April 24, 2002
APRIL 23, TUESDAY
Oregon State 11, at Portland 4
APRIL 26, FRIDAY
No. 4 Stanford at Oregon State, 6 p.m. (note time change from previous schedules)
RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)
APRIL 27, SATURDAY
No. 4 Stanford at Oregon State, 4 p.m. (note time change from previous schedules)
RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)
APRIL 28, SUNDAY
No. 4 Stanford at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)
RESER'S YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL WEEKEND: Kids wearing their team jersey from local youth baseball or softball leagues will be admitted free to any of the games against Stanford, courtesy of Reser's Fine Foods.
There are a number of reasons it's a big weekend for Oregon State (25-14 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10) as fourth-ranked Stanford comes to Corvallis for a three-game Pacific-10 series. OSU and the Cardinal (27-10, 5-4) will meet Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday's game will be the first night game in the 96-year history of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Also, the start of the Saturday game has been moved to allow fans to watch both the OSU Spring Football Game at 1 p.m. and the baseball game.
Throw in the fact the Beavers are fighting for a shot at postseason play, and that the visitor is one of the nation's perennial powers, and there's plenty of reason for OSU to be excited about the possibilities.
'If you can't get yourself ready to play this weekend, then you'd better take a look in the mirror,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We've got a lot of things on the line as far as trying to improve our position for getting into a regional, we've got the first (home) night game in school history, and we get a chance to play what might be the best team in the country. It's about as big as weekends get.'
The Beavers are hoping for the same type of support they've gotten in recent weeks on their own diamond. Last weekend against UCLA, all three games drew crowds in excess of 1,000.
'Our guys do get a little extra something when they come out and the stands are full and people are making some noise,' Casey said. 'The fans have been great this season, whether it's having a few hundred who stick it out through rain delays or all those people that showed up last weekend when it was nice. With one of the top five teams in the nation here and the chance to see a little history on Friday, I'd think it gives fans something to get excited about, too.'
OSU has played at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since starting varsity baseball in 1907, but the diamond has never been lit until this season. The lights were made possible by a gift from longtime OSU boosters Bert and Shirley Babb. The system 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.
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 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 after that game. 'Then they flipped those on, and it still looked like daylight out there.'
As important as playing the first night game, though, is Oregon State's chance to improve its position in the Pacific-10 race against a tough opponent. The Beavers are coming off a disappointing weekend at home against UCLA, winning the opening game of that series 9-8 and then losing the final two games 6-1 and 9-7.
OSU broke the two-game skid by beating Portland 11-4 in a non-league game Tuesday in Portland.
'It goes back to what we said a week ago,' Casey said. 'We have to keep our focus all the way through a weekend. If we do that, we'll be fine. But we've got to show we've learned something from some tough lessons over the past couple seasons.'
Despite last weekend's losses, OSU has won 21 of its last 29 games.
'This group has done plenty of good things this season and they've put themselves in position to play for the postseason,' Casey said. 'But we've got a long way to go to get there. We're looking at five straight weekends of games in the Pac-10, and those are as tough as you can get no matter who you're playing.
'We have to keep coming out every day and working to turn ourselves into better ballplayers and a better ballclub, then go out and play to the best of our abilities for all 27 or however-many innings every weekend. If we can do that, we've got a great chance to keep playing in June.'
Stanford plays host to Sacramento State on Wednesday evening before coming to Corvallis. Last weekend, the Cardinal dropped a Pac-10 series at Washington, losing 3-1, winning 9-4 and losing the finale 4-3 in 10 innings.
'This is absolutely as good a club as we'll see all year,' Casey said of the Cardinal. 'Their pitching is outstanding, they make plays behind those guys, and they execute things at the plate. They're going to force us to play our best game to have a chance to beat them.'
