Beavers Continue Road Swing, Postseason Quest
May 8, 2001
FRIDAY, MAY 11
Oregon State at UCLA, 6 p.m.
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SATURDAY, MAY 12
Oregon State at UCLA, 1 p.m.
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SUNDAY, MAY 13
Oregon State at UCLA, 1 p.m.
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The road to the NCAA regionals remains exactly that for Oregon State (29-20 overall, 9-9 Pacific-10), as the Beavers make their third straight weekend trip in a bid for a postseason berth. OSU is tied for fourth in the Pacific-10 as it visits UCLA (26-23, 6-12) for a Pac-10 series.
The Beavers have two weekends left to pile up as many wins as possible to attract the attention of the NCAA selection committee, which will announce the 64-team postseason field on May 21.
'We've said it for the past few weeks, and it still holds true this week - everything this team has worked toward since last summer, all the goals it's set for itself, are right there to be had,' said OSU coach Pat Casey, whose team is ranked 35th in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. 'There are two weeks to go in the regular season, and we've got two very good teams to play. Our work is definitely cut out for us.
'But this team is capable of getting the job done. It's come up with wins in key games throughout the year, and that's what we've got to do now.'
After finishing off a nine-game, three-week swing around the Pacific that has already seen trips to Hawai'i and Washington, the Beavers return home to play third-ranked Southern California on May 18-20 to close out the regular season.
'That's as good a club as you'll find in the country right now, and that's going to be a great series,' Casey said of the Pac-10-leading Trojans. 'First, though, we've got to come up with a way to beat a very tough UCLA team on its home field.'
The Bruins went 1-3 in a homestand last week, beating San Diego State 3-1 in a non-league game before being swept by California in a Pac-10 series by scores of 6-2, 9-8 in 11 innings, and 8-6. UCLA plays fourth-ranked Cal State-Fullerton on Wednesday before OSU's visit.
Senior outfielder Brian Baron is having a phenomenal year at the plate for the Bruins, leading the Pac-10 in hitting with a .459 batting average, he has two home runs and 41 runs batted in. Senior shortstop Josh Canales is batting .361 with 18 RBIs, junior outfielder John Campanella is batting .333 with one homer and 11 RBIs, and senior utility player Matt Pearl is batting .319 with five homers and 34 RBIs.
Junior righthander Josh Karp has a 4-2 record with a 3.34 earned run average, senior lefthander Bobby Roe is 4-2 with a 5.91 ERA and senior righthander Paul Diaz is 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA. The Bruins are batting .304 as a team and their opponents are hitting .280, UCLA is a 4.65 ERA and its opponents' mark is 5.66.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS),
.323, 2 HRs, 25 RBIs
1B - Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.295, 12 HRs, 48 RBIs
2B - Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC),
.240, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs
or - Kerisi Reynolds, fr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.311, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
or - Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),
.214, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs
3B - Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),
.371, 8 HRs, 53 RBIs
SS - Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),
.307, 2 HRs, 22 RBIs
LF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),
.374, 7 HRs, 41 RBIs
or - Josh Howard, sr., Prineville, Ore. (Abilene Christian U.),
.289, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs
or-Seth Pietsch, fr., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),
.273, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
CF - Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS),
.262, 1 HR, 22 RBIs
RF - Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS),
.354, 6 HRs, 49 RBIs
DH - Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS),
.414, 2 HRs, 26 RBIs
or-Jason McBride, jr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
.339, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs
or-Pat Stevens, jr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),
.385, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs
(Rotation to be determined, possible starting pitchers)
RHP - Thad Johnson, sr., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC),
6-7, 4.58 ERA
LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
10-2, 3.70 ERA
RHP-Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),
3-3, 8.48 ERA
LHP-Mark McLemore, so., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),
0-4, 9.34 ERA
RHP-Ben Rowe, fr., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),
1-0 , 7.01 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 7-16 against UCLA in a series dating back to 1967. Last season, the Bruins swept a series in Corvallis by scores of 3-1, 18-10 and 9-5. The last time the teams met in Los Angeles was 1999, when OSU won the opener 7-5 before UCLA won 15-0 and 8-6.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State made the second of its 3 straight road trips, and the Beavers took 1 of 3 games from Washington at Husky Ballpark in Seattle from May 4-May 6. Washington won the opener 11-4, OSU took the next game 9-1, and UW captured the finale 3-1.
On May 4, Oregon State took an early lead only to see it slip away in an 11-4 loss to Washington. The Beavers got a 3-run double by Curtis Davis in the top of the first inning only to see Washington come back with 6 runs in the bottom of the first. UW righthander Shawn Kohn went on to pitch an 8-hitter, and the Huskies took control of the game with 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth. OSU got a strong performance out of the bullpen from lefthander Jed Mitchell, who went the final 4.2 innings in relief of Stephen Copeland. Mitchell allowed 1 run (1 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3 on a cool, wet, windy night. Will Hudson was 2-for-3 for OSU.
