Beavers Get To Spend A Weekend At Home
March 19, 2003
SATURDAY, MARCH 22California-Santa Barbara at Oregon State; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)SUNDAY, MARCH 23California-Santa Barbara at Oregon State; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)MONDAY, MARCH 24California-Santa Barbara at Oregon State; 12 noonRADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
After four weekends on the road, a weekend in limbo, then another weekend on the road, Oregon State (10-10 overall) will find itself spending a weekend in the comfortable surroundings of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for the first time during the 2003 season when it meets California-Santa Barbara (12-11). The teams will start their spring break with a series that begins Saturday at 1 p.m. and continues with games Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 12 noon.
OSU is finally getting a chance to settle into a bit of a routine - and hopefully a playing rhythm - since returning from last weekend's non-league series against Washington State in Pasco, Wash. The Beavers split that series, losing the opener 8-6 and winning the finale 4-0.
After returning Saturday night, the Beavers' schedule called for six days without a game before the series with UCSB. That gave OSU time to concentrate on final exams, plus get in a few days of practice.
'It was a good time for us to have a little break in the schedule,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'It gave us a chance to catch our breath a little bit. The way our schedule was set up, it looked like March would be a chance to settle in a little at home after having to play a bunch on the road. Then we get rained out of a series at home (against Nevada) and have to go to Portland each day, then take another weekend on the road ...
'Even for a team with a lot of guys who have been around a while, that would be a challenge. And we're a club that's putting four, five, six freshmen on the field at the same time, so it's an even bigger adjustment for some of those guys. We've known there are some things we're needing to work on, but there hasn't been much of a chance to do it these past couple weeks.'
This week, even with the Beavers putting much of their attention on final exams, there's been more of a chance for instruction when OSU has practiced.
'It's been good for us,' Casey said. 'We've got a group that can be a pretty good baseball team when it's all said and done. You win games with pitching and defense, and those are two areas where we've got to be a lot more consistent - our performance has really been up-and-down there.
'But, at the same time, we've seen the level we're capable of playing up to. That game Saturday was a good example.'
The Beavers finished their series against WSU on a high note with the 4-0 win. Righthanders Stephen Copeland and Jon Koller teamed up for OSU's third shutout of the season, throwing a five-hitter, and the Beavers made a number of spectacular plays behind them.
'(Outfielder) Seth Pietsch, (outfielder) Kerisi Reynolds, (first baseman) Andy Jarvis ... those guys and some others really did some things in the field to pick us up,' Casey said. 'Stephen Copeland and Jon Koller did a great job of throwing strikes, and as the game went on they knew guys were backing them up. That's what we've got to have each time out.'
Topping the Beaver regulars at the plate has been Pietsch (.374 batting average, 5 homers, 20 runs batted in), along with Jarvis (.354, 1, 22), Reynolds (.339, 1, 15), outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.333, 1, 13), third baseman Tony Calderon (.329, 3, 18) and outfielder Chris Biles (.310, 0, 7). OSU's tentative pitching rotation could include righthanders Koller (0-2 record, 4.94 earned run average), Copeland (2-2, 7.09) and Ben Rowe (2-1, 8.38).
California-Santa Barbara spent last weekend hosting California-Riverside in a non-league series. The Gauchos took the opener 6-3, saw the second game rained out, and then lost the finale 10-3.
UCSB's attack has been led by senior infielder Josh Fulton (.431, 0, 9), junior infielder Nate Sutton (.356, 3, 8), sophomore infielder Matt Stevens (.319, 1, 9) and junior catcher Chad Ziemendorf (.310, 2, 15). The Gauchos with the most pitching starts are junior righthander Matt Vasquez (2-2, 3.71), senior lefthander Sean Thompson (2-3, 4.81) and sophomore righthander Eric Posthumus (1-2, 7.39).
OREGON STATE LINEUP, TENTATIVE PITCHING ROTATION:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.240, 0 HRs, 9 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.111, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.354, 1 HR, 22 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.254, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs3B - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.329, 3 HRs, 18 RBIsSS - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.241, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, fr.; Billings, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.261, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.374, 5 HRs, 20 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.333, 1 HR, 13 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.310, 0 HRs, 7 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.339, 1 HR, 15 RBIsDH - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.192, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.339, 1 HR, 15 RBIsP - To be announcedP - To be announcedP - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 6-7-1 against California-Santa Barbara in a series dating back to 1968. The teams last met in 1998; OSU lost 11-7 in the San Diego Classic and then, in a series at Santa Barbara, OSU won 13-1, lost 7-6 and tied the finale 4-4. There was to have been a 3-game series in Santa Barbara in 2001, but the entire series was rained out after the Beavers had arrived in California.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State has played .500 baseball through the season's first 6 weeks, and the Beavers and their opponents are almost dead even in a number of statistics besides wins and losses. OSU is batting .300 to its opponents' .298; OSU has 156 runs to its opponents' 158; OSU has 211 hits to its opponents' 212; and OSU has been hit by pitch 29 times to its opponents' 28 ...
