Beavers Set To Battle Washington
April 28, 2004
FRIDAY, APRIL 30Washington at Oregon State; 5 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio andstats: www.osubeavers.com)LADIES NIGHT: In honor of Moms Weekend on theOSU campus, all females can buy a ticket for $2.SATURDAY, MAY 1Washington at Oregon State; 4 p.m.Note time change from some previous schedules(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio andstats: www.osubeavers.com)FOOTBALL/BASEBALL DOUBLEHEADER: Fans can attendthe OSU Spring Football Game at 1 p.m. at ReserStadium and then catch the baseball game. Separateadmission will be charged for the two events.SUNDAY, MAY 2Washington at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio andstats: www.osubeavers.com)FOOD DRIVE: OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committeewill be collecting donations for its annual Food Drivefor Linn-Benton Food Share. All fans donating a cannedfood item or $1 will receive a coupon for a free smallpopcorn at the concession stand, courtesy ofSodexho/Marriott.
An old rivalry, two outstanding teams and hopes for the postseason should make for an exciting weekend at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field as Oregon State greets Washington for another chapter in a series dating back to 1911. The Beavers and Huskies will meet Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. with positions near the top of the Pacific-10 standings on the line.
OSU (26-12 overall, 6-6 Pacific-10) has won seven of its last eight games, all on the road, to move into a tie for third place in the Pac-10. Washington (23-14-1, 8-4) has won five in a row to take possession of second place. Neither team cracked the top 25 in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll, but the Huskies had votes worth 27th place and OSU had votes worth 32nd place.
'It's the kind of weekend that you want to have a chance to play in - two very good teams going at it,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'It's an exciting opportunity for our guys, it's a big series for both teams, we should have great weather and a lot of people in the park ... then you throw in the fact that it's one of the teams from your own neighborhood and that makes it even a little more special.'
The Beavers have won all three meetings with the Huskies this season. OSU took a 13-8 win on Feb. 29 at the Riverside Baseball Invitational, then swept a two-game non-conference series in Seattle on April 12-13 by scores of 7-4 and 6-4 in 12 innings.
Those results were nice for Oregon State, but they're not necessarily a predictor of this coming weekend.
'The first time we played them, we were both playing pretty well,' Casey said. 'When we went up there a couple of weeks ago, they were struggling a little bit but they've come out of that. Washington is a team with tremendous talent; they've got most of their people back from a club that went to a regional last season and they've added some players who have really helped them out.'
The Beavers are coming off a weekend that saw them win a series at Southern California for the first time ever. OSU dropped the opener on Friday night with ace Jake Postlewait on the mound, but came back to win games Saturday and Sunday.
'We didn't play a perfect series by any means, but we came back and made the pitches and made the plays that we had to to win,' Casey said. 'Now we have to build on that. We've got to come out every day, whether it's for practice or a game, and keep making ourselves better. Winning the series at USC could be a big step for us, but we've got to come out and improve each time we step on the field.'
OSU freshman lefthander Kevin Gunderson was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week for earning saves in the two victories over the Trojans, and freshman righthanders Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson were the winning pitchers in those games.
'Those guys were outstanding,' Casey said. 'They've proven they can compete in this conference, and that was a great example. We've said all year that pitching and defense are the keys to winning, and those three were a big part of that last weekend.'
Among the Pac-10 leaders this week, OSU has two of the top 10 hitters and three of the top 10 in on-base percentage. Sophomore outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is third in the batting race with a .386 average while freshman outfielder Mike Lissman is tied for seventh at .370; junior outfielder Chris Campos is fifth in on-base percentage at .486, Ellsbury is seventh at .482 and Lissman is 10th at .471.
Ellsbury leads the conference with 18 stolen bases, is tied for third in runs (46) and eighth in hits (54). Junior outfielder Aaron Mathews' ongoing 18-game hitting streak has tied him for first in the conference in triples with five and put him among the Pac-10 leaders in total bases (third, 99), hits (tied for third, 61), doubles (tied for fourth, 13), runs batted in (fifth, 42), slugging percentage (ninth, .593).
Washington swept a three-game series from Arizona last weekend in Seattle, winning 6-1, 7-6 and 12-11 in 10 innings; the Huskies were to play British Columbia in an exhibition game on Wednesday.
Washington's tentative pitching rotation had freshman righthander Kyle Parker (2-1 record, 3.63 earned run average) going on Friday, sophomore righthander Matt Kasser (2-0, 7.71) on Saturday and freshman righthander Tim Lincecum (4-1, 3.75) on Sunday. At the plate, UW has been led by sophomore outfielder/catcher Zach Clem (.383 batting average, 10 homers, 30 RBIs), junior first baseman Kyle Larsen (.370, 8, 30), junior utility player Nick Batkoski (.307, 1, 21), freshman catcher Matt Lane (.306, 3, 21) and sophomore shortstop Brent Lillibridge (.306, 8, 25).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, sr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.330, 2 HRs, 25 RBIsor - Billy Munich, so.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.100, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, jr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.272, 5 HRs, 28 RBIsor - Cole Gillespie, fr.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);.292, 1 HR, 3 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, so.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.257, 0 HRs, 12 RBIsor - Chad Schroeder, fr.; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS);.250, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, so.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.299, 4 HRs, 34 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, so.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.200, 1 HR, 20 RBIsLF - Chris Campos, jr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.314, 7 HRs, 31 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, so.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.327, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, so.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.386, 3 HRs, 15 RBIsRF - Aaron Mathews, jr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.365, 5 HRs, 42 RBIsDH - Mike Lissman, fr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.370, 4 HRs, 24 RBIsor - Mike Hass, sr.; Redmond, Wash. (U. of Nevada);.299, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)LHP - Jake Postlewait, sr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);8-2 record, 3.65 ERARHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);3-3 record, 4.63 ERARHP / LHP - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: OSU has an all-time record of 212-176-2 against Washington in a series dating back to 1911. The Beavers have won all 3 meetings so far this year - 13-8 on Feb. 29 at the Riverside Baseball Invitational, 7-4 on April 12 in Seattle and 6-4 in 12 innings on April 13 in Seattle. Last season, Washington won 5 of 6 meetings. The Huskies swept a 2-game non-conference series in Corvallis by identical 9-5 scores, then won the first two games of a conference series in Seattle 10-4 and 9-8 before OSU won the finale 6-5.