On May 5, Scott Nicholson pitched a 7-hitter and Chris Biles drove in 4 runs as Oregon State beat Washington 9-1. Nicholson blanked the Huskies over the final 8 innings as OSU surpassed its overall win total from 2000's 28-27 record. Nicholson improved to 10-2 this season as he followed an OSU loss with a victory for the sixth time this season. Nicholson walked 1 and struck out 4 as he improved his record against Washington to 4-0 over the last 2 seasons. After Nicholson was nicked for a first-inning run on 3 straight 2-out hits in the bottom of the first inning, OSU came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. The only hit of the inning was Biles' 2-out, 2-run single to right. Nicholson retired 10 in a row from the first through fourth innings as OSU built its lead to 4-1. Biles' 4 RBIs tied his career high. He added a 2-run single in OSU's 3-run seventh inning and finished 3-for-5 on the day. Bryan Ingram went 3-for-5 with a double, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored and Andy Jarvis was 2-for-4 with a double and 1 RBI for OSU. Zach Gordon had a solo homer for OSU in the ninth, the third homer of his career at Husky Ballpark.
On May 6, Brian Barden tied Oregon State's school record for hits in a season but the Beavers fell to Washington 3-1. Barden's pinch-hit single in the ninth inning started an OSU rally that fell just short, as the game ended with the tying and go-ahead runs on base. Barden grounded a single up the middle for his 75th hit of the spring, matching the mark set by R.A. Neitzel in 1990. The Beaver third baseman had missed the first 8 innings of the game due to swelling from being hit by a bad-hop groundball in OSU's victory the day before. OSU missed Barden's bat in what turned out to be a pitcher's duel. Beaver righthander Thad Johnson threw an 8-hitter, walking 4 and striking out 5, but Washington's Zack Daniels and Tyler Shepple combined to limit Oregon State to 6 hits. OSU stranded 11 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the first, fourth and ninth innings. Oregon State picked up its lone run in the first inning, when Josh Carter's one-out single off second baseman Marc Rittenhouse's glove drove in Bryan Ingram. Carter was 2-for-3 and Curtis Davis was 2-for-5 for the Beavers.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State third baseman Brian Barden tied the school record for hits in a season on May 6. His pinch-hit single up the middle was his 75th hit of the season, matching the mark set by R.A. Neitzel in 1990 ... pitcher Scott Nicholson climbed several OSU single-season and career leader lists last week with his 7-hitter at Washington. On OSU's single-season lists, Nicholson is now fourth in innings (112.0), tied for sixth in wins (10), and tied for sixth in complete games (9), on OSU's career lists, Nicholson is now tied for ninth in complete games (14) ... designated hitter Curtis Davis is on a 6-game hitting streak, during the streak, he's batting .480 (12-for-25) with 1 homer, 5 doubles, 8 RBIs and 8 runs ...
OSU has won 8 of its last 12 games and 21 of its last 33 ... OSU is 2 games ahead of its pace from last season, when the Beavers were 27-22 after 49 games, OSU is 1 game ahead of its 2000 pace in Pacific-10 play, when the Beavers were 8-10 after 18 games ... OSU has pitched 15 complete games this season, that's the most for a Beaver team since the 1994 squad pitched a school-record 24 complete games. OSU's opponents have pitched just 5 complete games ... Scott Nicholson's 9 complete games are the most in a season by a Beaver pitcher since Mason Smith and Mike Thurman (now with the Montreal Expos) pitched 10 each in 1994 ... 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 15 triples as a team, the Beavers had 13 all of last season ...
This spring, Oregon State is 14-4 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including an 11-3 mark in 1-run games ... OSU is 2-0 in extra-inning games this season ... OSU has had 10 or more hits in 31 of its 49 games ... OSU has 15 or more hits in 14 games this season ... Oregon State is 17-5 at home this season ... as a team, OSU's pinch-hitters are batting .413 (31-for-75) and opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .250 (11-for-44) ... the Beavers began the season being outhomered 15-1 in a series at Cal State-Northridge. Since then, OSU has outhomered its opponents 50-35 ... 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 25 multi-hit games this season, Josh Carter has 24, Chris Biles 19, Bryan Ingram 17, Curtis Davis 16, Will Hudson and Andy Jarvis 15 each, and Eric Stark 11 ... Brian Barden leads OSU with 15 multi-RBI games, Josh Carter and Andy Jarvis have 12 each, Chris Biles 10, Curtis Davis 7, and Bryan Ingram 6 ...
In the Pacific-10 through May 6, Oregon State is first in slugging percentage (.482), home runs (51), and opposing runners caught stealing (35), tied for first in double plays turned (57), second in batting average (.322), on-base percentage (.396), and total bases (843), and third in runs scored (371), hits (562), RBIs (342), triples (14), times hit by pitch (61), and fewest walks allowed (166) ...
