OSU Starts Baseball Season All Over Again
March 30, 2005
MONDAY, MARCH 28at Oregon State 12, Brigham Young 5TUESDAY, MARCH 22at Oregon State 11, Brigham Young 6FRIDAY, APRIL 1California at Oregon State; 5 p.m.(Radio on KEJO-AM 1240; live audio onwww.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, APRIL 2California at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Radio on KEJO-AM 1240; live audio onwww.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, APRIL 3California at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Radio on KEJO-AM 1240; live audio onwww.osubeavers.com)LITTLE LEAGUE SUNDAY: Any youth baseballor softball players wearing their jerseyto Sunday's game against California canpurchase a general admission ticket for $2.GET OUT THE GREEKS WEEKEND: The Oregon Statefraternity or sorority that gets the mostmembers out to the ballpark for the seriesagainst California will win a surprise.
Oregon State reaches the midway point of its 2005 baseball season this weekend, and so far life has been pretty good for the Beavers.
OSU (21-4 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) is off to its best start in over 30 years and the Beavers have been in all 4 national rankings for a month. Oregon State is currently on a four-game win streak and has also had win streaks of eight games and five games.
And now OSU gets to start all over again.
After sweeping a quick two-game series from Brigham Young earlier this week, the Beavers greet California (20-9, 3-0) for the start of Pacific-10 play. The teams will meet Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and ww.osubeavers.com.
The Beavers have positioned themselves for a run at the postseason, but now have to start from zero in the win column in perhaps the nation's toughest baseball conference.
'At this point, we've been anxious for conference to start and now we find out what we're going to be made of,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said.
The Beavers begin the Pac-10 season with votes worth 27th place in the USA Today/ESPN national coaches poll, ranked 18th by Baseball America magazine, 27th by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and 17th by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
OSU's 21-4 record is the Beavers' best through 25 games since 1962, when Oregon State opened the season 23-2. Grinding out the pair wins over Brigham Young - a team that had won six straight games and 14 of its last 15 - in some foul weather wasn't a bad way to finish the bulk of the non-conference schedule.
'To win two games was a big plus for us, because it keeps that momentum going and takes us into conference with some confidence,' Casey said. 'We couldn't really afford to lose another game to weather. We've played 25 non-conference games and we've got 21 wins; I think as a club, we're excited about that but we also know what we've got to do to get it done in conference.'
Jonah Nickerson pitched the win in the first game against BYU, not allowing an earned run in five innings. That sends the Beavers into their Pac-10 opener with both sophomore righthanders in their starting rotation sporting 5-0 records and earned run averages under 1.00. Dallas Buck leads the Pac-10 in ERA at 0.77 and Jonah Nickerson is second at 0.90; Nickerson is the leader in opponents' batting average at .160 and Buck is second at .174.
The weekend also features a matchup of the two leaders in the Pacific-10 batting race. Cal's Brennan Boesch moved into the lead with a .430 mark through last weekend's games, while OSU's Jacoby Ellsbury is close behind at .426. The Beavers' Andy Jenkins is third at .413.
Ellsbury also leads the Pac-10 with 13 stolen bases.
California began Pac-10 play last weekend, sweeping Washington State by scores of 13-2, 11-4 and 5-4. After beating Sacramento State 7-5 on Tuesday, the Golden Bears are on a four-game winning streak.
Oregon State is likely to face senior righthander Eric Dworkis (3-3 record, 3.15 earned run average) on Friday and junior righthander Adam Gold (4-2, 5.40) on Saturday, with Cal's starter for Sunday to be announced. At the plate, the Golden Bears have been led by sophomore outfielder Boesch (.430 batting average, 6 home runs, 23 runs batted in), freshman infielder Josh Satin (.374, 2, 22) and freshman infielder Mike Van Winden (.347, 1, 20).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.366, 2 HRs, 15 RBIsor - Billy Munich, jr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.087, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, sr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.400, 3 HRs, 19 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.366, 2 HRs, 15 RBIs2B - Ryan Gipson, jr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);.281, 0 HRs, 4 RBIsor - Chris Kunda, jr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.297, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, jr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.337, 2 HRs, 18 RBIsSS - Darwin Barney, fr.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);.296, 2 HRs, 16 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, so.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.275, 0 HRs, 21 RBIsor - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.278, 0 HRs, 11 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, jr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.427, 4 HRs, 22 RBIsRF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.325, 0 HRs, 10 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.278, 0 HRs, 11 RBIsor - Joey Ledesma, jr.; Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC);.317, 0 HRs, 10 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)Fri., RHP - Dallas Buck, so.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);5-0 record, 0.77 ERASat., LHP - Anton Maxwell, so.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);4-0 record, 4.19 ERASun., RHP - Jonah Nickerson, so.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);5-0 record, 0.90 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: After the sweep on Monday and Tuesday, Oregon State has an all-time record against Brigham Young of 10-6 in a series dating back to 1971.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 14-32 against California in a series dating back to 1916. Last season, OSU took 2 of 3 games in Berkeley, winning 15-5, losing 11-5 and winning 14-3.
