Beavers Play Some Weekday Baseball
May 10, 2003
MONDAY, MAY 12No. 3 Arizona State at Oregon State, 5 p.m.
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TUESDAY, MAY 13No. 3 Arizona State at Oregon State, 5 p.m.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14No. 3 Arizona State at Oregon State, 4 p.m.
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Oregon State will be out to play giant-killer as the Beavers greet third-ranked Arizona State for a Pacific-10 series. OSU's final home action of the conference season will see the Beavers (21-24 overall, 5-13 Pac-10) and Sun Devils (44-9, 10-5) play Monday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The odd Monday-through-Wednesday scheduling is a result of Arizona State's final exams running through Saturday. The Pac-10 does not allow teams to play during their finals week and the Sun Devils will not travel on the last day that final exams are scheduled, so it's a rare midweek conference series taking place.
'It's a little different, and both teams will have to adjust to it,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'For us, the most important thing stays the same - we've got to play good, sound baseball if we want to have a chance in this series. Arizona State is one of the best programs in the country year-in and year-out, and we're going to have to be at our very best to compete with them.'
Oregon State avoided a seven-day break between games by adding contests against Concordia (Ore.) and George Fox last week, playing a pair of local conference champions from lower divisions. The Beavers beat Concordia, the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference titlist, 13-2 on Tuesday; OSU topped George Fox, the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference winner, on Thursday.
'It was good for us to get a couple of games in,' Casey said. 'We pitched pretty well in both games, and we performed well enough offensively that we were able to get quite a few guys in against Concordia. Against George Fox, we hit the ball but we didn't execute a lot of the things we wanted to do offensively and that helped keep it a close ballgame. I think our guys realize that we're going to have to be a lot better than that to be in the games against ASU.'
Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis continues to close in on a number of OSU's career records. Jarvis needs five hits to tie the record of 231 set by Brian Barden from 2000-02; two homers to tie the school record of 34 set by Joe Gerber from 1997-2000; andd three RBIs to tie Gerber's school record of 169.
At the plate, the Beavers continue to be led by junior infielder Tony Calderon (.381 batting average, 4 home runs, 39 runs batted in), senior outfielder Chris Biles (.369, 2, 28), Jarvis (.357, 5, 42) and junior outfielder Seth Pietsch (.345, 10, 35). OSU's starting pitchers figure to be junior righthander Ben Rowe (3-5 record, 5.88 earned run average), junior lefthander Jake Postlewait (3-0, .274) and senior righthander Stephen Copeland (4-5, 7.50).
In the national rankings of May 8, Arizona State is third in the Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll, sixth in the Baseball America magazine rankings, fourth in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings and third in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. The Sun Devils have played just twice since April 27, winning 9-4 at Oklahoma on April 30 and 11-1 over California-Irvine on Tuesday. ASU's last conference series was a home sweep of Washington State by scores of 21-0, 5-3 in 10 innings and 25-0 on April 25-27.
Leading the way offensively for Arizona State have been sophomore infielder Dustin Pedroia (.413, 3, 44), junior first baseman Mike Guerrero (.395, 2, 22), sophomore infielder Frank Mesa (.385, 1, 20), junior outfielder Nick Walsh (.375, 0, 18), sophomore infielder Jeff Larish (.367, 15, 79) and junior catcher Jeremy West (.362, 16, 54). The Sun Devils' rotation includes senior righthander Ben Thurmond (6-0, 2.35), senior righthander Beau Vaughan (8-3, 4.12) and senior righthander Jered Liebeck (7-0, 2.35).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.287, 0 HRs, 22 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.242, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.357, 5 HRs, 42 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.270, 4 HRs, 19 RBIsor - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.247, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs3B - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.200, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsor - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.270, 4 HRs, 19 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.381, 4 HRs, 39 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.345, 10 HRs, 35 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.271, 2 HRs, 12 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.298, 5 HRs, 26 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.274, 1 HR, 17 RBIsDH - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.369, 2 HRs, 28 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.299, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-5 record, 5.88 ERALHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);3-0 record, 2.74 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);4-5 record, 7.50 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 12-22 against Arizona State in a series dating back to 1963. Earlier this season, ASU took a 9-4 win in the Coca-Cola Classic tournament at Surprise, Ariz. Last season at the Sun Devils' temporary home in Mesa, Ariz., ASU swept a Pacific-10 series by scores of 13-7, 9-8 and 5-2; ASU also won a non-league game 13-5 in Mesa at the Bill Kajikawa Classic. The last time the teams met in Corvallis was 2001; OSU took 2 of 3 games in a Pac-10 series, losing the opener 10-2 before winning 4-1 and 12-2.
