Beavers Showed Improvement in 2001
June 1, 2001
It was as close as you can get.
Just one run against the nation's second-ranked team on the final day of the season likely separated Oregon State from a trip to an NCAA regional. The Beavers (31-24 overall, 11-13 Pacific-10) carried their postseason hopes into the last game of 2001, but a 1-0 loss to conference champion Southern California dashed OSU's chances of playing further into the spring.
'It was a tough way to end the year, but we played a great series against what might be the very best team in the country,' said OSU coach Pat Casey, whose team took the Trojans into extra innings in the Beavers' other loss in the season-ending series. 'We really played at a peak level in the last three games. Sometimes you get through with a series like that and go back and wonder what if you'd done this or done that differently, but I didn't have that feeling after that series.
'We left everything on the field, and I'm proud of this team.'
There was a lot regarding the 2001 season for Oregon State to be proud of:
* The Beavers reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth time in the last six seasons
* OSU improved its overall record by three games over the 2000 season.
* Oregon State improved its Pac-10 record by two games over 2000, posting OSU's best conference record since the Northern and Southern Divisions combined in 1999.
* The Beavers had five wins over teams ranked in the final Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll of the regular season, and five more wins over teams that received votes but didn't make the top 25.
* OSU reached as high as 28th in the national polls during the season.
* Oregon State went 10-9 against teams that received berths in NCAA regionals.
* The Beavers were outstanding in their home ballpark, going 18-7 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
* In the Pacific-10 standings, OSU finished ahead of Pacific Northwest rivals Washington and Washington State for the second straight season.
'This group accomplished a lot,' said Casey, who was in his seventh season with the Beavers. 'You look back on the past four months, and I think you've got to say that we had a good season. We didn't quite get to the ultimate goal - a regional - but this team took a lot of steps forward for our program.
'We were very competitive in what could well be the best conference in the country, we had more and more players prove to themselves and other people that they can perform at this level, and we were in the hunt to get into the postseason right down to the final inning of the year. We beat some great teams and we played in some great ballgames, and it was an exciting season.
'Now we have to go out and keep working to take some more steps next spring. Our guys should have seen over the last year that we're starting to really make an impact in this conference, and that will be something to keep driving us.'
The Beavers had plenty of individual accomplishments, as well:
* Pitcher Scott Nicholson was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America squad, being picked to the third team.
* Nicholson, catcher Bryan Ingram, third baseman Brian Barden and outfielder Chris Biles were named to the All-Pacific-10 team. Designated hitter Curtis Davis, pitcher Thad Johnson and outfielder Josh Carter earned honorable mention.
* Nicholson went 11-2, tying for the second-most wins ever in a season by an OSU pitcher. He set a school record for innings pitched (130 2/3), and finished tied for fourth on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders for shutouts (three) and complete games (10). He also finished his career with a 4-1 record against top-five teams.
* Barden set OSU's records for hits (83) and at-bats (226) in a season, and he was among the Pac-10 leaders in runs (sixth), hits (tied for fourth), RBIs (tied for seventh) and total bases (tied for eighth).
* Carter put together one of the longest hitting streaks in school history, a 26-gamer over the 2000 and 2001 seasons. That streak included the first 19 games of this season.
* First baseman Andy Jarvis was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for his five-homer, 13-RBI week against Washington and Washington State from March 5-11.
* Jarvis, Ingram, Nicholson and Barden all earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week honors during the season, with Nicholson being named twice.
* Second baseman Zach Gordon earned a Pacific-10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship.
The season had plenty of highlights for OSU, which placed sixth in the Pac-10. Among the top moments the Beavers could look back on when the season concluded:
* Winning all four games at the San Diego Classic, including victories over San Diego State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
* Tying the school record for homers in a game by hitting seven in a non-conference win over Washington.
* Sweeping a non-league series from defending Big Ten champion Minnesota.
* Capturing the opening series of the conference season against third-ranked Arizona State.
* Nicholson's 82-pitch gem in a complete-game shutout win at Arizona on March 31.
* Casey earning his 200th win as Oregon State's head coach when the Beavers beat Washington State 14-5 on April 20.
* A two-out, game-ending grand slam by Barden against Washington State on April 22, completing a Pac-10 sweep.
* A stretch in March and April that saw OSU win 19 of 27 games.
* Drawing nearly 4,000 fans to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for the final series against USC.
'It's great to have that kind of support for baseball, and those fans really got behind us this season,' Casey said. 'That's one key reason that we had the kind of home record that we did - the people who show up and support us. People like coming to this ballpark, and this year we gave them a pretty good show.'
The Beavers played their best home schedule ever, meeting Arizona State, Southern California, California and Washington State in Pacific-10 series and also facing Minnesota, San Francisco, Washington, Gonzaga and Portland in non-league play. OSU's 25 home games were its most-ever.
