Beavers Continue Pursuit Of NCAA Bid
MAY 10, FRIDAYOregon State at California, 2:30 p.m.RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)
MAY 11, SATURDAYOregon State at California, 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)TV: Live on Fox Sports Net
MAY 12, SUNDAYOregon State at California, 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)
For Oregon State (30-15 overall, 9-6 Pacific-10), one big weekend has led to another lately. Next on the list is a trip to California (26-26, 8-13) for a Pacific-10 series this Friday through Sunday.
For the first time this season, OSU will carry a national ranking; the Beavers were 35th in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. For the second straight week, Oregon State received votes in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN poll but wasn't in the Top 25.
The visit to the Bears' lair will be just the latest in a series of tough tests for the Beavers as they pursue a place in the NCAA Regionals.
Two weeks ago, OSU put itself on the national map by taking a series from then-No. 4 Stanford. Last week, Oregon State had to visit longtime rival Washington State; the Beavers came home with a sweep.
Now the momentum OSU has been building gets another challenge.
'We've put ourselves in a good position, especially with what we've done the last two weeks,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'But our job is a long, long way from over. We've got three weekends left, all against very good teams. We have to keep getting better and keep focusing on the task at hand if we're going to reach our goal.
'We've shown what we're capable of doing, and it's drawn some attention. Our guys have earned that. But we have to realize that we aren't guaranteed anything yet. We've got to continue doing the things that have gotten us this far, and we've got to do them even better for us to keep winning.'
One thing aiding OSU the past few weeks has been good starts by pitchers Ben Rowe and Stephen Copeland. In the last two series, the two have combined to go 3-0 with a 2.70 earned run average and are averaging 8 1/3 innings per start.
'That's been crucial for us,' Casey said. 'Ben and Stephen have been outstanding lately, and you can't overstate how important it is to get starting pitching like that. Our bullpen has been great all year, and to have those guys step up now gives us a chance to be that much better.'
The recent pitching of Rowe and Copeland is indicative of how the season has gone for Oregon State.
'I think every guy on this club has helped carry us for a stretch at some point during this season,' Casey said. 'And every guy on this club has struggled a little at some point during this season. You stress winning and losing as a team, and we've managed to win as a team.'
California is wrapping up its Pac-10 schedule this weekend. The Bears have dropped their last seven games, including being swept at Stanford last weekend by scores of 8-4, 13-5 and 8-5.
'They've had a tough time lately, but that's a good ballclub,' Casey said of the Bears. 'They won two of three at Arizona State last month, and I think that's more indicative of the type of team they've got. This will be their last series at home, so you know they'll want to go out on a high note. They'll be ready, and we'd better be ready.'
At the plate, Cal is led by junior catcher John Baker (.376 batting average, 4 home runs, 22 runs batted in), sophomore infielder Conor Jackson (.374, 16, 59), senior infielder Carson White (.344, 7, 32) and freshman outfielder David Nicholson (.318, 6, 22). The Beavers expect to face a rotation of freshman righthander Joe Todoroff (0-2 record, 5.91 ERA), senior righthander Trevor Hutchinson (7-5, 3.56) and sophomore righthander Matt Brown (5-3, 3.70).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, so.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.234, 1 HR, 18 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr.; Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC);.357, 1 HR, 17 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.336, 10 HRs, 41 RBIsor - Levi Webber, so.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.320, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs2B - Tom Creighton, sr.; Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.);.317 3 HRs, 33 RBIsor - J.R. Runyon, jr.; The Dalles, Ore. (Chemeketa CC);.233, 2 HRs, 7 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.255, 1 HR, 22 RBIs3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS);.365, 8 HRs, 45 RBIsSS - Will Hudson, jr.; Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS);.319, 2 HRs, 21 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, so.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.313, 6 HRs, 27 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, fr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.364, 1 HR, 23 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, so.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.303, 6 HRs, 26 RBIsor - Aaron Fausett, jr.; Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California);.216, 0 HRs, 4 RBIsDH - Jason McBride, sr.; Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC);.283, 1 HR, 9 RBIsor - Pat Stevens, sr.; Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.);.238, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri. RHP - Ben Rowe, so.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);7-3 record, 4.72 ERASat. RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);5-2 record, 5.56 ERASun. LHP - Mark McLemore, jr.; Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS);2-3 record, 5.16 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-26 against California in a series dating back to 1916. Last season in Corvallis, OSU took 2 of 3 games, winning 6-5 and 10-1 before losing the finale 12-1. The last time the teams met in Berkeley was 2000, when OSU took 2 of 3 games, winning 12-4, losing 15-9 and winning the finale 8-5 in 10 innings.