OREGON STATE NOTES: In OSU's last 5 games against Dallas Baptist and Brigham Young, the Beavers' top hitters were Jacoby Ellsbury (.579, 11-for-19, 3 homers, 4 doubles, 8 RBIs, 7 runs), Joey Ledesma (.429, 3-for-7, 1 double, 2 RBIs), Geoff Wagner (.400, 4-for-10, 1 double, 1 RBI), Shea McFeely (.389, 7-for-18, 1 double, 1 homer, 6 RBIs) Andy Jenkins (.375, 9-for-24, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs) and Darwin Barney (.350, 7-for-20, 1 double, 4 RBIs, 7 runs) ... Oregon State's longest current hitting streak belongs to Ellsbury at 7 games, while Jenkins has a hit in his last 4 games. Earlier this season, Ellsbury hit in the first 14 games of the season to give him a streak of 16 games over 2 seasons. Jenkins has had a 9-game streak, Barney an 8-game streak, Mike Lissman a 7-game streak, McFeely a 6-game streak and Mitch Canham and Tyler Graham 5-game streaks ... Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 12 this season while Jenkins has 11, McFeely 9, Barney 7, and Canham, Lissman and Graham 6 each ... Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 8, Jenkins and Lissman have 5 each, and McFeely and Barney 4 each ...
Of Oregon State's 18 home runs this season, 10 have come with the bases empty and another 3 with just 5 man on base. OSU didn't have a 3-run homer until its 11th of the season, hit by Andy Jenkins against Sacramento State on March 19 ... OSU went over 2 years without a grand slam, then got a pair of them within 5 days on March 25-March 29 from Jacoby Ellsbury against Dallas Baptist and Scott Nelson against Brigham Young; Nelson's was a pinch-hit job. OSU's last grand slam prior to that had been by Kerisi Reynolds against Cal State-Northridge on Feb. 27, 2003 ... OSU's opponents have only scored more than 3 runs in 9 of the Beavers' first 25 games ... the Beavers are 18-1 when leading after 6 innings and when leading after 7 innings, and OSU is 19-0 when leading after 8 innings ... the Beavers are 15-1 in games in which they score first this season ... OSU has swept 3 series this season - at California-Santa Barbara (3 games), vs. Sacramento State (3 games) and vs. Brigham Young (2 games) ...
Oregon State's next win will be the 1,800th in the Beavers' varsity baseball history, which dates back to the 1907 season ... OSU takes a 21-4 record into its Pacific-10-opening series against California. That is the Beavers' best 25-game start since 1962, when Oregon State opened the season 23-2 en route to an eventual NCAA postseason berth and a No. 13 ranking in the final Collegiate Baseball poll that year ... fans at Oregon State's 11-6 win over Brigham Young on March 29 got to see a rarity - both teams led off the game with a home run. BYU's Sean McNaughton started the game with a drive to left-centerfield off OSU starter Daniel Turpen; Jacoby Ellsbury answered for the Beavers, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a drive to rightfield off BYU starter Justin Su'a ... from March 24-March 29, OSU's pitching staff went 26.1 innings across 4 games without allowing an earned run against Dallas Baptist and Brigham Young ... the Beavers were streak-killers against DBU and BYU, ending the Patriots' 8-game winning streak and the Cougars' 6-game winning streak. BYU had also won 14 of its last 15 games before being swept in the 2-game series ...
