OSU Looks For Strong Finish In Baseball
May 16, 2003
SATURDAY, MAY 17
Oregon State at No. 20 Arizona, 7 p.m.
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SUNDAY, MAY 18
Oregon State at No. 20 Arizona, 7 p.m.
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MONDAY, MAY 19
Oregon State at No. 20 Arizona, 12 noon
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
Portland at Oregon State, 2 p.m.
(Completion of game suspended due to rain on April 1 withOSU leading 3-1 after three innings, followed by makeup ofgame rained out on March 4)RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
It may not be Finals Week, but it's the final week.
Oregon State (22-26 overall, 6-15 Pacific-10) closes out its 2003 season with five games in five days, starting with the last Pacific-10 series of the spring at No. 20 Arizona (from Saturday through Monday. The Beavers will then greet Portland on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, completing a suspended game and then making up a rained-out game.
'It hasn't been the season that we hoped for, but we've got a chance to finish strong and walk away feeling a little better about the spring,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said.
The Beavers had been scheduled to play at Gonzaga from May 23-25, but that series has been cancelled. The Bulldogs have had to move their home games to a community college because GU's new basketball arena is being built on the old baseball diamond; facility scheduling conflicts left the weekend unvailable, and Gonzaga declined OSU's offer to play the series in Corvallis.
'It's disappointing, but we just couldn't get something worked out,' Casey said of the cancellation. 'It could have been a great series for us to play because we're a young team; every game we can play gives those guys a little more experience that they're going to be able to put to use next year.'
That leaves the Beavers with just the next week to see what they can make of the season.
'It's been rough,' Casey said. 'With the inexperience at this level in some spots, and some injuries that have left us juggling things, it hasn't been easy for anybody. We've been one pitch, or one hit, or one play away from winning a lot of ballgames and haven't been able to make it happen.
'At the same time, this group hasn't quite and I'm proud of them for that. They could have flicked it in when we didn't have a shot at making a regional, and they didn't. They stuck with it, and last weekend we nearly took a series from the No. 3 team in the country (Arizona State). We just couldn't quite get over the hump in that last game against a team that's only lost 10 times this season.'
The Beavers took the middle game of that series 6-1 as Jake Postlewait scattered nine hits in a complete-game win, then OSU took a three-run lead into the eighth inning of the finale before ASU rallied for a 12-7 win.
'Every time we face those situations, we've got to learn from them,' Casey said. 'Both the wins and the losses - our guys have to see for themselves what the difference is from one result to the other. Now we get a great chance to go down and play another nationally-ranked team and see what we can do with what we learned last week.'
OSU senior first baseman Andy Jarvis goes into the final week of his career within reach of three more school records. Jarvis, who has already set the mark for career total bases, needs one run batted in to tie the career record of 169 set by Joe Gerber from 1997-2000, two hits to tie the record of 231 set by Brian Barden from 2000-02, and two home runs to tie the record of 34 set by Gerber.
Leading the Beavers at the plate are junior infielder Tony Calderon (.376 batting average, 4 homers, 40 RBIs), senior outfielder Chris Biles (.350, 2, 29), Jarvis (.349, 5, 44), junior outfielder Seth Pietsch (.340, 10, 35) and freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.311, 6, 28). OSU's pitching rotation includes junior righthander Ben Rowe (3-6 record, 3.65 earned run average), junior lefthander Jake Postlewait (4-0, 2.45) and senior righthander Stephen Copeland (4-5, 7.30).
Arizona last played May 2-4 when it took two of three games from California in a Pac-10 series in Tucson, winning 9-5 and 10-4 before losing 12-7 in 10 innings.
Top hitters for the Wildcats have been sophomore outfielder Jeff Van Houten (.403, 11, 64), junior outfielder Brian Anderson (.384, 14, 58), freshman infielder Brad Boyer (.370, 5, 42), freshman catcher Nick Hundley (.346, 2, 20), freshman outfielder Derek Decater (.327, 4, 31), sophomore catcher Richard Mercado (.326, 4, 29) and freshman infielder Trevor Crowe (.325, 2, 31). Arizona's tentative pitching rotation includes junior righthander Richie Gardner (8-1, 3.61), junior righthander Sean Rierson (8-1, 4.60) and a Monday starter to be announced.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.283, 0 HRs, 24 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.242, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.349, 5 HRs, 44 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.266, 5 HRs, 21 RBIs3B - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.218, 0 HRs, 10 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.376, 4 HRs, 40 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.340, 10 HRs, 35 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.284, 2 HRs, 13 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.311, 6 HRs, 28 RBIsDH - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.350, 2 HRs, 29 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.291, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-6 record, 6.35 ERALHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);4-0 record, 2.45 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);4-5 record, 7.30 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-15 against Arizona in a series dating back to 1963. Last season in Corvallis, OSU took 2 of 3 games from the Wildcats, losing the opener 13-9 before winning 2-1 and 5-0. The last time the teams met in Tucson was 2001, when Arizona won 5-2, OSU won 8-0 and the Wildcats took the series with a 13-6 victory.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 131-57 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909. OSU has won all 4 meetings against the Pilots this season, by scores of 13-6 and 9-0 (7 innings, rain) in Portland, 10-1 in Corvallis and 14-4 in Portland. In a game suspended by rain on April 1, OSU led 3-1 after 3 innings and that game will be completed Wednesday before the teams make up a March 4 rainout.
