Beavers Return To Pac-10 Battles
April 17, 2002
APRIL 19, FRIDAY
UCLA at Oregon State, 3 p.m.
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APRIL 20, SATURDAY
UCLA at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
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APRIL 21, SUNDAY
UCLA at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
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Oregon State (23-12 overall, 3-3 Pacific-10) built some momentum last week, and it couldn't have happened at a much better time. After a four-game sweep of Hawai'i-Hilo, the Beavers now spend six straight weekends in Pacific-10 series that will determine their postseason fate.
The Beavers have won eight of their last 10 games and 19 of their last 25, but the stretch drive begins this weekend. OSU hosts UCLA (16-22, 2-4) in a series with games Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
'Every game starts getting a little bit bigger right now,' said Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, who picked up his 400th career victory last weekend. 'In the first two-thirds of the season, we did the things we had to do to give ourselves a chance at playing past the regular season. Now the things we do in the final third of the season will make or break us.'
The Beavers came up just short of reaching the NCAA Regionals a year ago, but most of that team has returned a year better - and a year wiser - for another try.
'The Brian Bardens, the Will Hudsons, the Andy Jarvises, the Stephen Copelands - the guys like that have been through this before,' Casey said. 'Those people who were here last year, and the things they experienced, and knowing what kept us from a regional - they've got to put that to use. We have to look at all the little things that cost us a game here or a game there last season, and know how we can put ourselves in position to avoid those same things this time around.'
The Beavers might have gotten a wakeup call in the second game of last weekend's sweep of Hawai'i-Hilo. OSU saw the Vulcans cut a 9-1 lead to 10-9 in the eighth inning before rain suspended the game on the evening of April 13, when the game resumed on April 14, Oregon State reliever Jared Sanders struck out the side with the tying run on third base and OSU held on for an 11-9 win.
'We'd won the first game pretty handily and then had things going all our way in the second game, and we might have thought it was in the bag,' Casey said. 'But Hilo has some talent, they're a Division I team, and they fought back into it when we gave them some openings.
'We're not a good enough club to have lapses in our focus and concentration and expect to beat people. I wouldn't say it was a lapse of effort, we were still playing hard but sometimes we weren't playing smart, and we can't afford to do that.
'When we keep our focus and intensity, we're going to be a handful for just about anybody we play. We've shown that this season. Now, we've got to have our older guys show their leadership and keep everybody on the club focused on every game, every weekend. They're all big ones now.'
Casey hopes how OSU responded against Hawai'i-Hilo after the second-game scare is an indication of what's ahead.
'The rain gave us a little bit of a break because it killed the momentum they'd built,' Casey said. 'And when we came back out on Sunday, Jared really turned things back in our favor. We kept a grip on that game, then we kept at it in the final two games and put them away (in wins of 21-3 and 11-0, both called early due to a 10-run rule). That's the kind of focus we've got to have all the way through the weekend, every weekend from here on out.'
UCLA will present a much more formidable challenge to the Beavers.
'Their record isn't indicative of what kind of club they've got,' Casey said of the Bruins. 'You look at their schedule, and it's one of the toughest in the country. They've got some great ballplayers and they're a very dangerous team.'
Last weekend, UCLA lost a home series to 14th-ranked Arizona State, losing 4-3 in 11 innings, winning 10-2 and losing 15-2. On Tuesday, UCLA won at California-Riverside 4-2.
