Beavers Hot Heading Into Pac-10 Play
March 21, 2001
SATURDAY, MARCH 24
No. 3 Arizona State at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 25
No. 3 Arizona State at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
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MONDAY, MARCH 26
No. 3 Arizona State at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
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It's the start of Pacific-10 play, and Oregon State (16-9 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) hopes its the start of something good.
Actually, it's more like the Beavers want to keep a good thing going as they greet third-ranked Arizona State (19-5-1, 2-1) for a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU has won five straight and eight of its last nine, and the Beavers began earning votes in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll this week. Now Oregon State starts its conference schedule, where OSU is out to improve on 2000's sixth-place finish.
'Now we go to a whole new level,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'The Pac-10 is as good as any conference in the country.
'But this club has done some very good things through the first 25 games of the season. We talked a lot about finding ways to win early in the season, and we've been doing that lately.'
OSU hasn't been flawless, but it's displayed a knack for coming out on top in recent weeks. When the hitting has struggled, the pitching has gotten the job done, when the pitching hasn't been sharp, the defense has made big plays, when the defense has let down, the hitters have produced the key runs.
'There are places we can improve our game, and that's something we need to be focusing on,' Casey said. 'Sometimes when you're winning and doing everything well, you can become complacent. But our guys know they can play this game better, and they want to play this game better, and that's a positive for us. That gives you something to keep working toward.'
But, as Casey is quick to note, OSU's accomplishments thus far give the Beavers a good start toward possible postseason play.
OSU's victories include non-league opponents that look like a list of the nation's traditional powers: Clemson, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, San Diego State, Nevada-Las Vegas and Minnesota.
'We've played some very good clubs, and we competed well with them and we had a lot of success,' Casey said. 'Now we play some clubs in the Pac-10 that are even better. This year, I think we've got enough guys who have been through the league once or twice that we know what to expect, and we know we can compete with them.'
The Beavers were markedly improved in Pac-10 play last season, winning three straight series at one point. A good sign of OSU's improvement came in the 2000 series at Arizona State, Oregon State lost the opener 1-0 as Thad Johnson pitched a three-hitter and allowed only an unearned run, then OSU won the middle game 11-3 before falling 8-7 in the finale.
ASU enters this weekend's series after taking 2 of 3 games at California, winning 7-4 and 4-2 before losing 17-5.
Freshman third baseman Rod Allen is batting .443 with two homers and 21 runs batted in for the Sun Devils, while senior catcher Casey Myers is batting .427 with four homers and 42 RBIs. ASU is batting .361 as a team while limiting opponents to a .252.
Arizona State's rotation is expected to be junior lefthander Jon Switzer, with a 3-0 record and 4.12 earned run average, freshman righthander Mike Esposito, at 1-0 and 4.67, and junior righthander Andy Torres, at 7-2 and 4.46. The Sun Devils have a 4.24 team earned run average while their opponents are at 9.40.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS),
.306, 1 HR, 11 RBIs
1B - Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.311, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs
2B - Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC),
.246, 1 HR, 7 RBIs
or - Kerisi Reynolds, fr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.265, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
3B - Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),
.336, 4 HRs, 28 RBIs
SS - Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),
.275, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs
LF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),
.384, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs
or - Seth Pietsch, fr., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),
.267, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs
CF - Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS),
.275, 1 HR, 7 RBIs
RF - Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS),
.416, 6 HRs, 30 RBIs
DH - Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS),
.455, 0 HRs, 13 RBIs
or-Jason McBride, jr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
.367, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs
(Tentative starting pitching rotation)
LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
4-1, 3.75 ERA
RHP - Thad Johnson, sr., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC),
3-2, 4.08 ERA
LHP-Mark McLemore, so., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),
0-2, 8.71 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 10-17 against Arizona State in a series dating back to 1963. Last season in Tempe, ASU won the series opener 1-0, OSU won the second game 11-3 and ASU took the finale 8-7. The last time the teams played in Corvallis was 1999, with ASU winning 9-5, OSU winning 9-8 and ASU taking the finale 21-9.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State's current win streak has put the Beavers at 7 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1998 season, OSU had reached 6 games over .500 on several occasions last season ... this spring, Oregon State is 10-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including a 7-3 mark in 1-run games ... the Beavers' 5-game winning streak is their longest since a 7-gamer early last sesaon, and their 6 straight wins at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field is OSU's longest home winning streak since taking the final 3 games in 1999 and the first 3 in 2000 ... OSU is 2-0 in extra-inning games this season ... prior to its series with Minnesota, Oregon State had been limited to fewer than 10 hits in just 4 games, and the Beavers were 0-4 in those games, against the Gophers, OSU had fewer than 10 hits in all 3 games and was 3-0 ... the Beavers batted .228 as a team against Minnesota, but hit .333 with runners in scoring position ... Oregon State is batting .325 as a team, its opponents are hitting .302 ... with the bases loaded, the Beavers are hitting .351 ... with a runner at third and less than 2 out, OSU has managed to bring home the run 70 percent of the time this season ... the Beavers began the season being outhomered 15-1 in a series at Cal State-Northridge. Since then, OSU has outhomered its opponents 35-18 ... 