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 (703) and total bases (373); 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 is 15-7 when it outhits its opponents, but the Beavers are 6-18 in games in which they've been outhit ... OSU is 9-7 when it commits fewer errors in a game this season, and 7-4 when both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 18-1 in games in which it leads after 8 innings, 17-4 in games it leads after 7 innings and also 17-4 in games it leads after 6 innings ...
Starting all 48 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 43 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 (26 at shortstop, 22 at third base) ... the Beaver who has started at the most positions is freshman Jacoby Ellsbury (centerfield 29, rightfield 16, designated hitter 1) ...
Pietsch leads OSU with 23 multi-hit games, Calderon has 18, Ellsbury and Jarvis 16 each, Biles 15 and Kunda 9 ... Calderon and Jarvis lead OSU with 11 multi-RBI games each, Pietsch and Biles have 8 each, and Ellsbury has 7 ... the longest current hitting streak belongs to Jarvis at 10 games, while Ellsbury has a 9-gamer going ...
In Pacific-10 games, Calderon is batting .400 with 1 homer and 14 RBIs; Jarvis is batting .330 with 3 homers and 14 RBIs; Biles is batting .328 with 1 homer and 15 RBIs; Richie is batting .298 with 10 RBIs; and Ellsbury is batting .291 with 4 homers and 11 RBIs.
LAST WEEK: Arizona State's schedule for final exams put Oregon State in the rare circumstance of playing the third-ranked Sun Devils in a Monday-through-Wednesday series in Corvallis, and the Beavers took 1 of 3 games. ASU won the opener 14-4 on May 12, OSU came back with a 6-1 victory on May 13 and the Sun Devils rallied for a 12-7 win on May 14.
On May 12, Chris Kunda pushed his hitting streak to 10 games as Oregon State built an early 3-run lead, but Arizona State came back for a 14-4 win. Aaron Mathews was 3-for-3 for the Beavers, while Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-4 with a triple. Oregon State jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Brad Mellinger and Ellsbury singled home runs in the inning and an ASU error helped the Beavers to another run. The Sun Devils evened the score with a 3-run third, though. All 3 runs scored with 2 out as Jeremy West hit a run-scoring double and Travis Buck followed with a 2-run homer to right-centerfield off Beaver righthander Ben Rowe. Arizona State took the lead with 3 more runs in the fourth on Dustin Pedroia's run-scoring double and Andre Ethier's 2-run single. OSU narrowed the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth when Ellsbury tripled to right-center and eventually scored on Andy Jarvis' single into short centerfield. The Beavers were still within 8-4 going into the eighth inning, but the Sun Devils scored twice in the eighth and 4 more times in the ninth to wrap up the win. OSU was outhit by just a 13-11 margin, but left 13 runners on base.
On May 13, Jake Postlewait scattered 9 hits in pitching the first complete game of his Oregon State career as the Beavers beat Arizona State 6-1. Postlewait, a junior lefthander from Corvallis, walked 2 and struck out 2 as he improved his record to 4-0 this season. Before a season-high crowd of 1,350 on a warm, clear evening, Postlewait allowed a run on 3 hits in the first inning before a double play got OSU out of the jam. The hometown product also had to work out of 2-on jams in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings with the Beavers holding onto a 3-1 lead. ASU's first hitter of the day eventually scored, but that was the only Sun Devil run and the Beavers got it back for Postlewait in a hurry. Ellsbury led off the bottom of the first with a single through the right side, was sacrificed to second by Kunda, and scored on Jarvis' single to right. Oregon State took the lead in the bottom of the third after Ellsbury yanked a double down the rightfield line, Jarvis walked with 1 out, then both runners moved up on a wild pitch by ASU righthander Beau Vaughan. Chris Biles' groundout scored the go-ahead run, then Tony Calderon singled home Jarvis to make it 3-1. Perhaps ASU's biggest threat at getting even came in the fourth inning, when Postlewait issued a leadoff walk to cleanup hitter Jeff Larish and Jeremy West followed with a single to center. But after Travis Buck lined out to center, Postlewait got Steve Garrabrants to fly out to left and Tuffy Gosewisch to ground out to second. The Beavers gave Postlewait a bit more of a cushion in the bottom of the sixth after Biles singled and Calderon walked to start the inning against Vaughan. Reliever Carlos Arguello got Seth Pietsch to foul out on a sacrifice bunt try, then walked Aaron Mathews to load the bases. That brought Mark Sopko to the mound, and he quickly balked to score Biles and move the other runners into scoring position. After striking out Paul Richie, Sopko went to a full count on the last hitter in the OSU order, Brad Mellinger; Mellinger dumped a single just over third base to score both runners and make it 6-1.
