Beavers Look To Continue Hot Streak

March 20, 2002

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MARCH 22, FRIDAY

Cal State-Northridge at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

MARCH 23, SATURDAY

Cal State-Northridge at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

MARCH 24, SUNDAY

Cal State-Northridge at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)

OREGON STATE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FACULTY/STAFF WEEKEND: For any of the games against Cal State-Northridge, Oregon State faculty and staff members can get a free general admission ticket and family members can get a $2 general admission ticket when they present a coupon available at OSU Federal Credit Union locations.

JUNIOR BENNY BEAVER CLUB WEEKEND: For any of the games against Cal State-Northridge, Junior Benny Beaver Club members are admitted free when they show their club membership card at the gate.

MARCH 25, MONDAY

Portland at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

WEAR ORANGE DAY: Fans wearing orange can purchase a general admission ticket for $1.

The weather may have been a bit cold in the Willamette Valley lately, but Oregon State (13-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) has been hot on the baseball field. After sweeping Washington State in a non-league series last weekend, the Beavers have won five straight games and nine of their last 10 heading into this weekend's non-league series against Cal State-Northridge (16-8, 0-0 Big West) at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

'We haven't been playing our best all the time, but we've been finding ways to win ballgames,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'I'd rather be on that side of things than to be playing pretty well and losing.

'But each week we keep improving a few things here and there. We've got to keep doing that and keep getting better, and we'll have a chance to be competitive in the Pac-10.'

This weekend's series against Cal State-Northridge, and Monday's game against Portland that was rescheduled from an earlier rainout, are OSU's final four tuneups before the conference season begins. The Matadors will give OSU a fairly good idea where it stands when Arizona visits on March 28-30 for the first Pacific-10 series.

'This is a very good ballclub coming in,' Casey said. 'They got us pretty good a year ago (in a CSUN sweep at Northridge), and I think our guys will remember that. We have to get better again this weekend or we could be in for another tough time.'

OSU's most important improvement last weekend came from its starting pitching. For the first time this season, the Beavers got strong starts from all three members of its rotation - Ben Rowe, Stephen Copeland and Mark McLemore.

Against Washington State, the Oregon State trio averaged 6.1 innings per start, allowing just 2.3 runs (1.7 earned) on 4.3 hits and 0.7 walks while striking out 4.7 hitters per game.

'We got a look at what all three of those guys are capable of on any given weekend,' Casey said. 'They were simply outstanding from Friday through Sunday. If we can get weekends like that from those three guys, we've got a chance to be a pretty good club.

'Back them up with the kind of pitching we've gotten from our bullpen all season, and we're going to have chances to win a lot of games.'

The Beavers also added a dimension to their offense against WSU, breaking out the big bats. Oregon State had homered just eight times in the season's first six weeks but had six homers against the Cougars, those drove in 11 of OSU's 20 runs in the series.

'You never want to have an offense that's relying too much on home runs,' Casey said. 'But it was nice to see we're capable of that. We knew going into the year that we had guys who could hit the ball out of the park, and they showed it again last week.'

The next area Casey would like to see cleaned up is OSU's fielding.

'We simply have to get better defensively as a ballclub,' Casey said. 'The good thing is, we've seen some guys make progress in that area lately, and we've managed to make some outstanding plays that have kept some bad plays from hurting us. What we've got to find is that level where we're still making some of those outstanding plays but not getting ourselves in trouble with the bad ones. Hopefully, we get that figured out this weekend.'

Cal State-Northridge, which has won 9 of its last 13, did not play last weekend, it lost at home to San Diego 2-1 on Tuesday. Prior to that, the Matadors' most recent action came March 8-10, when they took two of three from UCLA, CSUN won 10-9 and 12-11 at home before losing the finale 6-3 at UCLA.

Cal State-Northridge is led by senior infielder Shaun Larkin (.405 batting average, 9 homers 24 RBIs), senior infielder Tim Arroyo (.372, 6, 26), junior infielder Aaron McKenzie (.362, 3, 13), junior outfielder Adam Nikolic (.316, 5, 19) and junior outfielder Eric Verbryke (.281, 7, 19). OSU expects to face a rotation of junior lefthander Bill Murphy (5-1 record, 3.27 ERA), junior righthander Kameron Loe (1-1, 3.60) and senior lefthander Andy Davidson (2-2, 4.04).

