Beavers Set For First Road Trip Of Pac-10 Season
April 3, 2003
TUESDAY, APRIL 1Oregon State at Portland; suspended, rainFRIDAY, APRIL 4Oregon State at Washington; 6:30 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)SATURDAY, APRIL 5Oregon State at Washington; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)SUNDAY, APRIL 6Oregon State at Washington; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
It's a new week, but the same situation as Oregon State visits Washington for a Pacific-10 baseball series this weekend. The Beavers (13-13 overall, 1-2 Pac-10) and Huskies (19-9, 1-2) meet at Husky Ballpark on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and then on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
OSU reaches the midway point of the season having shown the capability of being a good team on a regular basis; what the Beavers still seek is a sustained stretch of playing up to those capabilities.
'We've shown we have the ability to be a competitive team in the Pac-10,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'And if you can compete in this conference, you're a good baseball team. But we've got to come out and play games from start to finish, and play weekends from start to finish.
'At this level, you can't take an inning off, or an at-bat off, or even a pitch off. You've got to be focused on that next play or next pitch every moment you're out there. It's a team-wide thing. It's up to us as coaches to get across to the players, and it's up to the players to take that to heart and act on it.'
Those signs were there last weekend, when the Beavers opened their Pacific-10 schedule at home against California. OSU won the opening game of the series 8-6, lost the second game 8-6 and then dropped a wild finale by a 19-13 score.
'The first two games against Cal, we did some good things early and played the game the way you should,' Casey said. 'We get up five runs in one game, four runs in the next game, but then we have some lapses and have to hang on to win one game and we let the other one get away.
'Then we make some mistakes early on Sunday and let things get away from us (as Cal took a 15-4 lead in the middle of the seventh inning). But you've got to give this group credit for not quitting; they came back and made a game of it (getting within 16-13 after eight innings). We'd just let ourselves get too far back and did some things that cost us a better chance at winning.'
OSU regained senior righthander Ty Kline in the bullpen last weekend. This week could see the return to action of sophomore outfielder Aaron Mathews, who has not played since the second game of the season, and freshman infielder Tyler Graham, who has missed the last five games.
Junior outfielder Seth Pietsch (.388 batting average, 7 homers, 27 RBIs; 4 stolen bases) continues to pace the Beavers at the plate along with junior infielder Tony Calderon (.366, 4, 24), senior first baseman Andy Jarvis (.350, 1, 27), senior outfielder Chris Biles (.342, 1, 12) and freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.308, 1, 14; 8 stolen bases). Senior righthander Stephen Copeland (2-3 record, 7.41 earned run average) and junior righthander Ben Rowe (3-1, 5.67) have been the mainstays of OSU's pitching rotation recently, with sophomore righthander Kenny Anderson (1-2, 4.98) also getting a start last weekend.
Washington began its Pac-10 schedule last weekend at seventh-ranked Stanford, winning the opener 5-3 and then losing 10-6 and 12-11. The Huskies are receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll but are not ranked in the top 25.
Top hitters for the Huskies have been junior first baseman John Otness (.354, 1, 10), sophomore catcher Aaron Hathaway (.337, 2, 12), junior outfielder Justin Drake (.333, 1, 10), senior shortstop Tila Reynolds (.324, 0, 14), junior outfielder Chad Boudon (.322, 9, 23) and freshman outfielder Brent Lillibridge (.315, 2, 16). Washington's starting rotation could be senior righthander Sean White (4-3, 4.56), junior righthander Jeff Petersen (1-2, 3.89) and junior righthander Trevor Gibson (3-0, 2.95).
OREGON STATE TENTATIVE LINEUP, PITCHING ROTATION:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.250, 0 HRs, 14 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.188, 0 HRs, 1 RBI1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.350, 1 HR, 27 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.289, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs3B - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.167, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.366, 4 HRs, 24 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.366, 4 HRs, 24 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, fr.; Billings, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.259, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.388, 7 HRs, 27 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.308, 1 HR, 14 RBIsor - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.250, 0 HRs, 1 RBIRF - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.342, 1 HR, 12 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.280, 1 HR, 15 RBIsDH - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.270, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsor - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.342, 1 HR, 12 RBIs(Order of pitching rotation to be determined)RHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);2-3 record, 7.41 ERARHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-1 record, 5.67 ERAP - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 208-174-2 against Washington in a series dating back to 1911. The teams met in a non-league series in Corvallis on March 8-March 9, with Washington winning both games by 9-5 scores. Last season in Corvallis, Washington took the first 2 games by scores of 6-5 and 13-3 before OSU won the finale 5-3. The last meeting in Seattle was in 2001, when Washington won 11-4, OSU won 9-1 and Washington won 3-1.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The up-and-down nature of Oregon State's season is reflected in its winning and losing streaks. OSU has had 2 3-game winning streaks and 1 3-game losing streak; it has also had 2 2-game winning streaks and 3 2-game losing streaks ... OSU has a losing record at home (3-5), but a winning record on the road (3-2) and at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU is 9-3 when it outhits its opponents, but the Beavers are 3-9 in games in which they've been outhit ... OSU is 6-4 when it commits fewer errors in a game this season, and 3-0 when both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 9-1 in games in which it leads after 8 innings, 9-2 in games it leads after 7 innings and also 9-2 in games it leads after 6 innings ...
