OSU Seeks Three-Game Weekend
Feb. 23, 2005
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25Oregon State at California-Santa Barbara; 2 p.m.SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26Oregon State at California-Santa Barbara; 1 p.m.SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27Oregon State at California-Santa Barbara; 1 p.m.(All three games can be heard on www.osubeavers.com)
Forget a three-day weekend - Oregon State would like to get in a three-game weekend.
The Beavers (6-1 overall), currently on a five-game winning streak, spend this weekend at California-Santa Barbara (7-3) for a non-league baseball series, with games Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. OSU would dearly like to play every game on its schedule for the first time in three weeks after being rained out of four games at the Oakland Athletics Tournament two weeks ago and then being rained out of the final game of the San Diego Tournament last weekend.
'That's the tough thing - that we haven't been able to settle into a routine and a playing rhythm for an entire weekend,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey. 'But the positive thing is that when we have been able to get on the field, our guys have been able to do the things that win ballgames. The only time we've played a full schedule for a weekend was the first weekend of the season, and we've gone two straight weekends where we were at the mercy of the weather in terms of whether we were going to play.
'Hopefully the weather will cooperate down there this weekend, because we've got a lot of guys who are really eager to play.'
A key for the Beavers thus far has been pitching; OSU leads the Pacific-10 in team earned run average at 1.80. In seven games, Oregon State has tossed two shutouts and has held opponents to two runs on two other occasions.
Sophomore lefthander Anton Maxwell was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week last week for his performance in an 8-0 win over California-Davis, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning. The two other members of OSU's starting rotation, sophomore righthanders Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson, both have ERAs under 1.00.
'Our pitching has been outstanding,' Casey said. 'It's not just those three guys, either. Our bullpen has come in and done the job as well, and that's really set the tone for the success we've had so far.'
OSU has limited its opponents to a .171 batting average this spring, while the Beavers are batting .341 as a team - the second-best mark in the Pac-10. Four regulars are hitting .400 or better: sophomore first baseman/catcher Mitch Canham (.526 batting average, 1 home run, 7 runs batted in), junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.500, 0, 6, 4 stolen bases), junior outfielder Tyler Graham (.444, 0, 5) and sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman (.400, 0, 14).
The Beavers have only two homers as a team, but have whacked 27 doubles, which is over one-fifth of the way to the school record of 123 set in 2003. Lissman alone already has nine doubles, halfway to the 17 needed to put him on OSU's all-time single-season top 10.
Oregon State will find tough opposition this weekend, though.
California-Santa Barbara has yet to lose a series this season after taking two of three at Fresno State last weekend, winning 7-5 and 5-3 before losing the last game 5-4. OSU figures to see a trio of righthanded starting pitchers in junior Steve Morlock (1-1, 6.35) on Friday, junior Michael Martin (1-1 record, 4.58 ERA) on Saturday and sophomore Andy Graham (2-0, 2.60) on Sunday. At the plate, the Gauchos have been led by junior outfielder Matt Emerick (.359, 1 HR, 4 RBIs), senior second baseman Chris Malec (.324, 0, 6), junior first baseman Bill Rowe (.324, 0, 12) and senior outfielder Matt Wilkerson (.318, 1, 15).
'This is a very good ballclub we're facing,' Casey said. 'They've played series against very good teams (Pepperdine, San Jose State and Fresno State) and nobody's taken two of three against them yet.'
OREGON STATE LINEUP
C - Billy Munich, jr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.071, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Casey Priseman, fr.; Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS);.250, 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, 3 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.526, 1 HR, 7 RBIsor - Cole Gillespie, so.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);.143, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, jr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.375, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Ryan Gipson, jr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);.000, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, jr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.296, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsSS - Darwin Barney, fr.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);.333, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, so.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.440, 0 HRs, 14 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, jr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.500, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsRF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.444, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsor-Danny Anderson, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (San Jose State U.);.3759, 1 HR, 3 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.222, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Joey Ledesma, jr.; Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC);.286, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri., RHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);1-0 record, 0.90 ERASat., LHP - Anton Maxwell, so.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);1-0 record, 4.50 ERASun., RHP - Jonah Nickerson, fr.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);1-0 record, 0.00 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 8-8-1 against California-Santa Barbara in a series dating back to 1968. The teams last met in 2003 in Corvallis, with OSU losing the opener 5-4 before winning 4-3 and 6-4. The teams were last scheduled to play in Santa Barbara in 2001, but rain washed out an entire 3-game series; the last meeting in Santa Barbara was in 1998, when OSU won 13-1, lost 7-6, and tied the finale 4-4. OSU and UCSB also met that season in the San Diego Classic with the Gauchos winning 11-7.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State's 8-0 win over California-Davis on Feb. 19 in the San Diego Tournament was notable for a couple of reasons. First, the Beavers' victory was the 300th for Pat Casey as OSU's head coach. Second, lefthander Anton Maxwell took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and earned Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week honors in being credited with the win ... Oregon State's 2005 home-opener, a 6-4 win over Portland on Feb. 15, was the earliest in the Beavers' 96 seasons of baseball. Previously, the earliest a game had been played at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field had been on Feb. 22, 1995, when OSU beat Western Oregon 4-3. OSU had scheduled home-openers on Feb. 19, 1990 against George Fox and on Feb. 20, 1996 against Willamette but those games were rained out. Oregon State's all-time record in home-openers is now 77-19; OSU has won 16 of its last 18 home-openers and 31 of its last 34 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. OSU is now 67-29 all-time in season-openers.