On May 14, Oregon State's chance to win the series disappeared when Arizona State scored 8 runs in the eighth inning to take a 12-7 win. The Beavers took a 6-3 lead into the inning, but ASU collected 6 hits and used 4 walks in the eighth to rally for the win. OSU honored seniors Biles, Noel Clark, Stephen Copeland, Jarvis, Ty Kline and Ian McMullen prior to their last Pac-10 home game. The Beavers nearly celebrated with a series win over a top-5 team for the third straight season as Copeland allowed the potent ASU lineup just 3 runs in 5.1 innings, then relievers Clark, Jon Koller and Kenny Anderson got OSU into the eighth inning with a 6-3 lead. But the Sun Devils used 6 straight 1-out hits to take the lead, going in front 7-6 on Steve Garrabrants' 2-run double off Ty Kline and then getting a 2-run homer from Tuffy Gosewisch off Andy Baldwin to make it 9-6. The Beavers had trailed 3-0 in the middle of the second inning before staging their own comeback. In the bottom of the second, Richie singled home one run and Mellinger squeezed home another to make it 3-2. An inning later, Chris Kunda led off with his fifth homer of the year and Mathews and Richie added run-scoring singles to give OSU a 5-3 lead. The Beavers tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 6-3 when Kunda drew a bases-loaded walk from ASU closer Ryan Schroyer. OSU still had the bases loaded with 1 out, but Schroyer got Jarvis to bounce into an inning-ending double play and keep the lead at 3 runs. Ellsbury was 2-for-5 and led off the ninth inning with a homer to right-center for OSU.
BEAVERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders through May 11:
DOUBLES (per game)3. Chris Biles 0.5318. Tony Calderon 0.44
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through May 14:
BATTING AVERAGE9. Tony Calderon .376ON-BASE PERCENTAGE9. Tony Calderon .473HITS10. Seth Pietsch 70DOUBLES2. Chris Biles 234. Tony Calderon 20TRIPLES7. Seth Pietsch 410. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 310. (tie) Chris Kunda 3TOTAL BASES9. Seth Pietsch 119WALKS8. Tony Calderon 30HIT BY PITCH6. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 106. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS2. Chris Kunda 115. (tie) Paul Richie 55. (tie) Brad Mellinger 5SACRIFICE FLIES2. (tie) Tony Calderon 62. (tie) Andy Jarvis 6STOLEN BASES7. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 11EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Jake Postlewait 2.45OPPONENTS' BATTING AVERAGE5. Jake Postlewait .249SAVES8. (tie) Jon Koller 38. (tie) Jared Sanders 38. (tie) Andy Baldwin 3STARTS5. (tie) Stephen Copeland 135. (tie) Ben Rowe 13FIELDING PERCENTAGE1. (tie) Levi Webber 1.000CHANCES1. Andy Jarvis 458PUTOUTS2. Andy Jarvis 415DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED1. Andy Jarvis 42
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time leaders through May 14:
CAREER AT-BATS> 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 703 Chris Biles, 2000-present 553
Brian Barden, 2000-02 231> 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 229 4. Chris Biles, 2000-present 194 Brian Barden, 2002-02 1484. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 139> 5. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 138 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 128 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 168 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 123 1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 373 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3553. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 347> 4. Chris Biles, 2000-present 310 10. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 260 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 12 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 10. Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 267.2 Brian Barden, 2002 2322. Brian Barden, 2001 2263. Josh Carter, 2001 2204. Andy Jarvis, 2001 2145. R.A. Neizel, 1990 211(tie) Troy Schader, 2999 2117. Joe Gerber, 2000 2108. Jeff Brauning, 1989 206> (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 206 Seth Pietsch, 2002 205> Andy Jarvis, 2003 195 Brian Barden, 2001 832. Brian Barden, 2002 813. Josh Carter, 2001 784. R.A. Neitzel, 1990 755. Dave Brundage, 1986 74(tie) Joe Gerber, 1999 74(tie) Joe Gerber, 2000 748. A.J. Marquardt, 1993 739. Ryan McDonald, 1996 7110. Jeff Brauning, 1989 70(tie) Chris Biles, 2001 70> (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 70 Andy Jarvis, 2003 68 Tony Calderon, 2003 67 Brian Barden, 2001 51(tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 517. Ken Bowen, 1987 50(tie) 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. Neitzel, 1990 49(tie) Ben Bertrand, 1998 49(tie) Drew Hedges, 2000 49> (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 49 Seth Pietsch, 2002 24> 2. Chris Biles, 2003 23 (tie) 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 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003 3 Chris Kunda, 2003 3 Brian Barden, 2002 1254. Bob McNair, 1980 1245. Seth Pietsch, 2002 1236. Brian Barden, 2001 1227. Joe Gerber, 2000 120> 8. Seth Pietsch, 2003 119 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