When OSU beat California 8-6 on March 28, it marked the first time the Beavers had won their Pacific-10 opener since the conference went to its current 1-division format in 1999. Cal rallied to take the final 2 games, though, making this the first time since 2000 that the Beavers hadn't won their first Pac-10 series of the season; they'd beaten third-ranked Arizona State in 2001 and Arizona in 2002 ... when Seth Pietsch and Chris Biles hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning on March 30, it was the first time the Beavers had hit back-to-back homers since Andy Jarvis and Josh Howard did it against Washington State on April 20, 2001. Pietsch and Biles were part of a record-tying inning that also included homers by Chris Kunda and Tony Calderon; OSU's 4 homers in the inning matched a school record set against Oregon in 1966 ...
Starting all 26 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 25 games at the same position has been second baseman Chris Kunda ... the other Beavers to start every game have been Tony Calderon (22 at third base, 4 at shortstop) and Jacoby Ellsbury (24 in centerfield, 1 in rightfield and 1 at designated hitter) ...
Pietsch leads OSU with 15 multi-hit games; Ellsbury, Jarvis and Calderon have 9 each; outfielder Chris Biles has 8; outfielder Kerisi Reynolds has 6 and Kunda has 5 ... Calderon leds OSU in multi-RBI games with 8; Jarvis has 7; Pietsch 6; Ellsbury 4; and Reynolds, Biles and catcher Paul Richie have 3 each ... OSU's longest current hitting streak belongs to Biles at 8 games, while Kunda has a 7-gamer going. The longest streak of the season thus far has been Calderon's 10-gamer, while Jarvis had an 11-gamer that had begun in 2002 ...
Leading Oregon State last weekend at the plate were outfielder Seth Pietsch, who batted .538 (7-for-13) with 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 4 runs; infielder Tony Calderon, who batted .500 (5-for-10) with 1 homer, 1 double, 3 RBIs and 3 runs; designated hitter Levi Webber, who batted .444 (4-for-9) with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs and 3 runs; outfielder Chris Biles, who batted .429 (6-for-14) with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 5 runs; and second baseman Chris Kunda, who batted .333 (4-for-12) with 1 triple, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 5 runs ... on the mound, junior lefthander Nathan Pendley did not allow a run or a hit in his 2 appearances, working 2 innings and walking 2 and striking out 2. Junior righthander Ben Rowe beat California with 7.0 innings of work, allowing 3 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State opened its Pacific-10 schedule at home against California, and the Beavers took the opening game 8-6 before losing 8-6 and 19-13. On April 1, the Beavers were to have started this week's action with a non-league game at Portland, but the game was suspended due to rain after 3 innings with OSU leading 3-1. The game could be completed later this season, but no date has been announced.
On March 28, Oregon State beat California 8-6 as Ben Rowe pitched 7.0 strong innings and Brad Mellinger - starting at third base for the first time ever - started a key double play and delivered a clutch 2-run single. Rowe turned in his second straight strong start, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4; he stretched his streak to 13 straight innings without allowing an earned run before giving up 2 runs in the seventh and 1 in the eighth before leaving the game. Mellinger had 5 assists and 1 putout, and he started an inning-ending double play in the top of the eighth with OSU clinging to a 5-4 lead and the bases loaded. Mellinger also lined a single to right-centerfield in the bottom of the eighth to drive in 2 runs and give OSU an 8-4 lead. Chris Biles was 3-for-4 for the Beavers, while Seth Pietsch homered and Chris Kunda and Paul Richie tripled. Jared Sanders earned the save, his third of the season and the 12th of his career. The Beavers handed the loss to Cal's Matt Brown, a preseason All-America third team pick by Baseball America. Prior to the game, a moment of silence was observed for 2 OSU graduates serving in the United States military who had been killed within the past week. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a 2001 graduate; Gregory E. Stone, a major in the U.S. Air Force, was a 1988 graduate.