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU scored 50 runs in its 3-game sweep at Washington State last weekend; that was the Beavers' highest-scoring Pacific-10 series since the conference went to its current format in 1999. For that matter, it was OSU's highest-scoring 3-game series ever, topping the 49 runs scored in a 3-game set at Chico State in 1985 ... OSU's sweep at Washington State last weekend was the Beavers' first Pacific-10 road sweep since the conference went to its current format in 1999. The last time the Beavers had swept a conference series on the road came in a 4-game Northern Division sweep at Washington State to end the 1997 season ... last weekend's sweep at WSU was OSU's second road sweep of the season; the Beavers had also swept 2 games at Nevada on March 8-March 9 before the third game of the series was cancelled on account of cold weather ... the sweep at WSU was OSU's third sweep of the season; the Beavers had also swept the Cougars in a 3-game non-league series in Corvallis from March 15-March 17 ... OSU went unbeaten against WSU for the first time since also going 6-0 against the Cougars in 1994 ... OSU has won 3 of its 5 conference series this season ... after a series win over Stanford on April 26-28, Oregon State has won a Pacific-10 series from every conference school except Southern California since the conference went to its current format in 1999 ... the series win over No. 4 Stanford made this the second straight season that OSU has taken a series from a top-5 team; the Beavers had taken 2 of 3 games from No. 3 Arizona State in Corvallis in 2001 ...
OSU has drawn home crowds of 1,000 or more 8 times this season, including 5 of the last 6 home games ... the Beavers are 17-7 at home this season; they just concluded a stretch of playing 21 of 25 games at home, and they went 15-6 in that time ... 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) ... OSU went 3-0 last week; the Beavers have had a losing record in just 2 of the season's first 14 weeks ... OSU's 30-15 overall record is 2 games better than the Beavers' mark after 45 games a year ago, and Oregon State's 9-6 Pac-10 record is 1 game better than its conference mark after 15 games in 2001 ... OSU is 3 games over .500 in Pac-10 play for the first time since the conference went to its current format in 1999 ... 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 32 triples this season ... OSU has 13 saves as a team already in 2002; that ties the school record set in 1990 and it leads the Pac-10 ...
OSU is 8-2 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 36-25 in the first inning and 31-14 in the ninth inning ... the Beavers are 23-2 when they have 10 or more hits in a game; OSU's opponents are 10-7 when they have 10 or more hits in a game ... when leading after 6 innings, OSU is 22-2; when leading after 7 innings, OSU is 22-2; and when leading after 8 innings, OSU is 22-0 ... when either ahead or tied after 6 innings, the Beavers are 27-3 ... not surprisingly, OSU is 25-1 this season when it has more hits than its opponent. On the other hand, OSU has also managed an 12-7 record when it commits more errors than its opponent ... OSU is 17-4 when it scores first this season ...
OSU has committed 3 or more errors in a game 12 times this season, but 9 of those were in the season's first 20 games ... a look at the Pac-10 statistics through May 5 shows OSU tied for eighth in stolen bases with 43; however, OSU has stolen 5 more bases than its opponents ... OSU is batting .309 as a team, but that improves to .335 with runners on base and .353 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Beaver pitchers have limited opponents to a .276 batting average and that rises to just .295 with runners on and drops to .274 with runners in scoring position ... as a team, the Beavers are batting .453 with the bases loaded and opponents are hitting .321 ... with 2 out, OSU is batting .308 and its opponents are batting .247 ...