When Jacoby Ellsbury stole a pair of bases in the final game of a series against Dallas Baptist on March 25, it gave him 47 for his career and moved him into sole possession of third place on the Beavers' all-time list of career leaders. The man he passed? Steve Lyons, now a broadcaster for Fox Sports, who stole 46 bases for OSU from 1979-81 ... Oregon State went into its March 24-25 series against Dallas Baptist with a team earned run average of 2.30. After giving up 17 runs - all earned - in a series-opening loss, that figure went up to 3.02. The next day, the Beavers didn't allow an earned run in sweeping a doubleheader and the number dropped back to 2.75 ... Chris Campos had hits in 5 straight at-bats against Pepperdine and Winthrop on March 12-13, including 3 doubles ... the Beavers had just 5 homers through their first 14 games, then hit 3 in a 9-4 loss to Pepperdine on March 12 ... 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 ... 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, 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 the 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 ... Todd Shelton needed just 3 plate appearances to tie an OSU school record, being hit by pitch his first 3 times up against New Mexico State on Feb. 3 ... 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 dropped the opening game of its current 8-game homestand but has won 4 straight since then, taking 2 of 3 games from Dallas Baptist and sweeping a 2-game series from Brigham Young.
On March 24, Oregon State's winning streak ended at 5 games as Dallas Baptist took a 17-7 win over the 23rd-ranked Beavers. OSU gave up season-highs in runs and hits (21) as Dallas Baptist won its eighth straight game. Sophomore righthander Jake McCormick, making his first career start, pitched a scoreless first inning but couldn't get through the second, giving up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. Oregon State had squandered a chance at taking the lead in the bottom of the first inning, loading the bases with none out. Andy Jenkins then lined out to second base and Chris Campos was doubled off first on the play, and Mitch Canham flied out to rightfield to end the inning. The Patriots added 1 run in the third inning and 2 more in the fourth for a 7-0 lead. Oregon State's chance to make a game of it came in the bottom of the fifth, as the inning began with consecutive singles by Darwin Barney, Ryan Gipson and Jacoby Ellsbury; Tyler Graham then hit into a fielder's choice to plate OSU's first run and leave runners at the corners with one out. The Beavers pulled off a double steal with Gipson scoring and Graham taking second, then Graham advancing to third on an error on the play. Chris Campos came to the plate; after the count reached two balls, two strikes, the game was halted due to rain. After a delay of 36 minutes, Campos popped out to second base and Jenkins flied out to left to end the inning with the score still 7-2. Dallas Baptist got those runs back on Jeremy Goldschmeding's 2-out, 2-run double to leftfield to make it 9-2. The Patriots then scored 7 runs in the top of the seventh, including a 3-run pinch-hit homer by Sean Burgess, for a 16-2 lead. OSU's Lonnie Lechelt made his first career hit a homer as the freshman infielder hit a two-run shot to left in the Beavers' 3-run eighth inning. Oregon State's Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-3.
On March 25, Jacoby Ellsbury was 4-for-7 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 6 runs batted in and 2 stolen bases for Oregon State as the 23rd-ranked Beavers swept Dallas Baptist 7-2 and 11-3. Dallas Buck pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 12 in the opener for OSU, which did not allow an earned run in the doubleheader. OSU's sweep ended an eight-game winning streak for Dallas Baptist. DBU righthander Rodney Brantley kept the Beavers scoreless for the first 3 innings, but OSU loaded the bases with one out and then broke through on Darwin Barney's run-scoring single to center. Reliever Brice Wells walked Ryan Gipson to force in another run, then Ellsbury drove a full-count pitch over the rightfield fence for OSU's first grand slam of the season and a 6-0 lead. Buck turned in the first complete game of his OSU career and his dozen strikeouts were a new career high, eclipsing the 10 that he fanned in a win over Sacramento State last weekend. He walked just 1 and was nicked for unearned runs in the fourth and eighth innings. Buck's performance was also OSU's first complete game this season. Andy Jenkins was the only Beaver with more than one hit in the opener, going 2-for-3 with a double. In the second game, the Beavers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against Dallas Baptist righthander Tyler Rowland. Ellsbury led off with a double and Tyler Graham, Jenkins and Mitch Canham all had run-scoring singles in the inning. OSU expanded its advantage to 7-0 in the second inning as Ellsbury hit a solo homer to right and Jenkins and Shea McFeely had run-scoring singles. The Patriots got within 7-3 in the top of the third when a 2-out error opened the door for Drew Holder's 3-run homer. That was all DBU would get against Maxwell and relievers Nate Fogle and Kevin Gunderson, who combined on a 5hitter. Maxwell ran his record to 4-0 this season with 6.0 innings of work, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3, then Fogle threw 2.0 perfect innings of relief and Gunderson retired the Patriots in order in the ninth. Jenkins was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs during the second game. Ellsbury was 3-for-4 with the homer and 2 doubles in the second game, Geoff Wagner was 2-for-3 with a double, McFeely was 2-for-4 and Graham was 2-for-5.