Oregon State has dominated its opponents in a number of categories thus far. OSU's on-base percentage is .406 to its opponents' .383; OSU has 23 stolen bases to its opponents' 11; OSU has drawn 109 walks to its opponents' 73; OSU has 42 doubles to its opponents' 34; OSU has 18 sacrifice flies to its opponents' 5; and OSU has 20 sacrifice bunts to its opponents' 12 ... OSU's starters are also outhitting its opponents' starters .310-.299 ...
The up-and-down nature of the Beavers' season is reflected in their winning and losing streaks. OSU has had 1 3-game winning streak and 1 3-game losing streak; it has also had 2 2-game winning streaks and 2 2-game losing streaks ... OSU has a losing record at home (0-2), but a winning record on the road (3-2) and at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU has won the first game of a weekend 4 times in 6 tries this season .... OSU's starting pitchers and its bullpen both have 5-5 records ... OSU is 7-3 when it has 10 or more hits in a game, while its opponents are 7-5 when they have 10 or more hits ...
Starting all 20 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 19 games at a position have been third baseman Tony Calderon and second baseman Chris Kunda ... outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the only other Beaver to have started all 20 games, with 18 in centerfield, 1 in rightfield and 1 at designated hitter ...
Pietsch leads Oregon State with 11 multi-hit games; Jarvis and Ellsbury have 7 each; Calderon, outfielder Kerisi Reynolds and outfielder Chris Biles have 6 each ... Calderon leads the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 6; Pietsch and Jarvis have 5 each; Ellsbury has 4; Reynolds has 3 ... no Beaver currently has a hitting streak of more than 2 games. The longest of the season thus far has bene Calderon's 10-gamer, while Jarvis had an 11-gamer that had begun in 2002 ...
Leading Oregon State last week were Biles, who batted .556 with 3 doubles and 1 RBI; shortstop Tyler Graham, who batted .375; catcher Ian McMullen, who batted .333; Ellsbury, who batted .294 with 1 triple; and shortstop Rob Recuenco, who batted .286 ... on the mound last week, righthander Stephen Copeland was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, as in 6.0 innings he allowed 3 hits and 0 walks while striking out 2; Jon Koller was 0-0 with 1 save and a 2.00 ERA, as in 9.0 innings he allwed 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 0 walks while striking out 5 ...
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 opened its home season and was swept in a brief 2-game series by Washington on March 11-12, then faced Washington State and split another 2-game set in Pasco, Wash., on March 14-15.
On March 11, Oregon State's Jacoby Ellsbury went over the fence to rob an opposing hitter of a home run for the second straight game but the Beavers fell to Washington 9-5 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The freshman centerfielder was also 3-for-5 with a triple as OSU lost its home-opener for the first time in 4 years. The Huskies' 6-run eighth inning erased the last of what had once been a 5-2 OSU lead. In the fourth inning, UW's Kyle Larsen led off with a drive just to the right of straightaway centerfield; Ellsbury went back, found the fence, leaped and brought the ball back over the top of the wall.OSU took a 3-2 lead on Chris Kunda's 2-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the fourth, then stretched that to 4-2 when Ellsbury tripled to right-center to lead off the bottom of the fifth and then scored on another error. The Beavers added a run on Kerisi Reynolds' RBI single in the eighth to make it 5-2. OSU righthander Jon Koller, making his first start after 8 relief appearances this season, pitched into the seventh inning and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 0 walks, striking out 3. Washington punched through in the eighth, though. Larsen led off with a homer to draw the Huskies within 5-4; that was the start of a 6-run inning that included 3 hits, 2 walks, a hit batter, an error and 2 wild pitches against Anderson, Kurt Steele and Jared Sanders. Washington went in front when Greg Isaacson, the first hitter Sanders faced, drove a pitch over the leftfield fence for a grand slam to make it 9-5. The Beavers loaded the bases with 1 out in the eighth and none out in the ninth but couldn't come up with a hit to cut the gap.
