Beavers Take Their Chances To No. 17 Arizona State
MAY 24, FRIDAYOregon State at No. 17 Arizona State, 6 p.m. PSTRADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)MAY 25, SATURDAYOregon State at No. 17 Arizona State, 6 p.m. PSTRADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)MAY 26, SUNDAYOregon State at No. 17 Arizona State, 1 p.m. PSTRADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340)
It's down to the final series, and Oregon State (31-20 overall, 10-11 Pacific-10) still has a chance.
The Beavers' postseason hopes lie in what they can accomplish on the last weekend of the regular season, as they travel to take on No. 17 Arizona State (32-19, 12-9). The teams meet at HoHoKam Park in Mesa on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
'It's up to us,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'If we go down there and play well and win a couple of games, then we make the (NCAA) selection committee take a good, hard look at us.
'We play in what may be the toughest conference in the country, we've played a schedule that's been entirely against Division I opponents, and we've beaten some good teams. But we've got to take care of business this weekend to have a shot at the thing that's been our goal all along - reaching the (NCAA) Regionals.'
OSU saw its back put to the wall with a five-game losing streak, but after dropping the first two games of last weekend's series against Washington, the Beavers responded with a 5-3 win in the series finale that kept their hopes alive as they head to the desert.
'This has been a resilient team all year, and they showed that on Sunday,' Casey said. 'We'd lost a close one and a not-so-close one and things hadn't been going our way for about two weeks, but our guys found ways to get things done in the clutch when we absolutely had to have a win. That's the same kind of effort and intensity we've got to show in all three games down there this weekend.'
Oregon State and Arizona State met in the opening game of the season at HoHoKam Park, with ASU taking a 13-5 win.
'That was the opening game of the year, and I think it might have been the first time this spring we'd been outdoors,' Casey said. 'We've developed into a lot better ballclub than we were that night. At the same time, we know Arizona State has improved since then, too.
'We've just got to go out and do the fundamental things correctly, the way we've done them most of this year, and lay it all on the line. We have to play to our capabilities, see how the weekend works out, and then see if that was enough.'
Arizona State took 2 of 3 games from Pac-10 leader Southern California last weekend, winning 3-1, losing 9-5 and winning 17-8. ASU is in fourth place in the Pac-10.
The Sun Devils have been led by sophomore first baseman Jeremy West (.365 batting average, 12 home runs, 63 runs batted in), sophomore outfielder Andre Ethier (.362, 4, 42), senior infielder Sergio Garcia (.360, 1, 12), sophomore infielder Steve Garrabrants (.355, 2, 32) and freshman infielder Dustin Pedroia (.332, 1, 37). ASU has yet to announce its rotation for this weekend.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, so.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.235, 1 HR, 18 RBIsor - Wick Udy, jr.; Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC);.337, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.325, 10 HRs, 43 RBIsor - Levi Webber, so.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.296, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs2B - Tom Creighton, sr.; Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.);.301 3 HRs, 34 RBIsor - J.R. Runyon, jr.; The Dalles, Ore. (Chemeketa CC);.226, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS);.355, 9 HRs, 48 RBIsSS - Will Hudson, jr.; Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS);.327, 2 HRs, 24 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, so.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.311, 8 HRs, 33 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, fr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.341, 2 HRs, 25 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, so.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.275, 6 HRs, 27 RBIsor - Pat Stevens, sr.; Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.);.306, 1 HR, 6 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.258, 1 HR, 22 RBIsDH - Jason McBride, sr.; Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC);.274, 1 HR, 11 RBIsor - Pat Stevens, sr.; Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.);.306, 1 HR, 6 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri. RHP - Ben Rowe, so.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);7-5 record, 5.36 ERASat. RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);5-3 record, 5.50 ERASun. LHP - Mark McLemore, jr.; Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS);3-4 record, 5.24 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 12-19 against Arizona State in a series dating back to 1963. In this year's season-opener at HoHoKam Park, ASU took a 13-5 win on Jan. 3 in the Bill Kajikawa Baseball Classic.
Last season, OSU took 2 of 3 games from Arizona State in Corvallis, losing 10-2 and then winning 4-1 and 12-2. The last time the teams played a series at ASU was in 2000, when ASU won 1-0, OSU won 11-3 and ASU took the finale 8-7.