The Bruins have been led at the plate by senior catcher Josh Arhart (.356 batting average, 2 homers, 18 RBIs), junior outfielder Ben Francisco (.363, 6, 35, 19 stolen bases), senior outfielder Adam Berry (.341, 14, 38) and senior second baseman Ryan Rasmussen (.326, 0, 12, 14 stolen bases). UCLA's probable pitching rotation includes freshman righthander David Johnson (2-2, 5.47), freshman lefthander Wes Whisler (3-1, 3.94) and sophomore righthander Casey Janssen (4-2, 4.06).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, so., Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS),.221, 0 HRs, 14 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC),.345, 1 HR, 14 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.311, 5 HRs, 26 RBIsor - Levi Webber, so., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS),.348, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs2B - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.),.340, 3 HRs, 24 RBIsor - J.R. Runyon, jr., The Dalles, Ore. (Chemeketa CC),.286, 2 HRs, 5 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.267, 1 HR, 22 RBIs3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),.383, 7 HRs, 35 RBIsSS - Will Hudson, jr., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),.315, 1 HR, 18 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, so., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),.328, 3 HRs, 18 RBIsCF - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.),.340, 3 HRs, 24 RBIsor - Aaron Mathews, fr., John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS),.327, 0 HRs, 9 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),.298, 5 HRs, 21 RBIsDH - Jason McBride, sr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),.270, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC),.345, 1 HR, 14 RBIsor - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California),.219, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Pat Stevens, sr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),.250, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri. RHP - Ben Rowe, so., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),5-3 record, 5.56 ERASat. RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),4-1 record, 5.93 ERASun. LHP - Mark McLemore, jr., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),2-2 record, 4.32 ERA
LIGHTS USED IN GAME, NIGHT GAMES ANNOUNCED: Oregon State will play the first night game in the 96-year history of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field when Stanford visits on April 26, that game has been changed to a 6 p.m. start. Also, the start time for the April 27 game against Stanford has been moved to 4 p.m. to allow fans to watch both the OSU Spring Football Game at 1 p.m. and the baseball game that day.
The first-ever look at baseball under the lights at the OSU ballpark came on April 13 during a doubleheader with Hawai'i-Hilo. After a first game that included nearly 2 hours' worth of rain delays, the second game started shortly before 5 p.m. At 5:34 p.m., with OSU shortstop Will Hudson batting in the bottom of the second inning, the lights flickered on around the diamond and gradually took effect as the skies darkened.
'It was still kind of light, but it was getting pretty dark,' OSU first baseman Andy Jarvis said. 'Then they flipped those on, and it still looked like daylight out there. As far as today goes, having the lights was great.'
On March 26 and March 27, the light standards were raised at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The evening of April 1, the lights were tested and the OSU diamond was illuminated at night for the first time in its long history.
The project was made possible by a gift from Bert and Shirley Babb. It includes over 150 fixtures - at 1,500 watts each - mounted on 8 poles surrounding the field, and the lighting meets the standards for Triple-A professional baseball.
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 8-18 against UCLA in a series dating back to 1967. Last season, OSU lost 2 of 3 games in Los Angeles, losing 5-3 in 10 innings and losing 7-6 in 11 innings before winning the finale 11-8. The teams last met in Corvallis in 2000, with UCLA sweeping by scores of 3-1, 18-10 and 9-5.
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU has already set a school record with 24 triples this season, that broke the mark of 20 set in 1983 and tied in 1997. The Beavers lead the Pac-10 in triples, and are on pace to hit 37 triples this season ... OSU has 11 saves as a team already in 2002, that's the most for the Beavers since they also had 11 in 1997 and it's tied for the second-most in school history, behind only 1990's 13 saves ...
OSU's sweep of Hawai'i-Hilo was the Beavers' first 4-game sweep since taking 4 straight from Portland State from April 17-April 19, 1998. OSU did go 4-0 on a weekend since then, though - from Feb. 15-18, 2001 in the San Diego Classic as the Beavers beat San Diego State, Texas Tech, California-Riverside and Oklahoma ... OSU is in the midst of playing 21 of 25 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers are 14-4 at home so far this season, and OSU has won 7 straight at home, that's the longest winning streak on the home diamond since taking 13 in a row at the end of 1997 (2 games) and the start of 1998 (11 games) ... the Beavers have drawn 3 home crowds of 1,000 or more this season, that matches the number of 4-figure home crowds in all of 2001 ... OSU had a losing record in just 1 of the season's first 11 weeks, that coming when the Beavers were swept in a 3-game series at San Diego in Week 2. That series accounts for one-quarter of OSU's losses this season ... OSU's 23-12 overall record is 2 games better than the Beavers' mark after 35 games a year ago, OSU's 3-3 record in Pac-10 games is identical to the 2001 Beavers' mark after 6 conference games ...