Among the Pacific-10 individual batting leaders through May 6, Curtis Davis is first in on-base percentage (.519), second in times hit by pitch (14), third in batting average (.414), and ninth in slugging percentage (.570), Chris Biles is sixth in batting average (.374), and 10th in slugging percentage (.568), Brian Barden is fifth in runs (47), tied for fifth in hits (75), sixth in RBIs (53), tied for sixth in homers (8), and seventh in batting average (.371) and total bases (113), Will Hudson is tied for sixth in sacrifice bunts (6), eighth in runs (44), and 10th in walks (26), Josh Carter is tied for fifth in doubles (15), tied for seventh in hits (68) and sacrifice flies (4), and tied for eighth in RBIs (49), Andy Jarvis is third in homers (12), tied for seventh in sacrifice flies (4), and 10th in RBIs (48) and total bases (106), Eric Stark is tied for fifth in triples (4), and tied for seventh in walks (28), Zach Gordon is tied for sixth in sacrifice bunts (6) ...
Among the Pacific-10 individual pitching leaders through May 6, Scott Nicholson is first in innings pitched (112.0), third in wins (10), tied for fourth in opposing runners picked off (3), tied for seventh in starts (13), ninth in ERA (3.70), and tied for 10th in strikeouts (67), Thad Johnson is tied for first in starts (15), second in innings pitched (106.0), ninth in strikeouts (78), and tied for ninth in wins (6), Stephen Copeland is tied for fourth in saves (5), and Craig Hays is tied for ninth in appearances (21).
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 206-148-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .581, 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 377-261-5, 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.
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 NR NR NRApril 30 NR 28th NR NRMay 7 NR 35th NR NR
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 May 7, facing No. 3 Southern California (3 games), No. 6 Stanford (3 games), No. 16 Clemson (3 games) and No. 19 Arizona State (3 games). OSU's schedule includes another 7 games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: California (3 games), Texas Tech (1 game) and Cal-Santa Barbara (3 games).
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 May 6:
INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State.TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington.INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCHSeason: 14, Curtis Davis.SEASON AT-BATS LEADERS1. R.A. Neitzel, 1990 211(tie) Troy Schader, 1999 2113. Joe Gerber, 2000 2104. Jeff Brauning, 1989 2065. Scott Hardin, 1994 205(tie) Corrie Willkie, 1999 2057. Dave Brundage, 1986 202> (tie) Brian Barden 202 Andy Jarvis 193 Josh Carter 192
(tie) Brian Barden 75 Josh Carter 68 Brian Barden 47 Will Hudson 44 Josh Carter 40 Josh Carter 15 Andy Jarvis 12 (tie) Eric Stark 4 (tie) Andy Jarvis 12 9. Brian Barden 53 Josh Carter 49 Andy Jarvis 48 10. Brian Barden 113 Andy Jarvis 106 Josh Carter 105 (tie) Scott Nicholson 10 (10-2) (tie) Stephen Copeland 5 4. Scott Nicholson 112.0 10. Thad Johnson 106.0 (tie) Scott Nicholson 9 (tie) Scott Nicholson 2 Josh Carter 523 Bryan Ingram 500 Josh Carter 166 Eric Stark 115 Bryan Ingram 101 2. Josh Carter 39 (tie) Eric Stark 9 (tie) Josh Carter 115 Brian Barden 101 Eric Stark 92 8. Josh Carter 249 Brian Barden 221 Eric Stark 27 (tie) Stephen Copeland 5 (tie) Scott Nicholson 14 (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:(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
THE MYTHICAL NORTHERN DIVISION RACE: Since 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, this year's mythical Northern Division standings show Washington is 7-3, OSU is 7-4 and WSU is 2-9. Oregon State won the imaginary division title in 2000 and Washington State took the 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 10-2 with a 3.70 earned run average, he's thrown 9 complete games and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 13 of his starts. In 112.0 innings, he's allowed just 113 hits and 20 walks while striking out 67.
Nicholson is among the Pacific-10 leaders in earned run average, innings pitched and strikeouts. Already this spring, he's earned places on OSU's lists of all-time single-season leaders in innings pitched, wins, complete games and shutouts.
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 Baseball America's preseason edition tabbed him as the Pacific-10's best defensive third baseman.
Barden is living up to those expectations.
Barden is batting .371 with 8 homers and 53 RBIs, he has 10 doubles and 2 triples. 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.
Barden has tied OSU's record for hits in a season, getting his 75th on May 6 at Washington. The record-tying single came in a pinch-hitting role after Barden missed most of the game with a swollen eye suffered when he was struck by a bad hop a day earlier.
Barden is also climbing OSU's lists of all-time single-season leaders in at-bats, RBIs and total bases. Barden is among the Pacific-10 leaders in batting average, hits, RBIs, home runs, runs scored and total bases.
JARVIS NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: First baseman Andy Jarvis was named 1 of 4 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.