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU has set a pair of team school records this season. The Beavers' 26 triples thus far shatters the school record of 20 set in 1983 and tied in 1997; OSU's 14 saves breaks the mark of 13 set by the 1990 team. The Beavers lead the Pacific-10 in both categories ... Brian Barden has set 2 OSU career records, with the possibility of 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 227 hits. Barden added the total bases record on May 11 when he had 2 singles and 1 double at California; that gave him 348 total bases, just ahead of the 347 accumulated by Joe Gerber from 1997-2000. Barden has pushed that record to 351 total bases ... 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 set the school record for doubles in a season when he hit 2 at California on May 10; that moved him ahead of the 19 hit by A.J. Marquardt in 1993 and Joe Gerber in 2000. Pietsch now has 23 doubles for the season ...
Goss Stadium at Coleman Field was renovated in 1999; this season, the Beavers set post-renovation home records for total attendance (20,791), average attendance (799 per game), series attendance (4,226, April 26-April 28 vs. Stanford) and single-game attendance (1,838, April 27 vs. Stanford) ... OSU attracted 10 home crowds of at least 1,000 during the season, including 7 of the last 9 home games ... the Beavers went 18-9 at home this season ... the Beavers' 7-game home winning streak from March 29-April 19 was OSU's longest at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since taking 13 in a row at the end of 1997 (2 games) and the start of 1998 (11 games) ... with 2 road games called on account of rain or cold weather this spring, the Beavers will play 27 of their 54 regular-season games on their home field this season; the last time Oregon State played at least half its schedule at home was 1967 (18 of 36 games) ...
Through May 19, Jared Sanders leads the Pacific-10 in saves (9) and the Beavers are tied for the team lead in saves (14) ... Seth Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in doubles (23) and is tied for the lead in triples (6) ... OSU also has the team lead in triples (26) ... among the NCAA Division I national leaders, Pietsch is 16th in doubles per game (0.46); Jared Sanders is tied for 16th in saves (9) ...
OSU has had a losing record in just 4 of the season's first 16 weeks ... OSU is 3-2 in series sweeps this season. The Beavers swept 2 games at Nevada on March 8-March 9 (a third game was canceled on account of cold weather); 3 games over Washington State on March 15-March 17; and 3 games at Washington State on May 3-5; OSU was swept in 3 games at San Diego on Feb. 8-10 and in 3 games at California on May 10-12 ... after a series win over Stanford on April 26-28, Oregon State has won a Pac-10 series from every conference school except Southern California since the conference went to its current format in 1999 ...
OSU is 8-4 in games decided by 1 run this season ... OSU is 3-1 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 40-30 in the first inning and 34-14 in the ninth inning ... the Beavers are 23-5 when they have 10 or more hits in a game; OSU's opponents are 15-7 when they have 10 or more hits in a game ... when leading after 6 innings, OSU is 23-2; when leading after 7 innings, OSU is 23-2; and when leading after 8 innings, OSU is 23-0 ... when either ahead or tied after 6 innings, the Beavers are 28-3 ... not surprisingly, OSU is 25-1 this season when it has more hits than its opponent. On the other hand, OSU has also managed a 12-7 record when it commits more errors than its opponent ... OSU is 18-6 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 ... OSU is tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in stolen bases with 47; however, OSU has stolen 7 more bases than its opponents ... OSU is batting .301 as a team, but that improves to .323 with runners on base and .330 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Beaver pitchers have limited opponents to a .281 batting average and that rises to just .307 with runners on and drops back to .281 with runners in scoring position ... as a team, OSU is batting .421 with the bases loaded, opponents are hitting .381 ... with 2 out, OSU is batting .293, opponents .269 ...
OSU has won 16 of its last 26 games ... during that time, OSU is batting .308 as a team and opponents are hitting .277 ... in those 26 games, Brian Barden is batting .374 with 9 doubles, 5 homers and 23 RBIs; Aaron Mathews is batting .364 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers, 24 RBIs and 7 stolen bases; Andy Jarvis is batting .358 with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 8 homers and 29 RBIs; Will Hudson is batting .337 with 7 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer and 15 RBIs; Wick Udy is batting .327 with 5 doubles, 1 homer and 8 RBIs; and Seth Pietsch is batting .324 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 6 homers and 20 RBIs ... in those 26 games with runners in scoring position, OSU is hitting .325 as a team and that includes marks of .455 by Jason McBride, .444 by Andy Jarvis and Paul Richie, .414 by Brian Barden and .400 by Aaron Mathews ... on the mound in that time, OSU has a team ERA of 5.24 and its opponents are at 6.93 ... in those 26 games, Joshua Garcia is 3-0 with a 4.40 ERA; Stephen Copeland is 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA; Ty Kline is 4-0 with 2 saves and a 3.63 ERA and Jared Sanders has 3 saves ...
Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-hit games this season with 24; Tom Creighton and Seth Pietsch have 19 multi-hit games each; Chris Biles, Will Hudson and Andy Jarvis 14 each; Aaron Mathews 13 and Wick Udy 10 ... Brian Barden leads OSU in multi-RBI games this season with 16; Seth Pietsch has 10; Andy Jarvis 9; Aaron Mathews 8; Kerisi Reynolds 7; Tom Creighton and Will Hudson 6 each; and Chris Biles 5 each ... OSU's longest current hitting streak is Aaron Mathews' 10-gamer, and Pat Stevens has hit in 5 straight. The Beavers' longest streak this season was Chris Biles' 16-gamer that included the final 5 games of 2001; Tom Creighton has had a 15-game streak; Aaron Mathews has had a 12-game streak; and Brian Barden, Andy Jarvis and Paul Richie have all had 10-game streaks.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State finished its home schedule, winning 1 of 3 from Washington at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field from May 17-May 19. The Beavers lost the first game 6-5, dropped the second game 13-3 and took the final home game of the season 5-3.
On May 17, Oregon State cut into a 5-run deficit in the late innings but fell a run short in a 6-5 loss to Washington before a crowd of 1,374. The Beavers put the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning but couldn't bring them home. Oregon State fell behind 5-1 in the middle of the sixth inning but got a run-scoring double from Will Hudson and a run-scoring single by Brian Barden to get within 6-4 after 7 innings. In the ninth, Wick Udy led off with a walk against Washington righthander Shawn Kohn and was balked to second; he scored on Hudson's 1-out single to make it a 1-run game. With 2 out, Andy Jarvis was hit by a Kohn pitch to push Hudson into scoring position with the tying run and put the winning run on base in pinch-runner Tom Creighton. Seth Pietsch then lofted a flyball into short right-centerfield that looked as though it might drop between a trio of Huskies, but rightfielder Taylor Johnson made a running catch to end the game. Ben Rowe took the loss for the Beavers, going 5.1 innings and allowing 5 runs (5 earned) on 10 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1. After allowing single runs in the first and second innings, the sophomore righthander pitched 3 straight scoreless frames until the Huskies came up with 3 runs on 4 hits and a Beaver error in the sixth to make it 5-1. Kohn's complete game improved his record to 10-4 this season as he scattered 10 OSU hits, walking 2 and striking out 5. Hudson was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs for Oregon State, while Barden was 2-for-5. For Washington, Tila Reynolds was 3-for-5 with 1 double and Kyle Larsen was 3-for-5, while Aaron Hathaway was 2-for-5 with 1 homer.
On May 18, Oregon State had trouble closing out innings against Washington as the Beavers suffered a 13-3 loss. OSU saw the Huskies score 11 of their runs with 2 out before a crowd of 1,322. OSU's 1952 College World Series team was honored before the game; that Beaver squad, which celebrated its 50th reunion during the weekend, defeated Southern California for the Pacific Coast Conference title and Fresno State for the Far West Regional championship. On hand for the reunion were Ralph Coleman Jr., son of head coach Ralph Coleman; assistant coach Paul Valenti; team captain and outfielder Pete Goodbrod; pitcher Bud Berg; pitcher Bailey Brem; infielder Bobby Buob; first baseman Jay Dean; pitcher Alex Goedhard; outfielder Dwane Helbig; infielder Cub Houck; outfielder Ed Nelson; infielder Jim Ruggles; outfielder Bud Shirtcliff; pitcher Norb Wellman; and manager Ken Boshears. Oregon State took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Wick Udy led off with a homer to rightfield to start the inning; the Beavers then loaded the bases with none out and tacked on another run with Will Hudson's sacrifice fly. Washington tied the game in the top of the third, then went in front 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning on Michael Done's 2-run homer; Done added another 2-run homer and Taylor Johnson tacked on a 2-run single in Washington's 4-run sixth inning that made it 8-2. Jason McBride was 2-for-3 for the Beavers. Stephen Copeland took the loss, falling to 5-2 as he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed 8 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2. For Washington, Sean White earned the win to improve to 5-2; he went 7.2 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Johnson and Taylor Davidson were both 3-for-5 while Done was 2-for-4 with the 2 homers and 4 RBIs.
