Five Beavers On Pac-10 All-Academic Baseball Squad

June 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State had five baseball players honored when the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team was announced Monday. Senior pitcher Thad Johnson (Santa Rosa, Calif./Piner HS, Santa Rosa JC) and sophomore pitcher/second baseman Stephen Copeland (Keizer, Ore./McNary HS) were named to the first team, senior second baseman Zach Gordon (Simi Valley, Calif./Royal HS, Moorpark JC) was named to the second team, and junior designated hitter/outfielder Pat Stevens (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon HS, Chapman U.) and sophomore pitcher Mark McLemore (Granite Bay, Calif./Del Oro HS) earned honorable mention.

To be eligible for selection to Pac-10 All-Academic teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or significant substitute for their team.

Johnson, a righthander, has a 3.62 GPA and is majoring in Sociology. This season he had a 6-9 record and 4.62 earned run average. In his losses, OSU averaged just 2.9 runs per game and scored two or fewer runs five times.

Copeland, a righthander, has a 3.65 GPA and is majoring in Mathematics. This season, he had a 3-4 record, 5 saves, and a 6.99 ERA, at the plate, he batted .214 with four runs batted in. He moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation in April, and his ERA was inflated by a rough start in first appearance of the season.

Gordon has a 3.33 GPA and is majoring in History. This season, he batted .227 with three homers, 17 RBIs, eight doubles and 1 triple. A terrific fielder, Gordon had a .959 fielding percentage and regularly showed the ability to make outstanding plays. He played most of 2001 with painful bruised bone in his hand.

Stevens has a 3.1 GPA and is majoring in Business Marketing. This season, he batted .333 with nine RBIs and three doubles while being used mostly as a pinch-hitter.

McLemore has a 3.32 GPA and is majoring in Business. This season, he had a 0-4 record.

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