11 different Beavers have homered this season. When OSU tied a school record with 7 home runs against Washington on March 7, 7 different Beavers homered ... also, 6 different players have accounted for OSU's 6 triples, OSU's opponents have tripled just twice ... reliever Stephen Copeland has 5 saves already this season, that ties him for second on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders with Jim Grove in 1982. Copeland also has 5 career saves, and that ties him for fourth place on OSU's list of career leaders with Ron Daulton (1984-86) and Tim Lambert (1985-88) ... so far this spring, OSU starting pitchers Scott Nicholson and Thad Johnson have combined for a 7-3 record and 3.91 ERA, in 14 starts, the duo has averaged 7 1/3 innings, 7.1 hits, 1.7 walks and 4.9 strikeouts per game ... Nicholson's 4-hit shutout of Minnesota in the first game of a March 17 doubleheader was OSU's first 9-inning, complete-game shutout since B.R. Cook 1-hit Oklahoma State in a 1-0 win early in the 1999 season ... third baseman Brian Barden has a 13-game hitting streak, 1 short of his career high, during his current streak, Barden is batting .407 (22-for-54) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 11 RBIs. Since March 6, Barden has raised his batting average from .260 to .336, and it was as high as .347 on March 14 ... rightfielder Josh Carter had a 26-game hitting streak over 2 seasons broken against Gonzaga on March 14. Carter's streak included 7 games in 2000 and his first 19 games in 2001. During the streak, he batted .466 (48-for-103) with 7 homers and 30 RBIs. The streak ended when he took a 3-ball, 1-strike pitch in the ninth inning of a 10-9 win over Gonzaga, with the walk moving the winning run into scoring position ... designated hitter Curtis Davis had a 10-game hitting streak end in the first game of the March 17 doubleheader against Minnesota, during his streak, Davis batted .571 (16-for-28) with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs ... designated hitter Jason McBride homered in 3 straight home games from March 6-March 13 ... Carter leads the Beavers with 12 multi-hit games this season while leftfielder Chris Biles and Barden have 11 each and Davis has 10 ... Barden and first baseman Andy Jarvis lead OSU with 8 multi-RBI games each, while Carter has 7 and Biles 6.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State put together a perfect week at home in non-league play, sweeping a 2-game series from Gonzaga and a 3-game series from defending Big Ten champion Minnesota at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
On March 13, Oregon State scored 10 runs with 2 out in the eighth inning to beat Gonzaga 12-6. Josh Carter stretched his hitting streak to 26 games over two seasons with a sixth-inning single for OSU, then had a grand slam in the eighth-inning rally. Gonzaga scored 6 unearned runs in the second inning and held the lead until the bottom of the eighth. After the first two Beaver hitters were put out, OSU scored 10 times on 6 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter against 3 Gonzaga relievers. Brian Barden was 3-for-3 for OSU. For the second time in OSU's last 3 games, Chris Wilkins won in relief, pitching 2 scoreless innings. Ben Rowe kept OSU in the game with 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
On March 14, Brian Barden singled through a 6-man infield in the bottom of the ninth inning to drive in the winning run as Oregon State beat Gonzaga 10-9. Josh Carter saw his hitting streak end at 26 games for OSU. Oregon State scored 6 runs in the eighth inning to take a 9-6 lead and Gonzaga rallied for 3 runs in the top of the ninth to tie. With the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the ninth, Gonzaga put centerfielder Kevin Cave between its shortstop and third baseman and drew its infield in. Barden grounded the ball sharply past pitcher Matt Reding, and the other Bulldog infielders were unable to reach the ball. Stephen Copeland earned the win for OSU. Relievers Paul Williams, Craig Hays, Corky Wray and Jake Postlewait combined to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
On March 16, Oregon State and Minnesota were rained out and the game was rescheduled as part of a March 17 doubleheader.
On March 17, Scott Nicholson pitched a 4-hitter as Oregon State beat Minnesota 2-0. OSU used a 5-run fifth inning to take the second game 8-4. The doubleheader marked the first-ever visit by a Big Ten team to OSU's ballpark in its 95-year history. Nicholson struck out 8 and walked just 2 in recording OSU's first 9-inning, complete-game shutout in over 2 years. The Beavers got the only run they'd need in the bottom of the sixth inning when Eric Stark scored on Josh Carter's groundball. The Beavers added an insurance run on Jason McBride's run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth. In the second game, the Beavers scored 5 runs on 3 hits and 3 Gopher errors in the bottom of the fifth inning to take an 8-3 lead. Chris Biles had a 2-run double and Carter a run-scoring double. Craig Hays earned the win in relief for OSU and Stephen Copeland got the save.
On March 18, Stephen Copeland drove in 2 runs with a pair of singles and earned the save on the mound as Oregon State beat Minnesota 6-5. The Beavers got just 7 hits but bunched 5 of them during a 5-run fifth inning. The inning included a run-scoring double by Chris Biles, run-scoring singles by Will Hudson and Copeland, a squeeze bunt by Eric Stark and a sacrifice fly by Josh Carter, Brian Barden also had a single that extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 193-137-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .584. His career record is 364-250-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .592.
