Beavers Visit Unbeaten San Diego

Feb. 6, 2002

FEBRUARY 8, FRIDAY

Oregon State at San Diego, 2 p.m.

FEBRUARY 9, SATURDAY

Oregon State at San Diego, 1 p.m.

FEBRUARY 10, SUNDAY

Oregon State at San Diego, 12 noon

NOTE: KLOO-AM (1340) will once again broadcast Oregon State baseball this season. The broadcast schedule begins with the Feb. 16 game against Western Kentucky and the Feb. 17 game at San Diego State.

Oregon State (2-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) continues its month of southern swings this weekend, visiting San Diego (6-0, 0-0 West Coast) for a non-league series at Cunningham Stadium. The Beavers face a Torero squad that has swept series at California-Irvine and Cal Poly and is a strong contender for the West Coast Conference title.

'It's another chance for us to go and play a very good baseball team,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey, whose squad's opening weekend included games against Arizona State, ranked 17th in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly coaches poll, and Oral Roberts, ranked 31st by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. 'San Diego has already shown that it's going to be a tough team for anyone to face this season. I don't care who you are or who you're playing, it's very difficult in this game to go on the road and win three straight games from someone - and they've done that twice already. We've got our work cut out for us.'

The Beavers have shown encouraging signs of their own, coming home from their opening weekend of play with two wins in three games despite not having been outdoors as a team since last October.

'We've still got a lot to work on, but we also displayed a lot of things that are going to help us down the road,' Casey said. 'We may not have played perfect baseball, but we had a lot of guys step up at key times and get the job done. That's what you want to see start happening early in a season, and it becomes an expectation on the club that in those big situations, you're going to come through.

'The biggest thing for us right now is to keep playing hard and keep battling. The execution will improve as we go along and get more opportunities to get outside and play ballgames. But that effort and concentration is something you have to have from the start, and I think most of our guys did a pretty good job with that last weekend.'

As a team, the Beavers batted .343 with runners in scoring position and OSU's opponents batted only .267 with runners in scoring position.

Junior third baseman Brian Barden moved into OSU's all-time top 10 for runs batted in, as his four RBIs last weekend give him 108 for his career and 10th place. Barden homered in the Beavers' first two games of the season, he had at least one hit and one RBI in each of Oregon State's three games.

Barden needs one more homer and one more total base to move into OSU's all-time top-10s in those categories. He currently has 18 career homers and 242 career total bases.

Other Beavers with at least one hit in each of the three games were junior outfielder Chris Biles, junior shortstop Will Hudson and sophomore second baseman Kerisi Reynolds. Junior first baseman Andy Jarvis also drove in a run in each of OSU's three games.

Sophomore outfielder Seth Pietsch had three hits on the opening weekend, and all of them were doubles. In Pietsch's career, eight of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

C - Paul Richie, so., Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS),

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

or - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC)

.250, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

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

.364, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

2B - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.)

.214, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

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

.231, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),

.357, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs

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

.400, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs

LF - Seth Pietsch, so., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),

.300, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

or - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California)

.333, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

CF - Zach Woodward, fr., Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

or - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.)

.214, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

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

.364, 1 HR, 4 RBIs

DH - Jason McBride, sr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),

.000, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

or - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California)

.333, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

or - Pat Stevens, sr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

(Tentative pitching rotation)

RHP - Joshua Garcia, jr., Vacaville, Calif. (Cosumnes River JC)

0-1 record, 37.80 ERA

RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),

0-0 record, 14.73 ERA

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

1-0 record, 0.00 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 3-1 against San Diego in a series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 3-game winning streak against the Toreros. All the games in the series have been in San Diego. The last meeting was in 1999, a 7-6 OSU win. The Toreros' last win was 4-1 in 1973.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State opened its 93rd season of varsity baseball at Arizona State's Bill Kajikawa Baseball Classic in Mesa, Ariz. The Beavers dropped their season-opener 13-5 to No. 17 Arizona State, then came back to beat Oral Roberts 10-9 in 10 innings and defeat Southern Utah 7-1.

On Jan. 31, OSU took the field for its first-ever game in the month of January. The Beavers scored first but then the Sun Devils pushed across all their runs in the first 3 innings. Oregon State reliever Ty Kline then pitched 5 scoreless innings to finish the game on a clear, cold evening. Kline, a junior righthander from Mt. Hood Community College, scattered 6 hits and didn't walk a batter. Junior Brian Barden, OSU's all-conference third baseman, was 2-for-5 with a solo homer carrying far over the leftfield wall in the top of the fifth inning. Senior designated hitter/second baseman Tom Creighton, who transferred from Fresno State in the offseason, was 2-for-5 with a double in his OSU debut and junior shortstop Will Hudson delivered a 2-run double in the third.

On Feb. 1, Oregon State scored 3 runs in the ninth inning and 3 more in the 10th, then held on for a 10-9 win over Oral Roberts. Kerisi Reynolds' 2-out single in the ninth inning drove in the tying run. Tom Creighton's 2-run single capped the Beavers' 3-run 10th to beat Oral Roberts, which was ranked 31st in the nation by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. In the ninth, Oregon State got key pinch-hits from Wick Udy and Aaron Fausett. Fausett's hit drove in the inning's first run and Creighton's sacrifice fly the second before Reynolds knotted the game with his single. Oregon State took the lead in the top of the 10th when backup catcher Ian McMullen took a 1-ball, 2-strike pitch in the middle of the back with the bases loaded to force in a run. Creighton then delivered his two-run single to make it 10-7. The win went to Don Stykel, his first since the 1999 season, it was his first pitching appearance since late in the 2000 campaign.

