Beavers Place Four On All-Pac-10 Baseball Squad

May 22, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State had four players named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Team that was announced Tuesday. Pitcher Scott Nicholson, catcher Bryan Ingram, third baseman Brian Barden and outfielder Chris Biles were named to the squad, it was the most all-conference picks for OSU since the Pac-10 merged its Northern and Southern divisions prior to the 1999 season.

OSU had three more players earn honorable mention: outfielder Josh Carter, designated hitter Curtis Davis and pitcher Thad Johnson. The Beavers finished the season 31-24 overall and 11-13 in the Pacific-10.

Arizona State catcher Casey Myers was named Player of the Year and Southern California's Mark Prior was Pitcher of the Year. California's David Esquer was Coach of the Year and Stanford outfielder Carlos Quentin was Freshman of the Year.

Nicholson (Longview, Wash./R.A. Long HS, Lower Columbia CC), a senior lefthander, had one of the outstanding seasons by a pitcher in OSU history by going 11-2 with a 3.58 earned run average. Nicholson tied for the second-most wins ever in a season by an OSU pitcher and set a school record for innings pitched in a season (130 2/3). He tied for fourth on the school's all-time lists of season leaders for shutouts (three) and complete games (10).

Nicholson earned Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week honors twice, including last week for shutting out No. 2 Southern California with a seven-hitter. He was 2-1 against teams ranked in the top five this season, and he had a 4-1 career record against top-five teams. Nicholson led the Pac-10 in innings pitched and was among the conference leaders in wins (third) and ERA (eighth).

Ingram (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS), a junior, batted .301 with two homers, 28 RBIs and seven stolen bases. An outstanding defensive catcher, he threw out 22 of 63 runners attempting to steal against him. He earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors once this season.

Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS), a sophomore, batted .367 with eight homers and 55 runs batted in. His 83 hits and 226 at-bats were new single-season school records, and he earned places on OSU's all-time season leader lists in runs (51, tied for fourth), total bases (122, fourth) and RBIs (sixth).

Barden earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors once this season. His game-ending grand slam to cap a four-run ninth inning comeback against Washington State was one of the highlights of OSU's season. Barden was among the Pac-10 leaders in runs (sixth), hits (tied for fourth), RBIs (tied for seventh) and total bases (tied for eighth).

Biles (Tigard, Ore./Tigard HS), a sophomore, batted .395 with nine homers and 48 RBIs. His batting average was the sixth-highest season mark in school history and he earned a place on OSU's lists of season leaders in hits (70, tied for ninth). Biles shone in Pac-10 play, batting .443 against conference foes with three homers and 18 RBIs. He was among the conference leaders in batting average (second, .395), slugging percentage (.605, fourth) and homers (tied for 10th).

Davis (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS), a senior, batted .390 with two homers, 12 doubles and 26 RBIs. He set a school record by being hit by pitch 14 times, and his .489 on-base percentage led the Pac-10. His batting average was the seventh-best single-season mark in OSU history.

Carter (Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook HS), a junior, batted .355 with six homers, and 54 RBIs. He earned places on OSU's all-time lists of season leaders in at-bats (220, second), hits (78, second), doubles (18, tied for third), RBIs (tied for seventh) and total bases (118, sixth). He was among the Pacific-10 leaders in hits (10th), RBIs (ninth), doubles (tied for fifth) and total bases (10th).

Johnson (Santa Rosa, Calif./Piner HS, Santa Rosa JC), a senior, went 6-9 with a 4.62 earned run average and was generally a hard-luck loser, as the Beavers averaged just 2.9 runs per game in his losses and scored two or fewer runs in five of those. Johnson was among OSU's all-time season leaders in innings pitched (122 2/3, second) and was among the Pacific-10 leaders in innings pitched (second) and strikeouts (tied for seventh).

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