Beavers Greet Southern California
April 23, 2003
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
Oregon State 14, at Portland 4
FRIDAY, APRIL 25
Southern California at Oregon State, 5 p.m.
RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Southern California at Oregon State, 4 p.m.
RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Southern California at Oregon State, 1 p.m.
RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
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Oregon State welcomes one of college baseball's legendary programs this weekend when the Beavers host Southern California in a Pacific-10 series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU (18-19 overall, 4-8 Pac-10) and defending conference champion USC (21-19, 6-6) will play Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
'We've got half the Pac-10 season in front of us and this is a great way to start it,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'USC is one of those programs that gets you excited to go out and compete against them, and it should make for a tremendous weekend. We had great crowds last season when people were able to come watch both some baseball and the spring football game, and it really helps our ballclub when we get that kind of support.'
The Beavers head into the second half of the conference schedule fresh off a 14-4 win at Portland on Tuesday. Last weekend, Oregon State took one of three games at seventh-ranked Stanford; but for one big inning by the Cardinal late in Sunday's game, OSU was competitive in both losses.
'We made some steps forward last weekend,' Casey said. 'We've had to work through a lot of things this season with having a lot of young guys in the lineup early in the year, and then having to move some people around due to injuries in the last month or so. But we've shown that we're still very competitive with good teams and we can beat very good teams.
'Now we've got to keep working these last five weeks of the regular season to keep improving, play well with consistency, win as many games as we can and see where that puts us.'
Tony Calderon continues to wield a hot bat for the Beavers, as the junior infielder is batting .418 with four home runs and 35 runs batted in; going into the week, he ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 41st nationally in batting average. Calderon's batting average of .525 in Pac-10 games is far and away the top mark in the conference, well ahead of the .480 mark of Arizona State's Nick Walsh.
Andy Jarvis, who set OSU's career record for total bases last week, continues to close in on the school records for hits, homers, RBIs and doubles. The senior first baseman is batting .367 with four homers and a team-high 36 RBIs; in Pac-10 games, he's hitting .412 with three homers and nine RBIs.
On Tuesday, USC beat California-Santa Barbara 13-12 in 10 innings after rallying from a 10-run deficit. Neither the Beavers nor Trojans is likely to count themselves out of a game this weekend, given that result and the fact OSU came back from a 14-run deficit to beat New Mexico State 16-14 in February.
Southern California dropped its Pac-10 series at California last weekend, winning the opener 3-1 befopre losing 11-2 and 8-3. Pacing the Trojans have been senior shortstop Anthony Lunetta (.338 batting average, 5 homers, 18 RBIs), freshman catcher Jeff Clement (.324, 17, 39); senior lefthander Travis McAndrews (.322, 3, 18), junior infielder Jon Brewster (.313, 4, 17) and sophomore first baseman Joey Metropoulos (.300, 8, 31). The Beavers are likely to face freshman lefthander Bobby Paschal (2-4 record, 3.91 earned run average), junior righthander Brian Bannister (4-4, 4.70) and senior righthander Anthony Reyes (1-3, 5.59).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.284, 0 HRs, 21 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.231, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.367, 4 HRs, 36 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.258, 2 HRs, 14 RBIsor - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.246, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs3B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.258, 2 HRs, 14 RBIsor - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.121, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.418, 4 HRs, 35 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.352, 8 HRs, 31 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.296, 2 HRs, 9 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.281, 1 HR, 18 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.277, 1 HR, 16 RBIsDH - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.361, 1 HR, 20 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.267, 1 HR, 10 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-4 record, 6.00 ERALHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);2-0 record, 4.15 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);3-4 record, 7.09 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 131-57 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909. After Tuesday's 14-4 victory at Portland, OSU has won all 4 meetings this season; a fifth game was suspended due to rain on April 8 in Portland with OSU leading 3-1 after 3 innings. Another game in Corvallis was rained out on March 4. It is likely the suspended game will be completed and the rained-out game played in Corvallis on the same date, either May 8 or May 21.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 8-29 against Southern California in a series dating back to 1951. Last season in Los Angeles, USC won 9-2, OSU won 13-3 and the Trojans took the series with a 7-0 win in the final game. The last time the teams met in Corvallis, USC won 7-3, OSU won 6-0 and USC finished the series with a 1-0 win. The teams have met 4 times in best-of-3 series postseason series, with USC winning the Pacific Coast Conference title in 1951 in Los Angeles, OSU winning the PCC title in 1952 in Corvallis, USC winning the PCC in 1958 in Corvallis, and USC winning an NCAA first-round series in Corvallis in 1963; the only series to go the full 3 games were in 1951 and 1963.
