Beavers Are Back Home

April 17, 2001

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TUESDAY, APRIL 17

Concordia at Oregon State, 3 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Washington State at Oregon State, 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Washington State at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

RADIO: KLOO-AM (1340)

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Washington State at Oregon State, 12 noon

RADIO: KLOO-AM (1340)

TV: Fox Sports Net tape delay, Monday at 7 p.m.

OREGON STATE FACULTY-STAFF WEEKEND: Oregon State's series against Washington State is OSU Faculty/Staff Weekend. For all three games, OSU faculty and staff members receive a free general admission ticket when they show their OSU identification card at the ticket window, family members can buy a general admission ticket for a reduced price of $2.

Oregon State (21-16 overall, 5-7 Pacific-10) finds itself in a new position this week: needing to make a climb in the Pacific-10 standings rather than hang onto a place near the top. The Beavers entertain Concordia (11-19-2, 8-12-1 Cascade Collegiate) in a non-league game before Washington State (13-24, 5-7) comes to town for a key conference series between the longtime baseball rivals.

While being swept by top-ranked Stanford last weekend, the Beavers saw themselves fall from third place to a tie for seventh in the Pacific-10 standings. That's the bad news.

The good news? There's just one game separating third place from eighth place in the Pacific-10 standings, with most of the teams in that logjam playing each other this weekend, there's a good chance to move back into the upper division.

'We've got to keep that in mind,' OSU coach Pat Casey said of the opportunity to climb inthe standings. 'But we've also got to keep in mind that we have to come out and play well to have a chance to do that. Right now, the biggest thing we have to do is get ourself back on track. We played what's probably the best team in the country last weekend and that makes it tough to play your best, we were able to do some good things and we found ourselves doing some not-so-good things at the same time.

'That's going to happen sometimes, especially when you're playing a team as good as Stanford. Now we've got to file away that weekend and start fresh.'

The Beavers have some experience in that area. After being swept in a season-opening series at Cal State-Northridge, OSU responded by winning all four of its games at the San Diego Classic in its next action, Oregon State beat San Diego State, Texas Tech, Cal-Riverside and Oklahoma in that tournament.

'That's the same type of thing we need to do this week,' Casey said. 'All the goals we set for ourselves are still out there, and we can still attain them. It's just like every time you go out there, though - you've got to show up ready to play, do the little things right, and go hard all the way through the week.'

The Beavers are hoping to regain the services of shortstop Will Hudson, third baseman Brian Barden and catcher Bryan Ingram. All three missed the final game of the series at Stanford, and Hudson missed all but the first two innings of the series.

'That's a big bite to take out of a lineup,' Casey said. 'We'll see how they heal, and hope they're ready to go. Having them back adds an awful lot to our club.'

With two wins this week, Casey would earn his 200th victory at OSU in his seventh year at the school. Only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 30-31, 38-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) have more baseball coaching victories with the Beavers than Casey, whose record at Oregon State is 198-144-4.

Concordia, an NAIA school, dropped four games last week to Western Oregon, being swept by scores of 8-0 and 5-4 in Portland and 6-5 and 6-3 in Monmouth.

Washington State went 1-3 last week. The Cougars lost a non-league game at Lewis-Clark State 10-7, then at Arizona State, they won 2-1 before losing 4-3 and 14-4.

'When we played them in Yakima, they looked like they were starting to come around - especially at the plate,' Casey said, recalling a non-league series March 9-11 in which OSU took 2 of 3 games. 'They've played better as the season has gone on, and they'll be ready for us. These Northwest rivalry games are always a little more intense, this weekend we both have a chance to make some headway in the conference so there's even more riding on it. As always, it's going to be an interesting series.'

The Cougars are led by sophomore first baseman Stefan Bailie, who is batting .355 with 10 home runs and 39 runs batted in. Senior outfielder Mike Knight is batting .341 with four homers and 19 RBIs, junior infielder Bookie Gates is batting .333 with four homers and 40 RBIs, junior outfielder Adrian Thomas is batting .333 with four homers and 15 RBIs and junior outfielder Evan Hecker is batting .323 with one homer and 15 RBIs.

