Beavers Climb In National Baseball Rankings

May 9, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State once again attained its highest-ever place in a national baseball ranking on Monday when the Beavers were listed at No. 3 by Baseball America magazine. OSU (36-8 overall, 14-4 Pacific-10) is also ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings.

Oregon State visits Washington (27-17, 7-8) for a Pacific-10 series this weekend with games Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com. The Beavers then visit Portland on Tuesday, May 17 at 3 p.m. for a non-conference game.

After beating Portland at home and sweeping a three-game series at UCLA over the weekend, the Beavers moved up one spot in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings and jumped four places in the coaches poll. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll will bereleased Tuesday; OSU was eighth in that poll last week.

The Beavers are in first place in the Pacific-10 standings, one-half game ahead of Arizona (32-15, 12-3).

Oregon State junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury continues to lead the Pacific-10 batting race with a .446 average through last weekend's games; his .528 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases are second in the conference and his .651 slugging percentage is fourth. Junior second baseman Ryan Gipson knocked Ellsbury from the lead in on-base percentage with his .529 mark. OSU senior first baseman Andy Jenkins is fourth in the batting race at .378.

Beaver sophomore righthanders Jonah Nickerson and Dallas Buck kept hold of the top two spots in earned run average lead at 1.43 and 2.01, respectively, with OSU sophomore lefthander Kevin Gunderson fifth at 2.77. Buck is tied for the conference lead in victories with nine, while Nickerson and sophomore lefthander Anton Maxwell are tied for third with eight each. Gunderson's 10 saves give him the Pac-10 lead in that department.

As a team, OSU's pitching staff is first in earned run average (.2.89), opponents' batting average (.220). The Beavers are first in on-base percentage (.419) and second in batting average (.323).

After playing at Portland on May 17, Oregon State returns home to finish the Pacific-10 season against Southern California on May 20-22, and the Beavers still have a rained-out home game against Portland to reschedule.

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