OSU has won 11 of its last 14 games; during that time, the Beavers are batting .340 as a team and opponents have been limited to .287, and OSU has a winning record both at home (7-3) and on the road (4-0) ... in those 14 games, Aaron Mathews is batting .431 with 2 doubles, 3 triples, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 5 stolen bases; Andy Jarvis is batting .418 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 6 homers and 20 RBIs; Wick Udy is batting .412 with 5 doubles and 7 RBIs; Brian Barden is batting .400 with 6 doubles, 3 homers and 18 RBIs; Will Hudson is batting .366 with 5 doubles, 1 homer and 7 RBIs; and Seth Pietsch is batting .315 with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 4 homers and 12 RBIs ... on the mound in that span, OSU has a team ERA of 5.41 and its opponents are at 9.62 ... in the last 14 games, Ben Rowe is 3-0 with a 2.54 ERA; Joshua Garcia is 2-0, Stephen Copeland is 2-1 and Ty Kline is 3-0 ...
OSU has won 17 of its last 23 games; during that time, the Beavers have a winning record both at home (12-4) and on the road (5-2) ... in the last 23 games, OSU is batting .325 as a team and opponents are hitting .269 ... in those 23 games, Brian Barden is batting .417 with 11 doubles, 4 homers and 25 RBIs; Aaron Mathews is batting .407 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 1 homer, 23 RBIs and 7 stolen bases; Andy Jarvis is batting .364 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 8 homers and 28 RBIs; Will Hudson is batting .329 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 14 RBIs; Wick Udy is batting .326 with 5 doubles, 1 homer and 9 RBIs; Tom Creighton is batting .319 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 22 RBIs; and Seth Pietsch is batting .310 with 7 doubles, 3 triples, 4 homers and 15 RBIs ... on the mound, OSU has a 4.84 ERA in the last 23 games and its opponents are at 8.64 ... Ty Kline is 5-0 with 1 save and a 2.53 ERA in that time, Joshua Garcia is 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA; and Stephen Copeland is 3-1 with a 4.54 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 220 hits. Through May 5, Barden is also second in RBIs (149) and total bases (340); third in runs (143) and doubles (38); fourth in at-bats (599); and seventh in homers (24) ... Jared Sanders has 9 saves this season, breaking the school record of 8 set by Mike Boire in 1997. The 9 saves also gives Sanders a tie for second place on OSU's all-time list of career leaders ... Seth Pietsch has tied the school single-season record for doubles with 19, matching the number hit by A.J. Marquardt in 1993 and Joe Gerber in 2000 ...
Through May 5, Jared Sanders leads the Pacific-10 in saves (9) and the Beavers have the team lead in saves (13) ... Seth Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in doubles (19) and triples (6) ... OSU also has the team lead in triples (25) ... among the NCAA Division I national leaders, Seth Pietsch is tied for 21st in triples per game (0.14) and tied for 27th in doubles per game (0.43); and Jared Sanders is tied for 12th in saves (9) ...
Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-hit games this season with 22. Tom Creighton has 19 multi-hit games, Seth Pietsch 18, Chris Biles 14, Andy Jarvis 13, Will Hudson 12, Aaron Mathews 11 and Wick Udy 10 ... Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-RBI games this season with 16; Andy Jarvis has 9, Seth Pietsch and Aaron Mathews 8 each, Kerisi Reynolds 7 and Tom Creighton 6 ... OSU's longest current hitting streak is Seth Pietsch's 6-gamer. The Beavers' longest streak this season was Chris Biles' 16-gamer that included the final 5 games of 2001; Tom Creighton had a 15-game streak; Aaron Mathews had a 12-game streak; and Brian Barden, Andy Jarvis and Paul Richie have had 10-game streaks.
LAST WEEK: With no more midweek games on the schedule, Oregon State could center its attention on a Pacific-10 series at Washington State from May 3-May 5, and the Beavers brought a sweep home from the Palouse by scores of 18-1, 10-6 and 22-21.