OSU is 5-2 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 come from behind 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 ... the Beavers have outscored their opponents 27-18 in the first inning and 19-6 in the ninth inning ... the Beavers are 18-1 when they have 10 or more hits in a game, OSU's opponents are 8-5 when they have 10 or more hits in a game ... when leading after 6 innings, OSU is 16-1, when leading after 7 innings, OSU is 16-1, and when leading after 8 innings, OSU is 15-0 ... when either ahead or tied after 6 innings, the Beavers are 20-2 ... not surprisingly, OSU is 20-0 this season when it has more hits than its opponent. On the other hand, OSU has also managed an 11-6 record when it commits more errors than its opponent ... OSU is 13-4 when it scores first this season ...
OSU has committed 3 or more errors in a game 11 times this season, but 9 of those were in the season's first 20 games ... a look at the Pac-10 statistics shows OSU tied for eighth in stolen bases with 33, which could lead to thinking the Beavers are at a disadvantage in the running game. However, OSU has stolen 9 more bases than its opponents ...
OSU is batting .309 as a team, but that improves to .338 with runners on base and .344 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Beaver pitchers have limited opponents to a .267 batting average and that rises to just .286 with runners on and drops to .265 with runners in scoring position ... OSU pinch-hitters are batting .308, while opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .277 ... as a team, the Beavers are batting .452 with the bases loaded and opponents are hitting .300 ...
OSU has won 8 of its last 10 games and 19 of its last 25 ... in the past 25 games, OSU has a winning record at home (14-4), on the road (3-2) and at neutral sites (2-0) ... during those 25 games, the Beavers are batting .322 as a team and OSU pitchers are limiting opponents' to a .251 average, OSU's team ERA is 4.32 and its opponents' mark is 7.54 ... over the past 25 games, Brian Barden is batting .415 with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers and 26 RBIs, Will Hudson is batting .350 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer and 14 RBIs, Aaron Mathews is batting .347 with 2 doubles, 3 triples and 9 RBIs, Tom Creighton is batting .340 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homers and 20 RBIs, Wick Udy is batting .326 with 5 doubles, 1 homer and 11 RBIs, Seth Pietsch is batting .318 with 8 doubles, 5 triples, 1 homer and 11 RBIs, and Andy Jarvis is batting .315 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers and 18 RBIs ... on the mound during that 25-game stretch, the bullpen has been oustanding as closer Jared Sanders is 1-1 with 6 saves and a 0.60 ERA, Mike Ekstrom is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 2 saves, Ty Kline is 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA and 1 save ... OSU's starting rotation has shown improvement as well in the past 25 games, as Ben Rowe, Stephen Copeland and Mark McLemore have combined to go 8-5 with a 5.94 ERA ...
Last week against Hawai'i-Hilo, the Beavers batted .430 to the Vulcans' .232, and OSU had a 3.00 ERA to UHH's 14.90 ... in those 4 games, Brian Barden batted .647 (11-for-17) with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 8 RBIs, Aaron Mathews batted .500 (7-for-14) with 3 triples and 4 RBIs, Wick Udy batted .500 (4-for-8) with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs, Andy Jarvis batted .467 (7-for-15) with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 homer and 5 RBIs, Tom Creighton batted .467 (7-for-15) with 2 doubles, 1 homer and 8 RBIs, Seth Pietsch batted .462 (6-for-13) with 1 double, 2 triples, 1 homer and 3 RBIs, and Will Hudson batted .455 (5-for-11) with 1 double and 4 RBIs ... OSU's pitching staff allowed just 11 earned runs in the 4 games and struck out 30 while walking just 5, while Beaver hitters walked 24 times and struck out 11 ...
