Beavers Head For Nevada

March 6, 2002

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MARCH 8, FRIDAY

Oregon State at Nevada, Reno, Nev., 2 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

MARCH 9, SATURDAY

Oregon State at Nevada, Reno, Nev., 1 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

MARCH 10, SUNDAY

Oregon State at Nevada, Reno, Nev., 12 noon

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

As road trips go, this one will be a rarity.

Oregon State (8-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) travels just once in the month of March, and it's this weekend as the Beavers head for a series at Nevada (8-8 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic) with single games on Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon. After that, OSU begins an 11-game homestand next weekend with a non-league series against Washington State.

First, though, there's that matter of facing a tough Wolfpack squad on its home field.

'Nevada was one of the tougher teams in the Big West (Conference) for years, and they were very competitive last season when they joined the WAC,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'If we don't go in there and compete, we're in for a very long weekend. We've got to show up ready to play from the first pitch Friday through the last pitch Sunday, if we do that, we can be a pretty good ballclub.'

It's the fifth time in the season's first six weeks that the Beavers have gone on the road. After four straight trips, OSU finally played at home last weekend, now it's back to the bus-and-plane routine one more time.

'It felt awfully good to be at home last weekend,' Casey said. 'We had great weather, we had great crowds (averaging 1,097 per game for a series against Gonzaga) and we won the series. We get those same advantages for the rest of the month, but right now we've got to tough it out for one more weekend, keep our focus on playing the game properly and work on playing well more consistently.

'If we do that, we come back home and have a chance to really keep making some good things happen. But it all has to start for us this weekend against a very good team on its home field.'

Nevada had a 3-game win streak stopped Tuesday, losing at Sacramento State 6-5. Last weekend, the Wolfpack opened its home schedule by sweeping Santa Clara 10-4, 12-10 and 7-5.

Senior infielder Mike Gillies (.397, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) and senior outfielder Josh Laidlaw (.385, 2, 9) start Nevada's attack, while senior outfielder Jeff Tolotti (.314, 5, 15), senior infielder JaRell McIntyre (.295, 2, 11) and junior catcher Craig Markel (.286, 2, 13) provide power. The Wolfpack's tentative rotation includes junior righthander Darrell Rasner (3-2 record, 1.25 earned run average) and sophomore righthander Mateo Miramontes (2-2, 5.76), the third game starter is to be announced, and it could be senior lefthander Craig Norris (0-0, 2.65) if he's not used in relief in the first two games.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

C - Paul Richie, so., Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS),.250, 0 HRs, 8 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC).440, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.244, 0 HRs, 9 RBIs2B - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.).371, 0 HRs, 8 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.304, 0 HRs, 13 RBIs3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),.379, 3 HRs, 15 RBIsSS - Will Hudson, jr., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),.327, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, so., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),.362, 2 HRs, 10 RBIsCF - Zach Woodward, fr., Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS).000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.).371, 0 HRs, 8 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),.327, 2 HRs, 9 RBIsDH - Jason McBride, sr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),.333, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California).259, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Pat Stevens, sr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, so.,  Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),3-1 record, 3.86 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, jr., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),1-0 record, 6.55 ERALHP-Mark McLemore, jr., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),0-1 record, 8.22 ERAor RHP-Joshua Garcia, jr., Vacaville, Calif. (Cosumnes River JC),0-2 record, 11.20 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 4-2 against Nevada in a series dating back to 1962. The last meeting was OSU's 9-5 win at the Nevada-Las Vegas tournament in 2000, the previous 2 meetings had been Wolfpack wins at neutral sites. The teams haven't met in Reno since 1962, when OSU swept a 3-game series by scores of 9-1, 15-3 and 5-3.

OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU has had a winning record in 4 of the season's first 5 weeks, the only exception was being swept in a 3-game series at San Diego in Week 2 ... OSU has at least 11 hits in each of its last 5 games, and in 6 of its last 7 ... OSU batted .364 as a team last week ... through 15 games, OSU already has 11 triples, that puts the Beavers on pace to hit 41 for the season, which would shatter the school record of 20 set in 1983 and tied in 1997 ... OSU is batting .316 as a team, but that improves to .348 with runners on base and .357 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Beaver pitchers have limited opponents to a .292 batting average and that rises to just .316 with runners on and .302 with runners in scoring position ... OSU pinch-hitters are batting .381, while opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .318 ... with 2 out, the Beavers are hitting .337 and opponents are batting .260 ... OSU's 11-9 win over Gonzaga on March 1 gave the Beavers an all-time record of 75-18 in home-openers. OSU has won 14 of its last 15 home-openers and 29 of its last 32 ... Brian Barden, Tom Creighton and Seth Pietsch all have 8 multi-hit games for OSU this season, while Chris Biles has 5, Will Hudson and Kerisi Reynolds 4 each, and Andy Jarvis and Wick Udy 2 each ... Brian Barden has 5 multi-RBI games, while Kerisi Reynolds has 4 and Seth Pietsch 3 ... Brian Barden currently has a 10-game hitting streak. Tom Creighton had a 10-game streak stopped last weekend, and the Beavers' longest streak of the season has been Chris Biles' 16-gamer that included the final 5 games of 2001 ... catcher Paul Richie has thrown out 6 of 14 runners attempting to steal against him this season.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State opened its home schedule March 1-3, taking 2 of 3 games from Gonzaga in a non-league series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers won the first 2 games 11-9 and 8-3 before losing the finale 8-3, the series drew an average of 1,079 fans per game, including 1,265 on the final day.