On May 19, Seth Pietsch's 2-run homer capped Oregon State's 3-run first inning and the Beavers went on to beat Washington 5-3. Mark McLemore and Ty Kline combined to pitch the win as OSU won its final home game of the season. The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Aaron Mathews reached on an error and eventually scored on Jason McBride's 2-out single through the right side; that brought Pietsch to the plate. After Husky lefthander Zack Daniels balked McBride to second, Pietsch worked the count full and fouled off a pitch; he then drove the next ball over the leftfield wall for a 3-0 lead. That made things a bit easier for McLemore, and the hard-throwing lefthander responded with perhaps his best start as a Beaver. McLemore pitched a career-high 6.2 innings, walking 0 and striking out 7 as he allowed 3 runs on 9 hits. After the first inning, he was working with at least a 2-run lead each time he went to the mound. Washington did cut the gap to 3-2 in the top of the third as Tila Reynolds singled home 1 run and another scored as the Beavers turned a double play. The Beavers immediately rebuilt the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning when Mathews led off with a single, was wild-pitched to second, advanced on a groundout and scored on Brian Barden's sacrifice fly to right. The Huskies got back within 4-3 on Mike Wagner's 2-out, run-scoring infield single in the top of the seventh. That was all for McLemore, with runners at the corners, Kline was called in and Reynodsl grounded out on his first pitch. Kline earned his second save of the season, retiring all 7 hitters he faced in 2.1 innings with 1 strikeout. OSU gave him an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as J.R. Runyon led off with a single, then was eventually balked home with 2 out by Washington reliever Will Fenton. The Beavers managed just 6 hits in the game, but came up with some timely hits and scored 4 of their runs with 2 out. Oregon State honored its 6 seniors - Tom Creighton, Craig Hays, McBride, Ben McGrew, Pat Stevens and Don Stykel - and their families prior to the game.
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 NCAA LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the NCAA Division I national leaders through May 19:
DOUBLES PER GAME(Minimum 13 doubles)16. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 0.46INDIVIDUAL SAVES16. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 9
BEAVERS AMONG 2002 PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through May 19:
TEAM BATTING AVERAGE7. Oregon State .301TEAM RUNS7. Oregon State 365TEAM HITS8. Oregon State 536TEAM RUNS BATTED IN7. Oregon State 332TEAM DOUBLES4. (tie) Oregon State 107TEAM TRIPLES1. Oregon State 26TEAM HOME RUNS7. Oregon State 50TEAM TOTAL BASES6. Oregon State 845TEAM AT-BATS8. Oregon State 1,780TEAM SLUGGING PERCENTAGE4. Oregon State .475TEAM ON-BASE PERCENTAGE6. Oregon State .386TEAM STOLEN BASES8. (tie) Oregon State 47TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE5. Oregon State 5.50TEAM OPPONENT BATTING AVERAGE4. Oregon State .281TEAM INNINGS PITCHED7. Oregon State 453.0TEAM STRIKEOUTS (PITCHING)9. Oregon State 240TEAM WINS3. (tie) Oregon State 31TEAM SAVES1. (tie) Oregon State 14TEAM FIELDING PERCENTAGE6. Oregon State .963TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED5. (tie) Oregon State 50(For Individual Categories, Hitting Minimumsof 75 Percent Of Games, 2.0 At-Bats Per Game;Pitching Minimums Of 1.0 Inning Per Game)INDIVIDUAL HITS3. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 77INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN9. (tie) Brian Barden, Oregon State 48INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES1. Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 23INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES1. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State 64. (tie) Tom Creighton, Oregon State 49. (tie) Chris Biles, Oregon State 39. (tie) Aaron Mathews, Oregon State 3INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES7. Brian Barden, Oregon State 1219. (tie) Seth Pietsch 118INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING PERCENTAGE8. (tie) Seth Pietsch, Oregon State .621INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE PERCENTAGE8. Will Hudson, Oregon State .449INDIVIDUAL WALKS5. (tie) Will Hudson, Oregon State 35INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE BUNTS6. (tie) Will Hudson, Oregon State 610. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds, Oregon State 5INDIVIDUAL SACRIFICE FLIES8. (tie) Tom Creighton 5INDIVIDUAL AT-BATS8. Brian Barden, Oregon State 217INDIVIDUAL OPP. BATTING AVERAGE9. Mark McLemore, Oregon State .26010. Ben Rowe, Oregon State 270INDIVIDUAL WINS6. (tie) Ben Rowe, Oregon State 7INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. Jared Sanders, Oregon State 9INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES2. Jake Postlewait, Oregon State 286. (tie) Mike Ekstrom, Oregon State 246. (tie) Ty Kline, Oregon State 246. (tie) Jared Sanders, Oregon State 249. (tie) Don Stykel, Oregon State 23INDIVIDUAL STARTS1. Ben Rowe, Oregon State 172. (tie) Stephen Copeland, Oregon State 16
