Beavers Seek To Continue Hot Start

Feb. 9, 2005

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13:at Oakland Athletics Tournament; Phoenix, Ariz.Friday, February 11 vs. Missouri 2 p.m. PSTSaturday, February 12 vs. Kansas State 2 p.m. PSTSunday, February 13 vs. Northwestern 8 a.m. PSTvs. Missouri 1:30 p.m. PST(Games vs. Missouri can be heard at www.KTGR.com)

Oregon State heads to the Valley of the Sun for the second straight weekend to play a little baseball, which seems appropriate as the Beavers will be trying to build on a hot start at the Oakland Athletics Invitational. Last weekend, the Beavers won three of four games at Arizona State's Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament.

On this trip, Oregon State (3-1 overall) plays Missouri (0-0) on Friday at 2 p.m. PST, Kansas State (0-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m. PST, Northwestern (0-0) on Sunday at 8 a.m. PST and Missouri on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. PST. The tournament will be held at the A's spring training complex in Phoenix.

'We're looking forward to it,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey, who is just two wins away from his 300th as the Beavers' head coach. 'We're playing three very strong programs and three programs that face some of the same challenges we do in terms of early-season weather. For the most part, we managed to play pretty well last week but we also realize there are things we've got to do better to consistently beat good teams.'

Oregon State's first weekend of play included a 12-6 win over ninth-ranked Arizona State. That helped earn the Beavers votes worth 28th place in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll, and OSU also earned votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.

'The recognition is nice,' Casey said. 'It should let our guys know that when they play well, they have a chance to be noticed at the national level. But it's a long, long haul from now until the end of May. We've got to get in the habit of coming to the ballpark every day focused on being ready to play that day and to execute the little things that win games. If we don't do that, then all that stuff about the polls fades away in a hurry.'

Oregon State's pitching staff turned in a 2.73 earned run average and limited opposing hitters to a .170 batting average on the opening weekend of the season. OSU also committed just two errors in its four games.

'We pitched well and we defended pretty well,' Casey said. 'We thought those were some things that would be strengths for our ballclub going into the season, and it looks like there's a good chance of that happening if we continue to improve.'

OSU also batted .359 with 17 doubles, two triples and two homers in the tournament, outscoring its opponents 43-11.

'Scoring runs was one of our concerns, and we were able to do that last week,' Casey said. 'But in a close game (a 3-1 loss to Gonzaga), there were some things we didn't do at the plate and some adjustments we didn't make that really cost us. That's one of the things we'll be looking at this week, because these should be four tough ballgames.'

Missouri returns 15 lettermen from 2004, when the Tigers went 38-23-1 and tied for seventh in the Big 12. MU placed second in the Big 12 tournament and made a second straight trip to the NCAA Regionals.

Kansas State brings back 10 lettermen from a team that was 26-30 a year ago, placing 10th in the Big 12 with a 4-23 record.

Northwestern has 15 lettermen returning from a 2004 squad that was 26-28-1 overall, placing seventh in the Big Ten with a 14-18 record.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

C - Billy Munich, jr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.100, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Casey Priseman, fr.; Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Rob Folsom, fr.; Medford, Ore. (North Medford HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, sr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.250, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.600, 1 HR, 7 RBIsor - Cole Gillespie, so.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, jr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.286, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Ryan Gipson, jr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);.000, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor-Todd Shelton, jr.; Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield JC);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, jr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.353, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsSS - Darwin Barney, fr.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);.389, 0 HRs, 4 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, so.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.429, 0 HRs, 8 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, jr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.529, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsRF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.333, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor-Danny Anderson, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (San Jose State U.);.429, 1 HR, 3 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.286, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Joey Ledesma, jr.; Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC);.250, 0 HRs, 1 RBI(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);1-0 record, 0.00 ERARHP - Jonah Nickerson, fr.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);1-0 record, 0.00 ERALHP - Anton Maxwell, so.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);0-0 record, 16.88 ERATBA-Sunday second game pitcher to be announced

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-0 against Missouri, having beaten the Tigers 11-10 at a neutral site in 1985.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-3 against Kansas State in a series that dates back to 1971. The teams last met in 2000 at a neutral site, with OSU losing 7-6 in the first meeting and then winning 7-6.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 0-2 against Northwestern, having lost in 2000 at a neutral site by scores of 10-1 and 5-2.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State had 5 players named to he All-Tournament Team at Arizona State's Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament from Feb. 3-Feb. 6: first baseman Mitch Canham, outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Lissman, and pitchers Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson ... Oregon State's 19-0 win over New Mexico State on Feb. 3 was the first shutout the Beavers had posted on Opening Day since 1980 in a 17-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. It was the most runs OSU had scored in an opener since 1960 and a 23-1 win at Whitman ... Jacoby Ellsbury's stolen base against Gonzaga on Feb. 4 was the 35th of his career, moving him into OSU's career top 10 in that category ... OSU's 12-6 win over ninth-ranked Arizona State on Feb. 6 was the Beavers' first win over the Sun Devils at ASU's Packard Stadium since 2000.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES: Oregon State opened its season Feb. 3-6 at Arizona State's Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament, winning three of four games. The Beavers beat New Mexico State 19-0 in a game called after seven innings on Feb. 3, lost to Gonzaga 3-1 on Feb. 4, beat NMSU 11-2 on Feb. 5 and beat the ninth-ranked host Sun Devils 12-6 on Feb. 6.

