Busy Beavers This Week

Feb. 18, 2002

FEBRUARY 19, TUESDAY

Oregon State at Portland, Portland, Ore., 2 p.m.

FEBRUARY 22, FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 24, SUNDAY

Oregon State at Riverside Baseball Invitational, Riverside, Calif. (host: California-Riverside)

February 22, Friday

Oregon State vs. Michigan, 11 a.m.

February 23, Saturday

Oregon State at California-Riverside, 4 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KRKT-AM (990)

February 24, Sunday

Oregon State vs. San Francisco, 12 noon

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

FEBRUARY 25, MONDAY

Oregon State vs. Michigan, Riverside, Calif., 12 noon

After playing just once last week, Oregon State (3-4 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) will get busy in a hurry in the next seven days - if the weather cooperates.

The Beavers are scheduled to play at in-state rival Portland (1-3, 0-0 West Coast) on Tuesday at 2 p.m., weather permitting. OSU will then go to the Riverside Baseball Invitational to meet Michigan (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday, host California-Riverside (7-4, 0-0 Big West) on Saturday and San Francisco (2-7, 0-0 West Coast) on Sunday. The Beavers will finish their trip with a non-league game against Michigan at Riverside on Monday.

'You want as many chances as possible to play games early in the season,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'And we'll definitely get those this week.'

Oregon State's only contest last week was a 6-2 win over Western Kentucky played at San Diego State. The Beavers' game against the Aztecs that had been scheduled for Sunday was rained out.

'It was disappointing to get just one game in down there,' Casey said. 'Especially because we played pretty well against Western Kentucky, it would have been nice to see if we could get a little momentum going. It wouldn't have been easy, because we saw San Diego State play and they have a terrific ballclub, but one thing you have to do to get better is play good teams.'

The Beavers' output in their single game last weekend matched the 6 runs they scored in all three games total at San Diego the previous week.

'We came up with some big hits at big moments in the game, and that had been missing at San Diego,' Casey said. 'We hit the ball pretty well up and down our lineup, with a few exceptions, and it was good to see some guys get the bats going again. Now we've got to keep that going from week to week.'

Portland opened the season in a tournament at Phoenix last weekend, beating Northwestern 5-1, losing to Missouri 6-4 in 11 innings and 11-7, and losing to Northwestern 7-6.

'It's always a tough matchup when we go against Portland,' said Casey, who played for the Pilots. 'A lot of the guys on both clubs played against each other in high school, Legion ball and junior college, and they want to get the best of their buddies. It should be another good game when we go up there.'

Michigan will be playing its season-opener when it meets the Beavers. The Wolverines were 27-27 overall a year ago, 10-14 in the Big Ten.

UC-Riverside is coming off a three-game sweep of San Diego last weekend by scores of 3-2, 4-3 and 9-5 in Riverside. The Highlanders will play Oklahoma State on Monday before hosting the tournament.

San Francisco has lost three straight, losing to UC-Riverside 8-7, San Jose State 8-4 and Sonoma State 10-5. The Dons will play California on Tuesday before heading to the tournament.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

C - Paul Richie, so., Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS),.133, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC).364, 0 HRs, 1 RBI1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.364, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs2B - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.).310, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.167, 0 HRs, 1 RBI3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),.300, 2 HRs, 5 RBIsSS - Will Hudson, jr., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),.250, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, so., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),.320, 1 HR, 5 RBIsor - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California).154, 0 HRs, 1 RBICF - Zach Woodward, fr., Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS).000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.).310, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),.370, 2 HRs, 6 RBIsDH - Jason McBride, sr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),.286, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California).154, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Pat Stevens, sr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),0-0 record, 6.75 ERARHP-Joshua Garcia, jr., Vacaville, Calif. (Cosumnes River JC),0-2 record, 18.56 ERARHP - Ben Rowe, so.,  Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),2-1 record, 1.84 ERALHP-Mark McLemore, jr., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),0-0 record, 0.00 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 124-56 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909, and the Beavers have won the last 5 meetings. Last season, OSU won 9-0 in Corvallis, 10-9 in Portland and 13-6 in Corvallis. The Pilots last win was 13-10 in Corvallis in 2000.

These will be the first-ever baseball meetings between Oregon State and Michigan.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 6-5 against California-Riverside in a series dating back to 1970. Last season, OSU won 18-10 in the San Diego Baseball Classic, the previous meeting had been the Grizzlies' 2-1 win in Riverside in 1991.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 3-2 against San Francisco in a series dating back to 1974. Last season, the Beavers dropped a 3-game series in Corvallis, losing 3-2, winning 6-5 and losing 4-3.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State had to settle for getting in just 1 of its 2 scheduled games at San Diego State. The Beavers beat Western Kentucky 6-2 on Saturday, Feb. 16, then were rained out of a game against SDSU on Sunday, Feb. 17. The game against the Aztecs may be made up later this season on another of the Beavers' trips south.

