Beavers Greet UC-Riverside This Weekend
March 2, 2005
FRIDAY, MARCH 4California-Riverside at Oregon State; 3 p.m.(Note time change from some previous schedules)(Live stats on www.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, MARCH 5California-Riverside at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Live stats on www.osubeavers.com)`80s DAY: Identify the 1980s hits played bymixmaster Paul Rada between innings and havea chance to win prizes.SUNDAY, MARCH 6California-Riverside at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Audio broadcast, live stats on www.osubeavers.com)SEA OF ORANGE DAY: Wear your brightest Oregon Stategear to the game as the Beavers finish their firsthome series of 2005.
It's nice what eight straight wins will do for you.
Oregon State, riding its longest winning streak in seven years, carries several national rankings as the Beavers (9-1 overall) return to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for their first home series of the season. OSU will play California-Riverside (7-8) on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
When the Beavers run onto their home diamond, they'll be ranked No. 24 by Baseball America magazine, No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and No. 34 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. OSU didn't crack the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll but earned votes worth 29th place this week.
'It's good for our guys to see they'll get some national recognition for playing well,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'At the same time, we've got to realize that all those things can go away in a hurry if we get too comfortable.
'We've done some things well during the first month of the season, but we're not playing as well as we're capable of playing. If we're going to keep having success, that's what we've got to keep working toward, and we've got to improve this weekend because UC-Riverside is a very good baseball team.'
Last weekend, the Highlanders went to No. 7 Arizona and won two of three games, getting victories of 12-8 and 3-1 before losing 5-4.
'You go into Arizona and win two of three, and you've accomplished something,' Casey said. 'We've played them each of the past few years and we know they're a very sound ballclub. It's not going to be easy to win games against them.'
The series will be a homecoming for UCR pitching coach Andrew Checketts, who pitched for OSU from 1996-98. Checketts still ranks seventh on OSU's all-time list of career leaders for wins after going 24-7 in his three seasons, and he was the Pacific-10 Northern Division Player of the Year in 1998.
'Andrew has done a good job down there, as has that whole coaching staff,' Casey said. 'It'll be fun to have him back in this ballpark for a weekend.'
Also having some fun lately has been the Beaver pitching staff. OSU leads the Pac-10 in both team earned run average at 2.17 and in opponents' batting average at .173.
'We've gotten some outstanding work from those guys,' Casey said. 'And it hasn't been one or two guys who have carried us - there have been a lot of people step up in different situations so far.'
There are three Beavers among the Pac-10's top 10 in individual ERA, with sophomore righthander Jonah Nickerson tied for second at 1.23, preseason All-America sophomore righthander Dallas Buck tied for fifth at 1.59 and sophomore lefthander Kevin Gunderson seventh at 1.62; sophomore lefthander Anton Maxwell joins that trio to give OSU four of the conference's top 10 in opponents' batting average.
At the plate, the Beavers are second in the conference in team batting average at .327, slugging percentage at .472 and on-base percentage at .413. Sophomore first baseman/catcher Mitch Canham leads the Pac-10 batting race at .483 with junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury second at .476 and junior designated hitter Joey Ledesma eighth at .412.
Ellsbury, another preseason All-America pick, is all over the conference leaderboards this week. In addition to that .476 batting average, he leads the Pac-10 in on-base percentage at .560 and is tied for first in stolen bases with four, he's tied for second in triples with two, fourth in slugging percentage at .738 and tied for ninth in total bases with 31.
'So far, Jacoby is giving us exactly what we hoped we'd see from him this season,' Casey said. 'He's really helped set the tempo for this team early on, and he's giving us the leadership that we were looking for after we had some pretty strong guys graduate at the end of last season.'
The weekend doesn't mark the Beavers home-opener - that came when a game against Portland on Feb. 15 was added to the schedule due to rainouts - but it's the first time this spring OSU has been able to settle into Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a weekend.
'It's always a little bit of a relief to get through February and all that travel and to be able to stay home and play some ballgames,' Casey said. 'But we've got to come out and keep our focus, keep playing hard and keep getting better. We are looking forward to playing in front of our families, friends and fans; they've given us great support over the years and hopefully we can show them some good baseball.'
