Beavers Face Three Tough Opponents This Weekend

March 9, 2005

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11-SUNDAY, MARCH 13Oregon State at Yellow Book USA Classic;Malibu, Calif.FRIDAY, MARCH 11Oregon State vs. Cal State-Northridge;10 a.m.(Live audio on www.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, MARCH 12Oregon State at Pepperdine; 2 p.m.(Live audio on www.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, MARCH 13Oregon State vs. Winthrop; 10 a.m.(Live audio on www.osubeavers.com)

Oregon State gets a variety pack of tough competition this weekend when the Beavers (11-2 overall) travel to Pepperdine for three games at the Yellow Book USA Classic.

All three OSU opponents were at least .500 going into the week, as the Beavers will play Cal State-Northridge (5-5-1) on Friday at 10 a.m., Pepperdine (9-7) on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Winthrop (13-3) on Sunday at 10 a.m.

The Beavers find themselves in all four national rankings for the second straight week - at No. 22 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, No. 23 in the Baseball America magazine rankings, and No. 28 in both the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings.

But the Beavers' opponents are no strangers to the rankings. Pepperdine defeated No. 4 South Carolina last weekend in winning a tournament at Minnesota, and Winthrop is ranked No. 30 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 31 by the NCBWA.

'We've got to go down there and play with focus and intensity, and we've got to play well and execute in every aspect of the game or it could be a long, long weekend,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Pepperdine is coming off a win over a top-five club, Winthrop is ranked and has beaten a number of good clubs, and it seems like we play Cal State-Northridge just about every season so we know that they're always a solid club.

'It's a real challenge. We're stepping out there every day against a new opponent and every day against a good opponent.'

The Beavers' hopes for success start in the same place that they've found success so far this spring - pitching.

OSU leads the Pacific-10 with a 2.05 team earned run average, a full run per game ahead of the conference's second-place team in that category, and in opponents' batting average at .172, over 50 points ahead of the runner-up there.

Individually, sophomore righthander Jonah Nickerson leads the Pac-10 in both ERA (0.86) and opponents' batting average (.132). OSU has the top five pitchers in the conference in opponents' batting average and four of the top eight in ERA as sophomore righthander Dallas Buck, sophomore lefthanders Kevin Gunderson and Anton Maxwell and junior righthander Nate Fogle are all near the top of the lists.

'That's amazing,' Casey said. 'The way this conference is loaded with pitching, to have that many guys up there - even for one week - is unreal. But we've had guys step up and get the job done in just about every ballgame. Now they've just got to keep doing that.'

The Beavers also have the Pac-10 batting leader, stolen base leader and on-base percentage leader in junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who is batting .472 with one homer, two triples, five doubles and 10 runs batted in, and is 8-for-10 on stolen bases. He's also walked nine times and been hit by pitch once while striking out just once for an on-base percentage of .556.

Early this week, Ellsbury was among those players added to the 2005 Wallace Watch by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Tex. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year.

Senior first baseman Andy Jenkins ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in batting average at .417 and eighth in slugging percentage at .625. Sophomore catcher/first baseman Mitch Canham and sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman are also among the conference leaders in several offensive categories.

Cal State-Northridge spent last weekend at home in a three-game series against Northwestern, winning 16-0, losing 9-5 and winning the finale 11-8. Last weekend's starting pitchers for the Matadors were sophomore righthander Craig Baker (3-0 record, 2.25 earned run average), junior lefthander Jimm Brettl (0-2, 4.05) and sophomore righthander Joe Rocchio (1-2, 5.75). CSUN's leaders at the plate have been senior outfielder John Voita (.395 batting average, 2 home runs, 6 runs batted in), junior infielder Erik Hagstrom (.368, 0, 7) and sophomore shortstop Raymond Ravago (.326, 1, 7).

Pepperdine went unbeaten in three games last weekend to win the Dairy Queen Classic, beating South Carolina 7-5, New Orleans 9-0 and host Minnesota 15-2. The Waves' likely rotation for the weekend is senior righthander Kea Kometani (2-2, 3.51), junior lefthander Paul Coleman (3-0, 2.30) and freshman righthander Barry Enright (1-0, 6.14). Offensively, Pepperdine has been paced by senior first baseman Steve Kleen (.391, 3, 20), sophomore catcher Chad Tracy (.362, 3, 20) and freshman infielder Danny Worth (.357, 1, 9, 4-4 stolen bases).

Winthrop swept Charleston Southern last weekend in a home series, winning 3-0, 12-3 and 9-2. The Eagles' rotation in that series consisted of junior righthander Kevin Slowey (4-0, 1.95), sophomore righthander Heath Rollins (2-2, 4.40) and junior righthander Chris Leroux (2-0, 3.68). Hitting leaders have been infielder Rollins (.475, 1, 10, 7-8 stolen bases), junior outfielder/first baseman Jacob Dempsey (.429, 2, 19), and senior outfielder Kyle Roberson (.355, 0, 6, 8-10 stolen bases).