On March 29, Oregon State's Kenny Anderson had a solid outing in the first pitching start of his career but California rallied to beat the Beavers 8-6. The Bears used a 4-run sixth inning to even the series. Anderson gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks, striking out 2 in 4.2 innings; Mike Ekstrom relieved Anderson and got a groundout to end the inning with the bases still full of Bears to keep OSU's lead at 5-3. Cal got to Ekstrom in the top of the sixth, though, scoring 4 times on 3 hits, 1 walk and 1 hit batter. OSU had gone up 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning on 3 hits, 1 hit batter and 1 walk. Chris Biles' groundout plated Jacoby Ellsbury with the tying run, then Levi Webber doubled just inside the rightfield line to score 2 more runs. OSU made it 5-1 in the bottom of the second when Ellsbury singled with 1 out and Chris Kunda drew a walk, then Biles and Seth Pietsch delivered run-scoring singles. Ellsbury was 2-for-4 for the Beavers. Nathan Pendley pitched 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings and Ty Kline, making his second appearance in as many days after not playing during winter term, did not allow an earned run in 1.1 innings.
On March 30, Oregon State tied its school record for home runs in an inning but the Beavers fell to California 19-13. OSU launched 4 home runs in the eighth inning, matching a record set in a 1966 game against Oregon, and cut what had been a 15-4 deficit to as little as 16-13 before losing. The Beavers and Bears combined for 38 hits, 9 homers and 8 doubles in a game that took 3 hours, 56 minutes to decide. Showing the type of afternoon it was, the game included a single that left the park and a home run that didn't - OSU's Seth Pietsch drove a ball into the trees beyond the centerfield fence in the sixth inning but was called out for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base, while Cal's Justin Nelson made the last of his 3 home runs an inside-the-park job in the ninth inning. Pietsch was 4-for-5 with 3 runs batted in, and his seventh home run of the season came in the Beavers' record-tying inning. Tony Calderon had a career-high 4 hits in 4-for-4 day that included his fourth home run of the season, 1 double and 3 RBIs for OSU. Chris Kunda started OSU's eighth-inning barrage with a 1-out drive over the leftfield fence for his second homer of the season; both have come within the past week. After Jarvis singled, Pietsch hit a blast to left-center. Chris Biles followed with a shot to right-center for his first homer of the season. Levi Webber lined out to center, then Calderon roped a pitch over the leftfield wall to cap a 5-run inning and make it 16-13. Cal blunted the comeback in the top of the ninth, though, scoring 3 times. Jarvis was 3-for-5 for the Beavers. Stephen Copeland, the first of 7 OSU pitchers, took the loss, going 5.1 innings and allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits and 0 walks while striking out a season-high 5 hitters.
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through March 30:
BATTING AVERAGE7. Seth Pietsch .388SLUGGING PERCENTAGE6. Seth Pietsch .6987. Tony Calderon .634ON-BASE PERCENTAGE9. Tony Calderon .475HITS8. Seth Pietsch 45DOUBLES5. (tie) Tony Calderon 115. (tie) Chris Biles 10TRIPLES5. (tie) Seth Pietsch 48. (tie) Chris Kunda 3HOME RUNS7. (tie) Seth Pietsch 7TOTAL BASES6. Seth Pietsch 81WALKS10. (tie) Tony Calderon 1810. (tie) Andy Jarvis 18HIT BY PITCH2. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS2. Chris Kunda 94. (tie) Paul Richie 44. (tie) Rob Recuenco 4SACRIFICE FLIES1. (tie) Andy Jarvis 55. (tie) Tony Calderon 410. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 310. (tie) Paul Richie 3STOLEN BASES7. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 8SAVES6. (tie) Jon Koller 36. (tie) Jared Sanders 3CHANCES6. Andy Jarvis 246PUTOUTS6. Andy Jarvis 222DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED7. Andy Jarvis 2310. Chris Kunda 18
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time career and single-season leaders through March 30:
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 611
Brian Barden, 2000-02 2312. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 2063. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 201> 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 197 Brian Barden, 2000-02 39> (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 39 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 36 (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 324 7. Chris Biles, 2000-present 271 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 12 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 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 7. (tie with many) Jared Sanders, 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 31: No. 3 Arizona State (4 games), No. 7 Stanford (3 games) and No. 25 Arizona (3 games). The schedule includes another 12 games against teams receiving votes - Washington (5 games), Oklahoma State (1 game), Southern California (3 games) and UCLA (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 early April.
