Busy Beavers In Baseball This Week

April 23, 2001

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Oregon State at Portland, 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

Portland at Oregon State, 3 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Oregon State at Hawai'i, 9:30 p.m. PDT

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Oregon State at Hawai'i, 9:30 p.m. PDT

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

Oregon State at Hawai'i, 5 p.m. PDT

RADIO: KLOO-AM (1340)

Having made a move up the Pacific-10 standings last week, Oregon State (25-16 overall, 8-7 Pacific-10) takes a week off from the conference race. There's no rest for OSU, though, as the Beavers play a pair of midweek games against Portland (17-24, 6-15 West Coast) and then visit Hawai'i (20-23, 10-17 Western Athletic) for a weekend series.

The Beavers are in third place in the Pacific-10, having climbed from a seventh-place tie with a home sweep of Washington State last weekend. Beaver third baseman Brian Barden earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors by batting .611 (11-for-18) with 2 homers and 13 RBIs in four games against Concordia and WSU, capped by a ninth-inning, two-out grand slam that gave OSU an 8-7 win over the Cougars in the series finale.

'What a week,' OSU coach Pat Casey said of near-storybook performances by both Barden and the Beavers last week. The day before Barden's grand slam, Oregon State had twice rallied from four-run deficits to take a 10-9 victory.

'This is just about the time of year that it can really start to seem like a long season,' Casey said. 'But to have a couple of games like that, and to have the game Sunday end the way it did - it's a shot of adrenaline for the whole club. And we're going to need all the energy we can get this week.'

The Beavers play their in-state rival with the two games against Portland, spend Thursday traveling to the islands, and then play three games at Hawai'i.

'We've got five games in six days, and that's a challenge at any time,' Casey said. 'They may not be league games, but they're still very important in terms of what this team wants to accomplish this season. There's no way we can look at this as a break in the schedule and expect to be a team in a (NCAA) regional. To make it to the postseason, you need every win you can get, and we've got to look at this as five opportunities to go out, play hard, and hopefully win some ballgames.'

The trip to Hawai'i is the first of three straight weekends the Beavers will spend bouncing around the Pacific. Oregon State then goes to Washington and UCLA for Pac-10 series before finishing the regular season at home against Southern California.

'This is the part of the season where we see what we're made of,' Casey said. 'It's just like we've been saying every week - this team has put itself in position to reach its goals, it's done some terrific things and picked up some big wins. But everything that's happened so far means even more if we keep going out and playing hard and playing well.'

Portland is coming off a week in which it dropped home series to Washington and Santa Clara. UP fell to the Huskies 4-2 in 11 innings and then lost 5-4, it then lost to the Broncos 8-6 and 12-4 before winning the final game 10-1.

'They're not a bad club,' Casey said of the Pilots. 'And with the two of us being the only Division I programs in the state, it's become a bit more of a rivalry.'

Portland is led by sophomore infielder Travis Hanson with a .338 batting average, two home runs and 25 runs batted in, freshman outfielder Kory Casto is batting .308 with six homers and 28 RBIs, junior infielder Eric Hull is batting .300 with 1 homer and 20 RBIs, and junior catcher Bryan Dearinger is batting .300 with one homer and nine RBIs. The Pilots are batting .276 and their opponents are hitting .281, UP's earned run average is 4.27 and its opponents are at 4.43.

Hawai'i picked up a big series win last weekend, taking two of three games at Rice. The Rainbows won 4-2, lost 10-0 and won the finale 7-3 against a team that went into the weekend ranked No. 2 in the nation.

'That gives you a pretty good idea what we're facing,' Casey said of Hawai'i's wins at Rice. 'Hawai'i is a good club in a good conference, and they always seem to play well at home. We've got to play very, very well to compete with them.'

For Hawai'i, freshman shortstop Cortland Wilson is batting .333 with one homer and 21 RBIs, freshman catcher Jacob Flick is batting .323 with 0 homers and 4 RBIs, senior infielder Patrick Scalabrini is batting .321 with six homers and 29 RBIs, and junior second baseman Gregg Omori is batting .318 with seven homers and 34 RBIs.