Stanford is led at the plate by junior utility player Jason Cooper (.385 batting average, 10 homers, 39 RBIs), senior infielder Chris O'Riordan (.364, 6, 32), sophomore outfielder Sam Fuld (.339, 2, 22), sophomore outfielder Carlos Quentin (.336, 7, 34) and senior infielder Arik VanZandt (.333, 3, 16). The probable pitching rotation for the Cardinal includes junior righthander Jeremy Guthrie (6-0 record, 2.84 ERA), junior lefthander Tim Cunningham (5-2, 4.24) and sophomore righthander John Hudgins (6-0, 4.63).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, so., Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS),.223, 0 HRs, 17 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC),.368, 1 HR, 16 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.328, 7 HRs, 30 RBIsor - Levi Webber, so., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS),.320, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs2B - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.),.327, 3 HRs, 28 RBIsor - J.R. Runyon, jr., The Dalles, Ore. (Chemeketa CC),.273, 2 HRs, 6 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),.255, 1 HR, 22 RBIs3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),.355, 8 HRs, 39 RBIsSS - Will Hudson, jr., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),.320, 1 HR, 19 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, so., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),.314, 3 HRs, 19 RBIsCF - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.),.327, 3 HRs, 28 RBIsor - Aaron Mathews, fr., John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS),.352, 0 HRs, 15 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),.303, 5 HRs, 21 RBIsDH - Jason McBride, sr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),.263, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC),.368, 1 HR, 16 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, 5.86 ERASat. RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),4-2 record, 5.78 ERASun. LHP - Mark McLemore, jr., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),2-2 record, 4.35 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 9-29 against Stanford in a series dating back to 1920. Last season, Stanford swept 3 games on its home field by scores of 4-1, 8-1 and 22-5. The last time the teams met in Corvallis, OSU lost 10-6, won 5-2 and lost 7-5 in the finale.
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU has already set a school record with 25 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 35 triples this season ... OSU has 12 saves as a team already in 2002, that's the most for the Beavers since the 1990 team set the school record with 13, this season's dozen saves is the second-best mark in OSU history ...
OSU is in the midst of playing 21 of 25 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers are 15-6 at home so far this season ... the Beavers' 7-game home winning streak from March 29-April 19 was OSU's longest 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 6 home crowds of 1,000 or more this season, that doubles the number of 4-figure home crowds in all of 2001 ... dropping last weekend's series vs. UCLA gave OSU a losing record for just the second time in the season's first 12 weeks, the other had been when the Beavers were swept in a 3-game series at San Diego in Week 2 ... OSU's 25-14 overall record is 1 game better than the Beavers' mark after 39 games a year ago ...
OSU is 6-2 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 28-22 in the first inning and 21-9 in the ninth inning ... the Beavers are 20-2 when they have 10 or more hits in a game, OSU's opponents are 9-6 when they have 10 or more hits in a game ... when leading after 6 innings, OSU is 18-2, when leading after 7 innings, OSU is 17-2, and when leading after 8 innings, OSU is 17-0 ... when either ahead or tied after 6 innings, the Beavers are 22-3 ... not surprisingly, OSU is 21-1 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 14-4 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 through April 21 shows OSU tied for eighth in stolen bases with 35, which could lead to thinking the Beavers are at a disadvantage in the running game. However, OSU has stolen 5 more bases than its opponents ... the Beavers have thrown 4 runners out at the plate in their last 2 games ...
OSU is batting .307 as a team, but that improves to .335 with runners on base and .342 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Beaver pitchers have limited opponents to a .272 batting average and that rises to just .291 with runners on and .280 with runners in scoring position ... as a team, the Beavers are batting .432 with the bases loaded and opponents are hitting .308 ...
OSU has won 10 of its last 14 games ... in those 14 games, OSU is batting .330 as a team and its opponents are hitting .247, OSU's team ERA is 4.17 and its opponents' mark is 8.22 ... in that 14-game span, Wick Udy is batting .409 with 4 doubles and 6 RBIs, Aaron Mathews is batting .404 with 3 doubles, 3 triples and 14 RBIs, Andy Jarvis is batting .396 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers and 16 RBIs, Brian Barden is batting .393 with 5 doubles, 4 homers and 14 RBIs, Seth Pietsch is batting .346 with 2 doubles, 3 triples, 1 homer and 6 RBIs, Tom Creighton is batting .339 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 14 RBIs, and Will Hudson is batting .326 with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 10 RBIs ... on the mound in those 14 games, Ty Kline is 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA and 1 save, Don Stykel has no decisions but a 1.64 ERA, Joshua Garcia is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA, and Stephen Copeland is 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA ...