On May 3, Andy Jarvis homered twice and drove in 8 runs as Oregon State beat Washington State 18-1. Ben Rowe scattered 9 hits to pitch his second straight complete game for the Beavers. The win was the third straight in a Pac-10 series opener for Oregon State. The Beavers jumped in front 3-0 in the first inning on a run-scoring double by Brian Barden and a 2-run single by Jarvis, then widened the lead from there. Chris Biles added a 2-out, 3-run double in the second inning and Aaron Mathews singled home a run in the third to make it 7-0. A week after 4-hitting nationally-ranked Stanford, Rowe walked 1 and struck out 2 to beat the Cougars with a 91-pitch outing. In his last 20 innings of work, Rowe has allowed just 2 runs. The Beavers helped Rowe hold the Cougars' offense in check by turning 4 double plays. OSU's bats did the rest, knocking out 16 hits against a trio of WSU pitchers and taking advantage of 5 walks and 6 hit batters. Jarvis' 8 RBIs were 1 short of the school single-game record set when Ken Bowen drove in 9 runs against Chico State in 1985. Mathews went 4-for-6 with a double and 2 RBIs.
On May 4, Oregon State scored in each of the first 6 innings en route to a 10-6 victory over WSU. Andy Jarvis, Seth Pietsch and Chris Biles all homered for the Beavers. The Beavers led 10-2 by the seventh inning, and junior righthander Stephen Copeland earned the win for his 7.2 innings of work. He allowed WSU just 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits through the first 7 innings as he improved his record to 5-2 this season. As they had in the series-opener, the Beavers got the jump early with a 4-run first inning. Jarvis' run-scoring groundout and Pietsch's 2-run drive to left into a stiff wind helped OSU take advantage of a Cougar error and 2 passed balls before WSU ever came to the plate. Jarvis continued his torrid series, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and 3 RBIs. Paul Richie, who sat out Friday's game, returned to the lineup with the first 3-hit game of his Beaver career as the sophomore went 3-for-5 with a double.
On May 5, Oregon State rallied from a 7-run deficit, then clung to the remnants of what had been an 8-run lead to beat Washington State 22-21. The Beavers completed the series sweep with the 4-hour, 27-minute victory on a cold, windy, sometimes-damp day. It was one of the wildest games in the 93-year, 389-game history of baseball battles between the schools. WSU scored 4 unearned runs in the ninth inning and had the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended; the teams combined for 41 hits - including 14 doubles and 8 home runs - and committed 10 errors. OSU trailed 9-2 after the Cougars scored 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Beavers immediately came back with 7 runs in the top of the sixth to tie the score. Aaron Mathews' first career homer - a grand slam - keyed the inning, getting the Beavers within 9-8, then Jason McBride's 2-out single up the middle plated the tying run. The Beavers grabbed the lead in the seventh when Paul Richie's first homer of the season made it 10-9, and OSU added 3 more runs in the inning. That included 2 when Brian Barden hit an infield single, then advanced to second on a throwing error that allowed Tom Creighton to score; Barden broke for third when he saw the Cougars weren't paying him much attention and then scored when the throw to third was wild. OSU extended the lead to 20-12 with another 7-run inning in the eighth, getting a solo homer by McBride and 2-run doubles by Barden and Seth Pietsch. WSU rallied with 5 runs in the bottom of the eighth, and Oregon State tacked on 2 more runs in the top of the ninth to make it 22-17. But a Beaver error to start the inning gave WSU life, and the Cougars took advantage to score 4 times; a 2-out error then put the winning run on base and moved the tying run to second. OSU closer Jared Sanders finally induced a grounder that shortstop Will Hudson snared and tossed to second baseman Creighton covering the bag for the final out. It was the second-highest scoring game in OSU history, trailing only a 36-12 win over Chico State in 1985; it was the first time ever that both teams in a Beaver game reached 20 runs.