BEAVERS TIE A HOMER RECORD ON BIZARRE AFTERNOON: Oregon State tied its school record for home runs in an inning on March 30, hitting 4 in the eighth inning of a wild 19-13 loss to California at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. That matched the record set in a 1966 game against Oregon.
Chris Kunda started OSU's eighth-inning barrage with a 1-out drive over the leftfield fence for his second homer of the season. After Andy Jarvis singled, Seth Pietsch hit a blast to left-center for his seventh homer of the season. Chris Biles followed with a shot to right-center for his first homer of the season. Levi Webber lined out to center, then Tony Calderon roped a pitch over the leftfield wall for his fourth homer of the season, capping a 5-run inning.
That pulled OSU within 16-13 in a game the Beavers had trailed 15-4 in the middle of the seventh inning. It was a bizarre afternoon on which the Beavers and Bears combined for 38 hits, 9 homers and 8 doubles in a game that took 3 hours, 56 minutes to decide.
Showing the type of afternoon it was, the game included a single that left the park and a home run that didn't - Pietsch drove a ball into the trees beyond the centerfield fence in the sixth inning but was called out for passing Jarvis between first and second base (it was scored a single), while Cal's Justin Nelson made the last of his 3 home runs an inside-the-park job in the ninth inning.
'That's the longest single you'll ever see,' Pietsch said.
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 2 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; Ellsbury raced over, leaped, and brought 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.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, as of March 30:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson,Eric Selberg and Jack Humphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11,Portland 0. (Individual - April 12, 1947; Fred Gallaghervs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0). WAS NO-HIT: March 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-ClarkState at Hawai'i Easter Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs.Oklahoma State at San Diego State Tournament. OSU 5,Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: March 15, 2003; Stephen Copelandand Jon Koller vs. Washington State at Pasco, Wash.Oregon State 4, Washington State 0. (Individual - May 19,2001; Scott Nicholson vs. Southern California. OSU 6,Southern California 0. HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: April 6, 2001;Thad Johnson vs. California; 14 strikeouts. OSU 6, California 5. HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs.Cal State-Northridge at Lancaster, Calif. OSU 10, Cal State-Northridge 6. HIT TWO HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs.Washington State at Yakima, Wash. (hit 3 homers).Washington State 8, OSU 7. (March 30, 2003; Seth Pietsch hittwo homers vs. California but one was ruled a single when he wascalled out for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base). HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs.Washington State at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 7. PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: March 7, 2001; Jason McBride vs.Washington. OSU 17, Washington 3. HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: April 18, 2000; Drew Hedgesvs. Concordia. OSU 13, Concordia 5. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: March 30, 2003; Seth Pietschand Chris Biles vs. California. California 19, OSU 13. HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 11, 2000;Brian Barden, Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13,Portland 5. HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez atPortland State. OSU 7, Portland State 5.HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: March 14, 2003; Chris Biles vs.Washington State at Pasco, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 6.HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvis andSeth Pietsch vs. New Mexico at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16.HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: March 30, 2003; Tony Calderon andSeth Pietsch vs. California. California 19, OSU 13.DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvisvs. New Mexico (had 7 RBIs) at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16.DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvis vs.New Mexico (had 7 RBIs) at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16.SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden atWashington. OSU 27, Washington 4.SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs.New Mexico at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16.STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: April 11, 1991; David Anderson vs.Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0.STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 4, 2001; Kerisi Reynolds atCal State-Northridge. Cal State-Northridge 20, Oregon State 10.HAD FIVE WALKS IN A GAME: May 21, 1970; Bob Beall vs. UCLA.UCLA 7, OSU 2.HAD FOUR WALKS IN A GAME: March 8, 2003; Andy Jarvis at Portland.OSU 13, Portland 6.TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudson vs.Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for one out; Gerber steps on firstbase before runner returns for two out; Gerber throw to SS Hudsoncovering second base before runner returns for three out).
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 32 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 7 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 5 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 422-301-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .583.
Casey has a record of 251-188-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .571. 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 1,734-1,201-15, a winning percentage of .590. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 771-562, a winning percentage of .578.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,310 runs and allowed 14,954 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 904-392-1 at home for a winning percentage of .697. This season, OSU is 3-5 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 154-63 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .710.
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.
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.