Turning Improvement Into Wins
April 30, 2003
FRIDAY, MAY 2Oregon State at UCLA, 6 p.m.
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SATURDAY, MAY 3Oregon State at UCLA, 1 p.m.
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SUNDAY, MAY 4Oregon State at UCLA, 12 noon (note time change from previous schedules)
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Oregon State goes on the road this weekend having shown improvement over the past two Pacific-10 series. What the Beavers are looking for at UCLA are some wins to go along with their stronger play.
The Beavers (18-22 overall, 4-11 Pac-10) and Bruins (20-25, 5-7) meet Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon; the start time Sunday has been moved up to accomodate OSU's travel plans.
When their plane departs Los Angeles on Sunday, the Beavers hope to have found a way to convert the past two week's tough losses into some conference victories.
'For the most part, we've played better,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'But we've played two very good baseball teams (No. 9 Stanford and defending Pac-10 champ Southern California), and we've been unable to make a play or come up with a hit at the key time to win a ballgame.'
The Beavers took one of three games at Stanford on April 17-19. After winning a non-league game at Portland on April 22, the Beavers were swept by USC last weekend in Corvallis; that series included a pair of one-run losses in a Saturday doubleheader.
'That was a frustrating series,' Casey said. 'Both those Saturday games were there for us and we didn't execute in some situations, and then Sunday we didn't make some plays in the first two innings that could have kept us right in that ballgame.
'But I think our guys know how close we are to winning games like that, and that's an incentive for them. We've put a lot of young guys in some of those situations and they're finding out how small the difference is between winning and losing at this level. It's a matter of taking that experience and putting it to work for us this weekend against a very talented UCLA club.'
The Beavers' leaders at the plate heading into the series are junior infielder Tony Calderon (.388 batting average, 4 home runs, 35 runs batted in), senior outfielder Chris Biles (.362, 1, 20), senior first baseman Andy Jarvis (.354, 4, 37) and junior outfielder Seth Pietsch (.333, 8, 31). OSU junior righthander Ben Rowe (3-5 record, 5.71 earned run average), and junior lefthander Jake Postlewait (2-0, 3.55) have both put together back-to-back strong starts, and senior righthander Stephen Copeland (3-5, 7.45) has been perhaps OSU's most consistent starter over the course of the season.
Calderon is seventh in the Pac-10 batting race, while Jarvis continues to chase several OSU career records. Jarvis needs 13 hits to tie Brian Barden's 231 from 2000-02; he needs three homers to tie Joe Gerber's 34 from 1997-2000; and he needs eight RBIs to tie Gerber's 169.
UCLA did not play last weekend. On Tuesday, the Bruins beat Loyola Marymount 7-1 at home; their last action had been a loss at Cal State-Fullerton by an 11-1 score on April 22. UCLA's last Pac-10 series saw the Bruins take two of three games at Arizona State on April 17-19, winning 9-8 and 8-7 before losing the finale 17-1.
Top hitters for the Bruins have been freshman infielder Brett McMillan (.367, 4, 17), freshman catcher Chris Denove (.319, 6, 26), sophomore first baseman Wes Whisler (.315, 5, 23), junior infielder Preston Griffin (.296, 8, 34), sophomore outfielder Billy Susdorf (.294, 8, 34) and sophomore outfielder Matt Thayer (.293, 5, 32). UCLA's tentative rotation for the series includes senior lefthander Mike Kunes (4-1, 5.91), lefthander Whisler (3-5, 5.46) and sophomore righthander David Johnson (2-1, 4.05).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.281, 0 HRs, 21 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.233, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.354, 4 HRs, 37 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.274, 2 HRs, 15 RBIsor - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.250, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs3B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.274, 2 HRs, 15 RBIsor - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.139, 0 HRs, 4 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.388, 4 HRs, 35 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.333, 8 HRs, 31 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.286, 2 HRs, 10 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.278, 2 HRs, 19 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.274, 1 HR, 16 RBIsDH - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.362, 1 HR, 20 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.258, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-5 record, 5.71 ERALHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);2-0 record, 3.55 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);3-5 record, 7.45 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 9-20 against UCLA in a series dating back to 1967. Last season in Corvallis, OSU won the opening game 9-8 before losing 6-1 and 9-7. The last time the teams played in Los Angeles, UCLA won 5-3 in 10 innings and 7-6 in 11 innings before OSU won the finale 11-8.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State has already made several entries in the school record books this season. Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis has taken over the marks for career at-bats (669) and total bases (358); senior outfielder Chris Biles has the record for career doubles (45); and junior righthander Jared Sanders has the record for career saves (12). OSU has also tied its single-game individual records for hits and doubles three times each. The mark of 5 hits has been tied by Andy Jarvis (Feb. 21 vs. New Mexico), Seth Pietsch (Feb. 21 vs. New Mexico) and Aaron Mathews (April 12 vs. Washington State); the record of 3 doubles has been tied by Chris Biles (March 14 vs. Washington State), Tony Calderon (April 12 vs. Washington State) and Paul Richie (April 22 at Portland). Also, the Beavers tied the team reccord for doubles in a game by hitting 10 at Portland on April 22.