The Matadors are batting .306 as a team while holding their opponents to a .279 average, CSUN's team ERA is 4.60 while its opponents have a 7.42 mark.

This weekend's forecast calls for some rain showers and temperatures in the mid-50s. That's a dramatic improvement from last weekend, when the start of all three games against Washington State were delayed by rain, two games included mid-game rain delays, temperatures were in the 40s and the field had to be cleared of snow early Sunday morning.

'We just keep figuring out a way to get them played,' Casey said. 'I've got to tip my hat to the people who came out and hung with us for those games - our guys really appreciated having as many fans as they did for the way the weather was. Hopefully, we'll have some better weather for them the rest of the way.

'And I've really got to hand it to (OSU groundskeeper) Jess Lewis and his crew (Al Kirk, Matt Siewell and Eric Reisdorf). Jess and Al still need work on hitting the curve, but we'll keep them on the roster ...

'Seriously, having those guys is a big advantage to us, because we know if we've got a home game on the schedule, we're going to come out here and play it unless it's absolutely pouring all day long. They know how to take care of a field, and I'm not sure everybody out there knows how much work that takes and how tough it is to keep it in playable shape all the way through a weekend like we just had.'

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

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

.250, 0 HRs, 11 RBIs

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

.405, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs

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

.255, 1 HR, 12 RBIs

or - Levi Webber, so., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS),

.333, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs

2B - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),

.292, 1 HR, 19 RBIs

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

.345, 0 HRs, 9 RBIs

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

.341, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs

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

.290, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs

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

.333, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs

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

.345, 0 HRs, 9 RBIs

or - Aaron Mathews, fr., John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS),

.167, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

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

.351, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs

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

.304, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

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

.405, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs

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

.259, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

(Tentative pitching rotation)

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

4-1 record, 3.44 ERA

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

2-0 record, 6.75 ERA

Sun. LHP - Mark McLemore, jr., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),

0-1 record, 4.61 ERA

Mon. - To be announced

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 6-6 against Cal State-Northridge in a series dating back to 1999. Last season, CSUN swept a series in Northridge by scores of 17-7, 15-11 and 20-10. The last time the teams met in Corvallis was 2000, when OSU took 3 of 4 games, the Beavers won the first 2 contests 13-10 and 10-9, the Matadors won 9-7, and the Beavers won the finale 9-3.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 124-57 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909. On Feb. 19, Portland took a 5-4 win in Portland, on March 12, the teams were rained out in Corvallis. Last season, OSU won all 3 games between the teams, by scores of 9-0 in Corvallis, 10-9 in Portland and 13-6 in Corvallis.

OREGON STATE NOTES: After earning saves in both OSU wins at Nevada, Jared Sanders has 5 saves this season. That already ties him for second place on OSU's all-time single-season list and fourth on the Beavers' career list ... Brian Barden is now on 4 of OSU's career leaders lists, ranking fifth in total bases (277), sixth in RBIs (124), tied for sixth in hits (180), and 10th in home runs (20) ... OSU has had a winning record in 6 of the season's first 7 weeks, the only exception was being swept in a 3-game series at San Diego in Week 2 ... OSU's team earned run average last week was 2.75, and Beaver pitchers limited opposing hitters to a .231 batting average. Over the last 2 weeks, OSU's team ERA is 3.45 ... through 20 games, OSU already has 12 triples, that puts the Beavers on pace to hit 33 for the season, which would top the school record of 20 set in 1983 and tied in 1997 ... OSU is batting .307 as a team, but that improves to .338 with runners on base and .333 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Beaver pitchers have limited opponents to a .280 batting average and that rises to just .301 with runners on and .286 with runners in scoring position ... OSU pinch-hitters are batting .400, while opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .250 ... OSU is 4-1 in games decided by 1 run this season ... OSU is 3-0 in extra-inning games this season ... 4 times this season, the Beavers have rallied in the ninth inning to force extra innings or win games. They have a 4-0 record in those games, and in 3 of those games they came back from deficits of at least 3 runs ... in the first 6 weeks of the season, OSU hit a total of 8 home runs. Last week, the Beavers nearly doubled that by hitting 6 homers ... Tom Creighton leads the Beavers with 11 multi-hit games, while Seth Pietsch and Brian Barden have 9 each, Chris Biles has 7, and Kerisi Reynolds and Wick Udy 5 each ... Brian Barden leads the Beavers with 7 multi-RBI games, while Kerisi Reynolds has 6 and Seth Pietsch 3 ... OSU's longest current hitting streak belongs to Paul Richie, at 10 games, and Chris Biles is working on a 5-game streak. The Beavers' longest streak of the season has been Chris Biles' 16-gamer that included the final 5 games of 2001.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State made it 5 straight wins by sweeping a 3-game non-league series from Washington State on March 15-17 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers beat their longtime Pacific Northwest rivals by scores of 9-1, 5-4, and 6-5 in 10 innings.