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 (690) and total bases (370); senior outfielder Chris Biles has the record for career doubles (49); 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 record for doubles in a game by hitting 10 at Portland on April 22.
OSU has a losing record at home (7-10) and on the road (7-8) and has a winning record at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU is 15-7 when it outhits its opponents, but the Beavers are 5-16 in games in which they've been outhit ... OSU is 9-6 when it commits fewer errors in a game this season, and 6-4 when both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 17-1 in games in which it leads after 8 innings, 16-3 in games it leads after 7 innings and also 16-3 in games it leads after 6 innings ...
Starting all 45 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 40 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 (23 at shortstop, 22 at third base) ... the Beaver who has started at the most positions is freshman Jacoby Ellsbury (centerfield 29, rightfield 13, designated hitter 1) ...
Pietsch leads OSU with 22 multi-hit games, Calderon has 18, Jarvis 16, Biles 15, Ellsbury 13, and Kunda 9 ... Calderon and Jarvis lead OSU with 11 multi-RBI games each, Pietsch and Biles 8 each, and Ellsbury 7 ... the longest current hitting streak belongs to Kunda at 9 games, while Jarvis has a 7-gamer going and Ellsbury and Pietsch both have 6-gamers working ...
In the 5 games over the past week, designated hitter Levi Webber is batting .545 with 2 RBIs; Ellsbury is batting .450 with 3 homers and 7 RBIs; Pietsch is batting .450 with 2 homers and 4 RBIs; Biles is batting .429 with 1 homer and 8 RBIs; and Jarvis is batting .381 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs ...
In Pacific-10 games, Calderon is batting .415 with 1 homer and 13 RBIs; Biles is batting .370 with 1 homer and 14 RBIs; Jarvis is batting .347 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs; catcher Paul Richie is batting .314 with 8 RBIs; and Webber is batting .300 with 2 homers and 9 RBIs.
THE PAST WEEK: On May 6, Andy Jarvis had a home run among his 4 hits and Chris Biles added a homer and 2 doubles for Oregon State in a 13-2 non-league win over Concordia at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Kenny Anderson pitched 2-hit ball over 5.1 innings to earn the victory. The Beavers met a club that was playing its third game in 2 days; the Cavaliers had clinched the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference title with a doubleheader sweep over Oregon Tech the previous day in Roseburg. Against Oregon State, CU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but OSU went in front for good with a 3-run third inning and added 2 more runs in the fourth. 'It was a good chance for us to come out and play, being down a couple games in the schedule because of rainouts,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey, who used 18 position players and 4 pitchers in the contest. 'It was good for us to play in the middle of the week with us not playing this coming weekend. It was a pretty good ballgame for 6 innings against a good club, one that's won its conference title.' Added Jarvis: 'You can have the excuses that it's tough to come out and play on a Tuesday, it's non-conference ... but when it comes down to it, you've got to bring the same game you do against a Southern California or an Arizona State ... it's always nice to play on a day like this when it's not raining, you're not pulling the tarp out - baseball's a fun game to come out and play.' Jarvis as 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 runs batted in; only a diving stop by Cavalier first baseman Jarrett Skreen in the fifth inning kept Jarvis from a fifth hit that would have tied the single-game school record. Biles doubled his first 2 times up to extend his school record for 2-base hits in a career; with 23 doubles this season, he's now just 1 away from tying the school record for doubles in a season. Biles was 3-for-5 with the 2 doubles, a homer and 5 RBIs. Anderson, a sophomore righthander, set career-highs with his 5.1 innings and 5 strikeouts. He evened his record at 3-3, allowing just a pair of runs on 2 hits and 4 walks as he combined with relievers Mike Ekstrom, Jared Sanders and Kurt Steele on a 5-hitter. Biles' 2-run double to left-centerfield in the bottom of the third inning drove in the tying and go-ahead runs, then he scored on Brad Mellinger's single up the middle. Jarvis' single to center and Biles' slicing double down the leftfield line drove in 2 more runs in the fourth inning to put OSU up 5-1, and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in another run with a fifth-inning single. The Beavers broke the game open with a 5-run seventh inning that included 2-run homers lined over the rightfield fence by Jarvis and lofted to right-center by Biles; Chris Kunda also had a run-scoring double off the leftfield fence in the inning. In the eighth, Levi Webber added a run-scoring single through the left side and Kerisi Reynolds drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the final Beaver run.