On Feb. 3, Oregon State's Dallas Buck, Kevin Joslyn and Kurt Steele combined to strike out 13 hitters and pitch a 1-hitter as the Beavers beat New Mexico State 19-0 in the baseball season-opener for both teams. OSU used 18 position players in the game and 10 of them had a hit, 10 had a run batted in, and 12 scored a run. Buck allowed just an infield single to start the game and struck out 9 in his 5.0 innings of work, and he was in no danger after the Beavers put up eight runs in the second inning. The Aggies' only hit was a high chopper by Vince Rodden that shortstop Darwin Barney gloved but his throw had no chance to get Rodden. Walks helped NMSU put runners at first and second with none out in both of the first two innings, but a double play in the first and three straight strikeouts in the second got Buck and the Beavers out of trouble. After the double play in the first, Buck recorded the next 6 outs on strikeouts, and 3 of his last 4 outs were strikeouts as well. Ellsbury and Mitch Canham were both 3-for-4 to lead Oregon State's hit parade, with Canham hitting a double and triple and driving in 4 runs. Danny Anderson and Tyler Graham came off the bench to go 2-for-3 for OSU, and Shea McFeely was 2-for-5. After Buck wrapped up his evening's work, Joslyn struck out one during a scoreless sixth inning and Steele struck out the side in the seventh.

On Feb. 4, Oregon State pitcher Nate Fogle retired 14 hitters in a row at one point but Gonzaga made a pair of early runs stand up for a 3-1 win. Each team finished with 6 hits, but the Beavers left 8 runners on base and lined into a pair of double plays. OSU had its opportunities against Bulldog righthander Josh Monroe and 3 relievers but couldn't cash in beyond an eighth-inning run. Fogle had a first inning in which he gave up 2 doubles, 2 wild pitches, a sacrifice fly and a hit batter to fall behind 2-0. But after that hit batter, he started his string of 14 straight outs, which lasted until Fogle was removed with one out in the sixth inning. Ellsbury was 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base on the day, and Darwin Barney was also 2-for-4 for the Beavers.

On Feb. 5, Oregon State pitcher Jonah Nickerson struck out 8 in 3.0 innings of work as the Beavers beat New Mexico State 11-2. Mike Lissman tied a school record with 3 doubles in the game for OSU. Nickerson and 3 relievers combined to strike out 15 Aggies in a 4-hitter. Nickerson allowed only a bad-hop single and a popout scattered among the 8 strikeouts. The Beavers handed Nickerson a 2-0 lead before he ever went to the mound in the bottom of the first inning as Lissman and Chris Campos delivered back-to-back run-scoring doubles. Lissman finished 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, and his three doubles matched a school record that has been accomplished many times, most recently by Aaron Mathews against The Citadel in 2004. OSU finished with 14 hits, including a 4-for-6 night with a home run by Mitch Canham and a pair of run-scoring doubles by Chris Campos. Campos also pitched 3.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 5. Kevin Joslyn pitched 2.0 innings of scoreless 2-hit ball and Eddie Kunz capped the game with a scoreless inning.

On Feb. 6, an eight-run fifth inning keyed Oregon State to a 12-6 win over ninth-ranked Arizona State. OSU had 15 hits - including 7 for extra bases - and Kevin Gunderson pitched 6.1 innings of 1-run relief for the Beavers. OSU trailed 5-2 after 3 innings before coming back for the win. Gunderson allowed 1 run on 3 hits and 0 walks in his career-high 6.1 innings, striking out 8. OSU's comeback began in the top of the fourth, when Danny Anderson's homer to rightfield got the Beavers within 5-3. In the fifth, the Beavers went in front for good against ASU lefthander Brett Bordes and reliever Tony Barnette. With 1 out, OSU got 4 straight doubles from Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lissman, Andy Jenkins and Shea McFeely to make it 6-5; Chris Kunda added a 2-run single, Darwin Barney a run-scoring double and Ellsbury a 2-run single to give OSU an 11-5 advantage. Ellsbury and McFeely were both 3-for-5 for OSU while Lissman was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

2005 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE LISTS: Here are the 2005 Oregon State players on or near the school's all-time top-10 lists for career leaders as the 2005 season begins:

CAREER RUNS10. Bryan Ganter, 1984-87 130> Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 118 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 5  (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 36  (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 6 Stephen Copeland, 2000-03 59. Jeff Post, 1989-92 4(tie) Scott Christman, 1991-93 4(tie) Mark Newell, 1996-2000 4(tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003-2004 4> Kevin Gunderson, 2004-present 3 

THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats through Feb. 6:

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 atHawai'i Easter Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0.

THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 3, 2005; Dallas Buck, Kevin Joslyn,Kurt Steele vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz., 7 innings,OSU 19, New Mexico State 0; (Individual: Feb. 18, 1999;B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma State at San Diego State Tournament.OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0.)

THREW A SHUTOUT: Feb. 3, 2005; Dallas Buck, Kevin Joslyn,Kurt Steele vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz., 7 innings,OSU 19, New Mexico State 0; (Individual - May 19, 2001;Scott Nicholson vs. Southern California. OSU 6,Southern California 0.

HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: April 12, 2004;Jonah Nickerson at Washington; 10 strikeouts. OSU 7,Washington 4.

PITCHED A COMPLETE GAME: May 28, 2004; Jake Postlewaitvs. UCLA. OSU 3, UCLA 2.

HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynoldsvs. Cal State-Northridge at Lancaster, Calif. OSU 10,Cal State-Northridge 6.

HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvisvs. Washington State at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8,OSU 7.

HIT TWO HOMERS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderonvs. Portland (2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3.

PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: May 2, 2004; Andy Jenkinsvs. Washington. Washington 8, OSU 5.

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 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 Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland.OSU 13, Portland 5.

HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquezat Portland State. OSU 7, Portland State 5.

HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: Feb. 5, 2005; Mike Lissmanvs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz. OSU 11, New Mexico State 2.

HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: Feb 21, 2004; Mike Hass vs.Arkansas-Little Rock at Arlington, Tex. OSU 8,Arkansas-Little Rock 3.

HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: Feb. 5, 2005; Mitch Canham vs.New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz. OSU 11, New Mexico State 2.

DROVE IN NINE RUNS IN A GAME: March 2, 1985; Ken Bowen atChico State. OSU 36, Chico State 12.

DROVE IN EIGHT RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeelyat Portland. OSU 25, Portland 4.

DROVE IN SEVEN RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeelyat Portland (drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4.

DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderonvs. Portland (2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3.

DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderonvs. Portland (2nd game) (drove in 6 runs). OSU 16, Portland 3.

SCORED SIX RUNS IN A GAME: March 2, 1985; Ken Bowen atChico State. OSU 36, Chico State 12.

SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Bardenat Washington. OSU 27, Washington 4.

SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: Feb. 5, 2005; Mitch Canhamvs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz. OSU 11, New Mexico State 2.

STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: April 11, 1991; David Andersonvs. Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0.

STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 28, 2004; Jacoby Ellsbury vs.Sacramento State 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 atWashington. OSU 6, Washington 4 (12 innings).

TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudsonvs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerber stepson first base before runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw toSS Hudson covering second base before runner returns for 3 out).

ELLSBURY, BUCK NOTED BY BASEBALL AMERICA: Oregon State junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) and sophomore righthander Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) were named to Baseball America magazine's Preseason All-America team.

Ellsbury was named to the Preseason All-America third team, and he was also named to the magazine's Gold Glove team. Baseball America ranked him as the nation's 23rd-best junior and the Pacific-10's sixth-best prospect for 2005 draft. BA also rated Ellsbury as the Pac-10's fastest runner and best defensive outfielder. Last fall, Ellsbury was named the Cape Cod League's 17th-best pro prospect by Baseball America after batting .245, 1 homer, 3 triples, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 12-for-15 stolen bases.

Buck was named to the Preseason All-America second team and rated the nation's fourth-best sophomore by Baseball America. The magazine listed him as the Pac-10's top prospect for 2006 draft. Last fall, BA named Buck to its Summer All-America team for his Cape Cod League season - a 4-1 record, 0.77 ERA, 58 innings, 26 hits, 20 walks, and 65 strikeouts. He was also named league's third-best pro prospect by BA.

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 37 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 9 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 10 home games, 4 games at sites outside the region and 7 at other parks in the region.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Pat Casey: Pat Casey, now in his 11th season at OSU, marked the 800th game of his head coaching career on May 15, when the Beavers were beaten 3-1 at 14th-ranked Arizona State. Casey's career record is 469-339-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .580.

Casey has a record of 298-226-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .568. 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 1,781-1,239-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 787-591, a winning percentage of .571. To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,912 runs and allowed 15,439 runs. That's an average score of 6.56-5.08.

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME ON OPENING DAY: After beating New Mexico State 19-0 on Feb. 3, the Beavers' all-time record in season-openers is 67-29, and OSU has won 13 of its last 19 on Opening Day. Oregon State opens its home schedule on March 4 against California-Riverside; after beating Gonzaga 12-2 on March 12, 2004, 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.

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 96th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 919-410-1 at home for a winning percentage of .691. In 2004, the Beavers were 9-11 at home and averaged 1,142 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.

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. Also, anyone entering the OSU Dugout Club Golf Tournament automatically gains membership. This year's tournament will be held June 27 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis or 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' 2005 schedule heard in the mid-Willamette Valley on 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 2004-05 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 is awaiting word on telecasts for 2005. 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.

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