On March 15, after the start of the game was delayed just over an hour by rain, the Beavers scored 6 runs in the first 4 innings and pitchers Ben Rowe and Mike Ekstrom combined on an 8-hitter in OSU's 9-1 win. WSU's only run came on Collin Henderson's homer in the top of the fifth inning. The Beaver duo walked just one while striking out eight, Rowe improved to 4-1 this season with the win and Ekstrom earned his second save. Rowe was lifted after the sixth inning after allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3. Ekstrom then scattered 3 hits over the final 3 innings, not walking a hitter and striking out 5. Meanwhile, the Beavers were collecting 12 hits, Kerisi Reynolds had his first career homer and 3 RBIs, while Chris Biles had a 4-for-4 day with a double and a homer.

On March 16, 2-run homers by Brian Barden and Andy Jarvis sparked Oregon State's rally from a 3-run deficit to a 5-4 win. Stephen Copeland pitched 7 strong innings, after allowing 3 runs in the first 4 innings, he retired 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced. Copeland improved to 2-0 as he allowed 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. Jake Postlewait and Don Stykel retired WSU in order in the eighth, then Jared Sanders pitched a perfect ninth to record his fifth save. WSU righthander Brandon Hundt mowed down the Beavers through the first 3 innings, but after a 23-minute rain delay it was the homers by Barden and Jarvis that put OSU in front. Barden was 2-for-4 with a double and a homer.

On March 17, Seth Pietsch's single down the leftfield line in the 10th inning drove in the winning run as Oregon State won 6-5, the Beavers came from behind 3 times during the game. Pitcher Mark McLemore turned in the best performance of his career, he received no decision, but went a career-high 6 innings and allowed just 2 runs (0 earned) on 2 hits and 0 walks while striking out 6. After McLemore left following the sixth inning, the Cougars scored a pair of 2-out runs in the seventh for a 4-2 lead. But OSU came back in the bottom of the seventh as junior second baseman J.R. Runyon drove his first career homer over the leftfield fence, a 2-run shot that made it 4-4. Washington State went back up 5-4 in the top of the eighth, but in the bottom of the ninth Brian Barden grounded a single up the middle to drive in the tying run. Jared Sanders retired the Cougars in a scoreless top of the 10th inning, in the bottom of the 10th, with 1 out and the bases loaded, Pietsch singled home the game-winner. Pietsch was 2-for-4 with a double - his 12th of the season - and his final hit likely would have gone for 2 bases as well if its game-ending status hadn't limited it to a single. Runyon was also 2-for-4 and Levi Webber homered 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 17:

CAREER HITS1. Ken Bowen, 1984-87   	2062. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000	2013. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000	1874. Pete Rowe, 1974-77   	1865. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92	1856. Kevin Hooker, 1991-95	180> (tie) Brian Barden, 2000-pres.180 Brian Barden, 2000-present	119 Brian Barden, 2000-present	27  10. Brian Barden, 2000-pres.	20  Andy Jarvis, 2000-present	16  6. Brian Barden, 2000-present	124  5. Brian Barden, 2000-present	277  (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-pres.5  (tie) Jared Sanders, present	5 Stephen Copeland, 2001	5> (tie) Jared Sanders, 2002	5 

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his eighth season at OSU, has a record of 221-159-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .581. 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 392-272-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .590.

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.

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 .341 with team-highs of 4 homers and 20 RBIs this spring, and he has a hit or a run batted in in all but 2 of OSU's games.