Junior righthander Jeff Coleman is 5-5 with a 3.72 ERA, junior righthander Sean Yamashita is 2-7 with a 5.18 ERA, and sophomore righthander Chad Giannetti is 3-4 with a 5.20 ERA. The Rainbows are batting .280 as a team and their opponents are batting .290, Hawai'i has a 5.55 ERA and its opponents' mark is 4.38.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

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

.333, 2 HRs, 20 RBIs

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

.287, 12 HRs, 43 RBIs

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

.244, 1 HR, 11 RBIs

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

.317, 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),

.361, 7 HRs, 44 RBIs

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

.301, 2 HRs, 20 RBIs

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

.381, 7 HRs, 31 RBIs

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

.289, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs

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

.259, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs

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

.275, 1 HR, 18 RBIs

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

.361, 6 HRs, 42 RBIs

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

.400, 1 HR, 18 RBIs

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

.382, 3 HRs, 14 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),

5-5, 4.57 ERA

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

8-2, 3.64 ERA

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

4-3, 5.97 ERA

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

0-4, 9.82 ERA

LHP-Jed Mitchell, so., Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS),

1-0, 9.00

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

1-0 , 6.83 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 122-56 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909. On Feb. 27, the Beavers took a 9-0 win over the Pilots in OSU's home-opener. Last season, Portland won 13-10 in Corvallis before Oregon State won 13-5 in Portland and 11-4 in Corvallis.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 3-11 against Hawaii in a series dating back to 1961. The teams last met in 1997 in Honolulu, when OSU won 14-4 and 9-5 before Hawaii won the finale 11-3.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State has won 14 of its last 21 games, 17 of its last 25, and 25 of its last 38 ... OSU has won 3 of its 5 Pacific-10 series this season, including all 3 of its Pac-10 series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field ... designated hitter Curtis Davis was hit by pitch twice last week, giving him the single-season school record for plunkings with 13. The old mark of 12 was shared by Stacey Ayers (1991) and Ben Bertrand (1997) ... rightfielder Josh Carter doubled 3 times last week, giving him 39 career doubles. That gives him sole possession of second place on OSU's all-time leader list ... 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 against Washington State on April 20, giving him 12 on the year, tying him for sixth place on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders with Steve Smith (1983) and Daid Schmidt (1996) ... 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 13 triples as a team, the Beavers had 13 all of last season ... in the last 25 games, OSU has put together some impressive numbers. During that time, the Beavers are batting .324 and their opponents are batting .299, the Beavers have 32 home runs and their opponents 15, the Beavers have an earned run average of 4.55 and their opponents are at 6.60. Also during the past 25 games, OSU is batting .351 with runners on base and .352 with runners in scoring position ... this spring, Oregon State is 12-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including a 10-3 mark in 1-run games ... OSU is 2-0 in extra-inning games this season ... OSU has had 10 or more hits in 26 of its 41 games ... OSU has 15 or more hits in 12 games this season ... Oregon State is 16-5 at home this season ... as a team, OSU's pinch-hitters are batting .446 (25-for-56) and opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .211 (8-for-38) ... throw out the 3-game, 52-run explosion by Cal State-Northridge to start the season, and OSU's team ERA drops from 5.90 to 5.11 ... with a runner at third and less than 2 out, OSU has managed to bring home the run 68 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 46-29 ... 13 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 ... Brian Barden leads the Beavers with 21 multi-hit games this season, while Josh Carter has 20, Chris Biles and Bryan Ingram 15 each, Curtis Davis and Will Hudson 13 each, Andy Jarvis 12 and Eric Stark 11 ... Brian Barden also leads the Beavers with 12 multi-RBI games while Andy Jarvis has 11, Josh Carter 10, Chris Biles 7 and Curtis Davis, Will Hudson and Bryan Ingram 5 each ... OSU's recent 22-game surge has produced some strong individual statistics. In that time, Brian Barden is batting .438 (42-for-96) with 5 homers, 1 triple, 6 doubles and 26 RBIs, Chris Biles is batting .385 (25-for-65) with 4 homers, 5 doubles and 19 RBIs, Bryan Ingram is batting .366 (30-for-82) with 2 homers, 2 triples, 4 doubles and 12 RBIs, and Will Hudson is batting .333 (25-for-75) with 1 homer, 3 doubles and 13 RBIs ... on the pitching side in the past 25 games, Scott Nicholson is 6-1 with a 3.18 ERA, Thad Johnson is 4-3 with a 4.79 ERA, Stephen Copeland is 1-0 with 3 saves and a 3.18 ERA, Ben Rowe is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA, and Chris Wilkins is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA ... in the Pacific-10 through April 22, Oregon State is first in home runs (47), slugging percentage (.494) and double plays turned (48), second in batting average (.322), total bases (716), anbd on-base percentage (.392), and third in runs (304), RBIs (282), and triples (13) ... among the Pacific-10's individual leaders through April 22, Curtis Davis is first in on-base percentage (.523), second in hit by pitch (13) and fourth in batting average (.400), Chris Biles is sixth in batting average (.381), sixth in slugging percentage (.619), and tied for sixth in home runs (7), Brian Barden is sixth in RBIs (44), tied for sixth in home runs (7), seventh in hits (61), tied for seventh in runs (39), and tied for ninth in total bases (92), Josh Carter is fourth in doubles (15), tied for seventh in runs (39), eighth in RBIs (42) and total bases (93), and 10th in slugging percentage (.600), Andy Jarvis is second in home runs (12), and seventh in RBIs (43) and total bases (94), Eric Stark is tied for ninth in triples (3), Scott Nicholson is first in innings (94.0), tied for third in wins (8), ninth in ERA (3.64), and tied for 10th in starts (11), Thad Johnson third in innings (90.2), tied for third in starts (13), eighth in strikeouts (68), and ninth in wins (5), Stephen Copeland is tied for third in saves (5), and tied for ninth in appearances (18), and Craig Hays is tied for ninth in appearances (18), and tied for 10th in wins (4).