'We're really starting to see the effects of having a first-class facility,' Casey said. 'We're able to get more people to come in and play us, and we're not having to spend as many weekends going on the road. The improvements to this ballpark have really helped us in attracting players and fans - and new opponents - and that's had a definite impact on the quality of our play.'
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS),
.301, 2 HRs, 28 RBIs
1B - Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.290, 12 HRs, 48 RBIs
2B - Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC),
.227, 3 HRs, 17 RBIs
or - Kerisi Reynolds, fr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.280, 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),
.367, 8 HRs, 55 RBIs
SS - Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),
.287, 2 HRs, 23 RBIs
LF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),
.395, 9 HRs, 48 RBIs
or - Josh Howard, sr., Prineville, Ore. (Abilene Christian U.),
.292, 2 HRs, 9 RBIs
or-Seth Pietsch, fr., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),
.265, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
CF - Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS),
.268, 1 HR, 23 RBIs
RF - Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS),
.355, 6 HRs, 54 RBIs
DH - Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS),
.390, 2 HRs, 26 RBIs
or-Jason McBride, jr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
.328, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs
or-Pat Stevens, jr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),
.333, 0 HRs, 9 RBIs
RHP - Thad Johnson, sr., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC),
6-9, 4.62 ERA
LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
11-2, 3.58 ERA
RHP-Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),
3-4, 6.99 ERA
or LHP-Mark McLemore, so., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),
0-4, 9.25 ERA
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State reached the 30-win plateau for the fourth time in the last 6 seasons ... OSU's 11 wins in Pacific-10 play were the most for the Beavers since the conference unified its Northern and Southern divisions prior to the 1999 season ... OSU finished 3 games ahead of its pace from 2000, when the Beavers were 28-27, OSU was 2 games ahead of its 2000 pace in Pacific-10 play, when the Beavers were 9-15 ... OSU pitched 17 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 pitched just 5 complete games ... Scott Nicholson's 10 complete games were 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, the last Beaver hurler with more than 10 complete games was Scott Anderson with 11 in 1984 ... OSU pitched 4 shutouts this season, that was the most for the Beavers since they tossed 5 shutouts in 1994 ...
Oregon State was 14-7 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including an 11-5 mark in 1-run games ... OSU was 2-3 in extra-inning games this season ... OSU had 10 or more hits in 34 of its 55 games, OSU had 15 or more hits in 14 games ... OSU was 18-7 at home this season ... as a team, OSU's pinch-hitters batted .386 (32-for-83) and opponents' pinch-hitters batted .239 (11-for-46) ... OSU scored at least 10 runs in 19 of its 55 games, the season-high was 18 runs, in wins over Cal-Riverside (18-10) on Feb. 17 and Hawai'i (18-7) on April 28 ... OSU began the season being outhomered 15-1 in a series at Cal State-Northridge. From then on, OSU outhomered its opponents 52-40 ... 13 different Beavers homered this season. When OSU tied a school record with 7 home runs against Washington on March 7, 7 different Beavers homered ...
In multi-hit games, Brian Barden and Josh Carter were the Beavers' leaders with 28 each, Chris Biles had 23, Curtis Davis and Bryan Ingram 17 each, Andy Jarvis 16, Will Hudson 15 and Eric Stark 13. OSU had 15 different players come up with at least 1 multi-hit game ... in multi-RBI games, Barden was OSU's leader with 15, Carter had 13, Jarvis 12, Biles 11, Davis 7, Ingram 6, Hudson 5 and Zach Gordon 4. OSU had 15 different players come up with at least 1 multi-RBI game ... the longest hitting streak by a Beaver was Carter's 19-gamer to start the season, other lengthy streaks over the course of the season included Barden at 13 games, Ingram at 12, and Davis at 10 ...
Among the Pacific-10 team leaders through the end of the regular season, Oregon State was second in double plays turned (64), and third in home runs (53), total bases (914), slugging percentage (.466), hit by pitch (66), and on-base percentage (.391) ...
Among the Pacific-10 individual batting leaders through the end of the regular season, Curtis Davis was first in on-base percentage (.489), second in hit by pitch (14), and fourth in batting average (.390), Chris Biles was tied for second in batting average (.395), fourth in slugging percentage (.605), and tied for 10th in home runs (9), Brian Barden was tied for fourth in hits (83), sixth in runs (51), tied for seventh in RBIs (55), and tied for eighth in total bases (122), Josh Carter was tied for fifth in doubles (18), ninth in RBIs (54), tied for ninth in hits (78), and 10th in total bases (118), Andy Jarvis was fourth in home runs (12), Eric Stark was tied for sixth in triples (4) and walks (32), Will Hudson was tied for third in sacrifice bunts (9), and eighth in walks (31), Zach Gordon was tied for fifth in sacrifice bunts (8), and Bryan Ingram was tied for ninth in sacrifice bunts (7) ...