On May 8, Oregon State pitcher Jake Postlewait allowed just 1 hit in 7 innings as the Beavers beat George Fox 4-0 in a non-league game. Pietsch was 3-for-4 with a home run and a double for OSU. Postlewait, Ty Kline, Nathan Pendley and Andy Baldwin combined to pitch a 2-hitter against George Fox, which won the Northwest Conference title and is awaiting word on where it will play in the NCAA Division III Regionals. The Beavers had 12 hits - including 2-hit days from Ellsbury, Webber and Mellinger - but left 9 runners on base. 'Offensively, we didn't execute at all,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'It was fortunate that we got good pitching because we didn't get many runs ... we had 12 hits and we should have put 7 or 8 runs on the board; instead, we get 4 and 2 of those were on home runs.' Ellsbury started the bottom of the first by lofting a 2-ball, 2-strike pitch over the rightfield fence. It was the second time in the last 4 games the freshman has led off the game with a homer, and it was his fourth homer in the last 6 games. Pietsch's homer - his 10th of the season - was a solo poke to left-center that made it 2-0 in the fourth inning. OSU added 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh on Ellsbury's run-scoring single and Tony Calderon's sacrifice fly. That was plenty for Postlewait, who tied his career-highs with 7 innings pitched and 5 strikeouts. The junior lefthander walked 3 and didn't give up a hit until there were 2 out in the fifth inning, when Derrick Jones lined a single to rightfield. Postlewait, who didn't pitch for 3 weeks in March, has gone at least 6 innings in each of his last 3 starts, allowing just 2 earned runs in that time. After not receiving decisions in strong starts against Southern California and UCLA the past 2 weeks, Postlewait improved his record to 3-0 this season. 'That's the most pitches I've thrown all season, and my arm feels great,' Postlewait said. 'I was throwing the ball where I wanted and how I wanted.' Added Casey: 'Jake gave us a great start, then TK (Kline) came in and was good and Baldy (Baldwin) came in and threw well.' Kline, a senior righthander, allowed the only other Bruin hit - an infield single by Jones to lead off the eighth inning - before recording a pair of strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Baldwin, a freshman righthander, closed the game with 2 strikeouts. Pietsch's 7 total bases on the day put him in a tie for 10th on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders at 116, matching Dave Brundage's number from 1986. Kunda extended his career-best hitting streak to 9 games for the Beavers.
BEAVERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders through May 4:
DOUBLES (per game)4. (tie) Chris Biles 0.5014. Tony Calderon 0.47
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through May 6:
BATTING AVERAGE6. Tony Calderon .388ON-BASE PERCENTAGE8. Tony Calderon .480DOUBLES2. Chris Biles 234. Tony Calderon 20TRIPLES7. Seth Pietsch 48. (tie) Chris Kunda 3TOTAL BASES10. Seth Pietsch 109WALKS9. (tie) Tony Calderon 27HIT BY PITCH4. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS2. Chris Kunda 105. (tie) Paul Richie 59. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 49. (tie) Brad Mellinger 49. (tie) Rob Recuenco 4SACRIFICE FLIES2. (tie) Andy Jarvis 65. (tie) Tony Calderon 510. (tie) Paul Richie 4SAVES8. (tie) Jon Koller 38. (tie) Jared Sanders 38. (tie) Andy Baldwin 3STARTS7. (tie) Stephen Copeland 127. (tie) Ben Rowe 12FIELDING PERCENTAGE1. (tie) Levi Webber 1.000CHANCES1. Andy Jarvis 425PUTOUTS2. (tie) Andy Jarvis 385DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED3. (tie) Andy Jarvis 38
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time leaders through May 8:
CAREER AT-BATS> 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 690
Brian Barden, 2000-02 231> 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 226 4. Chris Biles, 2000-present 192 Brian Barden, 2002-02 1484. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 139> 5. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 137 Chris Biles, 2000-present 126 1. Chris Biles, 2000-present 49 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 42 Brian Barden, 2000-02 39> 6. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 38 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 10 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 32 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> Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 20 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 166 Brian Barden, 2000-02 1544. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 1445. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 1316. Bob McNair, 1978-80 1307. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 126> 8. Chris Biles, 2000-present 122 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 370 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3553. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 347> 4. Chris Biles, 2000-present 308 10. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 257 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 12 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 10. Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 262.1 Seth Pietsch, 2002 205> Seth Pietsch, 2003 194 Andy Jarvis, 2003 182 Chris Biles, 2001 70> Seth Pietsch, 2003 67 Andy Jarvis, 2003 65 Tony Calderon, 2003 64 Seth Pietsch, 2003 47 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003 42 Seth Pietsch, 2002 24> 2. Chris Biles, 2003 23 3. Tony Calderon, 2003 20 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 Andy Jarvis, 2001 129. Chris Newman, 1983 11(tie) Joe Gerber, 1998 11(tie) Zach Gordon, 2000 11(tie) Andy Jarvis, 2002 11> Seth Pietsch, 2003 10 Brian Barden, 2002 1254. Bob McNair, 1980 1245. Seth Pietsch, 2002 1236. Brian Barden, 2001 1227. Joe Gerber, 2000 1208. Josh Carter, 2001 1189. Chris Wakeland, 1996 11710. Dave Brundage, 1986 116> (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 116 Tony Calderon, 2003 98 Andy Jarvis, 2003 92 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) Andy Baldwin 3 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 (pop. 950), which is located west of Grants Pass in Southern Oregon; sophomore centerfielder Aaron Mathews is from John Day (pop. 1,850), nestled in the hills of Northeastern Oregon; and freshman rightfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is from Madras (pop. 6,500), 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 (which has since stepped down to Class 2A), and Ellsbury at Madras. The memers of the trio all possess speed, outstanding defensive ability and potent bats.