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 4-game losing streak; it has also had 3 2-game winning streaks and 4 2-game losing streaks ... OSU has a losing record at home (5-7), but is at .500 on the road (6-6) and has a winning record at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU is 13-4 when it outhits its opponents, but the Beavers are 4-14 in games in which they've been outhit ... OSU is 7-4 when it commits fewer errors in a game this season, and 6-2 when both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 14-1 in games in which it leads after 8 innings, 13-2 in games it leads after 7 innings and also 13-2 in games it leads after 6 innings ...
Starting all 37 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 34 games at the same position has been second baseman Chris Kunda ... besides Jarvis and Pietsch, the other Beaver to start every game has been Tony Calderon (22 at third base, 15 at shortstop) ...
Pietsch leads OSU with 17 multi-hit games, Calderon has 16, Jarvis has 15, senior outfielder/designated hitter Chris Biles 12, Ellsbury 9, Kunda and Kerisi Reynolds 6 each ... Jarvis and Calderon lead OSU with 10 multi-RBI games, Pietsch has 7, Biles 6 and Ellsbury 5 ... with the Beavers having been 2-hit last Sunday at Stanford, the longest current hitting streak for OSU belongs to Aaron Mathews at 3 games ...
Over the past week against Stanford and Portland, sophomore infielder Rob Recuenco is batting .600 with 3 RBIs; junior catcher Paul Richie is batting .462 with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs; Calderon is batting .444 with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs; Biles is batting .417 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs; and Pietsch is batting .375 with 1 homer and 2 RBIs ...
In Pacific-10 games, Calderon is batting .525 with 1 homer, 6 doubles and 10 RBIs; Jarvis is batting .412 with 3 homers, 3 doubles and 9 RBIs; Biles is batting .378 with 1 homer, 1 triple, 7 doubles and 11 RBIs; Pietsch is batting .320 with 2 homers, 1 double and 7 RBIs; and freshman outfielder Aaron Mathews is batting .308 with 1 homer, 2 doubles and 5 RBIs.
THE PAST WEEK: On Tuesday, Oregon State tied a school record by hitting 10 doubles as the Beavers beat Portland 14-4 in a non-league game at Pilot Stadium. Paul Richie tied the individual record for doubles in a game by hitting 3, with 2 of those coming in the Beavers' 9-run sixth inning. The Beavers' 10 doubles tied a record that had been set in a 15-4 win over Puget Sound in 1979. In addition to Richie's 3 doubles, Tony Calderon and Rob Recuenco had 2 each and Kane TenPas, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chris Kunda added 1 apiece. OSU was hitless until Seth Pietsch led off the top of the fourth inning with his eighth home run of the year for a 1-0 lead. Portland tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. But in the top of the sixth, OSU's first 8 batters had hits, including a 2-run double by Recuenco and run-scoring doubles by Richie and Ellsbury. Richie added a 2-run double to cap the inning and then had another double in the eighth; he was 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs to give him career-highs for both hits and RBIs. OSU's big inning made a winner of Kenny Anderson, who improved his record to 2-3 this season; in 5.0 innings, he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4, and he didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning. Calderon also had 4 hits for OSU.