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.
OREGON STATE IN NATIONAL POLLS: Oregon State began earning national notice on March 12, when the Beavers broke into the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top 35. On March 19, the Beavers began earning votes in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll. A summary of OSU's national rankings this season:
Bsbll. Weekly/ Natl. Coll. Baseball CollegiateDate ESPN coaches Bsbll. Writers America BaseballMarch 12 NR 33rd NR NRMarch 19 NR(votes,44th) 32nd NR NR
OREGON STATE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES IN 2001: Oregon State has made several new entries in its record book this spring:
INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State, 2001.TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington, 2001.CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS6. (tie) Josh Carter, 1999-2001 ..... 32CAREER SAVE LEADERS4. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-01 .. 5SEASON SAVE LEADERS2. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-01 .. 5
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
JARVIS NATIONAL, PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: First baseman Andy Jarvis was named one of four Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week for March 5-11, and was the only non-pitcher among the group. He was also named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week for that week. In 5 games against Washington and Washington State, Jarvis batted .478 (11-for-23) with 5 homers, 2 doubles, 13 RBIs and 8 runs scored. On March 11, he tied a school record with 3 homers in a game against WSU.
The last OSU player to have earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors was pitcher B.R. Cook for his 1-hitter in a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 18, 1999 in the San Diego Classic.
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 12 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll of March 19, facing No. 2 Stanford (3 games), No. 3 Arizona State (3 games), No. 10 Southern California (3 games) and No. 11 Clemson (3 games). OSU has 16 more games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: UCLA (3 games), Texas Tech (1 game), Arizona (3 games), Washington (5 games) and Portland (4 games).
MINNESOTA, PORTLAND SHUTOUT NOTES: When Scott Nicholson tossed a 4-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Minnesota in the first game of a March 17 doubleheader, it was OSU's first complete-game, 9-inning shutout since B.R. Cook's 1-0, 1-hitter over Oklahoma State at the San Diego Tournament early in the 1999 season.
When Thad Johnson, 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. It was the first shutout in a home-opener for OSU since beating Willamette 4-0 in 1990.
The 2 shutouts so far in 2001 are the most by a Beaver club since OSU's staff recorded 3 shutouts in 1998.
EIGHTH INNING KEY IN GONZAGA SWEEP: Oregon State used a pair of big eighth innings to sweep Gonzaga on March 13-14, scoring 16 runs in the eighth over the 2-day series.
On March 13, the Beavers trailed 6-2 going into the eighth and Gonzaga retired the first 2 OSU hitters of the inning. Oregon State then came up with 10 runs 6 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter against 3 Gonzaga relievers for a 12-6 win.
On March 14, the Beavers trailed 6-3 and were being outhit 15-4 at the end of the seventh inning. OSU then scored 6 runs on 6 hits in the eighth on the way to a 10-9 win.
BEAVERS MATCH TWO HOMER MARKS IN FIVE DAYS: Oregon State saw its single-game home run records for both a team and an individual tied during a 5-day span from March 7-11.
On March 7, OSU hit 7 homers in a 17-3 home win over Washington as 7 different Beavers homered: Will Hudson, Josh Carter, Andy Jarvis, Brian Barden, Chris Biles, Jason McBride and Zach Gordon. That matched the mark set on April 11, 2000 in a 13-5 win at Portland, homering in both those games were Barden and Biles.
Then, on March 11 in an 8-7 loss to Washington State in Yakima, Wash., first baseman Andy Jarvis homered 3 times to tie a school record, the last Beaver to homer 3 times in a game had been Ben Bertrand (1998 vs. Washington). Also accomplishing the feat had been Darryl Summerfield (1968 vs. Washington), Jim Wilson (1982 vs. Washington State) and Steve Smith (1983 vs. Oregon Tech).
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 10 games from Feb. 16-March 3, Oregon State won 5 times after trailing going into the seventh inning. That included 3 comebacks in the ninth or 10th inning: OSU scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Oklahoma 10-8 on Feb. 18, 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, and OSU scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to beat San Francisco 6-5 on March 3.
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 - a 2-run double against San Diego State that keyed a 4-run inning, an RBI double to start an OSU comeback against Texas Tech, and a 2-run single that drove in the tying and winning runs against Oklahoma. In the bottom of the inning against the Sooners, Davis 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 22 games either cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 5 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. 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 3 home games, 3 other Pacific Northwest games, and 3 games at sites outside the region.
WASHED-OUT SERIES LEAD TO SWEEPS: In the last 4 years, OSU has gone unbeaten on 2 southern trips. Both trips came one week after the Beavers had an entire southern series rained out - the only times OSU has lost complete series to rain in that stretch.
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 1,676-1,150-15, a winning percentage of .593. 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 18,554 runs and allowed 14,226 runs. That's an average score of 6.53-5.01.
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 92 seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 873-374-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .700. Oregon State is 8-3 at home this season. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 122-45 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.
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 week, the games Saturday and Sunday against Arizona State can be heard. 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 and a regional game at home against Washington State on April 22.
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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