OREGON STATE NOTES: A reminder - OSU's home game against Washington on Saturday has been changed to a 4 p.m. start to allow fans to see that day's OSU Spring Football Game at 1 p.m. and then watch the baseball game ...
Outfielder Aaron Mathews has the Beavers' longest current hitting streak at 18 games. That's the longest streak by an OSU player since Josh Carter had a hit in 26 straight games over the end of the 2000 season and the start of the 2001 season. Catcher Paul Richie has a 6-game streak going and outfielder Tyler Graham is working on a 4-game streak ... Jacoby Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 20. Mathews has 17 multi-hit games (including 4 4-hit games), third baseman Shea McFeely has 12, outfielder Mike Lissman has 11, Richie and first baseman Andy Jenkins have 10 each and outfielder Chris Campos has 8 ... Mathews leads the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 10, while Lissman, Campos and Jenkins have 7 each, and McFeely and shortstop Tony Calderon have 6 each ...
With its 26 wins this season, OSU has already surpassed its win total for the entire 2003 campaign, when the Beavers finished 25-28 ... OSU is 19-1 in games in which it outhits its opponents and 17-6 in games in which it has at least 10 hits. The Beavers have also managed a 10-10 record in games in which their opponents have at least 10 hits ... OSU is 16-2 in games in which its opponent has 9 or fewer hits ... OSU is 13-2 in games in which it commits fewer errors than its opponent and 9-0 in games in which both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 24-3 in games in which it has the lead after 6 innings ... OSU is 9-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs ...
Put a little air under the baseball and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is likely to catch it - whether he's playing or not. During OSU's series win at Southern California from April 23-April 25, Ellsbury and several of his teammates went to Dodger Stadium to see Los Angeles play the San Francisco Giants. Ellsbury, sitting near the Giants' first-base dugout, came away with a foul ball ... as OSU went 5-0 against Washington and Sacramento State the week of April 11-April 18, the Beavers never trailed in any of the 5 games. The Huskies and Hornets managed a tie at the end of just 5 of the 48 innings during that week. The streak of non-trailing innings reached 52 before ending at USC on April 23 ... when OSU took a 12-6 win at Sacramento State on April 18, it was a good day for outfielder Tyler Graham. He had a career high for hits as he went 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs, 1 stolen base and 2 runs; earlier that day, he'd robbed OSU head coach Pat Casey of a homer by pulling a ball back over the leftfield fence when Casey took a few swings in batting practice ... when the start of OSU's game at Sacramento State on April 18 was pushed back 28 minutes by a brief shower, it was the first time during the season that any OSU game had been delayed by rain ...
When Jake Postlewait pitched a 7-2 win at Sacramento State on April 16, it improved him to 8-1 this season. The last time an OSU pitcher won more games was when Scott Nicholson had 11 victories on 2001 ... OSU had gone over 3 years without a pitcher recording 10 strikeouts in a game until Jonah Nickerson fanned 10 Washington Huskies in 5 innings of a 7-4 win on April 12. The last Beaver to accomplish the feat had been Thad Johnson, who had 14 strikeouts at California on April 6, 2001 ... OSU went over 3 seasons without a player hitting more than 1 homer in a game, then had it happen on back-to-back days on April 9-April 10 when Mike Lissman and Chris Campos managed it against Stanford. The last Beaver to homer more than once in a game had been Andy Jarvis, who hit 3 against Washington State on March 11, 2001 ...
Oregon State's 25 runs against Portland in a 25-4 win on March 31 was the Beavers' highest total since a 27-4 win at Washington early in the 2000 season, and it tied for the eighth-highest scoring game in OSU baseball history ... Shea McFeely's 8 RBIs in a 25-4 win at Portland on March 31 were just 1 RBI away from the school record of 9 set by Ken Bowen in a 36-12 win at Chico State in 1985 ... Mike Hass' 3-run pinch-hit homer in a 25-4 win at Portland on March 31 was the Beavers' first pinch-hit homer since Jason McBride's drive against Washington in a 17-3 home win early in the 2001 season ... OSU hit just 15 homers through its first 22 games; the Beavers then hit 4 per game in back-to-back games against California and Portland on March 28-March 31 ... when Oregon State played California on March 27, it was the 3,000th game on the Beavers' all-time varsity baseball record; OSU lost 11-5. Through 3,000 games, Oregon State's all-time record was 1,762-1,223-15 since starting the sport in 1907 ...
OSU got through its 6 home games in March without a single rain delay at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and averaged over 1,000 fans per game; we have no idea the last time either of those things happened during the month that allegedly comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb but, in Oregon, more often comes in like a lion and goes out like a slightly wetter lion. In fact, an average of 1,003 fans per home date took advantage of 6 mostly-sunny afternoons to watch the Beavers begin their home schedule ... OSU has recorded 2 shutouts this season, both by 7-0 scores and both on the 20th day of a month - at Texas-Arlington on Feb. 20 and against Utah Valley State on March 20 ...
Jacoby Ellsbury has stolen 3 bases in a game 3 times this season. Prior to that, OSU hadn't had a player steal 3 bases in a game since the opening weekend of the 2001 season. Ellsbury was successful in his first 11 steal attempts of the season ... OSU was the Pacific-10's last unbeaten team in the 2004 season, not losing until Feb. 28 ... OSU's first 10 wins included 3 wins by a 1-run margin and 2 wins by a 2-run margin ... during the first weekend of the season at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz., OSU used 12 players who made their 4-year college debut, including 8 true freshmen.
