OSU Goes Back To Work On The Road

Feb. 12, 2003

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

OREGON STATE AT COCA-COLA CLASSIC;

SURPRISE STADIUM; SURPRISE, ARIZ.

Friday, February 14

Oregon State vs. Oklahoma State, 2 p.m. PST

Saturday, February 15

Oregon State vs. Gonzaga, 11 a.m. PST

Sunday, February 16

Oregon State vs. No. 6 Arizona State, 2 p.m. PST

Last weekend, Oregon State opened its season; this weekend, it opens a stadium.

The Beavers (1-2 overall) will play the inaugural game at brand-new Surprise Stadium when they begin the Coca-Cola Classic. The ballpark, which will serve as the spring training home of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, will see its first action when Oregon State meets Oklahoma State (1-1) on Friday afternoon. OSU continues the tournament against Gonzaga (0-0) on Saturday and No. 6 Arizona State (14-1) on Sunday.

Oregon State began the 2003 season last weekend at California-Riverside, taking one of three games against a UCR club that had been unbeaten in its first four games going into the series.

'I think we found out a lot of things about ourselves as a club and what we need to do, and the areas where we need to get better,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Some of our young guys played very well. We allowed some big innings, and we have to have some people come in out of the pen and take care of those situations. We've got to do a better job with runners in scoring position, both offensively and defensively.'

The Beavers will try to make that improvement on the second of four straight road trips, against quality opponents.

'Our schedule early is on the road and difficult,' Casey said. 'When you have a young team, you have to make sure they see the benefit of playing against these people early. You have to stay positive and understand that it's a 56-game schedule.'

The Beavers will make one adjustment to their lineup this weekend. Centerfielder Aaron Mathews will be out for at least a month after being hit by a pitch in last Saturday's win at California-Riverside; the starting spot there will be taken by freshman Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ellsbury was one of the group of young players noted by Casey as having performed well during the season's first weekend, along with second baseman Chris Kunda and shortstop Robert Recuenco.

Ellsbury started at designated hitter on Opening Day, then moved from rightfield to centerfield when Mathews was hurt the next afternoon; he had a hit in each of the three games at UCR. Kunda, also a freshman, had a pair of hits and played errorless defense; Recuenco, a sophomore, had a hit in all three games and made a tough stop in the hole to start a double play in the ninth inning of OSU's 8-6 win on Feb. 8.

Oklahoma State has lost to South Florida 4-3 and beaten Stetson 9-0. The Beavers will likely face junior righthander Joe Weaver (0-1 record, 3.86 earned run average); top hitters for the Cowboys through two games are senior infielder Jose Virgil (.500, 0 home runs, 0 runs batted in), senior infielder Kenny Hansley (.375, 0, 1), junior outfielder Jeff Tuttle (.375, 0, 2) and sophomore catcher Jason Jaramillo (.333, 0, 3).

Gonzaga will be opening its season this weekend, and will likely send junior lefthander Errol Simonitsch (3-5, 5.44 in 2002) against OSU. The Bulldogs' top returning hitters are sophomore third baseman Jeff Culpepper (.349, 3, 31), senior second baseman Eric Rodland (.345, 6, 26) and senior catcher Sam Hess (.341, 3, 27).

Arizona State rose to No. 5 in the Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll this week after sweeping Brigham Young last weekend by scores of 6-5, 17-6 and 6-4. The Sun Devils' likely starter is senior righthander Jered Liebeck (2-0, 2.25); top hitters thus far for ASU have been sophomore infielder Jeff Larish (.469, 7, 27), sophomore catcher Joel Bocchi (.448, 2, 13), freshman outfielder Travis Buck (.392, 1, 8) and sophomore infielder Dustin Pedroia (.391, 1, 12).

OREGON STATE TENTATIVE LINEUP, ROTATION

C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.375, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Ian McMullen, sr.; Kennewick, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS).000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.250, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.500, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS).182, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC).300, 1 HR, 2 RBIsSS - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC).273, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Mark Jackson, fr.; Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Campo HS).000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);..333, 1 HR, 4 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS).300, 0 HRs, 1 RBIRF - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);..200, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsDH - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.500, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsFri. LHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);0-0 record, 9.00 ERASat. RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.;  Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);1-0 record, 7.20 ERASun. RHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS)0-0 record, 9.00 ERA