2002 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where Oregon State players rank among or near the school's all-time leaders through May 19:
CAREER AT-BATS1. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 6482. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 643> 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 624
1. Brian Barden, 2000-present 227 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 147 (tie) Will Hudson, 2000-present 126 3. Brian Barden, 2000-present 39 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 31 Chris Biles, 2000-present 26 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 6 Brian Barden, 2000-present 5 5. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 26 7. Brian Barden, 2000-present 25 2. Brian Barden, 2000-present 152 7. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 123 Will Hudson, 2000-present 93 1. Brian Barden, 2000-present 351 7. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 268 (tie) Jared Sanders, present 9 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 Brian Barden, 2001 2262. Josh Carter, 2001 220> 3. Brian Barden, 2002 217 Andy Jarvis, 2001 2145. R.A. Neitzel, 1990 211(tie) Troy Schader, 1999 2117. Joe Gerber, 2000 2108. Jeff Brauning, 1989 2069. Scott Hardin, 1994 205(tie) Corrie Willkie, 1999 205> Tom Creighton, 2002 193 Seth Pietsch, 2002 190 Brian Barden, 2001 832. Josh Carter, 2001 78> 3. Brian Barden, 2002 77 Chris Biles, 2001 70> Seth Pietsch, 2002 59 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 48 Brian Barden, 2002 46 Will Hudson, 2002 43 Chris Biles, 2002 41 1. Seth Pietsch, 2002 23 Brian Barden, 2002 15 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 6 (tie) 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 9 Seth Pietsch, 2002 8 Brian Barden, 2002 48 Will Hudson, 2002 33 Brian Barden, 2001 122> 5. Brian Barden, 2002 121 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 118 1. Jared Sanders, 2002 9 Stephen Copeland, 2001 55. Tim Lambert, 1986 4(tie) Jeff Post, 1990 47. Many players 3> Mike Ekstrom, 2002 2 Ty Kline, 2002 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 410-285-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .589.
Casey has a record of 239-172-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .581. 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 solidified his credentials as a top candidate for postseason honors. For the season, Barden is hitting .355 with 15 doubles, 1 triple, 9 homers, 48 RBIs and 46 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 227. On May 11, he added OSU's career total base record when he hit 2 singles and a double to push his total to 348; that surpassed the 347 by Joe Gerber from 1997-2000 and he has since run that to 351 total bases. On the Beavers' lists of career leaders, Barden is also second in RBIs (152); third in at-bats (624), runs (147) and doubles (39); and tied for sixth in homers (25). 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 59 hits this season, and 37 of those have gone for extra bases - 23 doubles, 6 triples and 8 homers. Through May 19, Pietsch leads the Pac-10 in doubles and is tied for the lead in 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 16th in the nation in doubles per game (0.46) and has been among the nation's leaders in triples per game much of the season.
With a pair of doubles on May 11 at California, Pietsch broke the OSU single-season doubles record and he now has 23; the old mark of 19 was 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 68 hits and 42 of them have gone for extra bases - 26 doubles, 6 triples and 10 homers.
MATHEWS IS FABULOUS FRESHMAN: Freshman outfielder Aaron Mathews (John Day, Ore./Grant Union HS) took a while to break into Oregon State's lineup, spending most of the first 2 months of the season used mostly as a defensive replacement. But since becoming a starter in the opening series of the Pacific-10 season against Arizona, Mathews has proven himself worthy of consideration for postseason All-Freshman team honors.
The speedy 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is batting .341 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers and 25 RBIs and is 9-for-10 stealing bases. Against some of the nation's toughest competition in Pac-10 games, Mathews is batting .341 with 5 doubles, 2 homers and 17 RBIs and is 5-for-5 stealing bases.
Mathews has also proven his worth in the field, covering an enormous amount of ground in centerfield. He's also cut down opponents with his arm, registering 4 assists so far this season.
