Beavers Set To Start Pacific-10 Play
March 26, 2003
FRIDAY, MARCH 28California at Oregon State; 5 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)SATURDAY, MARCH 29California at Oregon State; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)SUNDAY, MARCH 30California at Oregon State; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240) SCOUT WEEKEND: Boy scouts and girl scouts geta free general admission ticket when they wear theiruniform to any of the three games against California. WEAR ORANGE WEEKEND: All fans wearing orange toany of the three games can get a general admission ticketfor $2.
So much for the preliminary bouts - it's time for the main event.
After seven weeks of non-conference games, Oregon State (12-11 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) begins its Pacific-10 baseball schedule this weekend when it hosts California (15-12, 2-1) in a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The teams will meet Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).
The Beavers have had their ups and downs, but go into the conference schedule having won two straight games and three of their last four. OSU bounced back to take the final two games of a three-game series against California-Santa Barbara last weekend.
'Hopefully, we'll gain some confidence and this will give us some momentum going into conference,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'We've just kind of hovered around the .500 level. We've played a lot of young guys, different people, and we've had trouble getting some continuity and consistency in all three phases - hitting, pitching and fielding.
'We have the ability to be a club contending for the postseason, but we have to execute and we have to do it every day. That's what we've got to start doing this weekend, and some of our older guys need to show us the way in that regard. They've been around the Pac-10 a number of times and they've had some success, and they're going to have to set the tone for a lot of the young guys we've been putting out there.'
OSU could also find itself with a key player returning this weekend - senior pitcher Ty Kline. Kline, a third-team preseason All-America pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, was not able to play winter term.
'Ty coming back gives us another experienced, effective guy coming out of the bullpen,' Casey said of Kline, who had a 6-1 record with two saves and a 3.68 earned run average last season. 'Getting him back could give us a boost there.'
The Beavers are also awaiting the return of freshman outfielder Aaron Mathews, who hasn't played since being hit in the hand by a pitch in the second game of the season. Mathews, who earned Freshman All-America honorable mention from Collegiate Baseball last season, is due back in action sometime in the next few weeks.
Leading OSU's hitters through the non-conference schedule have been junior outfielder Seth Pietsch (.369 batting average, 5 home runs, 22 runs batted in), senior first baseman Andy Jarvis (.356, 1, 27), junior third baseman Tony Calderon (.349, 3, 21), senior outfielder Chris Biles (.323, 8, 30), freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.323, 1, 13) and junior outfielder Kerisi Reynolds (.300, 1, 15).
California opened Pacific-10 play last weekend at home against Washington State, beating the Cougars 8-3 and 8-3 before losing the final game 5-4. The Golden Bears then lost at Sacramento State 7-6 on Tuesday.
Pacing Cal at the plate have been junior catcher Chris Grossman (.337, 5, 23), freshman infielder Allen Craig (.324, 2, 15), junior infielder Conor Jackson (.300, 4, 15) and junior outfielder Brian Horwitz (.293, 5, 25). The most consistent starters for the Bears have been sophomore righthander Kyle Crist (1-1 record, 3.99 ERA), sophomore righthander Joe Todoroff (3-1, 4.15), junior righthander Brian Montalbo (3-2, 5.08) and junior righthander Matt Brown (2-2, 5.10).
OREGON STATE TENTATIVE LINEUP, ROTATION:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.245, 0 HRs, 9 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.214, 0 HRs, 1 RBI1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.356, 1 HR, 27 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.282, 1 HR, 9 RBIs3B - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.349, 3 HRs, 21 RBIsSS - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.237, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, fr.; Billings, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.259, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.369, 5 HRs, 22 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.323, 1 HR, 13 RBIsor - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.250, 0 HRs, 1 RBIRF - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.323, 0 HRs, 8 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.300, 1 HR, 15 RBIsDH - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.214, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.300, 1 HR, 15 RBIs(Order of pitching rotation to be determined)RHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);2-2 record, 6.92 ERARHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);2-1 record, 6.15 ERAP - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-29 against California in a series dating back to 1916. Last season, OSU was swept in Berkeley by scores of 13-7, 2-1 in 15 innings and 8-3. The last time the teams met in Corvallis, OSU won 6-5 and 10-1 before losing the finale 12-1.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State has played just about .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. Both OSU and its opponents have 170 runs, and OSU has 243 hits to its opponents' 241 ...