On Feb. 2, Ben Rowe pitched 5 scoreless innings and Chris Biles homered and drove in 3 runs as Oregon State beat Southern Utah 7-1. Biles gave the Beavers a quick 1-0 lead with his triple to center field in the first inning, scoring Kerisi Reynolds. OSU broke things open with a 4-run third inning, highlighted by Biles' 2-run homer and RBI singles by Brian Barden and Andy Jarvis. Rowe scattered 4 hits, struck out 2 and walked 3 in his first start of the season. Mark McLemore and Craig Hays both struck out 2 hitters in their 1 inning of relief for Oregon State. Barden and Jarvis both finished with 2 hits, including 1 double apiece.

ALL-AMERICAN CANDIDATE BRIAN BARDEN: Oregon State junior third baseman Brian Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) got off to a quick start this spring, homering in each of OSU's first 2 games and delivering at least 1 hit and 1 RBI in each of the first 3 contests. He's currently batting .357 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs this spring.

Barden entered the spring having proven himself as one of the Pacific-10's top players over the past 2 seasons, and he continues to improve as an all-around player.

Baseball America magazine's 2002 preseason picks rated Barden as the best defensive third baseman in the Pacific-10 Conference, and Barden was an all-conference selection in both his freshman and sophomore years. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder set the OSU school record for hits (83) while batting .367 with 8 homers, 2 triples, 11 doubles and 55 runs batted in.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey enters his eighth season at OSU with a record of 210-153-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .578. Only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) have coached more baseball wins at OSU.

Casey's career record is 381-266-5, 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, 16 Beavers have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams and had 4 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 SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2002 schedule includes 10 games against teams in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly preseason coaches poll: No. 1 Stanford (3 games), No. 3 Southern California (3 games) and No. 17 Arizona State (4 games). Looking at the preseason rankings issued by Baseball America magazine and Collegiate Baseball newspaper, OSU has 23 games against teams in either Baseball America's top 25 or Collegiate Baseball's top 40.

STYKEL BACK AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS OFF: In 2001, Don Stykel's pitching career appeared over due to arm problems and he was working on the grounds crew at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. But on Feb. 1, he was credited with the pitching win as OSU earned its first win of 2002, a 10-9, 10-inning victory over Oral Roberts.

It was Stykel's first win since beating Portland on April 6, 1999 and his first appearance since going 1/3 of an inning against Washington on April 29, 2000.

'It was great to get back out here, even though I vultured the win from Postlewait - he deserved it, the way he threw,' said Stykel, who spent last spring grooming the Beavers' home diamond while still going to school on a baseball scholarship. Starting late in the spring of 2000, he went a year without throwing a baseball.

'I missed the game so much - that was probably the longest year of my life,' Stykel said. 'But I just kept believing in myself, believing that I could do it.'

Last summer, after his workdays were done, Stykel would step onto a Coleman Field mound with a bag of baseballs and throw about 50 pitches into a net. OSU's coaches saw him and knew he wanted to come back, after doing some pitching in the fall, Stykel was invited to return to the roster this spring.

OREGON STATE'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,693-1,166-15, 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 18,773 runs and allowed 14,439 runs. That's an average score of 6.53-5.02.

In its 92 seasons of varsity baseball prior to 2002, 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 in 2001. 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.

1952 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAM: This spring, Oregon State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beavers' 1952 College World Series team. That season, Oregon State won the Northern Division title, defeated Southern California for the Pacific Coast Conference title, and beat Fresno State for the West Regional title and a trip to Omaha. The 1952 Beavers will be honored during the final home series of the season, May 17-19 against Washington.

OREGON STATE DUGOUT CLUB: The Oregon State Dugout Club is an organization devoted to supporting 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 membership. This year's tournament will be held June 24 at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.

For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.

OREGON STATE BASEBALL TICKETS: Season tickets for Oregon State baseball are $121 and guarantee ticketholders the same seat for all 27 Beaver home games in 2002. OSU's schedule includes home series against Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Washington State, Cal State-Northridge, Hawai'i-Hilo and Gonzaga and a pair of single games against Portland.

The Family Plan is good for general admission for 2 adults and 2 students to all 27 home games, and the cost is $121.

There are also several partial season-ticket plans available. The Pac-10 Plan includes a reserved seat to 3-game Pac-10 series against Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona and costs $48 for the 12 games.

The Sunday Special includes a reserved seat ticket to all 7 Sunday home games and costs $28.

The California Gold Rush includes 3-game series against Stanford, UCLA and Cal State-Northridge, the Evergreen State Special includes 3-game series against Washington, Washington State and Gonzaga, both those plans cost $36 each for a reserved seat to all 9 games.

Single-game reserved tickets are $6. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, OSU students are admitted free with their OSU identification.

For groups of 10 or more wanting to spend a day at the ballpark, there is a group rate of $2 per person for general admission tickets, those wishing to take advantage of this offer must make arrangements in advance with the OSU athletic ticket office.

For more information, call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS.

OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this spring on KLOO-AM (1340) in Corvallis, with most of the Beaver schedule on the air. The broadcast schedule begins with the Feb. 16 game against Western Kentucky and the Feb. 17 game at San Diego State. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties with help from Kip Carlson. The games on the broadcast schedule can also heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State will play several games on Fox Sports Net this spring. Exact dates and opponents are to be announced.

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. 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.

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