Beavers Go To Plan B
March 6, 2003
FRIDAY, MARCH 7Oregon State at Portland; 2 p.m.SATURDAY, MARCH 8Portland at Oregon State; 1 p.m.SUNDAY, MARCH 9Oregon State vs. Portland; site to be announced; 1 p.m.
After a couple of delays and a swap of opponents, Oregon State is now scheduled to bring the baseball season home on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers (7-7 overall) will go to Portland (3-8) on Friday at 2 p.m., then play Opening Day 2003 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field against the Pilots on Saturday at 1 p.m. The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at a site to be determined by a coin flip.
The Beavers were to have hosted Nevada in a three-game series starting Friday. However, the wet weather forecast for the Willamette Valley through this weekend led to the change in opponents.
Nevada wanted to avoid the possibility of coming to Corvallis and being rained out of a three-game series; Pacific (Calif.), which was to have played at Portland this weekend, had similar concerns. Coaches of the four teams agreed to trade opponents, giving Nevada and Pacific a better chance of playing this weekend in Reno and providing a series for OSU and Portland that the in-state rivals could reschedule for later in the year, if necessary.
'For everyone concerned, it seemed like the best thing to do,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Normally, we can bring someone in and be sure of getting three games in even if we get some rain through the weekend. Our field drains well and we know how to take care of it, and we've got a terrific grounds crew that guides us through that. Most of the time, we get showers and we can play around them, and having lights (installed last season) gives us more of a window to get the games in.
'But the forecast for this weekend was for this front to get here and just sit on top of us. That could change, but the odds didn't look good.'
OSU can relate to not wanting to make a trip only to find unplayable conditions for an entire weekend. In 2001, the Beavers went to California-Santa Barbara and had an entire three-game series rained out. In 1998, forecasts of wet weather led OSU and San Jose State to cancel a season-opening series a day before the Beavers were to have flown to the Bay Area.
Nevada will still play a series at OSU sometime in the next few seasons as their end of a home-and-home scheduling arrangement that saw the Beavers play in Reno last season. Incidentally, that series saw the final game cancelled on account of cold weather after Oregon State won the first two contests.
This is the second time this season that Oregon State's home-opener has been pushed back. The Beavers and Pilots were to have played Tuesday, but that game was postponed due to rain.
It's now Saturday's game that marks the 94th home-opener for the Beavers at one of the nation's oldest college ballparks; Goss Stadium at Coleman Field has been the Beavers' home diamond since the school started varsity baseball in 1907.
OSU's all-time record in home-openers is 75-18, and OSU has won its last 3 in a row after last season's 11-9 win over Gonzaga. Oregon State has won 14 of its last 15 home-openers and 29 of its last 32.
This was the first time since 1994 that the Beavers' home-opener had been rained out. In 1994, OSU's opener against Western Oregon got bumped back from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26; Oregon State won 2-1 and went on to the Pacific-10 Northern Division title.
The schedule changes have given Oregon State a few more days to anticipate making its first appearance of the season in the Beavers' home ballpark.
'We're looking forward to it,' Casey said early in the week. 'We've been playing in other people's yards or on neutral fields, and our guys are really looking forward to playing some games in familiar surroundings. Playing on the road early gives us the opportunity to meet some great competition, get in a lot of games and take a look at a lot of people, and we've been able to do that. But it's tough on a club to leave every weekend, get back late on Sunday, and then take off again in a few days.
'Now we've got a chance to settle in for a little while, bring some people into our place and really try to establish a little bit of a playing rhythm. We've spent the last two weekends playing in conditions that aren't really common in the Willamette Valley this time of year; our guys get a chance now to play in the kind of climate they're used to.'
OSU spent the last two weekends playing tournaments in El Paso, Tex., and Lancaster, Calif.; the high desert provided cool temperatures and heavy winds for the most part. The Beavers managed to win two of four games at each stop, with high-scoring games being the norm.
'Our guys had to battle through some things we don't see too often,' Casey said. 'We did a pretty good job at times, and we let it get to us at times. We've got a lot of work to do in some areas, but we came away from four straight weeks on the road with a .500 record; that at least gives us some decent footing. Now it's up to us to start putting things together.'
The Beavers will play 10 of their next 13 games at home, taking them through the end of March. They don't leave the Pacific Northwest again until a trip to Stanford on April 17-19.
In a final look at last weekend, Oregon State had two players named to the all-tournament team at the Clash of the Conferences - leftfielder Seth Pietsch and third baseman Tony Calderon. Pietsch batted .526 with four doubles, two homes and four runs batted in during the four games, while Calderon batted .471 with three doubles, one homer and seven RBIs.