Oregon State has dominated its opponents in a number of categories thus far. OSU's on-base percentage is .405 to its opponents' .381; OSU has 25 stolen bases to its opponents' 14; OSU has drawn 119 walks to its opponents' 79; OSU has 50 doubles to its opponents' 37; OSU has 19 sacrifice flies to its opponents' 5; and OSU has 21 sacrifice bunts to its opponents' 13 ...
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 3 2-game winning streaks and 2 2-game losing streaks ... OSU has a losing record at home (2-3), but a winning record on the road (3-2) and at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU is 9-4 when it has 10 or more hits in a game, while its opponents are 8-5 when they have 10 or more hits ...
Starting all 23 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 22 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 23 games, with 21 in centerfield, 1 in rightfield and 1 at designated hitter ...
Pietsch leads Oregon State with 13 multi-hit games; Jarvis, Calderon and Ellsbury have 8 each; and outfielders Chris Biles and Kerisi Reynolds have 6 each ... Calderon and Jarvis lead the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 7 each; Pietsch has 5; Ellsbury has 4 and Reynolds has 3 ... Biles and Jarvis have the longest current hitting streaks with 5-gamers, while Kunda has a 4-gamer going. The longest streak 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 at the plate were Calderon, who batted .500 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs; Biles, who batted .429 with 1 double and 1 RBI; Kunda, who batted .417 with 2 doubles, 1 homer and 1 RBI; catcher Billy Munich, who batted .400 with 1 RBI; and Jarvis, who batted .364 with 1 double and 5 RBIs ... on the mound last week, Ben Rowe pitched 7.0 innings without allowing an earned run, allowing 6 hits and 0 walks while striking out 6; Andy Baldwin was 1-0 with 1 save and a 0.00 ERA in 3 appearances, not allowing a hit while walking 1 and striking out 3.
LAST WEEK: After almost a week off for final exams, Oregon State returned to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a 3-game non-league series with California-Santa Barbara. After the teams were rained out on March 22, they split a doubleheader on March 23 with UCSB winning 5-4 before OSU took the nightcap 4-3; on March 24, the Beavers won the final game of the series 6-4.
On March 23, Oregon State scored twice with 2 out in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat California-Santa Barbara 4-3 in the second game of their doubleheader, salvaging a split. UCSB won the first game, 5-4. OSU was down to its final strike in the second game before pinch-hitter Levi Webber drove a 2-ball, 2-strike pitch into the rightfield corner for a triple, scoring pinch runner Brad Mellinger from first base to tie the game at 3-3. After the next hitter, Kerisi Reynolds, walked on four pitches, Jacoby Ellsbury was plunked with a 1-ball, 2-strike pitch to load the bases. That brought up Seth Pietsch, who then took a 1-ball, 1-strike pitch off his foot to force in the winning run. Ben Rowe, Kenny Anderson and Andy Baldwin combined on a 7-hitter, and the Beaver trio didn't allow the Gauchos an earned run in the second game. Rowe had the longest outing of the year for an OSU pitcher, going 7 innings and allowing 3 unearned runs on 7 hits and 0 walks while striking out 6. Tony Calderon and Chris Kunda were both 2-for-4 with a double in both games of the doubleheader. In the opener, OSU spotted UC-Santa Barbara a 4-0 lead in the first inning and was down 5-1 before rallying for 3 runs in the final 2 innings. OSU managed to put the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth inning before Steve Morlock got Calderon to hit into a game-ending double play. Reliever Nathan Pendley gave Oregon State a chance to get back in the game. Replacing starter Jon Koller with none out and the bases loaded in the third inning, Pendley got OSU out of the jam without giving up another run; he wound up pitching 5 innings and allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 0 walks, striking out 2.
On March 24, Seth Pietsch and Andy Jarvis drove in runs in the seventh inning to push Oregon State to a 6-4 win over California-Santa Barbara. Pietsch tripled home the go-ahead run, then scored on Jarvis' single. Jarvis also had a key hit in the Beavers' 3-run fifth inning. With 2 out, Jarvis punched a no-ball, 2-strike pitch into short centerfield for a 2-run single that made it 4-0. Chris Kunda had started the inning with his first career home run, as the freshman second baseman drove a full-count pitch over the fence in straightaway leftfield. UCSB tied it with a 4-run sixth inning, though, ending OSU senior righthander Stephen Copeland's scoreless innings streak at 16. OSU's Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the inning with a double down the rightfield line and Pietsch followed with a triple that he tucked just inside the foul line and into the rightfield corner to score Ellsbury for a 5-4 lead. Jarvis then bounced a single through the right side of a drawn-in infield for the 6-4 margin. Andy Baldwin, who pitched in all three games during the series, went the final 2 winnings for his first save; Kurt Steele earned the win, improving to 2-0 this season. Pietsch was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double.