Brian Barden has set his first OSU career record, with the possibility of several more to follow. Barden became OSU's all-time hits leader on April 15 when he lined a single to centerfield in the bottom of the fourth inning against Hawai'i-Hilo, that gave him 207 hits and moved him past Ken Bowen, who had 206 from 1984-87. Barden had tied the record with a first-inning single up the middle. Through April 15, Barden is also second in total bases (230), third in RBIs (139), tied for fifth in home runs (22), sixth in runs (133), and tied for sixth in doubles (34) ... Jared Sanders has 7 saves this season. That already gives him second place on OSU's all-time single-season list and third place on the career list ...
Through April 15, Jared Sanders leads the Pac-10 in saves (7) and the Beavers have the team lead in saves (11) ... Ty Kline leads the Pac-10 in ERA (2.04) and is third in opponents' batting average (.226) ... Seth Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in triples (6) and is second in doubles (14) ... OSU also has the team lead in triples (24) ... among the NCAA Division I national leaders, Seth Pietsch is tied for ninth in doubles per game (0.18), Jared Sanders is tied for 11th in saves (7) and Ty Kline is 31st in ERA (2.04) ...
Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-hit games this season with 19, including a trio of 4-hit games. Tom Creighton has 17 multi-hit games, Seth Pietsch has 15, Chris Biles 10, Will Hudson 9, Andy Jarvis 8, Wick Udy 6 and Kerisi Reynolds 5 ... Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-RBI games this season with 12, while Kerisi Reynolds has 7, Andy Jarvis 6, Seth Pietsch 5, and Chris Biles and Will Hudson 4 each ... Tom Creighton is working on a 13-game hitting streak and Aaron Mathews has an 8-game streak going. The Beavers' longest streak of the season has been Chris Biles' 16-gamer that included the final 5 games of 2001 ... Ian McMullen has driven in a run in all 3 of his plate appearances this season, but has yet to have an official at-bat. McMullen has been hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and has delivered 2 sacrifice flies.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State swept Hawai'i-Hilo in a non-league series April 13-15 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers won 10-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on April 13, then started an 11-9 win on April 13 and completed it on April 14 after the game was suspended due to rain. OSU took a 21-3 victory in the regularly-scheduled game on April 14 and wrapped up the series with an 11-0 win on April 15. The week included OSU head coach Pat Casey's 400th career win, Brian Barden setting the Beavers' record for hits in a career, and Oregon State setting a record for triples in a season ...
On April 13, Oregon State got its 20th win of the season, then got a look at the first baseball under the lights in the 96-year history of its home ballpark. The Beavers beat Hawai'i-Hilo 10-2 in the first game of a doubleheader, the second game went into the evening before it was suspended by rain in the top of the eighth inning with OSU leading 10-9. The Beavers' win in the opener included Brian Barden going 2-for-4 with a homer, Seth Pietsch going 2-for-4 with a homer, Tom Creighton going 3-for-4 and Andy Jarvis going 2-for-3 with a double. OSU had 16 hits in the game, with 11 different players collecting a hit. Ben Rowe pitched a career-high 7 innings to earn the win, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while not walking a hitter and striking out 2. Due to rain delays, the second game started shortly before 5 p.m., at 5:34 p.m., with OSU's Will Hudson batting in the bottom of the second inning, the lights flickered on around the diamond and gradually took effect as the skies darkened. The game was finally suspended in the top of the eighth inning due to steady rainfall, with Hawai'i-Hilo having cut a 9-1 OSU lead to 10-9 ...