On March 28, Oregon State's game against Brigham Young was suspended due to rain with OSU leading 5-1 in the middle of the fifth inning. The start of the game was delayed 39 minutes by rain, there was a stiff wind blowing from the southwest and persistent sprinkles dampened the final few innings of action. By the time the game was suspended at 7:28 p.m., the Beavers had used a 3-run fourth inning to widen their lead before 248 hardy fans. The frame started with Darwin Barney's infield single, then he was sacrificed to second by Mike Lissman; a pair of errors on the play allowed Lissman to reach second and Barney to take third. Ryan Gipson's double to center scored Barney and sent Lissman to third, then Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by pitch to load the bases. Brigham Young then brought on Anthony Bingham to relieve Mitch Woolf, and Bingham got Tyler Graham to bounce into a fielder's choice that nailed Lissman at the plate. Andy Jenkins' flyout to right wasn't deep enough to bring home a run, but with 2 out Geoff Wagner got an infield single to drive in one run and Shea McFeely drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 5-1.
On March 29, Oregon State finished a series sweep of Brigham Young, completing a 12-5 win that had been suspended due to rain the previous night and then taking an 11-6 victory in the finale. Scott Nelson's pinch-hit grand slam punctuated the win in the opener, then freshmen boosted the Beavers in the second game as Daniel Turpen pitched his first collegiate win, Lonnie Lechelt homered and Darwin Barney was 3-for-5 with 1 double and 3 RBIs. he Beavers picked up a pair of foul-weather wins over a team that came into the series with a six-game winning streak and 14 wins in its last 15 games. The teams played through damp conditions the previous night, but heavy overnight rains gave way to occasional showers and there were no delays. Oregon State bumped its lead in the suspended game to 10-1 with a 5-run sixth inning that included Nelson's grand slam. Sophomore righthander Jonah Nickerson improved to 5-0 with the win after pitching the 5. 0 innings played Monday night. Nickerson allowed 1 unearned run on 5 hits and 0 walks while striking out 8. BYU did get back within 10-5 with a 4-run eighth inning. Barney was 2-for-4 and Jenkins was 2-for-6 with a double for the Beavers in the first game of the series. In the finale, Brigham Young took its first lead of the series when Sean McNaughton led off with a homer against Turpen, a righthander making his second start and just his third appearance of the season. The Cougars then loaded the bases with a hit, a walk and a 2-out error but Turpen fanned Brandon Relf to end the inning with the score still 1-0. OSU's Jacoby Ellsbury then led off the bottom of the first with a homer to right-center to tie the score, and Oregon State led 3-1 after one inning as Barney and Joey Ledesma added two-out, run-scoring singles.The Beavers rapped 16 hits in the second game, with Shea McFeely going 3-for-4 and driving in a pair of runs, Ellsbury going 3-for-6 and driving in two runs, Ledesma going 2-for-3 and driving in two runs, and Jenkins going 2-for-6 with a double.
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 28 (OSU's suspended game vs. Brigham Young on March 28 that was completed on March 29 not included):
INDIVIDUAL BATTING2. Jacoby Ellsbury .4263. Andy Jenkins .4139. Mitch Canham .379INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING5. Jacoby Ellsbury .6609. Andy Jenkins .635INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE2. Jacoby Ellsbury .505INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES3. (tie) Mike Lissman 10INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES8. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 28. (tie) Mitch Canham 2INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES9. Jacoby Ellsbury 62INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH6. (tie) Mike Lissman 6INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. Jacoby Ellsbury 13INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Dallas Buck 0.772. Jonah Nickerson 1.036. Kevin Gunderson 2.28INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING1. Jonah Nickerson .1452. Dallas Buck .1743. Kevin Gunderson .1834. Anton Maxwell .220INNINGS PITCHED7. Dallas Buck 46.2INDIVIDUAL STRIKEOUTS2. (tie) Dallas Buck 639. Jonah Nickerson 41INDIVIDUAL WINS2. (tie) Dallas Buck 55. (tie) Jonah Nickerson 4INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 55. (tie) Nate Fogle 3TEAM BATTING2. Oregon State .319TEAM SLUGGING3. Oregon State .458TEAM ON-BASE2. Oregon State .403TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE1. Oregon State 2.75TEAM OPPONENTS BATTING1. Oregon State .203TEAM FIELDING6. Oregon State .967
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 29:
CAREER HITS5. Chris Biles, 2000-03 1996. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 1877. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 1868. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92 185> 9. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 181