Barden has also moved into OSU's career top-10 lists in total bases (fifth with 277), RBIs (sixth with 124), hits (tied for sixth with 180) and homers (10th with 20). He homered in both OSU's season-opener and the Beavers' home-opener.

Barden entered the spring having proven himself 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 at Nevada on March 8, he was just keeping in character. Pietsch has 24 hits this season, and 17 of those have gone for extra bases - 12 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 35 this season. Twice this season, Pietsch has doubled and tripled in the same game. In Pietsch's career, he has 33 hits and 22 of them have gone for extra bases - 15 doubles, 3 triples and 4 homers.

OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2002 schedule includes 7 games against teams in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly coaches poll of March 18: No. 3 Stanford (3 games) and No. 15 Arizona State (4 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 13 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - San Diego (3 games), Arizona (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 Nevada was called on account of cold, windy conditions on March 10, 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 26 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 6 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, 14 were at ballparks in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Texas or Florida. Another 6 were at ballparks elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

OSU has lost just 2 home games to rain during that time, while having 11 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, 3 games at sites outside the region and 3 at other Pacific Northwest ballparks.

SAINT PAT: A St. Patrick's Day win has become something of an annual present for Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, whose birthday is March 17. When OSU beat Washington State 6-5 in 10 innings earlier this season, it was OSU's fourth March 17 win in the last 4 years, last season, the Beavers swept a doubleheader from Minnesota 2-0 and 8-4 while in 1999, OSU beat Portland 8-7.

CREIGHTON VS. THE ABOMINABLE SNOWBANK: Just proving the old adage, 'Keep going to the ballpark, and you'll see something you've never seen ...'

When Oregon State visited Nevada from March 8-10, the start of the 3-game series was threatened by a March 7 snowstorm. The field was cleared for the start of the series, but snow was still piled 12 to 18 inches high around the base of the outfield fence. That set the stage for a bizarre play in the bottom of the fifth inning on March 9.

Nevada's Chris Dickerson lofted a flyball to the wall in centerfield, where ice still covered a good portion of the warning track, and OSU centerfielder Tom Creighton got himself under the ball but couldn't make the catch. The ball plopped into the snow and, after a quick look around without discovering the ball, Creighton put his arms up to signal it had gone out of play.

Dickerson rounded the bases, but third base umpire Dave Fry ran to centerfield to assess the situation. Finding that the ball had plugged in the snow, Fry conferred with his fellow umpires and they ruled that Dickerson must return to second base, the ground rules for the day had declared any ball going into the snow was worth two bases. Creighton was charged with a two-base error.

NINTH-INNING COMEBACKS: Three times this season, Oregon State has gone into the ninth inning trailing by at least 3 runs and rallied to win the game. The Beavers did it on back-to-back days March 8-9 at Nevada. On March 8, OSU trailed 5-2 going into the ninth inning but scored 3 runs in the ninth and 2 in the 10th for a 7-5 win, on March 9, OSU was down 8-4 going into the ninth but scored seven runs in the inning for an 11-8 win. The Beavers also came from 3 runs down in the ninth to beat Oral Roberts 10-9 in 10 innings on Feb. 1.

McBRIDE FINDS OLDER BAT IS BETTER: Oregon State designated hitter Jason McBride was forced to change bats in the Beavers' series at Nevada on March 8, and it turned out for the best. McBride took a swing at a ninth-inning pitch and missed, he heard something break loose and rattle around inside the bat. He sprinted to OSU's dugout and returned with his old bat, then promptly delivered a double down the rightfield line to spur the Beavers' 3-run rally that turned into a 7-5, 10-inning win. The next day, McBride used the same bat to deliver a single that drove in the tying and go-ahead runs as OSU scored 7 runs in the ninth inning for an 11-8 win.

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 (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 has since run his record in 2002 to 3-0 with wins in relief over Gonzaga and Nevada.

OREGON STATE'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,704-1,172-15, 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 18,882 runs and allowed 14,540 runs. That's an average score of 6.53-5.03.

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 5-1 in its own ballpark and is averaging 640 fans per home date.

Now in their 93rd season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 888-379-1 at home for a winning percentage of .701. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 137-50 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .733.

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 began in February on installing the system, which will meet the standards for Triple-A professional teams.

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. 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.

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 against Cal State-Northridge will be broadcast and can also be heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com. Monday's game against Portland will not be broadcast. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties.

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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