UC-Riverside played a midweek game, losing at No. 18 Southern California 21-8 on Tuesday. That came on the heels of the series in which UCR took two of three at Arizona.
At the plate, UCR is paced by junior outfielder Aaron Grant (.378 batting average, 1 homer, 12 RBIs) and sophomore catcher Nick Salotti (.351, 4, 13). OSU's hitters are likely to face a rotation of freshman righthander James Simmons (1-1 record, 3.43 ERA), junior righthander Haley Winter (2-2, 1.52) and sophomore righthander Taylor Bills (2-2, 4.68).
OREGON STATE LINEUP
C - Billy Munich, jr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.063, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.483, 1 HR, 9 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, sr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.350, 1 HR, 5 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.483, 1 HR, 9 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, jr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.300, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Ryan Gipson, jr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);.250, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, jr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.333, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsSS - Darwin Barney, fr.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);.293, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, so.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.351, 0 HRs, 15 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, jr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.5476, 1 HR, 8 RBIsRF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.37, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsor-Danny Anderson, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (San Jose State U.);.375, 1 HR, 3 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.143, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Joey Ledesma, jr.; Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC);.412, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri., RHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);2-0 record, 1.59 ERASat., LHP - Anton Maxwell, so.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);1-0 record, 4.80 ERASun., RHP - Jonah Nickerson, fr.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);2-0 record, 1.23 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 8-8 against California-Riverside in a series dating back to 1970, but this is UCR's first visit to Corvallis. Last season, the Beavers took a 16-3 win over the Highlanders in the Riverside Baseball Invitational. The last series between the teams was in 2003 in Riverside, with UCR winning 9-5, OSU winning 8-6, and UCR winning 10-2.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Last week, Oregon State's top hitters were junior designated hitter Joey Ledesma, who batted .500 (5-for-10) with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, 2 walks and 1 hit by pitch; senior first baseman Andy Jenkins, who batted .500 (4-for-8) with 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base; junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who batted .417 (5-for-12) with 2 triples, 1 homer, 2 RBIs, 2 walks and 2 stolen bases; junior third baseman Shea McFeely, who batted .417 (5-for-12) with 1 double and 3 RBIs; and sophomore first baseman/catcher Mitch Canham, who batted .400 (4-for-10) with 2 RBIs, 2 walks and 1 hit by pitch. On the mound, sophomore lefthander Kevin Gunderson had 2 saves, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 ...
Oregon State's bullpen has a 1.54 ERA this season, and only 3 of 18 runners inherited by Beaver relievers have scored ... Oregon State's current 8-game winning streak is the Beavers' longest since a 10-gamer midway through the 1998 season ... OSU has 31 doubles and its opponents have just 7; sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman already has 10 doubles for OSU ... OSU is being outhomered 5-4 by its opponents, but the Beavers have 4 triples while not allowing any thus far this season ... with runners in scoring position, the Beavers are outhitting their opponents by an even .100 - .336 to .236 ... with a runner at third and less than 2 out, OSU is driving in a run 62.9 percent of the time (22-for-35) ... the Beavers are batting .365 with 2 out ... OSU's 9-1 start is the Beavers' best since 1994, when OSU also won 9 of its first 10 games ...
Oregon State's longest current hitting streak belongs to junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has a hit in every game this season and a 12-game hitting streak extending back into the end of the 2004 campaign. After that, the longest current streak is junior third baseman Shea McFeely's 4-gamer. Earlier this season, freshman shortstop Darwin Barney had an 8-game streak, sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman a 7-game streak and sophomore first baseman/catcher Mitch Canham a 5-game streak ... Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 5 this season while McFeely and Lissman have 4 each ... Lissman leads the Beavers in multi-RBI games this season with 4, while Ellsbury has 3 ...
OSU sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman had a double in 6 straight games from Feb. 5-Feb. 26; at that point, Lissman had doubled in all 7 OSU wins and hadn't doubled in the Beavers' only loss ... 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 stepped away from tournament play for its first series of the season Feb. 25-27 at California-Santa Barbara, and the Beavers came away with a sweep by scores of 4-2, 6-4 and 5-3 at UCSB's Caeser Uyesaka Stadium.