Among the Pacific-10 individual pitching leaders through the end of the regular season, Scott Nicholson was first in innings pitched (130.2), third in wins (11), tied for fourth in runners picked off (4), tied for sixth in starts (15), and eighth in ERA (3.58), Thad Johnson was second in innings pitched (122.2), tied for fourth in starts (16), and tied for seventh in strikeouts (87), and Stephen Copeland was tied for fourth in saves (5).
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, who was in his seventh season at OSU, finished the season with a record of 208-152-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .577, 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 379-265-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .588.
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 going into this year's draft.
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.
NICHOLSON EARNS ALL-AMERICA: Pitcher Scott Nicholson was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America team, which is selected by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Nicholson was a third team selection, he was OSU's first All-America selection since pitcher Andrew Checketts in 1998.
BEAVERS ON ALL-PACIFIC-10 TEAM: Oregon State had 4 players named to the All-Pacific-10 first team: pitcher Scott Nicholson, catcher Bryan Ingram, third baseman Brian Barden and outfielder Chris Biles. It was the most players OSU has had selected to the all-conference team since the Pac-10 merged its Northern and Southern divisions prior to the 1999 season.
Oregon State players earning honorable mention in the all-conference picks were designated hitter Curtis Davis, pitcher Thad Johnson and outfielder Josh Carter.
OREGON STATE TEAM AWARDS: Oregon State hands out 4 team awards at the end of each season. Senior pitcher Scott Nicholson earned the Victor Brown Trophy as OSU's Most Valuable Player and he also earned the Bill Cloyes Award as OSU's Most Valuable Pitcher, sophomore outfielder Chris Biles earned the Bill Bonser Award as OSU's Most Improved Player, and junior catcher Bryan Ingram earned the Gold Glove Award as OSU's Most Outstanding Fielder.
GORDON EARNS PAC-10 POSTGRAD SCHOLARSHIP: OSU senior second baseman Zach Gordon (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal HS, Moorpark JC) was among 4 Beaver athletes to be awarded postgraduate scholarships by the Pacific-10 Conference. Each recipient receives a grant in the amount of $3,000. Gordon has a 3.33 grade point average and is majoring in History.
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.Wkly./ Natl.Coll. Baseball CollegiateDate ESPN coaches Bsbll.Wrtrs. America BaseballMarch 12 NR 33rd NR NRMarch 19 NR (44th) 32nd NR NRMarch 26 NR (44th) 34th NR NRApril 2 NR (38th) 31st NR NRApril 9 NR (38th) 29th NR NRApril 16 NR NR NR NRApril23 NR NR NR NRApril 30 NR 28th NR NRMay 7 NR 35th NR NRMay 14 NR NR NR NRMay 21 NR NR NR NR
BEAVERS FACE TOP-FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Oregon State again faced one of the nation's most challenging schedules. The Beavers slate included 16 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the final Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll of the regular season, facing No. 2 Southern California (3 games), No. 3 Stanford (3 games), No. 18 Arizona State (3 games), No. 20 Clemson (3 games), No. 22 Texas Tech (1 game) and No. 25 Cal-Santa Barbara (3 games, rained out). OSU's schedule included another 6 games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: California (3 games) and Minnesota (3 games).