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 NCAA LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the NCAA Division I national leaders through May 5:
DOUBLES PER GAME(Minimum 12 doubles)27. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 0.43TRIPLES PER GAME(Minimum 5 triples)21. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 0.14INDIVIDUAL SAVES12. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 9
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through May 5:
TEAM BATTING AVERAGE4. Oregon State .309TEAM RUNS4. Oregon State 341TEAM HITS6. Oregon State 483TEAM RUNS BATTED IN4. Oregon State 309TEAM DOUBLES2. Oregon State 98TEAM TRIPLES1. Oregon State 25TEAM HOME RUNS7. Oregon State 44TEAM TOTAL BASES5. Oregon State 763TEAM AT-BATS7. Oregon State 1,565TEAM SLUGGING PERCENTAGE3. Oregon State .488TEAM ON-BASE PERCENTAGE3. Oregon State .394TEAM STOLEN BASES8. (tie) Oregon State 43TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE5. Oregon State 5.34TEAM OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE3. Oregon State .276TEAM INNINGS PITCHED6. Oregon State 396.0TEAM STRIKEOUTS (PITCHING)9. Oregon State 219TEAM WINS2. Oregon State 30TEAM SAVES1. Oregon State 13TEAM FIELDING PERCENTAGE6. Oregon State .961TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED4. Oregon State 46(For Individual Categories, Hitting Minimumsof 75 Percent Of Games, 2.0 At-Bats Per Game;Pitching Minimums Of 1.0 Inning Per Game)INDIVIDUAL RUNS6. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 45INDIVIDUAL HITS4. Brian Barden, Oregon State 70INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN7. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 45INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES1. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 19INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES1. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 63. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 47. (tie) Chris Biles, Oregon State 37. (tie) Aaron Mathews, Oregon State 3INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNS7. (tie) Andy Jarvis, Oregon State 10INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES3. Brian Barden, Oregon State 110INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING PERCENTAGE10. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State .608INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE PERCENTAGE6. Will Hudson, Oregon State .456INDIVIDUAL WALKS3. Will Hudson, Oregon State 31INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE BUNTS8. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds, Oregon State 510. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 410. (tie) Will Hudson, Oregon State 4INDIVIDUAL AT-BATS6. Brian Barden, Oregon State 19210. Tom Creighton, Oregon State 183INDIVIDUAL OPP. BATTING AVERAGE8. Mark McLemore, Oregon State .2509. Ben Rowe, Oregon State .257INDIVIDUAL WINS3. (tie) Ben Rowe, Oregon State 710. (tie) Ty Kline, Oregon State 6INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. Jared Sanders, Oregon State 9INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES2. Jake Postlewait, Oregon State 263. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 235. (tie) Mike Ekstrom, Oregon State 227. (tie) Don Stykel, Oregon State 219. (tie) Ty Kline, Oregon State 20INDIVIDUAL STARTS1. Ben Rowe, Oregon State 152. (tie) Stephen Copeland, Oregon State 14
2002 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where Oregon State players rank among or near the school's all-time leaders through May 5:
CAREER AT-BATS1. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 6482. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 6433. Aaron Anderson, 1989-92 613> 4. Brian Barden, 2000-present 599
1. Brian Barden, 2000-present 220 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 143 Will Hudson, 2000-present 124 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 38 Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 30 Chris Biles, 2000-present 26 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 6 Brian Barden, 2000-present 5 Chris Biles, 2000-present 4 6. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 26 7. Brian Barden, 2000-present 24 Chris Biles, 2000-present 17 2. Brian Barden, 2000-present 149 7. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 121 Chris Biles, 2000-present 91 Will Hudson, 2000-present 91 2. Brian Barden, 2000-present 340 8. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 260 Chris Biles, 2000-present 224 (tie) Jared Sanders, present 9 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 Brian Barden, 2001 832. Josh Carter, 2001 783. R.A. Neitzel, 1990 754. Dave Brundage, 1986 74(tie) Joe Gerber, 1999 74(tie) Joe Gerber, 2000 747. A.J. Marquardt, 1993 738. Ryan McDonald, 1996 719. Jeff Brauning, 1989 70(tie) Chris Biles, 2001 70> (tie) Brian Barden, 2002 70 Tom Creighton, 2002 58 Brian Barden, 2001 516. Ken Bowen, 1987 50(tie) Brian Barden, 2000 508. Jeff Doyle, 1977 49(tie) Al Hunsinger, 1981 49(tie) Jim Wilson, 1982 49(tie) Jeff Brauning, 1988 49(tie) R.A. Neitzel, 1990 49(tie) Ben Bertrand, 1998 49(tie) Drew Hedges, 2000 49> Seth Pietsch, 2002 45 Brian Barden, 2002 42 Will Hudson, 2002 41 Chris Biles, 2002 40 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 19 Brian Barden, 2002 14 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 6 Tom Creighton, 2002 4 Chris Biles, 2002 3 Aaron Mathews, 2002 3 Andy Jarvis, 2001 129. Chris Newman, 1983 11(tie) Joe Gerber, 1998 11(tie) Zach Gordon, 2000 11> Andy Jarvis, 2002 10 Brian Barden, 2002 8 Brian Barden, 2002 45 Andy Jarvis, 2002 41 Brian Barden, 2002 110 Seth Pietsch, 2002 101 1. Jared Sanders, 2002 9 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 409-280-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .593.
Casey has a record of 238-167-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .587. 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 month. In OSU's last 23 games, Barden is batting .417 (40-for-96) with 11 doubles, 4 homers, 25 RBIs and 23 runs. For the season, Barden is hitting .365 with 14 doubles, 1 triple, 8 homers, 45 RBIs and 42 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; Barden's record now stands at 220. On the Beavers' lists of career leaders, Barden is also second in RBIs (149) and total bases (340); third in runs (143) and doubles (38); fourth in at-bats (599); and seventh in homers (24). 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 52 hits this season, and 31 of those have gone for extra bases - 19 doubles, 6 triples and 6 homers. Through May 5, Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in doubles and triples; the last conference leader in doubles and triples was California's Matt Luke, who tied for the Southern Division title in both categories in 1992. Pietsch is tied for 21st in the nation in triples per game (0.14) and tied for 27th in doubles per game (0.43).
With a pair of doubles on May 5 in a 22-21 win at Washington State, Pietsch tied the OSU single-season doubles record of 19 set by A.J. Marquardt in 1993 and tied by Joe Gerber in 2000. Pietsch's next triple will tie the OSU single-season record of 7 set by Abino Vazquez in 1997. Three times this season, Pietsch has doubled and tripled in the same game.
In Pietsch's career, he has 61 hits and 36 of them have gone for extra bases - 22 doubles, 6 triples and 8 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 32 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, with Tom Creighton delivering 4 and Chris Biles having 3 along with Mathews.
OREGON STATE BULLPEN: One of Oregon State's strengths this season has been its bullpen. The Beavers are 22-2 this season in games they've led after 6 innings, and they're 27-3 in games in which they've led or been tied after 6 innings. Through May 5, OSU's relievers have combined to go 14-5 with 13 saves and a 5.34 ERA and were averaging 4.0 innings, 4.4 hits, 1.7 walks and 2.3 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 4.66. OSU's relievers have allowed more than 2 earned runs in just 7 of the last 28 games. OSU's 13 saves have tied the school record set in 1990, and the Beavers lead the Pac-10 in that category.
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 (9) 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 was among the ERA leaders in April.
OREGON STATE IN THE NATIONAL POLLS: Oregon State began receiving votes in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll on April 29, after the Beavers had beaten then-No. 4 Stanford in a Pacific-10 series. The Beavers reached the rankings for the first time this season on May 6, taking 35th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. OSU in the national rankings this season:Bsbll. Weekly/ Baseball Collegiate Natl. Coll. ESPN America Baseball Bsbll. WritersApril 29 NR, votes (40th) NR NR NRMay 6 NR, votes (39th) NR NR 35th
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2002 schedule includes 13 games against teams in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly Top 25 coaches poll of May 6: No. 7 Stanford (3 games), No. 18 Cal State-Northridge (3 games), No. 19 Arizona State (4 games), and No. 25 Southern California (3 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 6 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - San Diego (3 games) and Washington (3 games).