OSU has won 21 of its last 29 games ... in those 29 games, OSU has a winning record at home (15-6), on the road (4-2) and at neutral sites (2-0) ... during those 29 games, the Beavers are batting .317 as a team and OSU pitchers are limiting opponents' to a .260 average, OSU's team ERA is 4.62 and its opponents' mark is 7.38 ... over the past 29 games, Brian Barden is batting .374 with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homers and 30 RBIs, Aaron Mathews is batting .369 with 3 doubles, 3 triples and 15 RBIs, Wick Udy is batting .358 with 7 doubles, 1 homer and 13 RBIs, Will Hudson is batting .351 with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homer and 15 RBIs, Andy Jarvis is batting .337 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers and 22 RBIs, and Tom Creighton is batting .322 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 24 RBIs ... on the mound during that 29-game stretch, Ty Kline is 4-0 with a 2.16 ERA and 1 save, Mike Ekstrom is 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA and 2 saves, Don Stykel is 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA, Jared Sanders is 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA and 7 saves, and Joshua Garcia is 3-0 with a 3.72 ERA ...
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 has extended his record to 209 hits. Through April 23, Barden is also second in total bases (326), third in RBIs (143), fourth in runs (135), tied for fifth in doubles (35), sixth in home runs (24), and seventh in at-bats (573) ... Jared Sanders has 8 saves this season, tying the school record set by Mike Boire in 1997. The 8 saves also gives Sanders second place on OSU's all-time list of career leaders ...
Through April 21, Jared Sanders leads the Pac-10 in saves (8) and the Beavers have the team lead in saves (12) ... Mark McLemore is third in opponents' batting average (.233) ... Seth Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in triples (6) and is tied for first in doubles (15) ... OSU also has the team lead in triples (24) ... among the NCAA Division I national leaders, Seth Pietsch is tied for eighth in triples per game (0.16), and Jared Sanders is tied for 12th in saves (8) ...
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 16, Chris Biles 12, Will Hudson 11, Andy Jarvis 10, Wick Udy 8, and Aaron Mathews 7 ... Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-RBI games this season with 14, Andy Jarvis and Kerisi Reynolds have 7 each, Aaron Mathews, Tom Creighton and Seth Pietsch 5 each, and Chris Biles, Will Hudson and Paul Richie 4 each ... Aaron Mathews is working on a 12-game hitting streak and Wick Udy has a 5-game streak going. The Beavers' longest streak of the season has been Chris Biles' 16-gamer that included the final 5 games of 2001, Tom Creighton had a 15-game streak from March 24-April 20.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State was disappointed in losing 2 of 3 games to visiting UCLA in a Pacific-10 series on April 19-21, but rebounded to take a non-league win at Portland on April 23.
On April 19, Brian Barden's 2-out, 2-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning proved the difference as Oregon State beat UCLA. The Beavers, trailing by 4 runs in the middle of the second inning, rallied before a crowd of 1,013. Barden's homer to left-centerfield gave OSU a 9-7 lead. Jared Sanders then pitched the ninth inning and gave up a run but picked up his eighth save of the season, tying the Oregon State school record set by Mike Boire in 1997. Ty Kline worked 1.1 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, improving to 4-0 this season out of the bullpen. Andy Jarvis was 3-for-5 with 1 home run, 1 double and 2 RBIs. The Beavers rallied after starter Ben Rowe struggled, allowing 4 runs in 1.1 inning of work. But Jarvis' shot into the ROTC obstacle course beyond rightfield to lead off the bottom of the second started a 4-run inning for the Beavers, with 2 out, OSU came up with a 2-run single by Tom Creighton and a run-scoring double by Mathews to tie the score.