Junior lefthander Justin Cayetano is 2-1 with a 5.83 earned run average, junior righthander Zach Fisher is 0-5 with a 6.16 ERA and freshman righthander Jamin Svendsen is 2-1 with a 6.38 ERA. Washington State is batting .279 as a team and its opponents are batting .319, the Cougars have a team ERA of 6.59 and their opponents' mark is 5.50.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

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

.336, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs

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

.290, 11 HRs, 41 RBIs

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

.235, 1 HR, 9 RBIs

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

.325, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

or - Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),

.229, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

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

.331, 5 HRs, 31 RBIs

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

.292, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs

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

.370, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs

or - Seth Pietsch, fr., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),

.231, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs

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

.279, 1 HR, 15 RBIs

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

.367, 6 HRs, 39 RBIs

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

.407, 0 HRs, 15 RBIs

or-Jason McBride, jr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),

.375, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs

or-Pat Stevens, jr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),

.412, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

(Rotation to be determined, possible starting pitchers)

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

4-5, 4.46 ERA

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

7-2, 3.28 ERA

LHP-Craig Hays, jr., Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS),

4-3, 5.94 ERA

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

0-4, 10.45 ERA

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

0-0 , 7.52 ERA

RHP-Chris Wilkins, so., The Dalles, Ore. (The Dalles HS),

2-0, 2.79 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 9-0 against Concordia in a series dating back to 1980. Last season, the Beavers took a 13-5 win in Corvallis.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 212-166-2 against Washington State in a series dating back to 1910. The teams played a non-league series March 9-11 in Yakima, Oregon State won 6-3 and 11-10 before WSU took the finale 8-7. OSU and WSU closed the 2000 season in Pullman, with WSU winning 10-9 in 11 innings, OSU winning 4-3 and WSU winning 16-9, in a non-league series in Corvallis, OSU won 8-3 and 14-2 before WSU won the finale 11-6.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State went 0-3 from April 9-15. The Beavers had a home game against Portland rained out on April 10, it has been rescheduled for April 25. OSU then traveled to No. 1 Stanford for a series April 12-14 and was swept 4-1, 8-1 and 22-5. The Beavers were without starting shortstop Will Hudson for the final 2 1/2 games of the series due to a sprained ankle, the final game saw third baseman Brian Barden sidelined with a hip problem and catcher Bryan Ingram ailing and unable to play.

On April 12, OSU's Thad Johnson found himself in a pitcher's dual with Stanford's Jeremy Guthrie in the Beavers' 4-1 loss. Johnson pitched a 7-hitter for his fourth complete game of the year, walking 2 and striking out 6. Guthrie and J.D. Willcox combined on a 5-hitter, though, for the Cardinal. Stanford scored 2 runs in both the second and fifth innings to go up 4-0, the Beavers managed their run in the top of the seventh. Brian Barden was 2-for-3 for OSU, while Bryan Ingram saw his hitting streak end at 12 games.

On April 13, it was OSU pitcher Scott Nicholson and Stanford's Jeff Bruksch in a tight matchup most of the way before the Cardinal scored 7 runs from the sixth inning on for an 8-1 win. The loss ended a streak of 4 straight complete-game victories for Nicholson. The Beavers carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, when Stanford tied the score, the Cardinal then broke the game open in the next frame. Brian Barden was again 2-for-3 for Oregon State but Josh Carter had a 6-game hitting streak snapped as Bruksch pitched a 5-hitter.