For the season, Pietsch leads the Beaver regulars at the plate with a .406 batting average, six doubles, two triples, four homers and 14 RBIs. First baseman Andy Jarvis is batting .400 with five doubles, one homer and 16 RBIs; and Calderon is batting .365 with six doubles, one triple, three homers and 15 RBIs.
Portland was at the Banana Belt Invitational in Lewiston, Ida. last weekend. The Pilots beat Brigham Young 9-5, then fell to Washington State 7-1, Gonzaga 9-5 and Lewis-Clark State 8-5.
This season, UP has been led at the plate by junior outfielder Kory Casto (.359 batting average, 3 home runs, 11 runs batted in), freshman outfielder Justin Pierce (.346, 2, 2) and junior infielder Rob Seffens (.325, 3, 13). The Pilots' pitching rotation has included freshman lefthander Andrew Renyer (2-1 record, 4.43 earned run average), freshman righthander Josh Roberts (0-3, 8.79) and freshman lefthander Daniel Knox (0-2, 10.50).
OREGON STATE LINEUP, PITCHING ROTATION
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.263, 0 HRs, 7 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);.400, 1 HR, 16 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.222, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.250, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs3B - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.365, 3 HRs, 15 RBIsor - Mark Jackson, fr.; Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Campo HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsSS - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.234, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, fr.; Billings, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.143, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.406, 4 HRs, 14 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.309, 1 HR, 11 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.277, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsDH - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.222, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.333, 1 HR, 12 RBIsFri. RHP - Jared Sanders, jr.; Bend, Ore. (Mountain View HS);0-0 record, 7.82 ERASat. P - To be announcedSun. P - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 127-57 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909. Last season, the Beavers won 3 of 4 meetings; OSU lost 5-4 in Portland, then won 5-2 in Corvallis, 11-1 in Corvallis and 11-4 in Portland.
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU has stolen 18 bases this season, while the Beavers' opponents have stolen just 7 ... OSU has turned 19 double plays while its opponents have turned just 7 ... OSU has won the opening game of a weekend 3 times in 4 tries this season ... OSU's 10-9, 10-inning loss to San Diego on March 1 was both the Beavers' first 1-run game and first extra-inning game of the season ... OSU is 3-1 in games decided by 2 runs ... OSU's bullpen has an ERA of 5.80, while opponents' relievers have an ERA of 6.49 ...
Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis and junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch are the only Beavers to start every game at their position this season. Junior third baseman Tony Calderon has started 13 games at his position ...
Last week, junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch led the Beavers with a .526 batting average, 2 homers, 4 doubles and 4 RBIs; junior third baseman Tony Calderon batted .471 with 3 doubles, 1 homer and 7 RBIs; senior first baseman Andy Jarvis batted .467 with 4 RBIs; freshman designated hitter Scott Nelson batted .400 with 1 RBI ... sophomore righthander Kenny Anderson was 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA in 2 appearances, covering 7.2 innings; sophomore righthander Jon Killer was 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in 3 appearances covering 4.2 innings; and freshman righthander Kurt Steele was 0-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 3.2 innings ...
Junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 9, while senior first baseman Andy Jarvis has 7, junior third baseman Tony Calderon 5, and senior rightfielder Chris Biles and freshman centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury 4 each ... Calderon leads OSU with 5 multi-RBI games, while Ellsbury has 4 and Jarvis, junior designated hitter Kerisi Reynolds and Pietsch have 3 each ... Jarvis and Calderon are both on 8-game hitting streaks, while Pietsch has hit in 6 straight games ...
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' prediction in each of the last 3 seasons.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State went on the road for the fourth straight week to start the season and split 4 games at the Clash of the Conferences tournament in Lancaster, Calif. On Feb. 27, OSU beat Cal State-Northridge 10-6; on Feb. 28, the Beavers beat San Diego State 10-8 and lost to Cal State-Northridge 10-8; and on March 1, OSU lost to San Diego 10-9 in 10 innings.