On Feb. 25, Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson combined to pitch a 5-hitter as Oregon State beat California-Santa Barbara 4-2. It was the sixth straight win for the Beavers, who got 3 hits from Mitch Canham. Oregon State provided good defense behind Buck and Gunderson to top a UCSB team that has not lost a series this season. Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, third baseman Shea McFeely, shortstop Darwin Barney, second baseman Chris Kunda, first baseman Canham and Buck all executed tough plays that helped the Beavers stay in front. Buck went 7.0 innings, his longest outing of the season, to improve to 2-0 this spring; he struck out 6 and left the game after walking the first hitter of the eighth inning. Gunderson then got a double play on his first pitch and then sent down the next 4 hitters in order for his second save of the season. OSU took a 2-0 lead when McFeely singled home 2 runs in the top of the second, but the Beavers were prevented from widening that margin when UCSB rightfielder Matt Wilkerson dove to rob Ellsbury of an extra-base hit down the rightfield line with runners at second and third. OSU added its final two runs in the top of the fifth inning when Ellsbury led off with a triple and scored on Canham's groundout, then Lissman and Joey Ledesma hit back-to-back doubles.
On Feb. 26, Jacoby Ellsbury's seventh-inning home run gave Oregon State the lead for good as the Beavers beat California-Santa Barbara 6-4. Ellsbury finished 3-for-4 with the homer, a triple, 2 RBIs and a stolen base as OSU won its seventh straight game. Each time UCSB scored, Oregon State responded with at least a run in the next half-inning. And each time OSU put a run on the board, the Beavers blanked the Gauchos in the next half-inning. The Gauchos tied the game 4-4 on Matt Aidem's 2-out, 2-run single off reliever Jake McCormick in the bottom of the sixth inning; Ellsbury led off the top of the seventh with a line drive off UCSB righthander Brian Tracy that got just over the fence and stayed just inside the rightfield foul pole for his first homer of the season. Ellsbury also had a run-scoring triple to center in the second inning, which he tried to turn into an inside-the-park home run but was out at the plate. Andy Jenkins' towering homer to left-centerfield had driven in the Beavers' first 2 runs of the inning as Oregon State took a 3-1 lead. The Beavers made it 4-2 in the top of the fifth when Ellsbury led off with a single, stole second and eventually scored on Mike Lissman's groundout. OSU lefthander Anton Maxwell worked into the sixth inning against UCSB, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out three, but also worked out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the bottom of the third. Kevin Joslyn earned the win and Nate Fogle the save for the Beavers, going the final 2.2 innings. OSU tacked on 1 more run in the top of the eighth inning when Shea McFeely led off with a single through the left side, went to third on Jenkins' single through the left side and scored on pinch-hitter Chris Campos' groundout to second. McFeely was 3-for-5 on the day, while Jenkins was 2-for-4 and Joey Ledesma 2-for-5.
On Feb. 27, Oregon State used a 5-run third inning to take a 5-3 win over California-Santa Barbara. OSU righthander Jonah Nickerson finally gave up his first run of 2005 but earned the pitching win to improve to 2-0 this season, striking out 9 in 5.2 innings. Kevin Gunderson went the final 2.1 innings for the save, his second of the series and third of the season. Nickerson allowed a solo homer by UCSB's Chris Malec with 2 out in the first inning after pitching his first 9.2 innings of the season without giving up a run. The Beavers went in front in the top of the third inning against Gaucho righthander Andy Graham, scoring 5 times on 5 hits, 3 walks and an error. After Kevin Gunderson pitched out of a first-and-third, 1-out jam in the bottom of the seventh, the Gauchos came up with 1 run on 2 hits and an error in the bottom of the eighth to make it 5-3. They still had the bases loaded with 2 out, but Gunderson got Matt Kalafatis to ground out to end the inning and the threat. Joey Ledesma was 2-for-3 for the Beavers and Andy Jenkins was 2-for-4.