On April 14, Brian Barden and Bryan Ingram joined Will Hudson on the sidelines as Stanford cruised to a 22-5 win. The Cardinal scored in every inning. After OSU got back within 10-3 with a 3-run top of the fourth inning, the Cardinal scored 7 unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away. Josh Carter was 2-for-3 with a double for OSU.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State has won 10 of its last 17 games, 13 of its last 21, and 21 of its last 34 ... rightfielder Josh Carter doubled April 14 at Stanford, giving him 36 career doubles. That moved him into a tie for third place on OSU's all-time leader list with Ken Bowen (1984-87) ... 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 (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) ... first baseman Andy Jarvis homered vs. California in back-to-back games April 6-April 7, giving him 11 on the year, tying him for eighth place on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders with Chris Newman (1983), Joe Gerber (1998) and Zach Gordon (2000) ... OSU has pitched 3 shutouts this season, that's the most for the Beavers since they tossed 3 shutouts in 1998. The last time OSU pitched more shutouts in a season was 1994, when the Beavers had 5 ... OSU has 12 triples as a team, the Beavers had 13 all of last season ... in the last 21 games, OSU has put together some impressive numbers. During that time, the Beavers are batting .316 and their opponents are batting .297, the Beavers have 25 home runs and their opponents 14, the Beavers have an earned run average of 4.46 and their opponents are at 6.03. Also during the past 21 games, OSU is batting .343 with runners on base and .333 with runners in scoring position ... this spring, Oregon State is 11-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including an 8-3 mark in 1-run games ... OSU is 2-0 in extra-inning games this season ... OSU has had 10 or more hits in 23 of its 37 games ... OSU has 15 or more hits in 10 games this season ... Oregon State is 12-5 at home this season ... as a team, OSU's pinch-hitters are batting .451 (23-for-51) and opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .233 (7-for-30) ... throw out the 3-game, 52-run explosion by Cal State-Northridge to start the season, and OSU's team ERA drops from 6.00 to 5.13 ... with a runner at third and less than 2 out, OSU has managed to bring home the run 69 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 39-28 ... 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 ... Carter leads the Beavers with 18 multi-hit games this season, including 5 3-hit games. Brian Barden has 17 multi-hit games, Chris Biles 14, Bryan Ingram 13, Curtis Davis 12, Will Hudson and Andy Jarvis 11 each, and Eric Stark 10 ... Josh Carter and Andy Jarvis both have a team-high 10 multi-RBI games, Brian Barden has 9 and Chris Biles 6 ... OSU's recent 21-game surge has produced some strong individual statistics. In that time, Brian Barden is batting .397 (31-for-78) with 3 homers, 1 triple, 3 doubles and 13 RBIs, Brian Ingram is batting .377 (26-for-69) with 2 homers, 1 triple, 4 doubles and 10 RBIs, Curtis Davis is batting .370 (17-for-46), Chris Biles is batting .362 (21-for-58) with 3 homers, 4 doubles and 15 RBIs, and Will Hudson is batting .322 (19-for-59) with 1 homer, 2 doubles and 8 RBIs ... in the last 21 games on the pitching side, Copeland is 1-0 with 3 saves and a 1.13 ERA, Nicholson is 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA, Chris Wilkins is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA, and Thad Johnson is 3-3 with a 4.66 ERA ... in the Pacific-10 through April 15, Oregon State is first in slugging percentage (.477), tied for first in home runs (40), second in batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.396), fewest walks allowed (126) and most double plays turned (42), and third in on-base percentage (.387), total bases (621), hits (413) and triples (12) ... among the Pacific-10's individual leaders through April 15, Curtis Davis is second in on-base percentage (.526), fourth in batting average (.407) and tied for second in hit by pitch (11), Chris Biles is seventh in batting average (.370) and tied for seventh in home runs (6), Josh Carter is fifth in slugging percentage (.612), tied for sixth in doubles (12), tied for seventh in home runs (6), eighth in batting average (.367), tied for eighth in RBIs (39), ninth in total bases (85) and tied for ninth in runs scored (34) and hits (51), Andy Jarvis is second in home runs (11), sixth in RBIs (41) and tied for 10th in total bases (84), Scott Nicholson is first in innings pitched (85.0), tied for sixth in wins (7) and ninth in ERA (3.28), Thad Johnson is tied for third in starts (12), fourth in innings pitched (82.2), eighth in strikeouts (66), and tied for ninth in wins (4), Craig Hays is tied for ninth in wins (4) and appearances (16), and Stephen Copeland is tied for second in saves (5) and tied for ninth in appearances (16).

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 198-144-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .578. His career record is 369-257-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .589.