On Feb. 27, Kerisi Reynolds' grand slam capped Oregon State's 5-run ninth inning, boosting the Beavers to a 10-6 win. Andy Jarvis' run-scoring single had broken a 5-5 tie earlier in the inning for OSU on a bitter cold, windy evening. Cal State-Northridge's 4-run seventh inning deadlocked the game at 5-5 and that was still the score going into the ninth. Jarvis fought off a 2-ball, 2-strike pitch and dumped a single just behind third base to drive in Rob Recuenco with the go-ahead run. A few minutes later, Reynolds - making his first plate appearance of the night after entering the game in the eighth inning as a pinch runner - jumped on a 2-ball, no-strike pitch and drove it off the scoreboard beyond the left-centerfield wall for OSU's first grand slam of the season and the junior's second career home run. Sophomore righthander Kenny Anderson allowed 1 run in the bottom of the ninth but picked up his first career win. He relieved Jared Sanders with none out in the midst of the Matador's 4-run seventh, then allowed just 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Sanders, making just his second OSU start, pitched a career-high 6-plus innings and received no decision. The junior righthander, who had been the Beavers' closer until the previous week, allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 5. Pietsch finished the night 2-for-3, having also homered off the batter's backdrop in centerfield to give OSU a 1-0 lead in the third inning, and Jarvis was 3-for-4.
On Feb. 28, Oregon State scored 8 runs in the final 3 innings to beat San Diego State 10-6. The Beavers (7-5 overall) then had their 3-game winning streak snapped with a 10-8 loss to Cal State-Northridge. OSU leftfielder Seth Pietsch had a 5-for-10 day with 2 doubles and 1 homer. Tony Calderon was 5-for-7 with 1 homer and 1 double in the 2 games for the Beavers, while Jacoby Ellsbury had his first career homer. Against San Diego State, OSU trailed 5-1 after 4 innings but rallied for its third straight win. Paul Richie's bases-loaded triple in the top of the eighth inning gave Oregon State a 7-6 lead. In the ninth, Calderon added a 2-run homer to put OSU in front 10-6. Calderon finished the game 3-for-4, while Pietsch was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, Recuenco was 2-for-3 and Richie was 2-for-4. Mike Ekstrom earned the win in relief, pitching a scoreless 1.1 innings to improve his record to 2-1. Jon Koller got his second save of the season, retiring the final 5 Aztec hitters. Against Cal State-Northridge, the Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning the the Matadors came back to end an 8-game losing streak. Andy Jarvis' 2-run single to right capped the Beavers' 3-run second inning, but the Matadors came back with 3 runs in the bottom of the second against OSU righthander Ben Rowe. Cal State-Northridge added 4 more runs in the third to chase Rowe, taking a 7-4 lead. The Beavers twice cut the lead to a single run at 8-7 and 9-8, but an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth put CSUN up 10-8 going into the ninth. Walks to Calderon and Scott Nelson made in put the tying runs on base with one out, but Matador reliever Kyle Jean struck out Richie and got Tyler Graham to ground out to end the game.
On March 1, Oregon State saw San Diego rally for 4 runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game, then USD scored the game-winning run in the top of the 10th. OSU led 6-5 lead after 7 innings and increased the lead in the eighth, as Tony Calderon's 2-run double put the Beavers up 9-5. In the top of the ninth, Erik Verdugo's 2-run homer started the rally against the Beavers' Andy Baldwin. Jon Koller relieved Baldwin and eventually got OSU out of the inning with a double-play ball and the score still tied. In the top of the 10th, Mike Oseguera led off with a triple against Baldwin and scored on Verdugo's double. Calderon finished the game 2-for-6 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs, while teammates Chris Biles and Chris Kunda each had 2 hits for OSU. Andy Jarvis went 3-for-4 at the plate and drew two walks. OSU starter Jake Postlewait was replaced by Kenny Anderson after the first inning on the mound. Anderson pitched 4.2 innings, allowing 1 hit and 3 unearned runs en route to 3 strikeouts. Koller took the loss for the Beavers after pitching 1.2 innings.
JARVIS MOVING UP CAREER LISTS: Oregon State senior first baseman Andy Jarvis has a chance to spend this spring making a significant mark on the school's list of all-time career leaders. Through March 4, Jarvis is tied for second in home runs (28); third in total bases (310); fourth in RBIs (140); and tied for fourth in doubles (37). Jarvis had an 11-game hitting streak (over 2 seasons) end on Feb. 22 against New Mexico; during the streak, he batted .447 (21-for-47) with 2 homers, 5 doubles and 11 RBIs. On Feb. 21 against New Mexico, he tied an OSU school record with 5 hits in a game, going 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.