Pietsch is batting .345 this season with 10 homers, 4 triples, 11 doubles and 35 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 .271 this season with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 12 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 .298 this season with 5 homers, 2 triples, 6 doubles, 26 RBIs and 11 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 to attend OSU.
JARVIS NEARS BEAVER CAREER RECORDS: Oregon State senior first baseman Andy Jarvis has a chance to hold four of the Beavers' major career hitting records by the time the season ends. Going into this weekend's games, Jarvis has already taken over the mark for total bases (370); he also has the record for at-bats (690). He's within reach of the records for hits (needs 5 to tie), home runs (needs 2 to tie) and RBIs (needs 3 to tie).
BILES AGAIN WIELDS HOT BAT: Oregon State senior outfielder Chris Biles was outstanding in his first 2 seasons at Oregon State, batting .397 and .395 in both campaigns and earning All-Region honors as a sophomore. He struggled through his junior season with a .291 batting average, but Biles is back in a big way this spring. He's batting .369 with 2 homers and 28 RBIs; he's set the school's career doubles record with 49 and his 23 doubles this season leave him just 1 away from tying OSU's single-season record.
CALDERON OUTSTANDING IN PAC-10 PLAY: Oregon State junior shortstop Tony Calderon has had a strong debut season with the Beavers, batting .381 with 4 homers, 20 doubles and a team-high 39 RBIs thus far. He's been even more impressive since the start of the Pacific-10 season, batting .415 in conference games with 1 homer, 7 doubles and 13 RBIs.
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 13 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of May 5: No. 3 Arizona State (4 games), No. 7 Stanford (3 games), No. 23 California-Riverside (3 games) and No. 25 Arizona (3 games). The schedule includes another 8 games against teams receiving votes - Washington (5 games), New Mexico State (2 games), Oklahoma State (1 game).
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through May 8:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg andJack 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 at Hawai'iEaster Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma State at SanDiego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: May 8, 2003; Jake Postlewait, Ty Kline, Nathan Pendleyand Andy Baldwin vs. George Fox. OSU 4, George Fox 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-Northridgeat Lancaster, Calif. OSU 10, Cal State-Northridge 6. HIT TWO HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State atYakima, Wash. (hit 3 homers). Washington State 8, OSU 7. (March 30, 2003; SethPietsch hit two homers vs. California but one was ruled a single when he was calledout for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base). HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State atYakima, 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 Andy Jarvis vs.Washington State (incidentally, they came on the first pitch of each at-bat). OSU 11,Washington State 3. HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 11, 2000; Brian Barden, Curtis Davisand Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5. HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez at Portland State. OSU 7,Portland State 5. HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: April 22, 2003; Paul Richie at Portland. 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: May 6, 2003; Andy Jarvis vs. Concordia. OSU 13,Concordia 2. 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: May 6, 2003; Chris Biles vs. Concordia. OSU 13,Concordia 2. 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 Mexicoat 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 at 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 Hudson vs. Portland(line drive to 1B Gerber for one out; Gerber steps on first base before runnerreturns for two out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson covering second base before runnerreturns for three out).
RAIN ON THE ROAD: If the recent trend continues this spring, Oregon State will have better weather luck at home than it does on the road.
Since the start of the 1997 season, the Beavers have had 34 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 12 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 15 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 postponed 8 home games, 4 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 430-312-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .579.
Casey has a record of 260-199-4 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 1,742-1,212-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 775-574, a winning percentage of .574.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,433 runs and allowed 15,072 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.09.
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 908-397-1 at home for a winning percentage of .696. This season, OSU is 7-10 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 158-68 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .699.
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.
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.