OREGON STATE'S LATEST GAMES: Oregon State made some history the weekend of April 23-April 25, as the Beavers won a series at Southern California for the first time ever. OSU lost the opening game 8-4 on April 23, then won 4-3 on April 24 and 8-4 on April 25.
On April 23, Oregon State's 5-game winning streak ended with an 8-4 loss to Southern California. Aaron Mathews extended his hitting streak to 16 games but Jake Postlewait took just his third pitching loss in the last two seasons for OSU. USC scored 5 runs off Postlewait in the bottom of the sixth inning, capped by Baron Frost's 3-run homer, to take a 6-1 lead. OSU got within 6-4 on Paul Richie's run-scoring single and Mathews' 2-run single with 2 out in the top of the seventh, but Michael Moon blunted the Beavers' momentum with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. Oregon State had chances to get to Trojan starter Ian Kennedy early in the game, but the Beavers left the bases loaded in both the first and second innings against the freshman righthander. OSU did pick up an unearned run when Shea McFeely drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the first inning, but USC evened the score in the bottom of the inning. Kennedy improved to 6-2 with the win, going 6.0 innings and allowing 1 unearned run. Postlewait dropped to 8-2 this season, with the senior lefthander losing to a team other than Arizona for the first time since his sophomore season. In 5.0 innings, he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Chris Kunda matched his career high with three hits, going 3-for-4 for OSU, and Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-4. Oregon State catcher Paul Richie was 2-for-5 and also threw out a pair of Trojans attempting to steal.
On April 24, Dallas Buck scattered seven hits over 8.2 innings and Kevin Gunderson struck out the game's final hitter with the tying run at second base as Oregon State beat Southern California 4-3. Aaron Mathews, who extended his hitting streak to 17 games, tripled to drive in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning for OSU. Buck was plunked on the knee by a comebacker hit by Michael Moon to start the bottom of the first inning but walked it off and posted the longest appearance by an OSU pitcher this season. He walked 3 and struck out 4, but 3 of those strikeouts were the final outs he recorded. Buck improved his record to 3-3 this season and has won 3 of his 4 starts since moving into the rotation at the start of the Pac-10 season. USC's Jeff Clement whacked a two-run homer to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning. OSU regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning. With 2 out and Mike Lissman at first, Aaron Mathews tucked a triple just inside the rightfield line to drive home the go-ahead run; Paul Richie then singled back up the middle to score Mathews and make it a 4-2 game. In the bottom of the ninth, Buck gave up a leadoff walk to Daniel Perales. Buck then struck out Billy Hart but Jon Brewster doubled to rightfield on the next pitch to score Perales and make it 4-3. Buck then fanned the ninth hitter in the order, Cyle Hankerd. Back at the top of the order, OSU brought in Gunderson to face the lefthanded-hitting Michael Moon and the freshman lefty got Moon swinging at a high 2-ball, 2-strike fastball to end the game. It was Gunderson's second save of the season. The Beavers had mananged a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning off USC righthander Bret Butler, who was making just his third start of the season. Cole Gillespie, starting for just the second time this season, led off the inning with a homer to centerfield; Shea McFeely then walked and scored from second on Lissman's 2-out double to right-center. Gillespie added a double later in the game and finished 3-for-4 while Mathews was 2-for-4.
On April 25, Oregon State pitchers Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson combined to allow 1 run over the last 6.2 innings as the Beavers earned an 8-4 win at Southern California. The game's turning point came early with OSU starter Andy Baldwin on the mound with a 2-1 lead and the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning. Baldwin hit USC's Joey Metropoulos to force in a run and make it 2-2, which brought Nickerson from the bullpen. After walking Daniel Perales to force in another run and give the Trojans a 3-2 lead, Nickerson coaxed a popout from Jon Brewster and then fanned Baron Frost to get OSU out of the inning down only one run. The Beavers regained the lead in the top of the fourth when Paul Richie and Chris Campos each delivered 2-out run-scoring singles to make it 5-4. Oregon State never trailed over the final 5 innings. Nickerson and Gunderson allowed just 5 hits over the final 6.2 innings. Nickerson improved to 4-0 this season, while Gunderson earned the save for the second straight game for his third save of the season. After USC tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth, OSU took the lead for good in the top of the fifth. Mike Hass led off with a double, advanced on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-4. OSU bumped its lead to 6-4 in the top of the seventh when Mike Lissman led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second and scored on Shea McFeely's single to center. The Beavers picked up 2 more runs in the top of the ninth inning after McFeely drew a leadoff walk and Chris Kunda singled him to third with one out. Ellsbury grounded out to score McFeely and move Kunda to second, then an error on a pickoff play advanced the runners to second and third. Tyler Graham hit a routine grounder to short but outraced the throw to first for a run-scoring infield single that made it 8-4. Aaron Matthews extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a run-scoring single in the first inning; one of 16 OSU hits. Ellsbury, Richie, Hass, McFeely and Kunda all contributed 2 hits, and 7 different Beavers drove in a run.