PIETSCH'S POWER NUMBERS: Oregon State junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch has made a habit of seeing double and triple at OSU. In Pietsch's career, he has 98 hits and 55 of them have gone for extra bases - 33 doubles, 8 triples and 14 homers. In 2002, Pietsch shattered the school's single-season record for doubles by hitting 24 of them. Earlier this season, his triple at California-Riverside on Feb. 8 moved him onto OSU's career leaders list in that category and he's now tied for fifth place with 8; his 4 doubles at the Clash of the Conferences on Feb. 27-March 1 moved him onto OSU's top-10 list, where he's now ninth with 33. He needs 7 homers to move into OSU's career top 10 in that category. From Feb. 8-Feb. 21, Pietsch put together a 6-game hitting streak in which he batted .538 (14-for-26) with 2 homers, 2 triples, 2 doubles and 8 RBIs. The final game of that hitting streak saw him tie an OSU school record with 5 hits in a game against New Mexico, going 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 2 RBIs.
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through March 2:
BATTING AVERAGE7. Seth Pietsch .4068. Andy Jarvis .400SLUGGING PERCENTAGE4. Seth Pietsch .7507. Tony Calderon .692ON-BASE PERCENTAGE9. Tony Calderon .47110. Seth Pietsch .465RUNS9. (tie) Seth Pietsch 19HITS8. (tie) Seth Pietsch 26DOUBLES7. (tie) Tony Calderon 67. (tie) Seth Pietsch 6TRIPLES4. (tie) Seth Pietsch 2HOME RUNS7. (tie) Seth Pietsch 4TOTAL BASES5. Seth Pietsch 48WALKS7. (tie) Rob Recuenco 12HIT BY PITCH6. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 4SACRIFICE BUNTS1. Chris Kunda 63. (tie) Rob Recuenco 38. (tie) Paul Richie 2SACRIFICE FLIES3. (tie) Tony Calderon 33. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 37. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 27. (tie) Andy Jarvis 2STOLEN BASES7. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 5SAVES5. (tie) Jon Koller 25. (tie) Jared Sanders 2APPEARANCES7. (tie) Jon Koller 8CHANCES8. Andy Jarvis 123PUTOUTS8. Andy Jarvis 112DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED2. (tie) Andy Jarvis 152. (tie) Chris Kunda 158. (tie) Rob Recuenco 13
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Oregon State players ranked among the school's all-time leaders through March 2:
CAREER AT-BATS1. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 6482. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 6433. Brian Barden, 2000-02 6394. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92 6135. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 5936. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 5817. Kevin Hooker, 1991-95 5778. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 570> 9. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 568
Brian Barden, 2000-02 2312. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 2063. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 2014. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 1875. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 1866. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92 185> (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 185 Brian Barden, 2000-02 394. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 37> (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 37 9. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 33 Chris Biles, 2000-present 31 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 8 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 28 Brian Barden, 2000-02 1543. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 144> 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 140 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3552. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 347> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 310 Chris Biles, 2000-present 247 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 11 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 10 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of March 3: No. 3 Arizona State (4 games), No. 8 Stanford (3 games) and No. 20 Southern California (3 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 10 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - California (3 games), Arizona (3 games), Oklahoma State (1 game) and UCLA (3 games).
BEAVERS ON ALL-TOURNEY TEAMS: At the Clash of the Conferences held Feb. 28-March 2 at Lancaster, Calif., 2 Beavers were named to the All-Tournament team as the OSU posted a 2-2 record - leftfielder Seth Pietsch and third baseman Tony Calderon. Pietsch batted .526 with 4 doubles, 2 homes and 4 runs batted in; Calderon batted .471 with 3 doubles, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.
At the Coca-Cola Classic held Feb. 14-16 at Surprise, Ariz., 3 Beavers were named to the All-Tournament team as Oregon State went 2-1 - leftfielder Seth Pietsch, first baseman Andy Jarvis and pitcher Jake Postlewait. Pietsch batted .417 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs; Jarvis batted .455 with 2 RBIs; and Postlewait pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in a shutout of Oklahoma State.
MATHEWS' STREAK ON HOLD: Sophomore outfielder 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.
PERFECT TEN TOURNAMENT: When Oregon State played in the Clash of the Conferences at Lancaster, Calif., from Feb. 28-March 1, it was as though they'd put a new rule in place for the tournament - first team to 10 wins. In all 4 of OSU's games, the winner scored 10 runs; OSU beat Cal State-Northridge 10-6 and San Diego State 10-6, then fell to Cal State-Northridge 10-8 and to San Diego 10-9 in 10 innings.
BEAVERS RALLY FROM 14-RUN DEFICIT TO WIN: Every so often, baseball just has to show why not having a clock makes it so special. On Feb. 23, Oregon State found itself trailing New Mexico State 14-0 after 5 innings at the Baseball Fiesta in El Paso, Tex. The Beavers then came up with 16 runs while blanking the Aggies over the final 4 innings for a 16-14 victory.