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 26 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 have already set a school record with 14 saves, topping the mark of 13 set in 1990. The Beavers are 23-2 this season in games they've led after 6 innings, and they're 28-3 in games in which they've led or been tied after 6 innings. Through May 19, OSU's relievers have combined to go 14-6 with 14 saves and a 5.46 ERA and were averaging 4.1 innings, 4.7 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 4.86. OSU's relievers have allowed more than 2 earned runs in just 10 of the last 34 games.
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 a 6-0 record and 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 16th 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. WritersApr. 29 NR, votes (40th) NR NR NRMay 6 NR, votes (39th) NR NR 35thMay 13 NR 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 20: No. 8 Stanford (3 games), No. 17 Arizona State (4 games), No. 18 Cal State-Northridge (3 games) and No. 24 Southern California (3 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 8 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - San Diego State (1 game, rained out), Oral Roberts (1 game), Washington (3 games) and San Diego (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 A BIG DRAW AT HOME: When Oregon State ended its home schedule with a 5-3 win over Washington on May 19, it wrapped up a spring in which the Beavers drew big crowds to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The Beavers' home ballpark since 1907, Goss Stadium at Coleman Field was renovated prior to the 1999 season; this spring, the Beavers set post-renovation records for total home attendance (20,791), average home attendance (799 per game), attendance for a home series (4,226, April 26-April 28 vs. No. 4 Stanford) and attendance for a single home game (1,838, April 27 vs. No. 4 Stanford). After OSU's 4-3 win in that April 27 game, 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.
OSU attracted 10 home crowds of at least 1,000 during the season, including 7 of the last 9 home games. The numbers for total home attendance and average home attendance were the largest since 1985, the first season for which complete attendance figures are readily available.
BEAVERS, BEARS TAKE 15 INNINGS TO DECIDE GAME: Oregon State played one of the longest games in school history May 11 when the Beavers lost at California 2-1 in 15 innings. It was OSU's longest game since 1972, when the longest game in both school and Pacific-10 history saw the Beavers lose to Washington 2-1.
Since then, OSU had played 14 innings on 3 occasions - a 5-4 win over Western Oregon later in the 1972 season; a 1-0 loss to Cal State-Los Angeles in 1978; and a 1-0 win over Portland State in 1979.
The game took 5 hours, 10 minutes to play and saw both teams miss out on chances to win. Oregon State put the go-ahead run in scoring position in the eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 14th innings; Cal put the winning run in scoring position in the ninth, 10th and 12th innings. OSU left 14 runners on base during the game; Cal stranded 17.
At the plate, OSU was 2-for-24 with runners on base, 1-for-22 with runners in scoring position (stopping a runner at third base on the 1 hit) and 1-for-17 with 2 out; California was 6-for-29 with runners on base, 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position (the only hit being the game-winner), and 1-for-15 with 2 out.
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 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 9 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-FIVE SERIES 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.
FIRST HOME NIGHT GAME SEES ROWE SHINE: 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).'
JUST ONE HIT, BUT 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.
After The Bronze Beaver took up his position over the bat rack, OSU went 11-5 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 1,722-1,185-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 770-557, a winning percentage of .580.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,105 runs and allowed 14,724 runs. That's an average score of 6.54-5.04.
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. This season, OSU went 18-9 in its own ballpark.
Now in their 93rd season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 901-387-1 at home for a winning percentage of .699. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 151-58 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .722.
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: In the spring of 1952, an instructor in Oregon State's English Department named Bernard Malamud was able to find a publisher for his first novel - The Natural, dealing with aging phenom Roy Hobbs' return to baseball. A few months later, the Beavers found themselves in the College World Series.
This spring, Oregon State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its 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.
To commemorate the start of the 50th anniversary season, 1952 Oregon State outfielder and 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 held a reunion and were honored during the final home series of the season, May 17-May 19 against Washington. On hand for the reunion were Ralph Coleman Jr., son of late head coach Ralph Coleman; Valenti; Goodbrod; pitcher Bud Berg; pitcher Bailey Brem; infielder Bobby Buob; first baseman Jay Dean; pitcher Alex Goedhard; outfielder Dwane Helbig; infielder Cub Houck; outfielder Ed Nelson; infielder Jim Ruggles; outfielder Bud Shirtcliff; pitcher Norb Wellman; and manager Ken Boshears.
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 Arizona State 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 2-1, 15-inning loss at California on May 11 was televised nationally on Fox Sports Net cable. Oregon State has played on national cable television each of the last 5 seasons, and the Beavers were 3-2 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 29-15 record in televised games, including 8-3 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.
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