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 25:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING3. Jacoby Ellsbury .3867. (tie) Mike Lissman .370NDIVIDUAL SLUGGING9. Aaron Mathews .593INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE5. Chris Campos .4867. Jacoby Ellsbury .48210. Mike Lissman .471INDIVIDUAL RUNS3. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 46INDIVIDUAL HITS3. (tie) Aaron Mathews 618. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 54INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN5. Aaron Mathews 4210. (tie) Shea McFeely 34INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES4. (tie) Shea McFeely 134. (tie) Aaron Mathews 13INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES1. (tie) Aaron Mathews 5INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES3. Aaron Mathews 99INDIVIDUAL WALKS3. (tie) Shea McFeely 31INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH4. (tie) Chris Campos 104. (tie) Shea McFeely 10INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. Jacoby Ellsbury 18INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE6. Jake Postlewait 3.65INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING10. Dallas Buck .262INDIVIDUAL WINS1. (tie) Jake Postlewait 810. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 510. (tie) Andy Baldwin 5INDIVIDUAL SAVES3. (tie) Dallas Buck 57. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 3INDIVIDUAL FIELDING1. (tie) Tyler Graham 1.0001. (tie) Mike Lissman 1.000INDIVIDUAL CHANCES9. Andy Jenkins 295INDIVIDUAL PUTOUTS7. Andy Jenkins 275INDIVIDUAL DOUBLE PLAYS6. Andy Jenkins 309. (tie) Chris Kunda 26TEAM BATTING4. Oregon State .301TEAM SLUGGING7. Oregon State .441TEAM ON-BASE4. Oregon State .407TEAM RUNS4. Oregon State 300TEAM HITS5. Oregon State 408TEAM RUNS BATTED IN5. Oregon State 264TEAM DOUBLES8. Oregon State 64TEAM TRIPLES5. Oregon State 12TEAM HOME RUNS5. Oregon State 34TEAM TOTAL BASES6. Oregon State 598TEAM AT-BATS7. Oregon State 1,356TEAM WALKS2. Oregon State 195TEAM HIT BY PITCH3. Oregon State 57TEAM STOLEN BASES2. Oregon State 46TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE2. Oregon State 4.20TEAM OPPOSING BATTING5. Oregon State .274TEAM INNINGS PITCHED7. Oregon State 338.1TEAM STRIKEOUTS8. Oregon State 270TEAM WINS3. Oregon State 26TEAM SAVES2. (tie) Oregon State 11TEAM FIELDING8. Oregon State .961TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS4. Oregon State 43
2004 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE LISTS: Here are the 2004 Oregon State players on or near the school's all-time top-10 lists for career and single-season leaders through April 25:
CAREER DOUBLES10. Tim Lambert, 1985-88 34> Tony Calderon, 2003-present 30
Seth Pietsch, 2001-03 104. Jeff Doyle, 1975-77 9(tie) Eric Stark, 1998-2001 96. Dave Backen, 1978-81 8(tie) Dave Schoppe, 1988-981 8(tie) Abino Vazquez, 1996-97 8> (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2002-present 8 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 5 Aaron Mathews, 2002-present 211 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 32 1. Jared Sanders, 2001-present 12 Stephen Copeland, 2000-03 5> (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 5 (tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003-present 4 Ben Rowe, 2001-present 234.0 Brian Barden, 2001 51(tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 518. Ken Bowen, 1987 50(tie) Brian Barden, 2000 5010. Jeff Doyle, 1977 49(tie) Al Hunsinger, 1981 49(tie) Jim Wilson, 1982 49(tie) Jeff Brauning, 1988 49(tie) R.A. Nietzel, 1990 49(tie) Ben Bertrand, 1998 49(tie) Drew Hedges, 2000 49> Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 46 Aaron Mathews, 2004 13 Shea McFeely, 2004 13 Seth Pietsch, 2002 65. Twink Pederson, 1956 5(tie) Lute Barnes, 1968 5(tie) Dave Backen, 1980 5(tie) David Anderson, 1992 5> (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 5 Aaron Mathews, 2004 42 Shea McFeely, 2004 31 Aaron Mathews, 2004 99 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 18 Jake Postlewait, 2004 8 (8-1) Jared Sanders, 2002 92. Mike Boire, 1997 83. Jim Grove, 1982 5(tie) Stephen Copeland, 2001 5> (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004 5 Andy Baldwin, 2003 49. Many players 3> (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2004 3
2004 ENTRIES IN THE BEAVER RECORD BOOK: Here are Oregon State's 2004 entries in the school record book through April 25:HITS IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 5, Mike Hass vs. Arkansas-LittleRock, Feb. 21. DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Aaron Mathews vs. The Citadel,March 2.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE POSTLEWAIT CLOSE TO HOME: Jake Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) didn't have to go far to become an All-America candidate. The senior lefthander just went a few blocks south from Corvallis High's Hansen Stadium at Taylor Field to Oregon State's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field to continue his pitching career, and he's met with the same type of success he had in high school.
Postlewait, who earned All-Pacific-10 honors as a junior, has won 13 of his last 16 decisions over the past two seasons. This season, his 8-2 record ties him for the Pac-10 lead in victories and his 3.65 ERA is among the best in the conference.
Postlewait pitched the Beavers' 5-4 win over second-ranked Stanford on April 9. That gave him wins over top-5 teams in each of the last 2 seasons, as he'd tossed a complete-game 6-1 win over third-ranked Arizona State in 2003.
Baseball America magazine named Postlewait to the senior portion of its Midseason All-America team in April. Baseball America had also rated him the nation's 40th-best senior in its preseason edition.
SMALL TOWNS, BIG-TIME PLAYERS: In 2003, Oregon State's 'Middle-of-Nowhere Outfield' debuted with leftfielder Seth Pietsch of Wilderville, centerfielder Aaron Mathews of John Day (Grant Union HS), and rightfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of Madras (Madras HS). The combined population of those 3 small towns in rural Oregon is 7,481.
This spring, you remove Pietsch from the equation after he was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets; then add freshman Mike Lissman of Ontario (Ontario HS) and your new population figure for OSU's outfield trio in 2004 skyrockets to 17,899.