In its previous 2,934 baseball games since 1907, OSU had never overcome a deficit that large to win a game. There is no record for 'largest deficit overcome' listed in the Pacific-10 or NCAA baseball record books.
'If I had any reasonable baseball knowledge to explain that, I'd tell you,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Down 14 runs and playing as poorly as we were playing, to compete like that and have a chance to win says a lot about the guys on our club.'
OSU's rally started with a 5-run sixth inning, with only 3 runs earned due to 5 New Mexico State errors. The Beavers added 3 more runs without a hit in the seventh inning, taking advantage of 4 more Aggie errors.
Oregon State capped its rally with an 8-run eighth inning, using 5 hits - 3 of them doubles - plus 4 walks and 1 hit batter. Freshman righthaders Kurt Steele and Andy Baldwin gave the Beavers a chance to get back in the game, combining to pitch the final 6 innings and allowing just 1 unearned run.
JARVIS, PIETSCH TIE HIT MARK: Oregon State's individual record for hits in a game was matched twice in 1 game on Feb. 21 as the Beavers beat New Mexico 18-16 in the Baseball Fiesta at El Paso, Tex. Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis was 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 7 runs batted in; his roommate on the trip, junior outfielder Seth Pietsch, was 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 2 runs batted in. The record is shared with many players; it had been most recently tied by Josh Carter in a 1999 game at Portland.
CHILDHOOD CHUMS COMBINE ON SHUTOUT: The reunion of Jake Postlewait and Jon Koller worked out well for Oregon State on Feb. 14, as the Beavers beat Oklahoma State 4-0 at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The 2 pitchers were childhood friends in Newport, Ore., but both had moved by the time they began playing high school baseball - Postlewait to Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS) and Koller to Carlsbad, Calif. (Carlsbad HS). Against the Cowboys, the pair combined on a 5-hitter, lefty Postlewait going the first 5.1 innings for the win and righty Koller the final 3.2 for the save.
Postlewait spent the past 2 seasons in Oregon State's bullpen, leading the Pac-10 in appearances in 2002 with 30. Koller began his college career in 2002 at California-Irvine, earning Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honorable mention as he was third in the Big West in appearances with 28; he transferred to Oregon State during the winter break.
Incidentally, the shutout gave the Beavers 18 straight scoreless innings against the Cowboys. In their last meeting, Oregon State took a 1-0 win in the 1999 San Diego Baseball Classic.
BEAVERS POST FIRST-EVERS AT SURPRISE STADIUM: When Oregon State visited the Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 14-16, the Beavers got to play the inaugural game at Surprise Stadium, which opens this season as the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Beavers got the first-ever victory at the park, shutting out Oklahoma State 4-0.
The Beavers' Jake Postlewait was the first winning pitcher at the new park and Jon Koller got the first save, combining on a 5-hitter. In the top of the first inning, Jacoby Ellsbury's single to leftfield was the first hit, Andy Jarvis' sacrifice fly to right was the first run batted in, and it scored Rob Recuenco with the first run. The next day, in a 5-1 win over Gonzaga, OSU's Seth Pietsch had the ballpark's first homer with a third-inning, 2-run drive over the leftfield wall.
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 27 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 7 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 5 home games, 3 games at sites outside the region and 3 at other Pacific Northwest ballparks.
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 417-295-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .585.
Casey has a record of 246-182-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .574. 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'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,729-1,195-15, 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 19,236 runs and allowed 14,877 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.06.
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.
TICKET INFORMATION: Individual game tickets for Oregon State baseball cost $6 for a reserved seat, $5 for adult general admission and $3 for Senior/Child general admission (age 62 and over; high school and under). There is a team/group rate of $2 per person, but those interested in using that plan must call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS at least 2 days prior to the game to arrange for those tickets.
Season tickets for OSU baseball are $100 and guarantee fans the same reserved seat for all 22 Beaver home games in 2003. OSU faculty/staff season tickets are $80; fans who are OSU faculty or staff members can get the same reserved seat for all 22 home games. Senior season tickets are $80 and guarantee fans age 62 and over the same reserved seat for all home games.
There is a Pac-10 package for $50, giving a fan the same reserved seat for all 12 OSU home games in Pacific-10-counting contests. The family plan, costing $30, is good for general admission seating and requires 1 adult and 1 child attending to be valid for a game.
For more information, call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS or visit the OSU athletics website at www.osubeavers.com
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 March 11 when the Beavers host Washington. 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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