PACIFIC-10 PITCHER/PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Oregon State has had a selection as both the Pacific-10 Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week this season.
The most recent was junior first baseman Andy Jarvis (Renton, Wash./Liberty HS) as the Player of the Week for April 29-May 5. During a 3-game series sweep at Washington State, Jarvis batted .563 (9-for-16) with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, 11 runs batted in and 6 runs scored; he walked once, was hit by a pitch once and did not strike out during the series. In the first game of the weekend, he homered twice and drove in 8 runs; that was 1 shy of the school single-game record of 9 RBIs by Ken Bowen against Chico State in 1985.
OSU's first Pac-10 honor of the season was the Pitcher of the Week award for sophomore righthander Ben Rowe (Perth, Australia/Greenwood HS) for April 22-April 28. Rowe pitched a 4-hitter to beat No. 4 Stanford 3-1 on April 26; he outdueled Stanford ace Jeremy Guthrie, who is expected to be one of the top picks in this year's Major League Baseball draft. Rowe struck out 4 and walked none as he won the first night game in the 96-year history of OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Rowe had also pitched 2 scoreless innings in an 11-4 win at Portland on April 23.
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 MAKE THEIR MARK IN SWEEP AT WASHINGTON STATE: Oregon State managed a number of 'first time since ...' entries when it swept Washington State in a 3-game series May 3-May 5. The Beavers won by scores of 18-1, 10-6 and 22-21.
OSU scored 50 runs; that was the Beavers' highest-scoring Pacific-10 series since the conference went to its current format in 1999. In fact, it was the Beavers' highest-scoring 3-game series ever, topping the 49 runs scored in a 3-game set at Chico State in 1985 with a 10-4 loss and wins of 9-8 and 36-12.
The last time OSU had scored that many runs in any series was when it put up 55 runs in a 4-game sweep of Portland State in 1998; the last time the Beavers had scored more runs in any 3-game sequence was when they plated 71 in a 33-3 win over Portland and victories of 18-8 and 20-4 at Washington State in 1997.
It was the Beavers' first Pacific-10 road sweep since the conference went to its current format in 1999. The last time the Beavers had swept a conference series on the road came in a 4-game Northern Division sweep at Washington State to end the 1997 season.
BEAVERS OUTLAST COUGARS IN 22-21 SURVIVAL TEST: When the final out came - at long last - on May 5, OSU radio announcer Mike Parker declared: 'It's over. There are no flags on the field.'
Oregon State 22, Washington State 21. In nine innings. In 4 hours, 27 minutes.
The totals for the ballgame - 43 runs on 41 hits and 10 errors. It was the highest-scoring contest in the 93-year, 389-game series between the Pacific Northwest rivals. The start of the game was delayed 35 minutes due to rain, then was played with the temperature around 50 degrees and a 15-20 mph wind swirling dust and the occasional rain shower.
Oregon State rallied from a 7-run deficit, then found itself clinging to the remnants of what had been an 8-run lead. WSU scored 4 unearned runs in the ninth inning and had the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended.
'That's one of the most grueling days I've ever spent as a player or coach,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Those were some of the most challenging conditions I've ever seen ... it wasn't always perfect baseball, but it was a great game between two teams that just wouldn't give in. We had chances to roll over when we got down early; they had chances to roll over after we got a pretty good-sized lead later on. But that was an absolute scrap to the finish by everybody out there, and we got what we needed - a win.'
Things started normally enough; WSU led just 3-2 in the middle of the fourth inning. But from then on, there was just 1 scoreless half-inning. A total of 20 players had hits in the game - 10 on each side. Every OSU player had a hit except reserve catcher Ian McMullen, and his only plate appearance saw him hit by a pitch and eventually score. All 12 pitchers - 5 for Oregon State and 7 for Washington State - were touched for at least 1 run.