RECENT GAMES: Oregon State got in 2 of its 3 scheduled games last weekend at the San Diego Tournament, beating California-Davis 8-0 on Feb. 19 and host San Diego 3-2 on Feb. 20. OSU's tourney finale against USD was rained out on Feb. 21.
On Feb. 19, Anton Maxwell took a no-hitter into the eighth inning as Oregon State completed a 3-hit shutout of California-Davis 8-0. The win gave Pat Casey his 300th victory as Oregon State's head coach. OSU jumped on the scoreboard with a 3-run second inning behind a sacrifice fly by Tyler Graham, a run-scoring bunt single by Darwin Barney, and a RBI walk from Mike Lissman. Graham went 4-for-4 on the day with 3 runs batted in and a double. Danny Anderson added 3 more hits and Lissman had 2. The Beavers tacked on 2 more runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead behind the strong pitching performance of Maxwell. A 2-run double by Joey Ledesma in the sixth gave OSU a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the inning and Graham earned his third RBI of the day with a single in the top of the eighth. Maxwell's no-hit bid was broken up by UCD rightfielder Kyle Irving with a single to open the top of the eighth; Maxwell had retired 21 straight Aggie batters since issuing a walk to start the game. Solid relief pitching from Jake McCormick and Kurt Steele held off the Aggies late in the game and preserved the shutout.
On Feb. 20, Oregon State scored 2 runs in the top of the ninth inning, then threw out the tying run at the plate to end the game in a 3-2 win over San Diego. Chris Kunda's run-scoring double and Mike Lissman's bases-loaded walk gave OSU a 3-1 lead in the top of the inning; in the bottom of the frame, USD's Matt Weston singled to drive in one run but Beaver leftfielder Chris Campos threw out Shane Buschini trying to score from second to preserve the win. Oregon State's Jonah Nickerson, Kevin Gunderson and Nate Fogle combined to pitch the win, Gunderson earning the victory and Fogle the save after Nickerson had pitched 6.0 scoreless innings. Shea McFeely and Kunda were both 3-for-4 with a double for OSU and Lissman doubled in his fifth straight game.
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.
BEAVERS WITH PAC-10 WEEKLY HONORS: Oregon State sophomore lefthander Anton Maxwell was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20. In an 8-0 win over California-Davis on Feb. 19, Maxwell walked the first hitter of the game and then retired 21 straight Aggies, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning. He earned the win for 7.1 innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 8.
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. 7 Votes (28th) NR NR VotesFeb. 14 NR NR NR VotesFeb. 21 Votes (36th tie)NR NR Votes
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among Pacific-10 leaders through Feb. 20:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING1. Mitch Canham .5262 (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury .5006. (tie) Tyler Graham .4448. Mike Lissman .440INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING1. Mike Lissman .8803. Mitch Canham .842INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE1. Jacoby Ellsbury .5834. Mitch Canham .5505. Mike Lissman .545INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN4. (tie) Mike Lissman 14INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES1. Mike Lissman 98. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 4INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES5. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 4INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. (tie) Jonah Nickerson 0.007. Dallas Buck 0.9010. Kevin Gunderson 1.50INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING1. Kevin Gunderson .1254. Jonah Nickerson .1565. Dallas Buck .15810. Anton Maxwell .171INDIVIDUAL STRIKEOUTS9. Dallas Buck 18TEAM BATTING2. Oregon State .341TEAM SLUGGING2. Oregon State .488TEAM ON-BASE2. Oregon State .425TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Oregon State 1.80TEAM OPPONENTS BATTING1. Oregon State .171TEAM FIELDING4. Oregon State .975
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 through Feb. 20:
CAREER RUNS10. Bryan Ganter, 1984-87 130> Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 120
Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 5 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 38 (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> (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2004-present 4
2005 ENTRIES IN THE BEAVER RECORD BOOK: Here are Oregon State's entries in the school record book through Feb. 20:DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Mike Lissman vs.New Mexico State, Feb. 5. HIT BY PITCH IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Todd Sheltonvs. New Mexico State, Feb. 3.
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 42 games cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 13 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 20 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 16 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 6 at other parks in the region.
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Pat Casey: Pat Casey, now in his 11th season at OSU, earned his 300th win with the Beavers when OSU beat California-Davis 8-0 on Feb. 19 at the San Diego Tournament. Casey has a record of 301-226-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .571.
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's career record of 472-339-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, is good for a winning percentage of .581.
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 1,784-1,239-15, a winning percentage of .590. 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 19,929 runs and allowed 15,445 runs. That's an average score of 6.56-5.08.
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. The ballpark's first game saw Salem High beat the Beavers 4-0 on April 12, 1907.
Now in their 96th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 920-410-1 at home for a winning percentage of .692. OSU is 1-0 at home this season. 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 BASEBALL TICKETS: Season tickets for Oregon State's 2005 home baseball games are now on sale by calling 1-800-GO BEAVS or visiting the OSU athletic ticket office in Gill Coliseum.
A season ticket guarantees a fan the same theater-type seat for all 25 home games in 2005. Full-season tickets for are priced at $100, with a reduced rate for OSU faculty and staff members of $80 and a reduced rate for those age 62 and over of $80.
A Pac-10 Package is also offered in 2005, guaranteeing a fan the same theater-type seat for all 12 Pacific-10 home games for $50.
The Family Plan provides general admission seating for all 25 home games at a rate of $20 per adult and $10 per child. To participate in the Family Plan, you must purchase at least one adult ticket and at least one child ticket.
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. All 3 of this weekend's games at California-Santa Barbara will be broadcast.
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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