On March 1, Brian Barden moved into Oregon State's all-time top 10s for career hits and home runs as the Beavers took an 11-9 win on Opening Day in Corvallis. The crowd of 862 - OSU's largest for a home-opener in at least 15 years - saw Pete Goodbrod, the captain of the Beavers' 1952 College World Series team, throw out the first pitch. OSU took an 8-2 lead with 6 runs in the fifth inning, only to see Gonzaga rally for 7 runs in the top of the sixth. Beaver reliever Ty Kline retired the final 10 hitters he faced, though, and OSU scored the tying run in the seventh inning and the winning runs in the eighth. Kerisi Reynolds was 3-for-4 for the Beavers while Barden, Chris Biles and Wick Udy had 2 hits each for OSU. Barden's homer gave him home runs in both OSU's season-opener and home-opener.

On March 2, Oregon State picked up its fourth straight win as the Beavers pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 9-8 victory over Gonzaga. OSU tied its season high with 18 hits, including a 4-for-4 day from Brian Barden, he also drove in 3 runs. Don Stykel earned the pitching win in relief, going 4 innings and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits. Mike Ekstrom picked up his first save, pitching 2 scoreless innings. Will Hudson and Kerisi Reynolds both had 3 hits for the Beavers and Reynolds drove in 3 runs.

On March 3, Oregon State's winning streak ended with an 8-3 loss to Gonzaga. The Bulldogs scored 3 runs in he top of the third inning for a 4-1 lead and OSU was unable to catch up. Beaver starter Mark McLemore took the loss after being struck on his pitching hand by a line drive in the third inning, he remained in the game for 3 more hitters before leaving. Tom Creighton and Seth Pietsch had 2 hits each for OSU, while Levi Webber added his first collegiate home run for the Beavers.

2002 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where Oregon State players rank among the school's all-time leaders through March 3:

CAREER HITS5. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92	 1856. Kevin Hooker, 1991-95	 1807. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93	 1798. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98   	 1789. Josh Carter, 1999-2001	 176> 10. Brian Barden, 2000-present 175  Brian Barden, 2000-present	 115  Brian Barden, 2000-present	  26  (tie) Brian Barden, 2000-present19  Andy Jarvis, 2000-present	  16  7. Brian Barden, 2000-present	 119  6. Brian Barden, 2000-present	 268CAREER SAVES2. Jim Grove, 1979-82	           93. Dave Schoppe, 1989-91	   64. Ron Daulton, 1984-86	           5(tie) Tim Lambert, 1985-88	   5> (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 

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. He's currently batting .379 with 3 homers and a team-high 15 RBIs this spring, and he has a hit or a run batted in in all but 1 of OSU's games.

Barden has also moved into OSU's career top-10 lists in total bases (6th with 268), RBIs (7th with 119), hits (10th with 175) and homers (tied for 10th with 19). He homered in both OSU's season-opener and the Beavers home-opener.

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.

PIETSCH'S POWER: When sophomore leftfielder Seth Pietsch (Wilderville, Ore./Hidden Valley HS) doubled against Gonzaga on March 3, he was just keeping in character. Pietsch has 21 hits this season, and 15 of those have gone for extra bases - 10 doubles, 3 triples and 2 homers. OSU's single-season record for doubles is 19, set by A.J. Marquardt in 1993 and tied by Joe Gerber in 2000, Pietsch is on pace to hit 37 this season. Twice this season, Pietsch has doubled and tripled in the same game. In Pietsch's career, he has 30 hits and 20 of them have gone for extra bases - 13 doubles, 3 triples and 4 homers.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his eighth season at OSU, has a record of 216-159-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .575. 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 387-272-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .587.

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 7 games against teams in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly coaches poll of March 4: No. 2 Stanford (3 games) and No. 15 Arizona State (4 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 13 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - Arizona (3 games), San Diego (3 games), Southern California (3 games), Cal State-Northridge (3 games) and San Diego State (1 game).

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 5-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.

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 - hedeserved it, the way he threw,' said Stykel (Portland, Ore./Centennial HS), 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. He added another win in relief against Gonzaga on March 2.

OREGON STATE'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,699-1,172-15, 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 18,844 runs and allowed 14,517 runs. That's an average score of 6.53-5.03.

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. So far this season, OSU is 2-1 at home and is averaging 1,097 fans per game.

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.

Now in their 93rd season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 885-379-1 at home for a winning percentage of .700. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 134-50 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .728.

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.

A reminder to fans that the expansion of OSU's Dixon Recreation Center and Stevens Natatorium has closed the walkway between Dixon and Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The ballpark's main gates must now be reached by walking down Waldo Place, either from central campus to the north or the Benton Place parking lot to the east (behind leftfield).

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.

Coincidentally, it was in 1952 that Bernard Malamud - then an instructor in Oregon State's English Department - published his first novel, The Natural, dealing with baseball star Roy Hobbs' return to the game.

To commemorate the start of the 50th anniversary season, 1952 Oregon State team captain Pete Goodbrod threw out the first pitch of OSU's home-opener against Gonzaga on March 1. The 1952 Beavers will hold a reunion and 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, all 3 games at Nevada will be broadcast and they can also be heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties with help from Kip Carlson.

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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