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-2 against Oklahoma State in a series dating back to 1991. The Beavers won the last meeting in the 1999 San Diego Classic, as B.R. Cook threw a 1-hitter in a 1-0 win. Oklahoma State won a pair of neutral-field meetings in 1991 by scores of 5-4 and 12-1.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 55-27 against Gonzaga in a series dating back to 1919. The teams met last season in Corvallis with OSU winning 11-9 and 9-8 before the Bulldogs took the series finale 8-3.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 12-22 against Arizona State in a series dating back to 1963. Last season, ASU won all 4 meetings at the Sun Devils' temporary home in Mesa by scores of 13-5, 13-7, 9-8 and 5-2. OSU's last wins came in 2001 when the Beavers took the series in Corvallis, losing 10-2 and then coming back for victories of 4-1 and 12-2.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Junior righthander Jared Sanders tied Oregon State's record for career saves in the Beavers' 8-6 win at California-Riverside on Feb. 8. Sanders' 10 saves tie him with Mike Boire (1996-98); Sanders set OSU's single-season record with 9 saves last season ... Seth Pietsch has made a habit of seeing double and triple in his OSU career. In Pietsch's career, he has 76 hits and 45 of them have gone for extra bases - 27 doubles, 7 triples and 11 homers. His triple at California-Riverside on Feb. 8 moved him onto OSU's career leaders list in that category, tying him for eighth place ... Aaron Mathews' 14-game hitting streak is on hold. Mathews ended last season on a 13-game hitting streak, and NCAA guidelines allow hitting streaks to carry over from season to another. Mathews pushed his streak to 14 games with a hit on Opening Day at California-Riverside; the next day, Mathews was hit by a pitch in the first inning and had to leave the game, and he's expected to be out until at least mid-March. During his streak, Mathews is batting .348 (24-for-69) with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 12 RBIs and 5 stolen bases ... Beavers with hits in all 3 games of the opening series were Rob Recuenco, Tony Calderon, Andy Jarvis and Jacoby Ellsbury ... Seth Pietsch, Kerisi Reynolds, Levi Webber and Paul Richie had multi-hit games for the Beavers at UCR ... Oregon State received votes in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Top 25 preseason poll; it's the first time in recent years that the Beavers earned votes in the preseason poll ... OSU was picked for eighth place in a preseason poll of Pacific-10 coaches. However, OSU has placed higher than the coaches' predicition in each of the last 3 seasons.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State opened its season Feb. 7-9 with a 3-game series at California-Riverside, losing the opener 9-6, winning the second game 8-6 and dropping the finale 10-2.

On Feb. 7, Oregon State lost a 5-run lead and took the 9-6 loss. A key error opened the door for UCR's 6-run fourth inning, and the Highlanders added 3 more runs in the sixth. Lefthander Jake Postlewait got the Opening Day start and received no decision for his 3 innings of work, with reliever Mike Ekstrom taking the loss.

On Feb. 8, the Beavers picked up their first win of the season, 8-6, on the strength of a 5-run fourth inning and strong relief pitching. Seth Pietsch's run-scoring triple started the big inning; he had homered earlier and put together a 3-for-4 day with 3 RBIs. Righthander Ben Rowe got the win, going 5 innings and allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. Sanders pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn the save, getting the Beavers out of an eighth-inning jam as he tied OSU's career saves record with his 10th. Paul Richie was also 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI and Kerisi Reynolds was 2-for-3.

On Feb. 9, OSU saw the game get away in a 5-run third inning that led to a 10-2 defeat. By the late innings, Oregon State had a chance to look at a number of players as the Beavers used 7 pitchers and 15 position players. Lefthander Nathan Pendley took the loss in his first start, going 2 innings. Levi Webber was 2-for-3 for OSU and Tony Calderon hit his first career home run and drove in a pair of runs.

2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where Oregon State players ranked among the school's all-time leaders going into the season:

CAREER DOUBLES1. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000	442. Josh Carter, 1999-2001	423. Brian Barden, 2000-02	394. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000	375. Ken Bowen, 1984-87	366. Troy Schader, 1997-99	357. Tim Lambert, 1985-88	34> 8. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present	33  (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present	7  (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present	27 Brian Barden, 2000-02	1543. Matt Bailie, 1995-98	1444. Ken Bowen, 1984-87	1315. Bob McNair, 1978-80	1306. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98	126> 7. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present	125 Brian Barden, 2000-02	3552. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000	3473. Ken Bowen, 1984-87	3034. Bob McNair, 1978-80	2855. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000	283> 6. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present	282  (tie) Jared Sanders, 2002-present	10  (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present	5 

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his ninth season at OSU, celebrated the 400th victory of his head coaching career on April 14, 2002 when the Beavers completed an 11-9 win over Hawai'i-Hilo. Casey's career record is 411-290-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .586.

Casey has a record of 240-177-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .575. 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, 19 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.

OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 10 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of Feb. 10: No. 5 Arizona State (4 games), No. 9 Southern California (3 games) and No. 12 Stanford (3 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 9 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - California (3 games), Oklahoma State (1 game), Washington (3 games) and Cal State-Northridge (2 games).

RAIN ON THE ROAD: If the trend from recent years continues this spring, Oregon State will have a lot better luck with the weather at home than it does on the road.

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.

OREGON STATE'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,723-1,190-15, a winning percentage of .591. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 770-560, a winning percentage of .579.

To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,138 runs and allowed 14,776 runs. That's an average score of 6.54-5.05.

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.

Now having played 93 seasons 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.

In 2002, OSU went 18-9 in its own ballpark and set a number of attendance records. Goss Stadium at Coleman Field was renovated prior to the 1999 season; 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.

Oregon State's ballpark made its first venture into night baseball in 2002 with the addition of its first-ever set of lights. The first night game saw OSU beat fourth-ranked Stanford 4-1 on April 27. The first use of the lights in a game had come on April 13 as the Beavers hosted Hawai'i-Hilo in a doubleheader; after rain delayed the games twice, the lights came on in the second inning of the second game.

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.

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 23 at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.

For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.

OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this season, with most of the Beavers' schedule heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and also availabe via the internet at www.osubeavers.com. The first broadcast of the season will be Feb. 28 from the Clash of the Conferences tournament in Lancaster, Calif. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties with assistance from John Warren and Kip Carlson.

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State will have several games televised this season on Fox Sports Net; dates and opponents will be announced. Oregon State has played on national cable television each of the last 5 seasons, and the Beavers have gone 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.

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