Beavers Now No. 4 In USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll

May 23, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - After clinching at least a share of the Pacific-10 championship over the weekend, Oregon State moved up one spot to No. 4 in the USA Today/ESPN national baseball coaches poll that was released Monday. The Beavers (41-9 overall, 17-4 Pacific-10) remained No. 3 in both the Baseball America rankings and the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll will be released Tuesday; OSU was ranked No. 4 in that poll last week.

With Wednesday's game at Portland having been cancelled, OSU has completed its regular season as at least Pac-10 co-champions. Arizona is the only team with a chance to catch the Beavers in the standings, but the Wildcats must sweep a home series against Arizona this coming weekend to tie Oregon State in the final standings.

Oregon State is now idle until the NCAA Regionals, to be played June 3-6. Oregon State is hoping to be selected as one of 16 host schools for the NCAA Regionals, which are four-team double-elimination tournaments. The 16 sites will be announced on Sunday, May 29 at 12:30 p.m. and the announcement will televised on ESPN2; the entire 64-team bracket will be announced Monday, May 30 at 8:30 a.m. and the announcement will be televised on ESPN2.

Oregon State junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is second in the the Pacific-10 batting race with a .415 average through last weekend's games; his .504 on-base percentage and 21 stolen bases are second in the conference and his .604 slugging percentage is sixth. Junior second baseman Ryan Gipson maintained the lead in on-base percentage with his .528 mark. OSU senior first baseman Andy Jenkins is fourth in the batting race at .372.

Beaver sophomore righthander Dallas Buck leads the Pac-10 in earned run average at 1.93, victories with 11 and innings pitched with 107, and he's fifth in strikeouts with 109. OSU sophomore righthander Jonah Nickerson is second in ERA at 2.13 and Beaver sophomore lefthander Kevin Gunderson fifth at 2.78. Sophmore lefthander Anton Maxwell is tied for second in wins with 10. Gunderson's 13 saves give him the Pac-10 lead in that department.

As a team, OSU's pitching staff is first in earned run average (3.02) and opponents' batting average (.219). The Beavers are first in on-base percentage (.415) and second in batting average (.315).

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