OSU No. 5 in coaches poll, No. 3 by Baseball America

May 16, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State moved up one spot to No. 5 in the USA Today/ESPN national baseball coaches poll that was released Monday. The Beavers (39-8 overall, 17-4 Pacific-10) remained No. 3 in the Baseball America rankings and climbed five spots to No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll will be released Tuesday; OSU was eighth in that poll last week. The Beavers are coming off a sweep at Washington last weekend that gives them an eight-game winning streak heading into the final week of Oregon State's regular season.

OSU visits Portland (16-34 overall) for a non-conference game on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Beavers then return home to finish the regular season this weekend against Southern California (32-15, 1-6) with games Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. All four games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

The Beavers are in first place in the Pac-10 standings, two games ahead of Arizona (33-16, 13-4); the Wildcats conclude a series at Arizona State on Monday night and then go to Stanford and host California in Pac-10 series the next two weekends.

Oregon State and Portland have met three times this season and all three have been close OSU victories - 6-4 in Corvallis on Feb. 15, 7-5 in Portland on March 22, and 6-2 in Corvallis on May 3. The teams will not make up a game that was rained out April 12 in Corvallis. The all-time series between the state's two NCAA Division I baseball programs dates back to 1909, with OSU holding a 137-59 lead.

Oregon State junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury continues to lead the Pacific-10 batting race with a .426 average through last weekend's games; his .515 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases are second in the conference and his .619 slugging percentage is sixth. Junior second baseman Ryan Gipson maintained the lead in on-base percentage with his .526 mark. OSU senior first baseman Andy Jenkins is fourth in the batting race at .388.

Beaver sophomore righthanders Jonah Nickerson and Dallas Buck kept hold of the top two spots in earned run average lead at 1.31 and 1.83, respectively, with OSU sophomore lefthander Kevin Gunderson fifth at 2.70. Buck is tied for the conference lead in victories with 10, while sophomore lefthander Anton Maxwell is tied for third with nine and Nickerson is tied for sixth with eight. Gunderson's 11 saves give him the Pac-10 lead in that department.

As a team, OSU's pitching staff is first in earned run average (2.74) and opponents' batting average (.215). The Beavers are first in on-base percentage (.419) and second in batting average (.319).

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