For those not familiar with Oregon's geography east of the Cascade Mountains, John Day (pop. 1,836) is tucked in the mountains of Northeastern Oregon; Madras (pop. 5,078) is located on the high desert north of Bend in Central Oregon; and Ontario (pop. 10,985) is located along the Snake River on the eastern edge of the state.
Mathews, a junior, was a Freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper in 2002, then missed most of the first half of the 2003 season because of an injury. He's on a career-best 18-game hitting streak, he's batting .365 with 5 homers and 42 runs batted in, and he ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs batted in, doubles, triples and total bases.
Ellsbury, a sophomore, earned Freshman All-America honors from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2003, and Baseball America ranked him as one of the nation's top 50 sophomores heading into this season. In April, Baseball America also named Ellsbury to the sophomore portion of its Midseason All-America team. He's batting .386 with 3 homers and 15 RBIs; he leads the Pac-10 with 18 stolen bases and is also among the conference leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, runs and hits.
Lissman hasn't become a full-time figure in the outfield, playing there part-time and as OSU's designated hitter part-time. He's been a presence at the plate, though, batting .370 with 4 homers and 24 RBIs; he's currently among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average and on-base percentage.
FROSH GIVE BIG BOOST TO PITCHING STAFF: They're young, but they don't show it. Oregon State has 4 freshmen who have made big contributions on the mound this season - righthanders Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), Jake McCormick (Marysville, Calif./Erindale HS, Australia) and Jonah Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) and lefthander Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS).
Before Buck moved into the starting rotation at California on March 28, he earned 5 saves and that is still good for a tie for third in the Pac-10; he now has a 3-3 record and 4.63 ERA. McCormick did not allow an earned run in his first 16.1 innings over 12 appearances; he now has a 2.16 ERA. Gunderson has fashioned a 2.41 ERA and is 5-1, having earned wins in the first 4 appearances of his career, and he has 3 saves. Nickerson has gotten the starting nod for 4 games and is 4-0, pitching OSU to wins over Chicago State, Portland and Washington in starts and Southern California in relief; he fanned 10 hitters in 5 innings in the win over the Huskies.
OREGON STATE PACKING THEM IN: Taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather that has graced the mid-Willamette Valley this spring, Oregon State fans have found Goss Stadium at Coleman Field the place to be when the Beavers are playing at home so far this season.
Through 12 home dates, OSU has brought an average of 1,268 fans through the gates. There have been 9 crowds of at least 1,000, including at each of the Beavers' last 6 home games.
The gathering of 1,852 that saw the Beavers lose to second-ranked Stanford on April 10 is the largest crowd since the ballpark's 1999 renovation, and the Opening Day crowd of 1,776 for a win over Gonzaga is the third-largest.
OREGON STATE TAKES FIRST SERIES AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Oregon State made some history the weekend of April 23-April 25, as the Beavers won a series at Southern California for the first time ever. OSU lost the opening game 8-4 on April 23, then won 4-3 on April 24 and 8-4 on April 25. Since first playing at USC in the 1951 Pacific Coast Conference championship series, the Beavers had lost 9 series on the Trojans' home diamond - the 3-game PCC series in 1951, plus 3-game series in 1998, 2000 and 2002; 2-game series in 1969 and 1971; and single games in 1968, 1976 and 1977.
'It's a good feeling - I'm happy for our guys,' OSU coach Pat Casey said. 'It's a great accomplishment to come here and win a series from a program with the tradition USC has.'
POSTLEWAIT, ELLSBURY ARE MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICANS: When Baseball America magazine selected its Midseason All-America team in April, it named Oregon State starting pitcher Jake Postlewait to the senior portion of its squad and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the sophomore portion. At the time, Postlewait had a 6-1 record and 3.04 ERA; Ellsbury was batting .407 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs and led the Pac-10 with 14 stolen bases.
BEAVERS, HUSKIES PUT TOGETHER BIZARRE AFTERNOON: So, what do you get when you pair the Pacific-10 strikeout leader and an outfielder-turned-pitcher as the pitching matchup for a game between longtime rivals? How about a 12-inning battle that produces a boxscore line that looks like it belongs to Nuke La Loosh, a pair of last-gasp comebacks by the home team and a game-winning hit by a player who had been in a 7-for-37 slump going into the day.
That sums up OSU's 6-4 win at Washington on April 13. The Huskies sent Pac-10 strikeout leader Tim Lincecum to the mound while OSU went with Chris Campos. Lincecum had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings but left after 5 with UW trailing 2-1; Lincecum allowed just 1 hit and fanned 10 Beavers but also walked 9 and hit 1 for an outing that sounded like it came from the wild flamethrower in the movie Bull Durham.
Campos gave up just 1 run in 2.2 innings and OSU's bullpen nursed a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but a 2-out bloop single drove in the tying run for the Huskies. Washington also managed a rally to tie the game at 4-4 after OSU scored in the top of the 11th inning on Paul Richie's RBI single.
Finally, Mike Hass - playing because of a pregame ankle injury to teammate Mike Lissman - grounded a 2-out, 2-run single up the middle in the bottom of the 12th to plate the winning runs. When Jared Sanders retired the Huskies in order in the bottom of the inning, OSU had a sweep of the 2-game non-conference series.
'That's a real long day,' Hass said. 'I was just thinking, 'Get it done,' because we needed to get out of here - we need to get this win, get home and go to school tomorrow.'
Here's an idea of how long a day it was: Without traffic flowing at least somewhat freely and not making more than one quick stop, it generally takes from 4 to 4 1/2 hours to drive between Seattle and Corvallis - less time than the 4 hours, 40 minutes it took to play the game.
ROWE GETS ONE OF EACH AGAINST STANFORD: Oregon State senior righthander Ben Rowe finished his career with a little bit of everything in his appearances against Stanford - 1 win, 1 loss and 1 save. Rowe beat the fourth-ranked Cardinal 3-1 with a 4-hitter in the first-ever night game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in 2002, lost a complete-game 5-2 decision at seventh-ranked Stanford in 2003, and picked up the save in the Beavers 5-4 win over second-ranked Stanford on April 9.