On April 14, OSU head coach Pat Casey earned his 400th career victory as the Beavers beat Hawai'i-Hilo 11-9 in the completion of the suspended game, then used a 14-run sixth inning to take a 21-3 win in the regularly-scheduled game. The pitching of Jared Sanders and Mark McLemore were keys to OSU's wins. Sanders got the Beavers out of big trouble by striking out the side with the tying run at third base as the suspended game resumed, McLemore then struck out 8 in his 5 innings of work in the blowout win. Stephen Copeland got the win in the suspended game for his 6 innings of work, when he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits while walking none and striking out 4. Brian Barden finished the game 4-for-5 for OSU while Seth Pietsch was 2-for-3 with a double and a triple, Tom Creighton was 2-for-4 with a double, Chris Biles was 2-for-5 with a double and Will Hudson was 2-for-3. The reguarly-scheduled game was called after 7 innings due to a 10-run rule, but most of the contest was far closer than the 21-3 score indicated. OSU took the lead for good at 5-3 with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Hawai'i-Hilo was still within 7-3 until the Beavers posted their 14-run sixth inning. Oregon State's highest-scoring inning of the season came on 8 hits - including a solo homer by Barden and a grand slam by Creighton - and 7 walks. Aaron Mathews had a 2-run triple in the inning, with Hudson and Barden adding RBI doubles. Creighton's grand slam gave him 6 runs in the game on just 1 hit, he also had a pair of sacrifice flies. Barden was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.
On April 15, Brian Barden set Oregon State's record for career hits in an 11-0 win. Barden's line drive to centerfield in the fourth inning gave him 207 hits, surpassing the mark of 206 set by Ken Bowen from 1984-87, Barden had tied Bowen's record with a single up the middle in the first inning. OSU had 5 pitchers combine to throw a 2-hitter as the game was called after 8 innings due to a 10-run rule. Joshua Garcia, Mike Ekstrom, Jake Postlewait, Craig Hays and Don Stykel combined on the shutout, OSU's second of the season, the Beaver quintet allowed just 2 walks and struck out 9. The only hits the Vulcans managed were Daniel Rhodes' bunt single to start the third inning and Darren Chu's single up the middle with 2 out in the eighth. Oregon State backed that pitching with a 12-hit attack that included Barden's record-breaking singles in a 2-for-4 day, Tom Creighton's run-scoring double that extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and Andy Jarvis' fifth homer of the season. Aaron Mathews was 3-for-4 with a triple, Pietsch and Jarvis were both 2-for-4. Jarvis' homer was the 21st of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh place on the list of OSU's all-time career leaders, Pietsch had his sixth triple of the season, leaving him just 1 short of matching the record of 7 set by Abino Vazquez in 1997.
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 NCAA LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the NCAA Division I national leaders through April 15:
TRIPLES PER GAME(Minimum 4 triples)9. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 0.18INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE(Minimum 25 innings)31. Ty Kline, Oregon State 2.04INDIVIDUAL SAVES11. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 7
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 15:
TEAM BATTING AVERAGE5. Oregon State .309TEAM RUNS5. Oregon State 256TEAM HITS7. (tie) Oregon State 374TEAM RUNS BATTED IN5. (tie) Oregon State 231TEAM DOUBLES4. (tie) Oregon State 69TEAM TRIPLES1. Oregon State 24TEAM HOME RUNS7. Oregon State 30TEAM TOTAL BASES6. Oregon State 581TEAM AT-BATS7. Oregon State 1,209TEAM SLUGGING PERCENTAGE3. Oregon State .481TEAM ON-BASE PERCENTAGE6. Oregon State .391TEAM STOLEN BASES8. (tie) Oregon State 33TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE4. Oregon State 5.06TEAM OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE3. Oregon State .267TEAM INNINGS PITCHED6. (tie) Oregon State 306.0TEAM STRIKEOUTS (PITCHING)9. Oregon State 184TEAM WINS4. (tie) Oregon State 23TEAM SAVES1. Oregon State 11TEAM FIELDING PERCENTAGE6. (tie) Oregon State .958TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED4. Oregon State 36(For Individual Categories, Hitting Minimumsof 75 Percent Of Games, 2.0 At-Bats Per Game,Pitching Minimums Of 1.0 Inning Per Game)INDIVIDUAL BATTING AVERAGE4. Brian Barden, Oregon State .383INDIVIDUAL RUNS6. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 3610. (tie) Chris Biles, Oregon State 35INDIVIDUAL HITS2. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 57INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN8. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 35INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES2. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 14INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES1. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 63. (tie) Chris Biles, Oregon State 33. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 33. (tie) Aaron Mathews, Oregon State 3INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES4. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 90INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING PERCENTAGE8. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State .604INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE PERCENTAGE10. (tie) Wick Udy, Oregon State .451INDIVIDUAL WALKS6. (tie) Will Hudson, Oregon State 22INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE BUNTS3. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds, Oregon State 510. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 310. (tie) Paul Richie, Oregon State 3INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE FLIES6. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 4INDIVIDUAL AT-BATS6. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 1499. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 144INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Ty Kline, Oregon State 2.04INDIVIDUAL OPP. BATTING AVERAGE3. Ty Kline, Oregon State .226INDIVIDUAL WINS9. (tie) Ben Rowe, Oregon State 5INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. Jared Sanders, Oregon State 7INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES1. (tie) Jake Postlewait, Oregon State 203. Don Stykel, Oregon State 184. (tie) Mike Ekstrom, Oregon State 174. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 17INDIVIDUAL STARTS3. (tie) Stephen Copeland, Oregon State 113. (tie) Ben Rowe, Oregon State 11
2002 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where Oregon State players rank among or near the school's all-time leaders through April 15:
CAREER AT-BATS3. Aaron Anderson, 1989-92 6134. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 5935. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 5816. Kevin Hooker, 1991-95 5777. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 5708. Mickey Riley, 1980-83 5659. Dave Backen, 1979-81 56010. Bryan Ganter, 1984-87 557> Brian Barden, 2000-present 556
1. Brian Barden, 2000-present 207 6. Brian Barden, 2000-present 133 Will Hudson, 2000-present 112 (tie) Brian Barden, 2000-pres.34 Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 27 Chris Biles, 2000-present 22 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 6 Brian Barden, 2000-present 5 Chris Biles, 2000-present 4 6. Brian Barden, 2000-present 22 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-pres. 21 Chris Biles, 2000-present 16 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 139 Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 106 Will Hudson, 2000-present 82 2. Brian Barden, 2000-present 320 Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 226 Chris Biles, 2000-present 207 3. Jared Sanders, present 7 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-pres.5 Seth Pietsch, 2002 14 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 6 Chris Biles, 2002 3 Tom Creighton, 2002 3 Aaron Mathews, 2002 3 2. Jared Sanders, 2002 7 Stephen Copeland, 2001 55. Tim Lambert, 1986 4(tie) Jeff Post, 1990 47. Many players 3> Mike Ekstrom 2
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his eighth season at OSU, celebrated the 400th victory of his head coaching career on April 14 when the Beavers completed an 11-9 win over Hawai'i-Hilo. Casey's career record is 402-277-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .591.
Casey has a record of 231-164-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .584. Of the 19 head coaches in OSU baseball history, only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) have coached more wins for the Beavers.
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-AMERICA CANDIDATE BRIAN BARDEN: Oregon State junior third baseman Brian Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) has been putting up some of the best numbers in the nation in the past 3 weeks. In OSU's last 13 games, Barden is batting .509 (27-for-53) with 7 doubles, 3 homers, 15 RBIs, 13 runs and an .811 slugging percentage. For the season, Barden is hitting .383 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers, 35 RBIs and 32 runs, in Pacific-10 play, Barden is batting .417 with 4 doubles, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.
