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March 26, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State took another step Tuesday toward the first night baseball in the 96-year history of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, as crews began erecting the lights made possible by a recent gift from Bert and Shirley Babb. Six of the eight poles were in place by late Tuesday afternoon, with the other two set to be raised on Wednesday.

The schedule for this weekend's Pacific-10-opening series against Arizona will not be affected by the installation of lights. OSU (15-9 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) and Arizona (20-10, 1-2) will play Thursday at 2 p.m., Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

The first night game in the OSU ballpark's history will likely be played in April. OSU has been playing at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since starting varsity baseball in 1907.

The lighting system includes over 150 1,500-watt fixtures, exceeding the lighting standards of class Triple-A professional baseball. In addition, all lamps will have glare control equipment to minimize off-site lighting.

The Babbs, longtime Oregon State boosters, made the gift to obtain the lights in mid-February. Bert Babb served on the Goss Stadium steering committee, helped raise money for its construction, and made donations himself. The stadium was added to Coleman Field prior to the 1999 season, and the lights are the finishing touch.

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