The teams combined for 14 doubles and 8 home runs. It was the second-highest scoring game in OSU history, trailing only a 36-12 win over Chico State in 1985; it was the first time ever that both teams in a Beaver game reached 20 runs.
ANOTHER TOP-5 TRIUMPH: OSU's series win over then-No. 4 Stanford from April 26-28 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field gave the Beavers series wins over top-5 teams in back-to-back seasons. OSU had taken a series from No. 3 Arizona State in 2001 in Corvallis.
ROWE SHINES IN FIRST HOME NIGHT GAME: Oregon State started the age of night baseball at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in style, beating No. 4 Stanford 3-1 on April 26 in the first night game in the ballpark's 96-year history. Ben Rowe pitched a 4-hitter against the Cardinal, walking 0 and striking out 4 in his first career complete game and OSU's first complete game of the season; he earned Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week honors for the effort. He surrendered the only run on a homer by Stanford's Ryan Garko to start the fourth inning, then retired the next 13 hitters and 15 of the next 16. Meanwhile, the Beavers got to Cardinal ace Jeremy Guthrie for 3 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Seth Pietsch made a key play to start the ninth, diving to snag a ball in the leftfield corner; the Cardinal eventually came up with 2 hits in the inning but were denied any runs.
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.
McMULLEN DRIVES 'EM IN - SORT OF: Through April 13, OSU reserve catcher Ian McMullen made the most of his scarce trips to the plate. The first 3 times McMullen batted this season, he drove in a run - all without ever receiving an official at-bat. He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded vs. Oral Roberts on Feb. 1, then delivered sacrifice flies vs. Portland on April 2 and vs. Hawai'i-Hilo on April 13. McMullen's run of perhaps the best RBI-to-at-bat ratio in Beaver baseball history ended on April 20 when he struck out against UCLA.
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 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.
The Bronze Beaver is apparently not nocturnal, as he didn't appear for OSU's first-ever night game against Stanford on April 26; the Beavers still managed a 3-1 win. However, he was back in position the next day - now sporting an OSU baseball cap and a glove on his right paw - for a 4-3 win over the Cardinal.
Since The Bronze Beaver took up his position over the bat rack, OSU is 10-3 at home.
'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 2 bases. Creighton was charged with a 2-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 1,721-1,180-15, a winning percentage of .593. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 769-552, a winning percentage of .582.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,081 runs and allowed 14,679 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 17-7 in its own ballpark and is averaging 748 fans per home date.
OSU's series against fourth-ranked Stanford from April 26-April 28 drew 4,226 fans, the most for a series since the ballpark was renovated in 1999. A crowd of 1,838 on April 27 was the largest single-game throng since the renovation; after OSU's 4-3 win, the Beaver players went outside their clubhouse behind the third-base side of the ballpark and thanked exiting fans for being part of the victory.
Now in their 93rd season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 900-385-1 at home for a winning percentage of .700. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 150-56 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .728.
Goss Stadium was added to Coleman Field over the winter of 1998-99. The ballpark holds 2,000 fans, with the main grandstand seating 1,500 of those. The structure includes a press box, concession/lobby area, dugouts, locker rooms, restrooms and storage areas.
The playing surface has been completely rebuilt recently, with the infield undergoing renovation in 1996 and the outfield in 1998.
A reminder to fans that the expansion of OSU's Dixon Recreation Center and Stevens Natatorium has closed the walkway between Dixon and Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The ballpark's main gates must now be reached by walking down Waldo Place, either from central campus to the north or the Benton Place parking lot to the east (behind leftfield).
1952 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAM: This spring, Oregon State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beavers' 1952 College World Series team. That season, Oregon State won the Northern Division title, defeated Southern California for the Pacific Coast Conference title, and beat Fresno State for the West Regional title and a trip to Omaha.
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 at California 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's 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 29-14 record in televised games, including 8-2 in national TV games. OSU's 18-1 win at Washington State on May 3 was also televised on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net.