On April 17-April 19, the Beavers won 1 of 3 games in a Pac-10 series at Stanford, which was ranked seventh nationally at the time. OSU lost the first game 5-2, won the second 8-7 and dropped the finale 10-0.
On April 17, Ben Rowe pitched OSU's first complete game of the season but the Beavers fell to Stanford 5-2. Chris Biles doubled twice to move into second place on OSU's all-time list of career leaders. Rowe, who had beaten Stanford with a 4-hitter in Corvallis last season, gave up just 8 hits but Cardinal righthander John Hudgins threw a 6-hitter, striking out 10. Oregon State took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Cardinal came up with 3 runs to take the lead for good. Rowe and the Beavers should have been out of the inning with a 2-2 tie, but centerfielder Aaron Mathews, rightfielder Chris Biles and second baseman Chris Kunda didn't let each other know who should have made the play on a 2-out fly to short right; it dropped for a double that drove in the go-ahead run and Danny Putnam added a run-scoring single to make it 4-2.
On April 18, Oregon State jumped out to an early 6-run lead and Nathan Pendley preserved the lead in the final innings as the Beavers beat Stanford. Jarvis and Calderon were both 3-for-5 for OSU, with Jarvis homering for an insurance run in the eighth inning and Calderon driving in 3 runs. Jarvis set a pair of OSU career records on the night, taking over the marks for total bases (356) and at-bats (650). Oregon State's win snapped Stanford's 7-game winning streak. It was OSU's first win at Stanford since 1970 after 11 straight losses on the Cardinal's home diamond. The Beavers chased Stanford starter Ryan McCally with a 5-run second inning that put OSU up 6-0. The frame included run-scoring singles by Jarvis, Calderon and Mark Jackson - his first hit and run batted in of the freshman third baseman's career - and a 2-run double by Biles. Jake Postlewait gave the Beavers a strong start, but a high pitch count ended his evening in the fifth inning. Senior righthander Ty Kline went the next 2 2/3 innings before Pendley finished up to improve his record to 1-2 this season. Jarvis' home run sailed over the rightfield fence, a row of low trees and the embankment rising from Sunken Diamond; it landed well onto the adjacent football practice field. 'That's the longest home run I've ever seen by anybody I've coached in baseball,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said.
On April 19, Oregon State kept its hopes for a series win over Stanford alive most of the afternoon, but the Cardinal scored 7 runs in the sixth inning to hand the Beavers a 10-0 loss; it was the first time this season the Beavers had been shut out. Stephen Copeland kept the Beavers in contention against Stanford freshman Mark Romanczuk, but Romanczuk - the fifth-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last spring - combined with Matt Manship to pitch a 2-hitter at OSU. Copeland gave up 3 first-inning runs on a walk, hit batter and 3-run opposite-field homer by Danny Putnam. But from the second through fifth innings, Copeland allowed just 1 hit; at one point, he retired 10 straight Stanford hitters. The Beavers were unable to break through against Romanczuk, though, despite having some early opportunities. OSU had two runners aboard in the first, third and fourth innings but the freshman worked his way out of trouble each time. Oregon State was hitless until Levi Webber opened the fourth inning by lining a single to leftfield. The Beavers' only other hit was Aaron Mathews infield single to the hole between short and third with two out in the sixth. The Cardinal finally broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth with 7 runs.
BEAVERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders through April 20:
BATTING AVERAGE41. Tony Calderon .406DOUBLES (per game)15. Chris Biles 0.4919. Tony Calderon 0.47
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 20:
BATTING AVERAGE4. Tony Calderon .4069. Andy Jarvis .379SLUGGING PERCENTAGE10. Tony Calderon .648ON-BASE PERCENTAGE5. Tony Calderon .503RUNS10. (tie) Seth Pietsch 41HITS10. (tie) Andy Jarvis 55DOUBLES4. (tie) Chris Biles 174. (tie) Tony Calderon 17TRIPLES7. Seth Pietsch 48. (tie) Chris Kunda 3TOTAL BASES9. Seth Pietsch 91WALKS9. (tie) Tony Calderon 249. (tie) Andy Jarvis 24HIT BY PITCH4. Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS1. (tie) Chris Kunda 103. (tie) Paul Richie 58. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 48. (tie) Rob Recuenco 4SACRIFICE FLIES2. (tie) Tony Calderon 52. (tie) Andy Jarvis 59. (tie) Paul Richie 4SAVES7. (tie) Jon Koller 37. (tie) Jared Sanders 3CHANCES2. Andy Jarvis 347PUTOUTS3. Andy Jarvis 314DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED5. Andy Jarvis 2810. (tie) Chris Kunda 23
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time career and single-season leaders through April 22:
CAREER AT-BATS> 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 658
Brian Barden, 2000-02 231> 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 216 7. Chris Biles, 2000-present 183 8. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 131 Chris Biles, 2000-present 123 2. Chris Biles, 2000-present 43 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 41 Brian Barden, 2000-02 396. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 377. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 368. Troy Schader, 1997-99 35> (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 35 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 10 Chris Biles, 2000-present 5 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 31 Brian Barden, 2000-02 258. Steve Smith, 1981-83 21(tie) David Schmidt, 1994-96 21(tie) Ben Bertrand, 1996-98 21(tie) Troy Schader, 1997-99 21> Chris Biles, 2000-present 18 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 18 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 160 Brian Barden, 2000-02 1544. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 1445. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 1316. Bob McNair, 1978-80 1307. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 1268. Josh Carter, 1999-2001 1209. Troy Schader, 1997-99 11810. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 115> Chris Biles, 2000-present 114 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 356 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3553. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 3474. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 303> 5. Chris Biles, 2000-present 290 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 238 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 12 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 10. Stephen Copeland, 2000-pres. 255.2 Brian Barden, 2000 509. Jeff Doyle, 1977 49(tie) Al Hunsinger, 1981 49(tie) Jim Wilson, 1982 49(tie) Jeff Brauning, 1988 49(tie) R.A. Nietzel, 1990 49(tie) Ben Bertrand, 1998 49(tie) Drew Hedges, 2000 49> Seth Pietsch, 2003 43 Seth Pietsch, 2002 242. A.J. Marquardt, 1993 19(tie) Joe Gerber, 2000 19> (tie) Tony Calderon, 2003 19 (tie) Chris Biles, 2003 17 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 Seth Pietsch, 2003 97 Tony Calderon, 2003 89 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'S 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' OUTFIELD: Oregon State has a starting outfield that ranks among the best on the West Coast, and the Beavers found that talent in places little-known outside the state of Oregon. Junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch hails from Wilderville, which is located west of Grants Pass in Southern Oregon; sophomore rightfielder Aaron Mathews is from John Day, nestled in the hills of Northeastern Oregon; and freshman centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is from Madras, located north of Bend in Central Oregon.
All 3 played for Class 3A high schools, a step below Oregon's largest classification. Pietsch played at Hidden Valley, Mathews at Grant Union, and Ellsbury at Madras. The memers of the trio all possess speed, outstanding defensive ability and potent bats.
Pietsch is batting .352 this season with 8 homers, 4 triples, 8 doubles and 31 RBIs; he's been among the Pac-10 leaders this season in batting average, slugging percentage. He was All-Pac-10 honorable mention last season when he led the league in doubles and was second in triples, and hard work has made fielding another of his strengths.
Mathews is batting .296 this season with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 9 RBIs. He missed nearly 2 months of play after being hit by pitch in second game of season; after one week back in lineup, he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors. Last season, Mathews earned Freshman All-America honorable mention from Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Ellsbury is batting .281 this season with 1 homer, 2 triples, 6 doubles, 17 RBIs and 8 stolen bases; he's been among Pac-10 leaders in stolen bases much of the season. Ellsbury played centerfield while Mathews was out and made 2 over-the-fence catches to rob foes of homers. He was drafted in 23rd round by Tampa Bay last spring but opted for OSU.