On April 20, Stephen Copeland turned in Oregon State's longest pitching start of the season Saturday afternoon but it went for naught as the Beavers fell to UCLA 6-1. OSU was within 1 run until the Bruins (17-24, 3-5) scored 4 times with 2 out in the top of the eighth inning before a crowd of 1,189. Most of the game was a pitching duel between Copeland and UCLA righthander Wes Whisler. Copeland went 7.2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks, 2 of those runs scored after Copeland left the game with 2 out and 2 on in the eighth. Whisler pitched a 4-hitter for his first complete game. The freshman walked 2 and struck out 7 to end OSU's 5-game winning streak. A day after the Bruins had 6 doubles among their 14 hits, they didn't manage an extra-base hit but outhit the Beavers 12-4. Jarvis was 2-for-3 for Oregon State and Tom Creighton extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
On April 21, Oregon State lost to UCLA 9-7 after the Beavers had built a 3-run lead heading into the final 2 innings before a crowd of 1,136.OSU led 6-3 going into the eighth inning, but the Bruins came up with 4 runs in the top of the eighth on just 2 hits, taking advantage of 2 walks and a pair of hit batters to go in front 7-6. UCLA then added 2 insurance runs in the top of the ninth when a wild pitch and an error plated 2 Bruins to make it 9-6. Oregon State brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, as Aaron Mathews and Chris Biles singled to start the inning. They advanced on Brian Barden's high chopper back to the mound, and Jarvis brought OSU within 9-7 with a sacrifice fly, Seth Pietsch then lined a ball into centerfield but right at Bruin oufielder Rashad Parker to end the game. Paul Richie was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for OSU while Wick Udy was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. The Beavers' defense helped preserve a lead into the late innings by throwing 3 Bruins out at the plate and nailing 2 more at third base.
On April 23, Oregon State broke its brief skid with an 11-4 win at Portland. Aaron Mathews extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-4 day and drove in 3 runs for the Beavers. OSU captured the season series from its in-state rival, beating Portland in 3 of 4 meetings. The Beavers used 3 walks and 2 hits in the top of the fourth inning go to in front 3-0. Portland got back within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth and came within a few feet of tying the game on a single but Beaver leftfielder Seth Pietsch's throw was perfect and catcher Wick Udy tagged Matt Hollod out trying to score from second to preserve the lead. In the sixth, Brian Barden poked a 2-run double down the rightfield line to make it 7-2. Joshua Garcia, the second of 5 Beaver pitchers, earned the win. Chris Biles was 2-for-2 with 2 doubles for the Beavers, while Udy was 2-for-3 with 1 double and Hudson was 2-for-3.
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 NCAA LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the NCAA Division I national leaders through April 21:
TRIPLES PER GAME(Minimum 4 triples)8. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 0.16INDIVIDUAL SAVES12. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 8
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 21:
TEAM BATTING AVERAGE4. Oregon State .306TEAM RUNS6. Oregon State 273TEAM HITS9. Oregon State 401TEAM RUNS BATTED IN5. Oregon State 248TEAM DOUBLES4. (tie) Oregon State 76TEAM TRIPLES1. Oregon State 24TEAM HOME RUNS7. Oregon State 33TEAM TOTAL BASES7. Oregon State 624TEAM AT-BATS9. Oregon State 1,309TEAM SLUGGING PERCENTAGE3. Oregon State .477TEAM ON-BASE PERCENTAGE5. (tie) Oregon State .388TEAM STOLEN BASES8. (tie) Oregon State 35TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE5. Oregon State 5.24TEAM OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE4. Oregon State .274TEAM INNINGS PITCHED7. Oregon State 333.0TEAM STRIKEOUTS (PITCHING)9. Oregon State 192TEAM WINS5. (tie) Oregon State 24TEAM SAVES1. Oregon State 12TEAM FIELDING PERCENTAGE5. (tie) Oregon State .961TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED5. (tie) Oregon State 38(For Individual Categories, Hitting Minimumsof 75 Percent Of Games, 2.0 At-Bats Per Game,Pitching Minimums Of 1.0 Inning Per Game)INDIVIDUAL RUNS9. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 38INDIVIDUAL HITS6. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 58INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN9. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 37INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES1. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 15INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES1. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 64. (tie) Chris Biles, Oregon State 34. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 34. (tie) Aaron Mathews, Oregon State 3INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNS8. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 8INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES6. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 94INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING PERCENTAGE10. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State .584INDIVIDUAL WALKS10. (tie) Will Hudson, Oregon State 22INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE BUNTS5. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds, Oregon State 58. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 4INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE FLIES8. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 4INDIVIDUAL AT-BATS8. Brian Barden, Oregon State 162INDIVIDUAL OPP. BATTING AVERAGE3. Mark McLemore, Oregon State .233INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. Jared Sanders, Oregon State 8INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES2. Jake Postlewait, Oregon State 223. Don Stykel, Oregon State 193. (tie) Mike Ekstrom, Oregon State 193. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 19INDIVIDUAL STARTS3. (tie) Stephen Copeland, Oregon State 123. (tie) Ben Rowe, Oregon State 12
2002 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where Oregon State players rank among or near the school's all-time leaders through April 23:
CAREER AT-BATS3. Aaron Anderson, 1989-92 6134. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 5935. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 5816. Kevin Hooker, 1991-95 577> 7. Brian Barden, 2000-present 573
1. Brian Barden, 2000-present 209 4. Brian Barden, 2000-present 135 Will Hudson, 2000-present 117 (tie) Brian Barden, 2000-present 35 Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 28 Chris Biles, 2000-present 24 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 6 Brian Barden, 2000-present 5 Chris Biles, 2000-present 4 6. Brian Barden, 2000-present 24 7. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 23 Chris Biles, 2000-present 16 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 143 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 110 Will Hudson, 2000-present 84 2. Brian Barden, 2000-present 326 Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 239 Chris Biles, 2000-present 213 3. Jared Sanders, present 8 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 Seth Pietsch, 2002 15 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 6 Chris Biles, 2002 3 Tom Creighton, 2002 3 Aaron Mathews, 2002 3 (tie) Jared Sanders, 2002 8 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 404-279-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .591.