Barden set the first of what could be several OSU career records on April 15, when he delivered his 206th and 207th hits to move past Ken Bowen, who had 206 hits from 1984-87. On the Beavers' lists of career leaders, Barden is also second in total bases (230), third in RBIs (139), sixth in home runs (22), sixth in runs (133), and tied for sixth in doubles (34). He homered in both OSU's season-opener and 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: Sophomore leftfielder Seth Pietsch (Wilderville, Ore./Hidden Valley HS) is seeing double and triple this spring. Pietsch has 41 hits this season, and 23 of those have gone for extra bases - 14 doubles, 6 triples and 3 homers. Through April 15, Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in triples and he's second in the conference in doubles, he's tied for ninth in the nation in triples per game (0.18).
Pietsch's next triple will tie the OSU single-season record of 7 set by Abino Vazquez in 1997, and Pietsch is on pace to hit 9 this season. 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 22 this season. Three times this season, Pietsch has doubled and tripled in the same game. In Pietsch's career, he has 50 hits and 28 of them have gone for extra bases - 17 doubles, 6 triples and 5 homers.
OREGON STATE TRIPLES: The triple has been called the most exciting play in baseball, and this spring OSU is hitting 3-baggers like never before. The Beavers have already set a school record with 24 triples this season, that broke the mark of 20 set in 1983 and tied in 1997. OSU leads the Pac-10 in triples, and is on pace to hit 37 triples this season.
The Beavers broke the school record in a series with Hawai'i-Hilo from April 13-April 15, in which OSU hit 7 triples in 4 games, that included 3 by Aaron Mathews. Seth Pietsch leads the Pac-10 with 6 triples, and his next triple will tie the OSU single-season record of 7 set by Abino Vazquez in 1997. OSU has had 11 different players triple, and Tom Creighton and Chris Biles have 3 triples along with Mathews.
OREGON STATE BULLPEN: One of Oregon State's strengths this season has been its bullpen. The Beavers are 16-1 this season in games they've led after 6 innings, and they're 20-2 in games in which they've led or been tied after 6 innings. Through April 15, OSU's relievers have combined to go 10-4 with 10 saves and a 4.41 ERA and were averaging 4.0 innings, 4.1 hits, 1.6 walks and 2.5 strikeouts per game. Throw out a single inning - a 14-run torching by California-Riverside in the eighth inning on Feb. 23 - and the bullpen's ERA drops to 3.56. OSU's relievers have allowed more than 2 earned runs in just 2 of the last 18 games. OSU already has 11 saves to lead the Pacific-10 in that category, that's the most for OSU since it also had 11 in 1997 and it's tied for the second-most in school history, behind only the 1990 club's 13 saves.
RELIEVERS KLINE, SANDERS AMONG LEADERS: While the work of Oregon State's bullpen has been a team effort, 2 Beaver relievers in particular have worked their way up the list of conference and national leaders. Junior righthander Ty Kline (West Linn, Ore./Mt. Hood CC) leads the Pac-10 in earned run average (2.04, minimum of 1.0 inning per game required for consideration) and is third in opponents' batting average (.226) while sophomore righthander Jared Sanders (Bend, Ore./Mt. Hood CC) is the conference leader in saves (7). Among the national leaders, Sanders is tied for 11th in saves and Kline is 31st in ERA.
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2002 schedule includes 7 games against teams in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly Top 25 coaches poll of April 15: No. 2 Stanford (3 games) and No. 14 Arizona State (4 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 13 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - San Diego (3 games), San Diego State (1 game), Southern California (3 games), Cal State-Northridge (3 games) and Arizona (3 games).
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.
BEAVERS GIVE, GET 14 RUNS IN AN INNING: Oregon State's highest-scoring inning of the season came in the sixth inning of a 21-3 win over Hawai'i-Hilo on April 14 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers broke the game open by using 8 hits - including a grand slam by Tom Creighton and a solo homer by Brian Barden - and 7 walks. But, as OSU head coach Pat Casey noted at game's end, 'We know what that's like - we were on the other end of one of those at Riverside, where we gave up 2 touchdowns (in California-Riverside's 14-run eighth inning during a 21-4 OSU loss on Feb. 23).'
