24.

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 7-for-15 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.

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.

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 TOUGH ON OPENING DAY: The Beavers began their slate of 25 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Feb. 27 with a 9-0 win over Portland, OSU's all-time record in home-openers is now 74-18. OSU has won 13 of its last 14 home-openers and 28 of its last 31.

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 1,667-1,146-15, 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 14,156 runs. That's an average score of 6.54-5.01.

In its 91 complete 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 866-371-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .700. Oregon State is 1-0 at home this season and was 13-10 at home in 2000. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 115-42 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .732.

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.

OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this spring on KLOO-AM (1340) in Corvallis, with most of the Beaver schedule on the air. Some games may be pre-empted due to programming conflicts. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties. This weekend against San Francisco, Sunday's game will be broadcast. The games on the broadcast schedule can also be heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com

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 regional 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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