Rowe came into the game with 2 out and runners at first and third in the top of the ninth inning, and he struck out John Mayberry Jr. to end the game and save the win for starter Jake Postlewait. 'It was a great effort by all of us,' Rowe said. 'The crowd got into it and it was fantastic - 1,500, 1,600 people, a big situation like that. I was just happy I could come out and do my job like that.'
It was the senior righthander's first career save. Rowe had spent the last 2 1/2 seasons in OSU's starting rotation until a series of bad outings resulted in a move to the bullpen at the start of the Pac-10 schedule. 'I'm proud of the guy,' Postlewait said. 'He could have gone both ways. He's the kind of guy who's either up or down - there hasn't been much gray area. When he's up, he's as good as it gets, and today he was up.'
McFEELY'S EIGHT RUNS BATTED IN NEARS RECORD: When Oregon State beat Portland 25-4 on March 31, OSU sophomore third baseman Shea McFeely drove in 8 runs; that was just 1 shy of the school-record 9 RBIs by Ken Bowen in a 36-12 win at Chico State in 1985.
McFeely was 3-for-5 with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, bases-loaded walk in the second inning, a 3-run homer to left-centerfield in the third inning, a run-scoring double to left in the eighth inning and a 2-run single to right-center in the ninth. He drove in the Beavers' first run and OSU's last 2 runs.
'I don't think I've ever had seven RBIs in a game,' McFeely said.
Uh, Shea, it was 8 RBIs.
'Oh!' said a surprised McFeely.
HAL WAVES GOODBYE: On March 31, Hal Cowan retired as Oregon State's sports information director after 28 seasons at OSU and nearly 40 years in the profession. Cowan's main responsibility was football, but he wanted to make a final on-the-job trip so he accompanied the Beavers to California for their series March 26-March 28; Cowan had worked at Cal from 1966-67.
OSU won 2 of the 3 games, and after the Beavers' 14-3 win in the finale, OSU head coach Pat Casey said, 'You talk about loyalty and people who dedicate themselves to their work, and have a good time doing it - he's down here working like it's his first trip. He's not only good in that fashion, but he's been a good friend to me and he's helped us with the Dugout Club. If we had more people like Hal Cowan who had black and orange coming out everywhere, life would be a lot easier. He's a special guy. I'm just glad he's here for his last game with us, and that we got him a win.'
FIVE PITCHES, FIVE OUTS FOR McCORMICK: It doesn't get much better than 5 outs on 5 pitches, and that's what Oregon State pitcher Jake McCormick managed against Utah Valley State on March 21. The freshman righthander entered the game in the top of the fourth inning with 1 out and the bases loaded; he got out of the jam with 1 pitch, getting Kevin Hashimoto to ground to OSU second baseman Chris Kunda to start an inning-ending double play. In the fifth, UVSC's Ryan K. Jones fouled off the McCormick's first pitch and then flied out to rightfield; Trent Perry and Daniel Bulow followed with groundouts on the first pitches they saw from McCormick.
ELLSBURY THREATENS TRAFFIC: For the duration of Jacoby Ellsbury's career, Oregon State's public safety officials may want to post 'Watch Out For Falling Horsehide' signs along Washington Way in the vicinity of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The sophomore outfielder threatened both motorists and pedestrians well beyond the rightfield fence with his first 2 home runs of the season March 12 and March 20.
The rightfield foul line is 330 feet at the OSU ballpark, and the distance from the foul pole to the curb on the north side of Washington Way measures out at 132 feet down the foul line. Ellsbury's first homer, hit against Gonzaga, was just fair and traveled to within 15 feet or so of the street; just over a week later, he walloped a high fly - a little further into fair territory - to the edge of the street against Utah Valley State. A best-guess estimate puts the distances at around 445 feet and 460 feet.
'Honestly, you can't feel it at all when you hit a ball like that. That has to be the farthest ball I've ever hit, right there,' Ellsbury said after the second homer. 'I mean, I didn't think I had any more power than the one I hit against Gonzaga. It's a great feeling.'
FANS FLOCK TO HOME-OPENER: After spending the first 4 weeks of the season on the road, Oregon State opened its home schedule against Gonzaga from March 12. And during Opening Day at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Beaver fans showed they were more than ready to watch a little baseball - the crowd of 1,776 was the second-largest at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since the ballpark's 1999 renovation (it now ranks third), and it was the largest crowd for an Opening Day since then.
'What an awesome crowd,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said after the 12-2 win on Opening Day. 'The atmosphere was fantastic. Usually when we come out at this time of year, we're wondering if we're going to have to be putting the tarp on the field.'
BEAVERS HAVE FASTEST START IN 42 YEARS: When Oregon State beat Southwest Missouri State 5-4 on Feb. 22 to conclude the Texas-Arlington Invitational, it gave the Beavers their fastest baseball start in 42 years. The last time OSU had won 6 straight games to start the season came in 1962, when the Beavers were en route to winning their first 18 games.
OSU eventually won its first 7 games before a loss, and that tied the 2004 Beavers for the eighth-fastest start in OSU history. OSU started 18-0 in both 1951 and 1962; 15-0 in 1959; 10-0 in 1960; 9-0 in 1927; 8-0 in 1930 and 1947; and was also 7-0 in 1938, 1939 and 1952.
HASS' FIRST FIVE HITS TIE RECORD: Senior outfielder Mike Hass made the first 5 hits of his Oregon State career count. The transfer from Nevada went 5-for-5 with a double and a home run in an 8-3 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Feb. 21 to tie OSU's school record for hits in a game. The outburst came a day after Hass had been relegated to the bench in the fourth inning of a win over Texas-Arlington after being picked off first base.