Casey has a record of 233-166-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .583. 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 17 games, Barden is batting .414 (29-for-70) with 8 doubles, 4 homers, 19 RBIs and 15 runs. For the season, Barden is hitting .355 with 11 doubles, 1 triple, 8 homers, 39 RBIs and 34 runs.
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 (326), third in RBIs (143), fourth in runs (135), tied for fifth in doubles (35), sixth in home runs (24), and seventh in at-bats (573). 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 44 hits this season, and 24 of those have gone for extra bases - 15 doubles, 6 triples and 3 homers. Through April 21, Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in triples and he's tied for first in the conference in doubles, he's tied for eighth in the nation in triples per game (0.16).
Pietsch's next triple will tie the OSU single-season record of 7 set by Abino Vazquez in 1997. 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 21 this season. Three times this season, Pietsch has doubled and tripled in the same game. In Pietsch's career, he has 53 hits and 29 of them have gone for extra bases - 18 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 25 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 35 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 18-2 this season in games they've led after 6 innings, and they're 22-3 in games in which they've led or been tied after 6 innings. Through April 23, OSU's relievers have combined to go 12-5 with 12 saves and a 4.72 ERA and were averaging 4.1 innings, 4.3 hits, 1.7 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 3.98. OSU's relievers have allowed more than 2 earned runs in just 5 of the last 22 games. OSU already has 12 saves to lead the Pacific-10 in that category, in Beaver history, that trails only the 1990 team's school-record 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. Sophomore righthander Jared Sanders (Bend, Ore./Mt. Hood CC) is the Pacific-10 leader in saves (8) and junior righthander Ty Kline (West Linn, Ore./Mt. Hood CC) has been among the the Pac-10 leaders in earned run average and opponents' batting average much of the season. Among the national leaders, Sanders is tied for 12th in saves and Kline has been among the ERA leaders in April.
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 22: No. 4 Stanford (3 games) and No. 17 Arizona State (4 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 16 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - Cal State-Northridge (3 games), Southern California (3 games), San Diego State (1 game), San Diego (3 games), California (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.
FIRST FOUR-GAME SWEEP IN FOUR YEARS: OSU's sweep of Hawai'i-Hilo from April 13-April 15 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 ...
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 8-2 at home and has outscored its opponents 88-39 in those 10 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 1,716-1,179-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 764-551, a winning percentage of .581.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,024 runs and allowed 14,634 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 15-6 in its own ballpark and is averaging 649 fans per home date.
Now in their 93rd season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field (3 seasons were lost to World War I and World War II), the Beavers are 898-384-1 at home for a winning percentage of .700. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 148-55 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .729.
Goss Stadium was added to Coleman Field over the winter of 1998-99. The ballpark holds 2,000 fans, with the main grandstand seating 1,500 of those. The structure includes a press box, concession/lobby area, dugouts, locker rooms, restrooms and storage areas.
The playing surface has been completely rebuilt recently, with the infield undergoing renovation in 1996 and the outfield in 1998.
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 Stanford 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.