On Feb. 16, Ben Rowe and 3 relievers combined on a 4-hitter for Oregon State. Chris Biles and Seth Pietsch both homered, tripled and drove in 2 runs for OSU. Rowe pitched 3-hit ball over six innings, giving up just 1 run while walking 1 and striking out 2. Biles and Pietsch hit back-to-back run-scoring triples in the bottom of the sixth to break what had been a 1-1 tie. Jake Postlewait, Don Stykel and Jared Sanders then pitched the final 3e innings to hand Rowe his second win of the year. Andy Jarvis also had a big day at the plate for the Beavers, going 3-for-4 and driving in a run. 'Ben Rowe gave us an outstanding start,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said of the sophomore righthander, who is 2-1 with a 1.84 earned run average. 'Then Don Stykel and Jared Sanders gave us the relief we needed. And Chris Biles really picked us up when we'd been struggling to score runs. We'd talked about the people who have been in our program needing to respond, and they did today.' With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, OSU had Brian Barden at first with 2 out. Biles drove a pitch from Hilltopper righthander Ryan Bicandoa into the gap in right-center for a triple that put the Beavers up 2-1, Pietsch followed with a triple to the same spot and Jarvis added a run-scoring single to make it 4-1. WKU scratched back within 4-2 in the top of the seventh, using 2 walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch for a run. Then it was again Biles' turn, as he returned momentum to the Beavers by starting the bottom of the eighth with a home run to right-centerfield, OSU added a run later in the inning.

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 .300 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs this spring.

Barden has also moved into OSU's career top-10 lists in total bases (tied for 9th with 246) and RBIs (10th with 109), his next home run will put him in the Beavers' all-time top 10 in that category, as well.

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, now in his eighth season at OSU, has a record of 211-156-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .574. 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 382-269-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .586.

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 4 more players have signed 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 coaches poll of Feb. 18: No. 2 Stanford (3 games), No. 8 Arizona State (4 games) and No. 20 Southern California (3 games). The Beavers play another 15 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - Arizona (3 games), Washington (3 games), San Diego (3 games), Cal State-Northridge (3 games) and UCLA (3 games).

RAIN ON THE ROAD: When Oregon State's game at San Diego State was rained out Feb. 17, it continued a weather role reversal that's been going on for the past five-plus seasons.

Since the start of the 1997 season, the Beavers have had 25 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 6 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, 13 were at ballparks in California, Florida, Hawai'i or Texas. Another 6 were at ballparks elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

OSU has lost just 2 home games to rain during that time, while having 9 games canceled at sites outside the region and 3 called off at other Pacific Northwest ballparks. The Beavers have had to postpone 4 home games, 4 games at sites outside the region and 3 at other Pacific Northwest ballparks.

OSU may try to make up the game at San Diego State by adding it to a trip later this season.

PIETSCH POWER: Going into Oregon State's 6-2 win over Western Kentucky on Feb. 16, sophomore outfielder Seth Pietsch had 6 hits in 2002 had 5 had been doubles. After adding a homer and triple against the Hilltoppers, 7 of Pietsch's 8 hits this season have gone for extra bases, in the sophomore's career, 12 of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases.

'I want to break the school record for doubles,' Pietsch grinned. 'And to do that, you've got to hit the ball hard. Not go for home runs, just hit the ball hard.'

The homer and triple didn't get him closer, though, to the OSU season mark of 19 set by A.J. Marquardt in 1993 and matched by Joe Gerber in 2000.

'I'll take 'em anyway,' Pietsch laughed.

STYKEL GOES FROM GROUNDSKEEPER TO MOUNDSMAN: 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 1,694-1,169-15, a winning percentage of .591. 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 18,785 runs and allowed 14,459 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.

Soon, the Beavers will be able to play night games at the ballpark for the first time ever. A donation this spring by longtime OSU boosters Bert and Shirley Babb has allowed OSU to erect lights at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Work will begin in February on installing the system, which will meet the standards for Triple-A professional teams.

In 92 seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 883-378-1 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, with most of the Beaver schedule on KLOO-AM (1340). This week, the game against California-Riverside will be heard on KRKT-AM (990) and the game against San Francisco will be on KLOO-AM. 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 game at California on May 11 will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net cable. The TV schedule for regional games has yet 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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