'It's a great way to respond,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. Added Hass: 'That was the first time I think I've ever been picked off, besides having a lefthander's move to first. I was pretty disappointed in myself. I was trying to do something to help the team out ... Coach Casey told me he'd give me a chance, and I appreciated that. It's early in the season and we've got a lot to go still, but it's nice to win.'
Hass, incidentally, is not the same Mike Hass that is a freshman wide receiver on Oregon State's football team; the pair are not related.
BEAVERS GET A FIRST, A SECOND AND TWO MAYBES: Oregon State started its season by appearing in 4 tournaments. No champion was named at the Coca-Cola Classic, held Feb. 13-15 in Surprise, Ariz., or at the Texas-Arlington Invitational, held Feb. 20-22 in Arlington, Tex., but OSU was the only team to go unbeaten in both of those events. Oregon State won the championship of the Riverside Baseball Invitational, held Feb. 27-29 in Riverside, Calif.; it marked the second time the Beavers have won that tournament, as OSU was also the RBI champion in 1985. OSU placed second in the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament, held March 2-6 in Honolulu, Haw., as the Beavers lost to host Hawai'i in the championship game.
BEAVERS WITH PAC-10 WEEKLY HONORS: Oregon State freshman lefthander Kevin Gunderson was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 22-April 26. Gunderson earned saves in OSU's 4-3 and 8-4 wins over Southern California, pitching a total of 3.1 innings and allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 0 walks while striking out 4.
Oregon State sophomore righthander Andy Baldwin was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week for March 15-21. Baldwin earned the win in OSU's 7-0 shutout of Utah Valley State, pitching 6.0 innings and scattering 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.
BEAVERS ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Oregon State had 3 players named to the all-tournament team as the Beavers were runners-up at the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament on March 1-5 in Honolulu, Haw. - outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and infielder's Chris Kunda and Shea McFeely. For the tournament, Ellsbury batted .526 (10-for-19) with 6 runs scored; Kunda batted .267 (4-for-15) with 1 double and 3 runs batted in but recorded 14 assists and 4 putouts; and McFeely batted .444 (4-for-18) with 4 doubles and 6 RBIs.
Oregon State had 2 players named to the all-tournament team as OSU went unbeaten at the Coca-Cola Classic on Feb. 13-15 in Surprise, Ariz. - outfielder Aaron Mathews and pitcher Dallas Buck. Mathews was 4-for-12 with 2 doubles and a team-high 4 RBIs during the tournament. In OSU's final game, he cut down a Cal State-Northridge rally with a catch he made diving away from home plate and toward the centerfield wall; the catch started an inning-ending double play and the Beavers wound up winning 3-2. Buck had saves in his first 2 collegiate appearances, closing out the Beavers' 8-6 wins over Utah and Gonzaga in OSU's first 2 games at the tournament. Buck pitched a total of 2.1 innings, allowing 3 hits and 0 walks while striking out 2.
There were no all-tournament teams named at the Texas-Arlington Invitational or the Riverside Baseball Invitational.
BEAVERS BRING BACK ORANGE JERSEYS: On Feb. 14, Oregon State wore orange jerseys for what is believed to be the first time since 1984 and took an 8-6 win over Gonzaga. Coincidentally, the win came on the day that Oregon - The Beaver State - celebrated the 145th anniversary of its statehood.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through April 25:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg and JackHumphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11, Portland 0. (Individual - April 12, 1947; FredGallagher 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: Mar. 20, 2004; Andy Baldwin and Kevin Gunderson vs. UtahValley State. OSU 7, Utrah Valley State 0. (Individual - May 19, 2001; ScottNicholson vs. Southern California. OSU 6, Southern California 0. HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: April 12, 2004; Jonah Nickersonat Washington; 10 strikeouts. OSU 7, Washington 4. PITCHED A COMPLETE GAME: May 13, 2003; Jake Postlewait vs. Arizona State.OSU 6, Arizona State 1. 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: April 10, 2004; Chris Campos vs. Stanford.Stanford 16, OSU 4. 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 31, 2004; Mike Hass at Portland. OSU 25,Portland 4. HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: Feb. 13, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs. Utah.OSU 8, Utah 6. 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: March 2, 2004; Aaron Mathews vs. The Citadelat Honolulu, Haw. The Citadel 7, OSU 6. HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: Feb 21, 2004; Mike Hass vs. Arkansas-Little Rockat Arlington, Tex. OSU 8, Arkansas-Little Rock 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: April 17, 2004; Mike Lissman at Sacramento State.OSU 9, Sacramento State 1. DROVE IN EIGHT RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland.OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SEVEN RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland(drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland(drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland(drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden at Washington.OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Chris Kunda at Portland.OSU 25, Portland 4. STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: April 11, 1991; David Anderson vs. Willamette.OSU 8, Willamette 0. STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 28, 2004; Jacoby Ellsbury vs. SacramentoState at Riverside, Calif. Sacramento State 10, OSU 3. HAD FIVE WALKS IN A GAME: May 21, 1970; Bob Beall vs. UCLA. UCLA 7, OSU 2. HAD FOUR WALKS IN A GAME: April 13, 2004; Shea McFeely at Washington. OSU 6,Washington 4 (12 innings). TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudson vs. Portland(line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerber steps on first base before runnerreturns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson covering second base before runnerreturns for 3 out).
FOUR BEAVERS AMONG TOP 50 IN THEIR YEAR: Oregon State has 4 players Baseball America magazine ranked among the top 50 players in their class heading into 2004. Righthanded pitcher Ben Rowe was rated the 13th-best senior, lefthanded pitcher Jake Postlewait the 40th-best senior, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury the 29th-best sophomore, and righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck the 33rd-best freshman.