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey earned his 200th win as Oregon State's baseball coach when the Beavers beat Washington State 14-5 on April 20. Casey, in his seventh season at OSU, has a record of 202-144-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .583, only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) coached more baseball wins at OSU. Casey's career record is 373-257-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .591.

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	      NRApril 23  NR	            N/A	            NR	      NR

LAST WEEK: Oregon State returned to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and put together a 4-game winning streak the week of April 16-22, getting back to 9 games over .500 and moving into third place in the Pacific-10. The Beavers took an 11-4 non-league win over Concordia (Ore.) on April 17, then swept Washington State in a Pacific-10 series from April 20-22 by scores of 14-5, 10-9 and 8-7.

On April 17, Curtis Davis homered, drove in 3 runs and tied Oregon State's season record for being hit by pitch as the Beavers beat Concordia 11-2. OSU also got 2 hits and a home run from Paul Richi. The Beavers had 14 hits and pitchers Jed Mitchell, Ben Rowe, Mark McLemore and Stephen Copeland combined on an 8-hitter for the win. The Beaver quartet of third baseman Brian Barden, shortstop Will Hudson, second baseman Zach Gordon and first baseman Andy Jarvis started a game together for the first time since a March 25 win over Arizona State. OSU used the midweek game to give several pitchers some work, and Mitchell earned the win for his first decision of the season. The sophomore lefthander went four innings, allowing 2 runs (2 earned) on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.

On April 20, Brian Barden homered and drove in a career-high 5 runs and Andy Jarvis and Josh Howard added home runs for Oregon State in a 14-5 win over Washington State. The Beavers earned head coach Pat Casey his 200th win at Oregon State. OSU also saw Curtis Davis set a single-season school record when he was hit by apitch for the 13th time this spring. Oregon State had 16 hits, including the 3three home runs, a triple by Bryan Ingram, and 6 doubles. The Beavers led 12-3 after 5 innings. Given that lead, senior righthander Thad Johnson improved his record to 5-5 by working into the ninth, allowing 5 runs (all earned) on 9 hits and 5 walks, striking out 2. Barden finished the day 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and 5 RBIs while Jarvis was 2-for-5 with a homer, a double and 2 RBIs. Howard, a senior outfielder making his first start since March 4, went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double, and Zach Gordon had a pair of doubles and 2 RBIs in his 2-for-5 day.

On April 21, Oregon State rallied from 4-run deficits twice to beat Washington State 10-9. Chris Biles' 2-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Beavers their first lead, Biles also had a 2-run double in the third to cap OSU's first rally. Oregon State pitcher Scott Nicholson and the Beaver lineup took turns giving each other a lift. When Nicholson uncharacteristically gave up 4 runs in both the second and fourth innings, OSU's hitters immediately responded with runs of their own to keep the game close, the senior lefthander then didn't allow a run in the fifth through eighth innings to give the Beavers a chance to take control. Barden tied his career high with 4 hits, going 4-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs, Josh Carter and Jason McBride had 2 hits and a double apiece.

On April 22, Brian Barden's grand slam with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Oregon State an 8-7 win over Washington State and a sweep of the series. OSU came back after giving up 3 runs in the top of the ninth inning and having the first 2 Beaver hitters retired in the bottom of the ninth. Barden nearly didn't get the opportunity for his last bit of dramatics. WSU lefthander Garrett Alwert retired pinch hitters Kerisi Reynolds and Jason McBride on popouts to second baseman Brent Robertson to start the ninth, he then got 2 quick strikes on pinch hitter Seth Pietsch and OSU was a strike away from defeat. But Pietsch fouled off a pair of pitches and then yanked double down the leftfield line. Eric Stark reached base on an error and Bryan Ingram beat out a slow roller for an infield single to load the bases. Barden took 2 balls, then a strike from Alwert, he jumped on the next pitch and hit it over the left-centerfield fence for a game-ending grand slam. The ninth inning broke up what had been a pitching battle between Alwert and OSU righthander Stephen Copeland, who hadn't started a game on the mound since the first weekend of the season. After spending the last 10 weeks as OSU's closer and second baseman, the sophomore pitched into the ninth inning, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) on 11 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.