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. 927), which is located west of Grants Pass in Southern Oregon; sophomore centerfielder Aaron Mathews is from John Day (pop. 1,836), nestled in the hills of Northeastern Oregon; and freshman rightfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is from Madras (pop. 5,078), located on the high desert 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 .340 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 and 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 .284 this season with 2 homers, 2 doubles and 13 RBIs. He missed nearly 2 months of play after being hit by a pitch in the second game of the season; after a 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 .311 this season with 6 homers, 3 triples, 7 doubles, 28 RBIs and 13 stolen bases; he's been among the 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 4 of the Beavers' major career hitting records by the time the season ends. Going into the final week of games, Jarvis has already taken over the mark for total bases (373); he also has the record for at-bats (703). He's within reach of the records for hits (needs 2 to tie), home runs (needs 2 to tie) and RBIs (needs 1 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 .350 with 2 homers and 29 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 .376 with 4 homers, 20 doubles and 40 RBIs thus far. He's been even more impressive since the start of the Pacific-10 season, batting .400 in conference games with 1 homer, 7 doubles and 14 RBIs.
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 10 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of May 12: No. 3 Arizona State (4 games), No. 7 Stanford (3 games) and No. 20 Arizona (3 games). The schedule includes another 11 games against teams receiving votes - Washington (5 games), California-Riverside (3 games), Oklahoma State (1 game) and New Mexico State (2 games).
POSTLEWAIT NEARLY BLANKS ARIZONA STATE: The first hitter of the game scored, but that was all third-ranked Arizona State got off Jake Postlewait on May 13 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The junior lefthander from Corvallis scattered 9 hits as the Beavers took a 6-1 win; he walked 2 and struck out 2 as he improved his record to 4-0.
Before a season-high crowd of 1,350 on a warm, clear evening, Postlewait allowed the 1 run on 3 hits in the first inning before a double play got OSU out of the jam. The hometown product also had to work out of 2-on jams in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings with the Beavers holding onto a 3-1 lead.
Was it the best game Postlewait had pitched in Corvallis - where he played youth baseball, for Corvallis High and for the Richey's Market American Legion team?
'It definitely is,' Postlewait said. 'There's nothing really to compare it to.'
The Sun Devils were hitting .350 and averaging 10.4 runs and 12.7 hits entering the game. They had scored 10 or more runs in 28 of their previous 54 games and five or more runs in 15 of their 16 Pacific-10 Conference games.
Postlewait had been building up to the performance for nearly a month. His last 3 starts against Southern California, UCLA and Division III school George Fox had seen him go 1-0 with a 0.90 earned run average; he averaged 6.2 innings, 5 hits, 1.7 walks and 3.7 strikeouts per start in that time.
Perhaps ASU's biggest threat at getting back in the game came in the fourth inning, when Postlewait issued a leadoff walk to cleanup hitter Jeff Larish and Jeremy West followed with a single to center. But after Travis Buck lined out to center, Postlewait got Steve Garrabrants to fly out to left and Tuffy Gosewisch to ground out to second.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through May 14:
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: May 8, 2003; Jake Postlewait, Ty Kline, NathanPendley and 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 Johnsonvs. 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. WashingtonState at Yakima, Wash. (hit 3 homers). Washington State 8, OSU 7. (March 30,2003; Seth Pietsch hit two homers vs. California but one was ruled a singlewhen he was called out for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base). HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. WashingtonState 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 Andy Jarvisvs. 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, CurtisDavis and 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. WashingtonState. 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 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 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 431-314-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .578.
Casey has a record of 261-201-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .564. 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 1,743-1,214-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 776-576, a winning percentage of .574.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,450 runs and allowed 15,099 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 909-399-1 at home for a winning percentage of .695. This season, OSU is 8-12 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 159-70 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .694.
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.
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