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

C - Billy Munich, jr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.105, 1 HR, 2 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.410, 1 HR, 11 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, sr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.417, 1 HR, 7 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.410, 1 HR, 11 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, jr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.269, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Ryan Gipson, jr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);.182, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, jr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.300, 0 HRs, 7 RBIsSS - Darwin Barney, fr.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);.269, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, so.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.349, 0 HRs, 17 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, jr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.472, 1 HR, 10 RBIsRF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.343, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsor-Danny Anderson, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (San Jose State U.);.3216, 1 HR, 3 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.111, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor - Joey Ledesma, jr.; Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC);.333, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri., RHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);2-0 record, 1.14 ERASat., LHP - Anton Maxwell, so.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);2-0 record, 4.43 ERASun., RHP - Jonah Nickerson, fr.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);2-0 record, 0.86 ERA

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 9-9 against Cal State-Northridge in a series dating back to 1999. Last season, OSU won 3-2 in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-4 against Pepperdine in a series dating back to 1977. The teams have not met since 1985, when Pepperdine won 6-1 in an NCAA Regional in Stanford, Calif. OSU's only previous visit to Pepperdine was in 1980, when the Beavers swept 2 games by scores of 3-2 and 7-3.

Oregon State and Winthrop will be meeting in baseball for the first time.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Last week, Oregon State's top hitters were senior first baseman Andy Jenkins, who hit .750 (3-for-4) with 2 runs batted in and 1 stolen base and junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who batted .455 (5-for-11) with 1 double, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases ... OSU's series with California-Riverside was dominated by pitching. The Beavers had a 1.67 earned run average in the series and allowed the Highlanders a .168 team batting average; UCR had a 2.88 ERA and allowed OSU a .247 batting average ... OSU's starting pitchers allowed just 2 earned runs in 18.1 innings against the Highlanders ...

Oregon State's bullpen has a 1.85 ERA this season, and only 4 of 25 runners inherited by Beaver relievers have scored ... OSU has 34 doubles and its opponents have just 11; sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman already has 10 doubles for OSU ... OSU has been matched in homers by its opponents at 5-5, but the Beavers have 5 triples while not allowing any thus far this season ... with runners in scoring position, the Beavers are outhitting their opponents .303 to .221 ... OSU's 11-2 record is the Beavers' best 13-game start since 1968, when OSU opened with an 11-1-1 record ... when OSU beat UCR 7-2 on March 6, the game time of 3 hours, 18 minutes was the Beavers' longest of the season and it was just the third time in 2005 that an OSU game had crossed the 3-hour barrier. OSU's average time of game so far has been just under 2:46 ...

Oregon State's longest current hitting streak belongs to junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has a hit in every game this season and a 15-game hitting streak extending back into the end of the 2004 campaign. After that, the longest current streak is junior outfielder Tyler Graham's 4-gamer. Earlier this season, freshman shortstop Darwin Barney had an 8-game streak, sophomore outfielder Mike Lissman a 7-game streak, junior third baseman Shea McFeely a 6-game streak and sophomore first baseman/catcher Mitch Canham a 5-game streak ... Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 7 this season while McFeely, Jenkins and Lissman have 4 each ... Ellsbury and Lissman lead the Beavers in multi-RBI games this season with 4 each, while Canham has 3 ...

Oregon State's 8-game winning streak from Feb. 5-Feb. 27 was the Beavers' longest since a 10-gamer midway through the 1998 season ... 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 played its first home series of the season March 4-6, taking 2 of 3 games from California-Riverside at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers lost the opener 3-2 before winning 5-2 and 7-2.

On March 4, Oregon State's winning streak ended at 8 games as UC-Riverside beat the Beavers 3-2. Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits and extended his hitting streak to 13 games over 2 seasons for OSU. Oregon State took its only lead of the day at 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, only to see UCR score single runs in the top of the eighth and ninth innings. The Beavers outhit the Highlanders 8-7 but left 7 runners on base, including 4 in scoring position. Dallas Buck, Nate Fogle and Kevin Gunderson combined to allow only 2 earned runs and OSU lowered its team earned run average to 2.16. OSU finally got even in the bottom of the fourth when Mitch Canham singled through the right side with one out, was balked to second and scored on a double to centerfield by Shea McFeely. OSU wen in front 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh when catcher Billy Munich lofted a home run to rightfield to lead off the inning; it was Munich's first homer since April, 2003. UCR tied the game against Fogle in the top of the eight on a groundball and a chopper that went for singles, a stolen base and a run-scoring groundout by Brian Steinmeyer. The Highlanders took the lead against Gunderson after Brett Bigler doubled to leftfield with one out, stole third and scored on Andrew Martinez's sacrifice fly. Buck went 6.2 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9. Gunderson suffered his first loss of the season after posting 2 wins and 3 saves.