ONE HIT, SIX RUNS BATTED IN: Tom Creighton got a lot of mileage out of a solitary hit on April 14 in a 21-3 win over Hawai'i-Hilo - in more ways than one. The senior utility player drove in a career-high 6 runs with just 1 hit. His hit was a grand slam driven high over the rightfield fence during the Beavers' 14-run sixth inning. Earlier, Creighton had hit a pair of sacrifice flies.
THREE-GAME PITCHING POWER: When Oregon State won 3 straight games against Arizona and Portland from March 29-April 2, pitching was the big reason. In 27 innings, Beaver pitchers allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) on 16 hits, walking 9 and striking out 21. Throw in the final 6 innings of a 13-9 loss to Arizona on March 28, and in a 33-inning span OSU pitchers allowed just 5 runs (3 earned) on 22 hits, walking 11 and striking out 23.
BEAVERS ENJOY LENGTHY HOMESTAND: When Oregon State stayed home from March 15-April 2, the 11-game homestand was the Beavers' longest since playing 12 in a row at home early in the 1958 season. Oregon State went 8-3 during this year's lengthy homestand.
THE BRONZE BEAVER RETURNS: Balki wasn't the answer. The Bronze Beaver might be.
Midway through the 2001 season, Oregon State shortstop Will Hudson was given a beaver skull mounted on a base. He named the skull Balki and, hoping for luck, he brought it into the OSU dugout for a series at Stanford. The result was bad luck, as the Beavers were swept in a 3-game series.
'Balki didn't cut it,' Hudson said. 'I figured we had to get a bigger statue. I was thinking about getting a stuffed beaver or something and putting it on the top step of our dugout near the on-deck circle.'
Hudson mentioned his search to an OSU athletic staff member after a win over Portland on March 25, and he was told there was such an object - The Bronze Beaver, which had been obtained by former football coach Jerry Pettibone during his stay in Corvallis from 1991-96. It had been mounted at the player's entrance to the football field, but was removed when Pettibone resigned.
For several years, it had been stored in the athletic department maintenance office, it surfaced briefly to make an appearance on the cover of OSU's 2000 baseball guide. Hudson and first baseman Andy Jarvis got permission to take the statue to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The Bronze Beaver is on a base about 3 feet square and stands about 2ï¿½ feet high, so it was a little too large to put near the bat rack. Instead, it was placed on the center of OSU's dugout roof for the first game of a series against Arizona on March 28, the Beavers were beaten 13-9.
The next day, Hudson and pitcher Joshua Garcia moved The Bronze Beaver to the end of the dugout roof over the bat rack. On March 29, Tom Creighton's homer leading off the bottom of the ninth gave OSU a 2-1 win, on March 30, 4 Beaver pitchers teamed on a 3-hitter for a 5-0 win.
Since The Bronze Beaver took up his position over the bat rack, OSU is 7-0 at home and has outscored its opponents 71-16 in those 7 games.
'We found the perfect spot for it,' Hudson said of The Bronze Beaver. 'He's here for good.'
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.
Oregon State also scored 1 run in the bottom of the ninth to tie Washington State on March 17, then won the game 6-5 in 10 innings. And on March 29, the Beavers picked up another ninth-inning win when Tom Creighton's solo homer gave OSU a 2-1 win over Arizona.
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 1,714-1,177-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 763-549, a winning percentage of .582.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 18,996 runs and allowed 14,607 runs. That's an average score of 6.54-5.03.
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 14-4 in its own ballpark and is averaging 568 fans per home date.
Now in their 93rd season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 897-382-1 at home for a winning percentage of .701. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 147-53 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .735.
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.
Incidentally, 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. On March 28 (50 years to the day after the 1952 season-opener), the first pitch of the Pacific-10 season was thrown out by Paul Valenti, an assistant coach on the 1952 team who still works as an administrator in the OSU athletic department.
The 1952 Beavers will hold a reunion and be honored during the final home series of the season, May 17-May 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: For OSU home 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 against UCLA will be broadcast and can also be heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com. 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. 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.