Rowe (Perth, Australia/Greenwood HS) was drafted in the 24th round by the Texas Rangers following the 2003 season but chose to return to Oregon State for his senior season. Rowe also had opportunities to sign with the Minnesota Twins while still in Australia; he is a 2-time Pacific-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection.
Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) was not drafted after last season but was approached by several professional teams about signing during an outstanding summer in the Alaska League. Despite missing almost 3 weeks of the 2003 season, he was an All-Pacific-10 first team selection after going 5-1 with a 3.43 earned run average.
Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) was a Freshman All-America selection by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper in 2003, when he batted .330 with 7 home runs, 33 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases. Also an outstanding fielder, he had been drafted in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after his senior year of high school but chose to attend OSU.
Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) had been rated the 46th-best prospect in the nation by Baseball America during his senior year of high school. He was drafted in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates but opted to attend OSU to play both baseball and football; as a defensive back and special teams player, he was the only true freshman to play for the Beavers last fall.
BEAVERS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here is where Oregon State has been in the national rankings this season:POLL ESPN / SPORTS BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATL. COLL.DATE WKLY. COACHES AMERICA BASEBALL BSBL. WTRS.Preseason NR NR NR NRFeb. 3 NR NR NR NRFeb. 10 NR NR NR NRFeb. 17 NR NR NR NRFeb. 23 Votes (33rd) NR NR 30thMar. 1 Votes (30th) NR 20th 25thMar. 8 Votes (43rd) NR NR NRMar. 15 Votes (37th) NR NR NRMar. 22 Votes (40th) NR NR NRMar. 29 Votes (34th) NR NR VotesApr. 5 Votes (46th) NR NR VotesApr. 12 NR NR NR VotesApr. 19 Votes (36th) NR NR VotesApr. 26 Votes (32nd) NR NR Votes
OREGON STATE'S SCHEDULE: Oregon State will face 2 teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN national coaches poll of April 26: No. 2 Stanford (3 games) and No. 18 Arizona State (3 games). OSU will play another 2 teams who received votes in the poll but didn't crack the top 25: Washington (6 games) and UCLA (3 games).
RAIN ON THE ROAD: If the recent trend continues, 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 36 games cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 13 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 15 were at ballparks in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Texas or Florida. Another 8 were at ballparks elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
OSU has lost just 3 home games to rain during that time, while having 11 games cancelled at sites outside the region and 3 called off at other parks in the region. The Beavers have postponed 9 home games, 4 games at sites outside the region and 6 at other parks in the region.
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Pat Casey: Pat Casey, now in his 10th 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 461-328-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .584.
Casey has a record of 290-215-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .574. Of the 19 head coaches in OSU baseball history, only a pair of men who spent more than 2 decades guiding the Beavers - 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 1,773-1,228-15, a winning percentage of .590. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 783-583, a winning percentage of .573. To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,795 runs and allowed 15,325 runs. That's an average score of 6.56-5.08.
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME ON OPENING DAY: After beating Utah 8-6 on Feb. 13, the Beavers' all-time record in season-openers is 66-29, and OSU has won 12 of its last 18 on Opening Day. This season's Feb. 13 date for Opening Day was the latest for the Beavers since they began the 1995 season on Feb. 22 with a 4-3 win over Western Oregon in Corvallis.
After beating Gonzaga 12-2 on March 12, OSU has an all-time record of 75-19 in home-openers, with the Beavers winning 14 of their last 16 home-openers and 29 of their last 32. The March 12 date was the latest for OSU's home-opener since 1999, when the first game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field was also on March 12 with a 5-2 loss to defending national champion Southern California; that was the first game since Goss Stadium had been added to Coleman Field.
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 95th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 916-405-1 at home for a winning percentage of .693. This season, the Beavers are 6-6 at home and are averaging 1,268 fans per home date.
Oregon State's ballpark made its initial 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: Season tickets for Oregon State baseball are $100, which entitles the ticketholder to the same reserved seat for all 21 OSU home games in 2004. For OSU faculty and staff, and for senior citizens age 62 and over, season tickets are $80.
The Family Plan for the 2004 season admits up to 2 adults and up to 4 students through high school to all 21 home games. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child, and a family must purchase the tickets for all its members at the same time.
The Pacific-10 Plan for 2004 is $50 and provides the ticketholder with a reserved seat to all 12 conference home games.
Individual game tickets for Oregon State baseball are sold on a general admission basis and cost $5 for adults and $3 for seniors age 62 and over and children through high school.
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
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Oregon State has a number of promtions scheduled for upcoming games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The series against Washington on April 30-May 2 is Mom's Weekend at OSU. The game on April 30 is Ladies Night, with all females - including Moms - being admitted for $2. On May 1, fans can make it a football/baseball doubleheader with the OSU Spring Football Game kicking off at 1 p.m. and the baseball game beginning at 4 p.m.; separate admission will be charged for those 2 events.
The series against UCLA on May 28-May 30 will be High School Team Weekend, with all high school teams invited to attend. Teams wearing their jerseys or hats to the ballpark will be admitted for $2.
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 21 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' 2004 schedule heard on in the mid-Willamette Valley KEJO-AM (1240) and via the internet at www.osubeavers.com. There is a charge for listening via the internet; the cost is $4.95 per month or $14.95 for the entire 2003-04 school year, and that allows the listener access to all OSU athletic broadcasts that are on the internet. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, handles play-by-play with assistance from John Warren and Kip Carlson.
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State's home game against Arizona on April 2 was televised nationally by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. Since 1998, Oregon State had played on national cable television 6 times and and the Beavers have gone 3-2 in those games, including a 3-1 mark at home. Since Fox Sports Net (formerly Prime Sports) began televising games in 1990, Oregon State has a 29-16 record in televised games, including 8-4 in national TV games.