On March 12, Oregon State built an early lead only to see it slip away for the second straight day in a 9-5 loss to Washington. OSU saw the Huskies score 3 runs in the sixth inning and 3 more in the eighth to take the win. OSU jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning but Washington knotted the score in the top of the fifth. Oregon State immediately went up 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, only to see that lead erased by the Huskies. A day after outhitting the Huskies, Oregon State was outhit 11-5. One of those hits was a solo home run by Seth Pietsch, his fifth homer of the season, and Chris Biles was the only Beaver with more than 1 hit, going 2-for-4. Washington took the lead for good with a 3-run sixth inning that was built on 4 hits and 2 walks off OSU relievers Kenny Anderson; Anderson took the loss. Pietsch's homer, a drive over the leftfield fence, led off the bottom of the second inning. OSU starter Ben Rowe had his best outing in nearly a month, going 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 2.
On March 14, Chris Biles doubled 3 times to tie Oregon State's single-game record, but the hits went for naught as the Beavers fell to Washington State 8-6. Biles matched a mark that had been accomplished 5 times, most recently by Garrett Bates in 1999 against Washington State. The loss ended the Beavers' 9-game winning streak in the series against WSU, a string going back to the middle of the 2001 season. Oregon State outhit the Cougars 10-8, but the Beavers stranded 12 baserunners. OSU left the bases loaded in both the sixth and seventh innings with WSU leading 6-3; the Beavers put their first 2 hitters aboard in both innings but didn't score in either frame. Washington State moved out to a 4-0 lead against OSU starter Jared Sanders in the first 3 innings. The Cougars picked up a run without a hit in the second inning, then got a run-scoring double from Jay Miller and a 2-run homer in the bottom of the third.
On March 15, Stephen Copeland and Jon Koller combined to pitch a 5-hitter as Oregon State blanked Washington State 4-0. The Beavers also made at least 4 outstanding defensive plays in recording their third shutout of the season. Shortstop Tyler Graham, first baseman Andy Jarvis, leftfielder Seth Pietsch and rightfielder Kerisi Reynolds all made diving stops to rob the Cougars. The Beavers had just 5 hits of their own, but capitalized on a pair of walks and a WSU error for 3 runs in the top of the second inning. OSU pushed the lead to 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning when Chris Kunda led off the inning with a triple to left-centerfield and scored on a wild pitch. Graham was the only Beaver with more than 1 hit, going 2-for-4. Copeland pitched 3-hit ball over the first 6 innings, walking none and striking out 2 to even his record at 2-2. Koller earned his third save, pitching the final 3 innings and allowing 2 hits while walking none and striking out 2.
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through March 16:
SLUGGING PERCENTAGE5. Seth Pietsch .670ON-BASE PERCENTAGE6. Kerisi Reynolds .475HITS9. (tie) Seth Pietsch 34DOUBLES7. (tie) Chris Biles 87. (tie) Tony Calderon 8TRIPLES4. (tie) Seth Pietsch 39. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 29. (tie) Chris Kunda 2HOME RUNS7. (tie) Seth Pietsch 5TOTAL BASES6. (tie) Seth Pietsch 61WALKS7. (tie) Andy Jarvis 169. (tie) Tony Calderon 149. (tie) Rob Recuenco 14HIT BY PITCH2. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 8SACRIFICE BUNTS1. Chris Kunda 93. Paul Richie 44. (tie) Rob Recuenco 3SACRIFICE FLIES3. (tie) Tony Calderon 43. (tie) Andy Jarvis 47. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 3STOLEN BASES7. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 7OPPONENTS' BATTING AVERAGE4. Kurt Steele .222SAVES5. (tie) Jon Koller 38. (tie) Jared Sanders 2CHANCES8. Andy Jarvis 174PUTOUTS7. Andy Jarvis 160DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED6. (tie) Andy Jarvis 176. (tie) Chris Kunda 17
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time leaders through March 16:
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, 1974-77 593> 6. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 587
Brian Barden, 2000-02 2312. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 2063. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 201> 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 189 Brian Barden, 2000-02 394. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 37> (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 37 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 34 10. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 33 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 9 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 28 Brian Barden, 2000-02 154> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 146 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3552. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 347> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 314 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 255 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 11 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 Jared Sanders, 2002 92. Mike Boire, 1997 83. Jim Grove, 1982 5(tie) Stephen Copeland, 2001 55. Tim Lambert, 1986 4(tie) Jeff Post, 1990 4> 7. (tie with many) Jon Koller, 2003 3
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 7 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of March 17: No. 1 Arizona State (4 games) and No. 6 Stanford (3 games). The schedule includes another 10 games against teams receiving votes - Southern California (3 games), Arizona (3 games), Washington (3 games) and Oklahoma State (1 game).