JARVIS, CALDERON HEATING UP IN PAC-10 PLAY: Oregon State has a pair of infielders who have been tough outs, to say the least, in Pac-10 games - senior first baseman Andy Jarvis (Renton, Wash./Liberty HS) and junior shortstop/third baseman Tony Calderon (Orange, Calif./El Modeno HS, Santa Ana JC).
Calderon is batting .418 with 4 home runs and 35 runs batted in; going into the week, he ranked fourth in the Pac-10 and 41st nationally in batting average. Calderon's batting average of .525 in Pac-10 games is far and away the top mark in the conference, well ahead of the .480 mark of Arizona State's Nick Walsh.
Jarvis, who set OSU's career record for total bases last week on April 18, continues to close in on the school records for hits, homers, RBIs and doubles. The senior first baseman is batting .367 with 4 homers and a team-high 36 RBIs; in Pac-10 games, he's hitting .412 with 3 homers and 9 RBIs.
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 7 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of April 21: No. 5 Arizona State (4 games) and No. 6 Stanford (3 games). The schedule includes another 12 games against teams receiving votes - Arizona (3 games), Oklahoma State (1 game), Washington (5 games) and California-Riverside (3 games).
BEAVERS, RICHIE TIE DOUBLES RECORDS AT PORTLAND: Oregon State had double the fun April 22 in a 14-4 win at Portland. The Beavers hit 10 doubles to tie the school single-game record; Paul Richie tied the individual record for doubles in a game by hitting 3, with 2 of those coming in the Beavers' 9-run sixth inning.
The 10 doubles tied a record that had been set in a 15-4 win over Puget Sound in 1979. In addition to Richie's 3 doubles, Tony Calderon and Rob Recuenco had 2 each and Kane TenPas, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chris Kunda added 1 apiece.
JARVIS SETS CAREER TOTAL BASE RECORD: When Andy Jarvis set Oregon State's career record for total bases on April 18, he did it in style. The senior first baseman homered in the eighth inning of an 8-7 win at seventh-ranked Stanford to reach 356 total bases; that passed the record of 355 set by Brian Barden from 2000-02.
Jarvis' solo homer sailed over the rightfield fence, a row of low trees and the embankment rising from Sunken Diamond; it landed well onto the adjacent football practice field.
'That's the longest home run I've ever seen by anybody I've coached in baseball,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through April 22: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 Gallagher vs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0). WAS NO-HIT: March 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-Clark State atHawai'i Easter Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma Stateat San Diego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: March 15, 2003; Stephen Copeland and Jon Kollervs. 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; ThadJohnson vs. California; 14 strikeouts. OSU 6, California 5. HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs. CalState-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 hit two homers vs. California butone was ruled a single when he was called out for passing Andy Jarvisbetween 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 Hedges vs.Concordia. OSU 13, Concordia 5. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews and AndyJarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on the first pitchof each at-bat). OSU 11, Washington State 3. 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 at PortlandState. OSU 7, Portland State 5. HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: April 22, 2003; Paul Richie atPortland. OSU 14, Portland 4. HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews vs.Washington State. OSU 11, Washington State 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: April 22, 2003; Tony Calderon and PaulRichie at Portland. OSU 14, Portland 4. DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvis vs.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 at Washington.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 first basebefore runner returns for two out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson coveringsecond 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 427-307-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .581.
Casey has a record of 257-194-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .569. 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 1,739-1,207-15, a winning percentage of .590. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 774-568, a winning percentage of .577.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,386 runs and allowed 15,029 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.08.
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 906-394-1 at home for a winning percentage of .697. This season, OSU is 5-7 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 156-65 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .706.
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 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 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.