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 VotesFeb. 28 Votes (29th) 24th 28th 34th
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among Pacific-10 leaders through Feb. 28:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING1. Mitch Canham .4832. Jacoby Ellsbury .4768. Joey Ledesma .412INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING4. Jacoby Ellsbury .7387. Mitch Canham .6908. Mike Lissman .67610. Joey Ledesma .647INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE1. Jacoby Ellsbury .5602. Mitch Canham .5455. Joey Ledesma .524INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN10. (tie) Mike Lissman 15INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES2. Mike Lissman 10INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES2. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 2INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES9. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 31INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH3. (tie) Mike Lissman 5INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 6INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE2. (tie) Jonah Nickerson 1.235. (tie) Dallas Buck 1.597. Kevin Gunderson 1.62INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING2. Kevin Gunderson .1404. Jonah Nickerson .1545. Anton Maxwell .1736. Dallas Buck .175INDIVIDUAL STRIKEOUTS8. (tie) Dallas Buck 24INDIVIDUAL WINS4. (tie) Jonah Nickerson 24. (tie) Dallas Buck 24. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 2INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. Kevin Gunderson 33. (tie) Nate Fogle 2TEAM BATTING2. Oregon State .327TEAM SLUGGING2. Oregon State .472TEAM ON-BASE2. Oregon State .413TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Oregon State 2.17TEAM OPPONENTS BATTING1. Oregon State .173TEAM FIELDING3. Oregon State .977
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. 28:
CAREER HITS10. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 179> Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 157
Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 123 Aaron Mathews, 2002-04 97. Dave Backen, 1978-81 8(tie) Dave Schoppe, 1988-91 8(tie) Abino Vazquez, 1996-97 810. Lute Barnes, 1967-69 7(tie) Bob Beall, 1968-70 7(tie) Bob McNair, 1978-80 7(tie) R.A. Neitzel, 1988-90 7> (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 7 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 226 (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 40 (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 6 (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2004-present 6
2005 ENTRIES IN THE BEAVER RECORD BOOK: Here are Oregon State's entries in the school record book through Feb. 28:DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Mike Lissman vs. New MexicoState, Feb. 5. HIT BY PITCH IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Todd Shelton vs. NewMexico State, Feb. 3.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats through Feb. 28: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, KurtSteele vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz., 7 innings, OSU 19, NewMexico State 0. (Individual: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma Stateat San Diego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0.) THREW A SHUTOUT: Feb. 19, 2005; Anton Maxwell, Jake McCormick andKurt Steele vs. California-Davis at San Diego, Calif. OSU 8, California-Davis 0. (Individual - May 19, 2001; Scott Nicholson vs. SouthernCalifornia. 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 Postlewait vs. UCLA. OSU3, UCLA 2. HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs. Cal State-Northridge at Lancaster, Calif. OSU 10, Cal State-Northridge 6. HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 7. HIT TWO HOMERS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland (2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3. PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: May 2, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs. 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 Vazquez at Portland State. OSU 7, Portland State 5. HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: Feb. 5, 2005; Mike Lissman vs. 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-LittleRock at Arlington, Tex. OSU 8, Arkansas-Little Rock 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: Feb. 19, 2005; Tyler Graham vs. California-Davis at San Diego, Calif. OSU 8,California-California-Davis 0. DROVE IN NINE RUNS IN A GAME: March 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at Chico State. OSU 36, Chico State 12. 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: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland (2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3. DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland (2nd game) (drove in 6 runs). OSU 16, Portland 3. SCORED SIX RUNS IN A GAME: March 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at Chico State.OSU 36, Chico State 12. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden at Washington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: Feb. 19, 2005; Danny Anderson vs. California-Davis at San Diego, Calif. OSU 8, California-Davis 0. 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. 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 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 runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson covering second base before runner returns for 3 out).
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 304-226-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .573.
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 475-339-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, is good for a winning percentage of .583.
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 1,787-1,239-15, 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 19,944 runs and allowed 15,454 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.
All single-game tickets for OSU baseball are sold on a general admission basis, and they priced at $6 for adults and $4 for students through high school and seniors age 62 and over. OSU students are admitted free with their student identification card.
Local Bi-Mart stores have 2-for-1 coupons available, allowing fans to buy 2 general admission tickets for the price of 1. There are also special rates for groups and high school teams; for more information on those prices, call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS.
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 Jon Warren and Kip Carlson. This weekend, the games on Friday and Saturday will not be heard but Sunday's game can be heard on the internet.
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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