OREGON STATE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES IN 2001: Here are the records OSU has set, and where the Beavers rank on or near the school's career and single-season leaders lists through April 22:

INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State, 2001.TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington, 2001.INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCHSeason: 13, Curtis Davis, 2001.SEASON HITS LEADERS8. (3-way tie)	69Brian Barden	61Josh Carter	56SEASON RUNS LEADERS7. (7-way tie)	49Brian Barden	39Josh Carter 	39Will Hudson 	35SEASON DOUBLES LEADERS10. (tie) Josh Carter	15Andy Jarvis	12SEASON TRIPLES LEADERS8. (Many players tied)	4Eric Stark	3SEASON HOME RUNS LEADERS6. (tie) Andy Jarvis	12SEASON RUNS BATTED IN LEADERS9. (2-way tie)	51Brian Barden	44Andy Jarvis	43Josh Carter	42SEASON TOTAL BASES LEADERS10. Ben Bertrand, 1997	110Andy Jarvis	94Josh Carter	93Brian Barden	92SEASON SAVES LEADERS2. (tie) Stephen Copeland   5SEASON INNINGS LEADERS10. John Sipple, 1985	103.2Scott Nicholson	94.0Thad Johnson	90.2SEASON COMPLETE GAMES LEADERS9. (2-way tie)	8Scott Nicholson	7SEASON SHUTOUTS LEADERS8. (tie) Scott Nicholson  2CAREER HITS LEADERS9. (2-way tie)	169Josh Carter	154CAREER RUNS LEADERS10. (2-way tie)	118Eric Stark	107Bryan Ingram	93CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS2. Josh Carter	39CAREER TRIPLES LEADERS4. (tie) Eric Stark	8CAREER RUNS BATTED IN LEADERS9. Josh Carter	        10810. (3-way tie)	        105Brian Barden	         93CAREER WALKS LEADERS10. Tim Lambert	         98Eric Stark	         83CAREER TOTAL BASES LEADERS10. Dave Brundage	242Josh Carter	        237CAREER STOLEN BASES LEADERS9. (2-way tie)	                35Eric Stark	                25CAREER SAVES LEADERS4. (tie) Stephen Copeland	 5CAREER COMPLETE GAMES LEADERS9. (2-way tie)	                14Scott Nicholson	                12CAREER SHUTOUTS LEADERS10. (tie) Scott Nicholson	 2

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:

	(First-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

THE MYTHICAL NORTHERN DIVISION RACE: After the Pacific-10 merged its Northern and Southern divisions prior to the 1999 season, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State have continued to schedule non-league series against each other in addition to their conference series. Counting all games played between the old Northern Division schools, it's possible to come up with mythical Northern Division standings, so far this season, OSU is 6-3, Washington 3-1 and WSU 1-7. Oregon State won the mythical division title in 2000 and Washington State took the imaginary crown in 1999.

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 8-2 with a 3.64 earned run average, he's thrown 7 complete games and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 11 of his starts. In 94.0 innings, he's allowed just 95 hits and 18 walks while striking out 55 and opponents are batting just .268 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 .361 with 7 homers and 44 RBIs, he has 8 doubles and 1 triple. From April 16-April 22, he batted .611 (11-for-18) with 2 homers and 13 RBIs, capped by a ninth-inning, 2-out grand slam that gave OSU an 8-7 win over Washington State, that earned him Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors.

In the past 25 games, Barden is batting .438 (42-for-96) with 5 homers, 1 triple, 6 doubles and 26 RBIs.

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 4 selections as the Pacific-10 Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week this season: first baseman Andy Jarvis, catcher Brian Ingram, pitcher Scott Nicholson and third baseman Brian Barden.

Jarvis was named for March 5-March 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-March 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.

Barden was named for April 16-April 22. In 4 games against Concordia and Washington State, Barden batted .611 (11-for-18) with 2 homers and 13 RBIs, capped by a ninth-inning, 2-out grand slam that gave OSU an 8-7 win over Washington State.

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 23, facing No. 1 Stanford (3 games), No. 7 Southern California (3 games), No. 15 Clemson (3 games) and No. 16 Arizona STate (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), Minnesota (3 games), Cal-Santa Barbara (3 games) and UCLA (3 games).

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