On March 5, Anton Maxwell and 3 relievers combined to pitch a 4-hitter as Oregon State beat UC-Riverside 5-2. Jacoby Ellsbury had an infield single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. Maxwell gave up back-to-back doubles by Brett Bigler and Andrew Martinez to start the game, and a wild pitch later in the inning made it 2-0. The Highlanders would get only 2 hits and advance 1 runner as far as second base after that point in front of a crowd of 1,179. Maxwell, Jake McCormick, Nate Fogle and Kevin Gunderson combined to allow 1 walk and strike out 6 as the Beavers lowered their team earned run average to 2.14 this spring. Maxwell improved to 2-0 this season as the sophomore lefthander worked 5.1 innings. After squandering opportunities in the first and second innings, the Beavers took the lead in the third. After Chris Campos led off with a walk and Shea McFeely singled up the middle, Joey Ledesma doubled just inside first base to drive in a run and Mike Lissman's grounder drove in the tying run with Lissman reaching on an error on the play. Darwin Barney's groundout then drove in another run to make it 3-2. OSU added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth. Ledesma singled through the left side to start the inning, then Chris Kunda reached base on a 2-out error. Canham drove them both home with a triple to centerfield to make it 5-2. OSU had 7 hits, with Ledsema's 2-for-2 game the Beavers' only multi-hit effort.

On March 6, Oregon State used a 5-run eighth inning to beat UC-Riverside 7-2. Andy Jenkins had a 2-run single in the eighth inning and was 3-for-4 for the Beavers, while Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Oregon State starter Jonah Nickerson and relievers Kevin Joslyn, Nate Fogle and Kevin Gunderson combined on a 5-hitter, allowing 1 earned run to drop the Beavers' team earned run average to 2.05. A crowd of 1,137 was still in suspense until OSU broke the game open in the eighth.The Beavers left 8 runners in scoring position in the first 7 innings, hitting the ball hard a number of times in those situations but lining out. Against UCR righthander Taylor Bills in the eighth, a walk, a Darwin Barney single and an error loaded the bases with 1 out. With pinch-hitter Mike Lissman at the plate, Bills was called for a balk - his third of the game - to plate the go-ahead run. Anthony Claggett relieved Bills at that point and allowed run-scoring singles to Lissman and Tyler Graham, and Jenkins capped the inning with his 2-run single for a 7-2 lead. OSU had gone in front 1-0 in the bottom of the third when Ellsbury singled hard off Bills' shin to drive in Mitch Canham from second. UCR threatened to take the lead in the top of the fourth when it loaded the bases with none out against Nickerson on a strikeout/passed ball, an error on a potential double-play ball and a bunt single. Nickerson then got a pair of strikeouts but a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score before he could retire the final hitter. Ellsbury returned the lead to OSU at 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a run-scoring double that drove Graham in from first base. The Highlanders again evened the game in the next half-inning when Nick Salotti led off with a double and eventually scored on Matt Cunningham's sacrifice fly. Nickerson lowered his ERA to 0.86 in 21 innings of work this season by not allowing an earned run in 6.1 innings, allowing just 2 hits and walking 3 while striking out 7. Fogle got the win to improve to 2-1 for 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

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.

OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among Pacific-10 leaders through March 6:

INDIVIDUAL BATTING1. Jacoby Ellsbury	.4724. Andy Jenkins	.4177. Mitch Canham	.410INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING5. Jacoby Ellsbury	.6987. Mike Lissman	.6288. Andy Jenkins	.62510. Mitch Canham	.615INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE1. Jacoby Ellsbury	.5566. Mitch Canham	.489INDIVIDUAL HITS9. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury	25INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN8. (tie) Mike Lissman	17INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES2. Mike Lissman	10INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES4. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury	2INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH5. (tie) Mike Lissman	6INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. Jacoby Ellsbury	8INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Jonah Nickerson	0.862. Dallas Buck	1.145. (tie) Kevin Gunderson	1.938. Nate Fogle	2.08INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING1. Jonah Nickerson	.1322. Kevin Gudnerson	.1433. Anton Maxwell	.1744. Dallas Buck	.1765. Nate Fogle	.178INDIVIDUAL STRIKEOUTS7. (tie) Dallas Buck	33INDIVIDUAL WINS9. (tie) Dallas Buck	29. (tie) Nate Fogle	29. (tie) Kevin Gunderson	29. (tie) Anton Maxwell	29. (tie) Jonah Nickerson	2INDIVIDUAL SAVES2. Kevin Gunderson	33. (tie) Nate Fogle	2TEAM BATTING2. Oregon State	.310TEAM SLUGGING2. Oregon State	.441TEAM ON-BASE3. Oregon State	.397TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Oregon State	2.05TEAM OPPONENTS BATTING1. Oregon State	.172TEAM FIELDING5. Oregon State	.972

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 March 6:

CAREER HITS10. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93	179> Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present	162 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	231  5. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present	42 Jared Sanders, 2002-04	122. Mike Boire, 1996-98	113. Jim Grove, 1979-82	94. Dave Schoppe, 1989-91	6> (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 March 6:

     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 306-227-4 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's career record of 477-340-5, 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 1,789-1,240-15, 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 19,958 runs and allowed 15,461 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 922-411-1 at home for a winning percentage of .692. OSU is 3-1 at home this season and averaging 947 fans per home date. 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 22 remaining 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 for all OSU 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. This weekend, all 3 games from Pepperdine's Yellow Book USA Classic can be heard on the internet.

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State is awaiting word on any 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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