OREGON STATE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES IN 2001: Here are the school records OSU set, and where the Beavers ranked on or near the school's career and single-season leaders lists through the end of the season:
INDIVIDUAL AT-BATSSeason: 226, Brian Barden(old record 211, Troy Schader in 1999, R.A. Neitzel in 1990).INDIVIDUAL HITSSeason: 83, Brian Barden(old record 75, R.A. Neitzel in 1990).INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State.INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCHSeason: 14, Curtis Davis(old record 12, Ben Bertrand in 1997, Stacey Ayers in 1991).INDIVIDUAL STRIKEOUTSGame: 5, Zach Gordon vs. San Diego State.Career: 159, Eric Stark, 1998-2001.INDIVIDUAL LOSSESSeason: (tied) 9, Thad Johnson.INDIVIDUAL INNINGS PITCHEDSeason: 130.2, Scott Nicholson(old record 120.2, Mason Smith in 1994).INDIVIDUAL HITSSeason: 137, Scott Nicholson(old record 135, Mark Newell in 1999).TEAM AT-BATSSeason: 1,960(old record 1,903 in 1999).TEAM HITSSeason: 618(old record 586 in 2000).TEAM TOTAL BASESSeason: 914(old record 897 in 2000).TEAM HIT INTO DOUBLE PLAYSeason: 54(old record 52 in 1992, 1999, 2000).TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington.TEAM INNINGS PITCHEDSeason: 480.0(old record 472.2 in 2000).SEASON BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS6. Chris Biles .3957. Curtis Davis .390SEASON AT-BATS LEADERS1. Brian Barden 2262. Josh Carter 2203. Andy Jarvis 214SEASON HITS LEADERS1. Brian Barden 832. Josh Carter 789. (tie) Chris Biles 70SEASON RUNS LEADERS4. (tie) Brian Barden 51SEASON DOUBLES LEADERS3. (tie) Josh Carter 18SEASON TRIPLES LEADERS8. (tie) Eric Stark 4SEASON HOME RUNS LEADERS6. (tie) Andy Jarvis 12SEASON RUNS BATTED IN LEADERS6. Brian Barden 557. (tie) Josh Carter 54SEASON TOTAL BASES LEADERS4. Brian Barden 1226. Josh Carter 118SEASON WINS LEADERS2. (tie) Scott Nicholson 11 (11-2)SEASON SAVES LEADERS2. (tie) Stephen Copeland 5SEASON INNINGS LEADERS1. Scott Nicholson 130.22. Thad Johnson 122.2SEASON COMPLETE GAMES LEADERS4. (tie) Scott Nicholson 10SEASON SHUTOUTS LEADERS4. (tie) Scott Nicholson 3CAREER HITS LEADERS9. Josh Carter 176CAREER RUNS LEADERS10. Eric Stark 120CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS2. Josh Carter 42CAREER TRIPLES LEADERS3. (tie) Eric Stark 9CAREER RUNS BATTED IN LEADERS6. Josh Carter 120CAREER TOTAL BASES LEADERS6. Josh Carter 262CAREER SAVES LEADERS4. (tie) Stephen Copeland 5CAREER COMPLETE GAMES LEADERS9. Scott Nicholson 15CAREER SHUTOUTS LEADERS7. (tie) Scott Nicholson 3
RETURNING DRAFT PICK SCOTT NICHOLSON: Lefthander Scott Nicholson opted to return to Oregon State after being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft. Nicholson showed this spring why he attracted the pros' interest, being named to the Louisville Slugger All-America team as a third-team pick.
Nicholson had an 11-2 record and a 3.58 earned run average, he threw 10 complete games and pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 15 of his starts. In 130.2 innings, he allowed just 137 hits and 21 walks while striking out 73.
Nicholson was among the Pacific-10 leaders in wins (third), ERA (eighth) and innings pitched (first). He set OSU's single-season record for innings pitched and was on the school's list of all-time season leaders in wins (tied for second), shutouts (tied for fourth) and complete games (tied for fourth).
Nicholson owned wins over nationally-ranked Clemson, Arizona State and Southern California 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 was 4-1 against teams ranked in the top 5, beating Arizona State twice, splitting a pair of decisions with Stanford and shutting out Pacific-10 champ USC in his final game.
Also this season, Nicholson shut out Arizona and defending Big Ten champ Minnesota. His 3 career shutouts tie him for seventh place on OSU's list of all-time leaders, and his 15 complete games rank him ninth on OSU's career list.
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 lived up to those expectations.
Barden batted .367 with 8 homers and 55 RBIs, he had 11 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 set OSU's record for hits in a season, finishing with 83. The record-tying single - hit No. 75 - came May 6 at Washington 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 also set OSU's record for at-bats in a season and made the school's all-time single-season leader lists in RBIs, total bases and runs scored. Barden was among the Pacific-10 leaders in 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 had been 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 had 5 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 (twice) 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.
Nicholson was named again for the week of May 14-20. Against Southern California, he pitched a 7-hit shutout in a 6-0 win over the nation's second-ranked team, walking 0 and striking out 4.
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.
ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,691-1,165-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 760-546, a winning percentage of .582.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 18,751 runs and allowed 14,416 runs. That's an average score of 6.53-5.02.
In its 92 seasons of varsity baseball, OSU has had 69 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 883-378-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .700. Oregon State was 18-7 at home this season. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 132-49 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .729.
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 was again broadcast this spring on KLOO-AM (1340) in Corvallis, with most of the Beaver schedule on the air. Some games were pre-empted due to programming conflicts. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, handled play-by-play duties. The games on the broadcast schedule were also heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State had several games televised this spring by Fox Sports Net. The schedule included a national game at UCLA on May 12 and a regional game at home against Washington State on April 22. OSU's 3-game series at Hawai'i April 27-29 was televised in the islands.
Oregon State has played on national cable television each of the last 4 seasons, and the Beavers were 3-1 in those games including a 3-0 mark at home. This spring, the Beavers fell 7-6 in 11 innings at UCLA. 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 28-14 record in televised games, including 8-2 in national TV games.
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 June 25 at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.
For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.
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