OSU has a losing record at home (5-10), but is at .500 on the road (6-6) and has a winning record at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU is 13-6 when it outhits its opponents, but the Beavers are 4-15 in games in which they've been outhit ... OSU is 7-5 when it commits fewer errors in a game this season, and 6-3 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 40 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 35 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, 18 at shortstop) ... the Beaver who has started at the most positions is freshman Jacoby Ellsbury (centerfield 29, rightfield 8, designated hitter 1) ...
Pietsch leads OSU with 19 multi-hit games, Calderon has 16, Jarvis 15, Biles 13, Ellsbury (10), and Kunda 8 ... Calderon and Jarvis lead OSU with 10 multi-RBI games each, Pietsch has 7, Biles 6 and Ellsbury 5 ... the longest current hitting streak belongs to Kunda at 4 games, while freshman catcher Billy Munich has a 3-gamer going ...
Over the past week, junior catcher Paul Richie batted .462 with 4 RBIs; Biles batted .455 with 2 doubles; Kunda batted .438 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs; and sophomore infielder Rob Recuenco batted .417 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs ...
In Pacific-10 games, Calderon is batting .415 with 1 homer, 6 doubles and 10 RBIs; Biles is batting .378 with 1 homer, 1 triple, 9 doubles and 11 RBIs; Jarvis is batting .371 with 3 homers, 3 doubles and 10 RBIs.
THE PAST WEEK: On April 22, 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 25, Oregon State and Southern California were rained out of their series-opening game; it was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader the next day.
On April 26, Chris Biles had a double in each game to set Oregon State's career record for 2-base hits, but the Beavers were swept by Southern California 4-3 and 3-2 in 10 innings. The senior outfielder now has 45 doubles, eclipsing the mark of 44 set by Joe Gerber from 1997-2000. OSU rallied to tie the second game on Aaron Mathews' run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth, then had the winning run at third base with 1 out in the ninth inning before losing. Ben Rowe pitched his second straight complete game in the opener, a 6-hitter, but USC used a misjudged fly ball to score 2 fourth-inning runs and those proved the difference. In the second game, Jake Postlwait pitched a career-high 7.0 innings and allowed just 1 earned run but came away with no decision. Biles tied Gerber's record in the ninth inning of the opener. The Beavers had gotten back within 4-3 on Levi Webber's 2-out solo homer in the eighth; with 2 out and none on in the ninth, Biles drove an opposite-field shot that hit about halfway up the leftfield fence to put the tying run in scoring position. USC secured the win, though, when Bret Butler got Seth Pietsch to fly out to deep right-centerfield. The Beavers left 7 runners on base in the game, 5 of those in scoring position. Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-3 and Chris Kunda was 2-for-3 with a double and a run batted in for OSU. Rowe walked 4 and struck out 2. Postlewait then threw 7.0 strong innings in the second game, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. He was on the hook for the loss, though, until Mathews' bloop single to right in the eighth inning scored Tony Calderon from second with the tying run; the Beavers also tried to score Biles from first on the play but he was thrown out at the plate. In the top of the ninth, USC put runners at second and third with 1 out, but Andy Baldwin came in and pitched the Beavers out of the jam by striking out Billy Hart and getting Mike Moon to ground out. OSU then put the winning run at third base when, with 1 out, Chris Kunda singled up the middle and went to third on Butler's 2-base throwing error on a pickoff play. Rob Recuenco was intentionally walked, and Jordan Olson came on in relief and fanned Ellsbury for the second out. Seth Pietsch was then intentionally walked to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Levi Webber ended the inning by flying out to right. Antony Lunetta led off the top of the 10th with a single through the right side; 2 walks and a hit batter issued by Baldwin plated him with one out. OSU did put the tying run on base when Mathews drew a 2-out walk in the 10th, but Paul Richie grounded out to third to end the game.