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:

	  Baseball Weekly/  Natl. Coll.     Baseball  CollegiateDate	  ESPN coaches	    Bsbll. Writers  America   BaseballMarch 12  NR	            33rd	    NR        NRMarch 19  NR (votes, 44th)  32nd	    NR	      NRMarch 26  NR (votes, 44th)  34th	    NR	      NRApril 2	  NR (votes, 38th)  31st	    NR	      NRApril 9	  NR (votes, 38th)  29th	    NR	      NRApril 16  NR	            NR	            NR	      NR

OREGON STATE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES IN 2001: Oregon State has made several new entries in its record book this spring. Here are the records OSU has set, and where the Beavers rank on career and single-season leaders lists through April 15:

INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State, 2001TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington, 2001CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS3. (tie) Josh Carter, 1999-2001	       36CAREER TRIPLES LEADERS4. (tie) Eric Stark, 1998-2001	        8SEASON HOME RUN LEADERS8. (tie) Andy Jarvis	               11CAREER SAVE LEADERS4. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-01      5SEASON SAVE LEADERS2. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2001	        5CAREER SHUTOUT LEADERS10. (tie) Scott Nicholson, 2000-01	2SEASON SHUTOUT LEADERS8. (tie) Scott Nicholson, 2001	        2

RETURNING DRAFT PICK SCOTT NICHOLSON: Lefthander Scott Nicholson opeted to return to Oregon State after being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft, and Nicholson has shown this spring why he attracted the pros' interest.

Nicholson is 7-2 with a 3.28 earned run average, he's thrown 6 complete games and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 10 of his starts. In 85.0 innings, he's allowed just 81 hits and 14 walks while striking out 50 and opponents are batting just .256 against him.

Nicholson owns wins over nationally-ranked Clemson and Arizona State this season, and his only losses were a 2-1 defeat by San Francisco and an 8-1 loss at No. 1-ranked Stanford. In his OSU career, Nicholson is 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 5, beating Arizona State twice and splitting a pair of decisions with Stanford.

Also this season, Nicholson shut out Arizona and defending Big Ten champ Minnesota. His pair of shutouts tie him for eighth place on OSU's list of single-season leaders and they also tie him for 10th place on OSU's list of career leaders.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA BRIAN BARDEN: Third baseman Brian Barden was named a third team preseason All-America in selections made by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and Barden is living up to expectations.

Barden is batting .331 with 5 homers and 31 RBIs, he also has 5 doubles and 1 triple. He's 3-for-4 on stolen bases and has walked 13 times while striking out just 15.

In the past 21 games, Barden is batting ..397 (31-for-78) with 3 homers, 1 triple, 3 doubles and 13 RBIs. He has a hit in 28 of 37 games in which he's played.

JARVIS NAMED NATIONAL 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 earn 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.

PACIFIC-10 PLAYERS/PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State has had 3 selections as the Pacific-10 Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week this season: first baseman Andy Jarvis, catcher Brian Ingram and pitcher Scott Nicholson.

Jarvis was named for March 5-11, he was also named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the 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.

Ingram was named for March 19-26. In a 3-game series against Arizona State, Ingram batted .636 (7-for-11) with 3 RBIs and threw out 5 Sun Devils attempting to steal.

Nicholson was named for March 27-April 1. At Arizona, he pitched a 5-hit shutout and needed just 82 pitches in an 8-0 victory. He walked 0 and struck out 4 in his third straight complete game.

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 April 16, facing No. 1 Stanford (3 games), No. 9 Southern California (3 games), No. 14 Arizona State (3 games) and No. 18 Clemson (3 games). OSU's schedule includes another 10 games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Texas Tech (1 game), UCLA (3 games), Arizona (3 games) and Cal-Santa Barbara (3 games).

NICHOLSON'S COMPLETE-GAME WIN STREAK: From March 17-April 7, Scott Nicholson pitched 4 straight complete-game victories, beating Minnesota, Arizona State, Arizona and California, he shut out Minnesota and Arizona. In those 4 games, Nicholson had a 0.50 ERA and averaged 5.5 hits, 1.5 walks and 4.8 strikeouts per game. The last OSU pitcher to toss complete games in 4 straight starts was Mason Smith in 1994, he had complete games in his final 5 starts that season. Nicholson's streak ended in a loss at top-ranked Stanford on April 13.

JOHNSON'S 14-STRIKEOUT GAME: Thad Johnson struck out a career-high 14 California hitters on April 6. An OSU pitcher hadn't struck out that many hitters in a game since 1998, when Chris Pine fanned 14 St. Martin's hitters. Johnson's previous high was 9 against Cal State-Northridge in 2000.

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