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.
KUNDA'S SHORT OF THE PLATE - BUT SAFE: Remember Willie Mays Hays from the movie 'Major League?' In Oregon State's 4-0 rainy win over Washington State on March 15, Beaver second baseman Chris Kunda did his best impersonation of the base-stealing character whose slide came up short of the bag.
One big difference - Kunda was safe.
Kunda led off the top of the fifth inning with a triple to left-centerfield. Then Cougar lefthander Tony Banaszak's first pitch to Kerisi Reynolds skipped between the legs of WSU catcher Brandon Reddinger and Kunda broke from third.
'Then it hit the concrete,' Kunda said. The ball, hitting the base of the wall behind home plate, skipped straight back to Reddinger, who threw the ball to Banaszak covering the plate well ahead of Kunda's arrival.
'About the time the pitcher caught it, I went into my dive,' Kunda said. 'It was pretty thick (muddy) in there, and I just stopped.'
Kunda came up about two feet short of the plate, with Banaszak straddling the dish with the ball in his glove. Reynolds, at the plate at the time, had a good look at what ensued.
'He started to put one hand in there,' Reynolds said of Kunda. 'Then the pitcher reached to tag him, and he just put his left hand over it and touched the plate - I was in awe.'
'I just did everything I could to avoid the tag,' Kunda said. 'I thought they did a pretty good job of making the play. I don't know if the pitcher was off-balance or what, but he swiped at me and missed.'
BILES TIES SINGLE-GAME DOUBLES RECORD: Senior outfielder Chris Biles doubled 3 times against Washington State on March 14 to tie Oregon State's single-game record, but the hits went for naught as the Beavers fell 8-6. Biles matched a mark that had previously been accomplished 5 times, most recently by Garrett Bates in 1999 against Washington State.
ELLSBURY TAKES AWAY TWO HOMERS: When you're an outfielder and take a home run away from an opponent, you may have had your highlight for the year. But doing it 2 games in a row? Freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury robbed opposing hitters of homers in back-to back games March 9 vs. Portland and March 11 vs. Washington while playing centerfield.
At Portland, it was in the third inning with 2 out and the bases empty when UP slugger Kory Casto drove a ball toward the wall in left-centerfield; centerfielder Ellsbury raced over, leaped, and appeared to bring the ball back over the railing as he slammed into the wall. Just 2 days later in the Beaver's home-opener, in the fourth inning, UW's Kyle Larsen led off with a drive just to the right of straightaway centerfield; Ellsbury went back, found the fence, leaped and brought the ball back over the top of the wall.
'I just went back on the ball, then I saw the fence coming,' Ellsbury said. 'I just leaped and got it ... it was nice to have the cushion out there this time.'
This time, Ellsbury had slammed into one of the padded supports; in his first theft, he'd smashed his back into an unpadded post and gone down hard.
'I liked this catch better,' Ellsbury said after denying Larsen. 'It was a home game and we had the crowd ... this one was more gratifying.'
BEAVERS PART OF FOUR-TEAM SCHEDULE SWAP: An unusually wet forecast for the Willamette Valley on March 7-9 led to Oregon State being part of a four-team schedule switch. The Beavers were to have hosted Nevada in a 3-game series that weekend.
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 that weekend, had similar concerns. Coaches of the 4 teams agreed to trade opponents, giving Nevada and Pacific a better chance of playing in Reno and providing a series for OSU and Portland that the in-state rivals could reschedule, if necessary.
OSU could 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 3-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 fly 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.
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 homers 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.
PERFECT 10 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 records.
'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.
OSU 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, 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 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 30 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 10 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 3 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 6 home games, 3 games at sites outside the region and 4 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 419-298-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .584.
Casey has a record of 248-185-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .572. 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 1,731-1,198-15, 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 19,269 runs and allowed 14,909 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 in their 94th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 901-389-1 at home for a winning percentage of .698. This season, OSU is 0-2 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 151-60 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .716.
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. 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.