On April 27, Oregon State saw Southern California jump to an early 7-run lead as the Beavers were beaten 12-2 in the final game of their Pacific-10 series. The Trojans took an 8-1 lead in the third inning, scoring 3 runs in the first, 4 in the second and another in the third before a season-high crowd of 1,077. Beaver starter Stephen Copeland issued a walk and a hit batter, then Jeff Clement hit the first pitch he saw for a 3-run home run over the rightfield fence. The Beavers committed 5 errors in the game, including miscues in the second and third innings that led to a pair of unearned runs. Trailing 3-0, Oregon State had a chance to regain the momentum in the bottom of the first inning. Rob Recuenco reached on an error to start the frame; he was thrown out trying to advance to second when a pitch from USC starter Brian Bannister bounced on the way to the plate. Chris Kunda then doubled off the rightfield fence and Andy Jarvis drove him in with a single up the middle to make it 3-1; Bannister was able to get out of the inning, though, by fanning Tony Calderon and getting Chris Biles to ground out. Kunda and Richie were both 2-for-3 for the Beavers. Jacoby Ellsbury provided OSU's other run, driving his second homer of the season to rightfield in the bottom of the ninth.
BEAVERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders through April 27:
DOUBLES (per game)10. Chris Biles 0.4914. Tony Calderon 0.48
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 27:
BATTING AVERAGE7. Tony Calderon .388ON-BASE PERCENTAGE9. Tony Calderon .488DOUBLES3. (tie) Chris Biles 193. (tie) Tony Calderon 19TRIPLES7. Seth Pietsch 48. (tie) Chris Kunda 3TOTAL BASES10. Seth Pietsch 98WALKS10. (tie) Tony Calderon 2410. (tie) Andy Jarvis 24HIT BY PITCH4. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS2. Chris Kunda 104. (tie) Paul Richie 59. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 49. (tie) Rob Recuenco 4SACRIFICE FLIES2. (tie) Tony Calderon 52. (tie) Andy Jarvis 59. (tie) Paul Richie 4SAVES8. (tie) Jon Koller 38. (tie) Jared Sanders 3STARTS8. (tie) Stephen Copeland 118. (tie) Ben Rowe 11FIELDING PERCENTAGE1. (tie) Levi Webber 1.000CHANCES2. Andy Jarvis 387PUTOUTS2. Andy Jarvis 348DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED5. Andy Jarvis 32
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 27:
CAREER AT-BATS> 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 669
Brian Barden, 2000-02 231> 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 218 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 186 8. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 131 Chris Biles, 2000-present 123 1. Chris Biles, 2000-present 45 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 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 31 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 161 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 358 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3553. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 3474. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 303> 5. Chris Biles, 2000-present 295 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 239 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 12 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 10. Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 256.2 Seth Pietsch, 2002 205> Seth Pietsch, 2003 174 Andy Jarvis, 2003 161 Chris Biles, 2001 70> Seth Pietsch, 2003 58 Tony Calderon, 2003 57 Andy Jarvis, 2003 57 Seth Pietsch, 2003 43 Seth Pietsch, 2002 242. A.J. Marquardt, 1993 19(tie) Joe Gerber, 2000 19> (tie) Chris Biles, 2003 19 (tie) Tony Calderon, 2003 19 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 98 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 .333 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 .286 this season with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 10 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 .278 this season with 2 homers, 2 triples, 6 doubles, 19 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 .388 with 4 home runs and 35 runs batted in; through games of April 27, he ranks seventh in the conference in batting average and ninth in on-base percentage (.478). Calderon's batting average of .415 in Pac-10 games is fourth in the conference.
Jarvis, who set OSU's career record for total bases on April 18, continues to close in on the school records for hits, homers, RBIs and doubles. The senior first baseman is batting .354 with 4 homers and a team-high 37 RBIs; in Pac-10 games, he's hitting .371 with 3 homers and 10 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 28: No. 4 Arizona State (4 games) and No. 9 Stanford (3 games). The schedule includes another 20 games against teams receiving votes - Arizona (3 games), New Mexico State (2 games), Washington (5 games), Oklahoma State (1 game), Southern California (3 games), California (3 games) and California-Riverside (3 games).
BILES SETS CAREER DOUBLES RECORD: Chris Biles took over Oregon State's record for career doubles April 26 when he came up with a two-base hit in each game of a doubleheader against Southern California. Biles tied the record set by Joe Gerber from 1997-2000 when he doubled off the leftfield fence in the ninth inning of the first game; he set the record in the fourth inning of the second game when he punched a ball into leftfield and legged it into a two-base hit.
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.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through April 27:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selbergand 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. OSU 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 andAndy Jarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on thefirst pitch of 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 andPaul Richie 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 atWashington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Kerisi Reynoldsvs. 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 Reynoldsat Cal 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 Hudsonvs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for one out; Gerber steps onfirst base before runner returns for two out; Gerber throw to SSHudson covering 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 33 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 12 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 8 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 427-310-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .579.
Casey has a record of 257-197-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .566. 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 1,739-1,210-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 774-571, a winning percentage of .575.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,393 runs and allowed 15,046 runs. That's an average score of 6.54-5.08.
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 906-397-1 at home for a winning percentage of .695. This season, OSU is 5-10 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 156-68 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .696.
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.
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