Andy Jarvis, 2000-03 1415. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 1396. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 134(tie) Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 134> 8. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 133 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 241 3. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 47 Jared Sanders, 2002-04 122. Mike Boire, 1996-98 113. Jim Grove, 1979-82 9> 4. Kevin Gunderson, 2004-present 8 (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 6 Stephen Copeland, 2000-03 510. Jeff Post, 1989-92 4(tie) Scott Christman, 1991-93 4(tie) Mark Newell, 1996-2000 4(tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003-04 4> Nate Fogle, 2005-present 3 Jared Sanders, 2002 92. Mike Boire, 1997 83. Dallas Buck, 2004 64. Jim Grove, 1982 5(tie) Stephen Copeland, 2001 5> (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2005 5 Andy Baldwin, 2003 410. Many players 3> (tie) Nate Fogle, 2003 3
2005 ENTRIES IN THE BEAVER RECORD BOOK: Here are Oregon State's entries in the school record book through March 29:DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Mike Lissman vs. NewMexico State, Feb. 5. HIT BY PITCH IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Todd Shelton vs.New Mexico State, Feb. 3.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats through March 29:THREW A NO-HITTER: Apr. 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selbergand Jack Humphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11, Portland 0. (Individual -Apr. 12, 1947; Fred Gallagher vs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0). WAS NO-HIT: Mar. 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-Clark Stateat Hawai'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. 19, 2005; Anton Maxwell, Jake McCormickand Kurt Steele vs. California-Davis at San Diego, Calif. OSU 8,California-Davis 0. (Individual - May 19, 2001; Scott Nicholsonvs. Southern California. OSU 6, Southern California 0.) HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: Mar. 25, 2005; DallasBuck vs. Dallas Baptist; 12 strikeouts. OSU 7, Dallas Baptist 2. PITCHED A COMPLETE GAME: Mar. 25, 2005; Dallas Buck vs.Dallas Baptist. OSU 7, Dallas Baptist 2. HIT A GRAND SLAM: Mar. 29, 2005; Scott Nelson vs. BrighamYoung (completion of game suspended on Mar. 28; pinch hit). OSU 12, Brigham Young 5. HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: Mar. 11, 2001; Andy Jarvisvs. 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: Mar. 29, 2005; Scott Nelson vs. BrighamYoung (completion of game suspended on Mar. 28; grand slam). OSU12, Brigham Young 5. HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: Feb. 13, 2004; Andy Jenkinsvs. Utah. OSU 8, Utah 6. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: Apr. 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews andAndy Jarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on thefirst pitch of each at-bat). OSU 11, Washington State 3. HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: Apr. 11, 2000; BrianBarden, Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5. HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez atPortland 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-Little Rock at Arlington, Tex. OSU 8, Arkansas-LittleRock 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: Mar. 22, 2005; Tyler Graham atPortland. OSU 7, Portland 5. DROVE IN NINE RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 2, 1985; Ken Bowen atChico State. OSU 36, Chico State 12. DROVE IN EIGHT RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 31, 2004; Shea McFeelyat Portland. OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SEVEN RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 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: Mar. 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at ChicoState. OSU 36, Chico State 12. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 5, 2000; Brian Bardenat Washington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 25, 2005; Jacoby Ellsburyvs. Dallas Baptist (2nd game). OSU 11, Dallas Baptist 3. STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: Apr. 11, 1991; David Andersonvs. Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0. STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 28, 2004; Jacoby Ellsburyvs. 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: Apr. 13, 2004; Shea McFeely atWashington. OSU 6, Washington 4 (12 innings). TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: Apr. 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudsonvs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerber steps onfirst base before runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SSHudson 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 44 games cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 15 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 rescheduled 12 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 Oregon State beat California-Davis 8-0 on Feb. 19 at the San Diego Tournament. Casey has a record of 316-229-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .579.
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 487-342-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, is good for a winning percentage of .587.
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 1,799-1,242-15, a winning percentage of .591. 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 20,037 runs and allowed 15,520 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 929-412-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .693. OSU is 10-2 at home this season and averaging 578 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 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 and dues are $30 per season. 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. 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 three games against California can be heard on both KEJO and 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.