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through March 24:
BATTING AVERAGE9. Seth Pietsch .369SLUGGING PERCENTAGE5. Seth Pietsch .660ON-BASE PERCENTAGE9. Tony Calderon .463HITS10. Seth Pietsch 38RUNS BATTED IN10. (tie) Andy Jarvis 27DOUBLES7. (tie) Tony Calderon 109. (tie) Chris Biles 9TRIPLES3. (tie) Seth Pietsch 410. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 210. (tie) Chris Kunda 2TOTAL BASES8. (tie) Seth Pietsch 68WALKS9. (tie) Andy Jarvis 17HIT BY PITCH2. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 9SACRIFICE BUNTS1. (tie) Chris Kunda 93. (tie) Paul Richie 49. (tie) Rob Recuenco 3SACRIFICE FLIES1. (tie) Andy Jarvis 55. (tie) Tony Calderon 48. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 3STOLEN BASES8. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 7SAVES6. (tie) Jon Koller 38. (tie) Jared Sanders 2FIELDING PERCENTAGE1. (tie) Chris Biles 1.000CHANCES7. Andy Jarvis 207PUTOUTS6. Andy Jarvis 185DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED7. Andy Jarvis 208. (tie) Chris Kunda 18
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time leaders through March 24:
CAREER AT-BATS1. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 6482. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 6433. Brian Barden, 2000-02 6394. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92 613> 5. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 598
Brian Barden, 2000-02 2312. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 2063. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 201> 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 193 Brian Barden, 2000-02 39> 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 38 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 35 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 34 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 10 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 28 Brian Barden, 2000-02 154> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 151 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3552. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 347> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 319 9. Chris Biles, 2000-present 259 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 11 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 234.2 Seth Pietsch, 2002 64. Twink Pederson, 1956 5(tie) Lute Barnes, 1968 5(tie) Dave Backen, 1980 5(tie) David Anderson, 1992 5> 8. (tie with many) Seth Pietsch, 2003 4 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 10 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of March 24: No. 2 Arizona State (4 games), No. 7 Stanford (3 games) and No. 24 Arizona (3 games). The schedule includes another 9 games against teams receiving votes - Washington (5 games), Oklahoma State (1 game) and Southern California (3 games).
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.
BEAVERS, GAUCHOS PLAY COMPACT SERIES: Oregon State and California-Santa Barbara found themselves playing a hectic series in late March at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. After being rained out of the opening game on March 22, a doubleheader was set for the next day; the first game was then delayed just over 2 hours by rain on March 23. So, as it wound up, the teams played all 3 games in just over a day - 24 hours and 34 minutes, to be exact, from the first pitch of Sunday's doubleheader to the final out of Monday's game. UCSB won the first game 5-4 before OSU won the final 2 games by scores of 4-3 and 6-4.
ONE DAY, THREE GAMES, THREE APPEARANCES: Oregon State freshman righthander Andy Baldwin was busy when OSU played host to California-Santa Barbara in a 3-game series March 22-24. Rain compacted the entire series into just over a 24-hour period and Baldwin saw action in all 3 games, earning a win in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader and a save in Monday's final game of the series.
'If I could pitch every day, I would,' said Baldwin, who earned his first career save. 'Plus, one of those games was just 1 pitch (in the first game of the doubleheader). I was lucky; I came in in some good situations. It's what closers have to do, and I've got to work a little on the mindset of that.'
For the series, Baldwin worked 3.2 scoreless, hitless innings while walking 1 batter and striking out 3.
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 31 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 11 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 7 home games, 3 games at sites outside the region and 4 at other Pacific Northwest ballparks.
OREGON STATE IN PRESEASON RANKINGS: 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.
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 421-299-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .584.
Casey has a record of 250-186-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .573. 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 1,733-1,199-15, 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 19,283 runs and allowed 14,921 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.07.
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 903-390-1 at home for a winning percentage of .698. This season, OSU is 2-3 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 153-61 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .715.
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.
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