Casey, Ellsbury On National Honors Team
June 6, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State head coach Pat Casey was named Co-Coach of the Year and Beaver outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was also selected when the College Baseball Foundation recently announced its National Honors Team.
Casey, in his 11th season at Oregon State, led the Beavers to their first title in a unified Pac-10 since winning the league's 1952 championship series, and their first championship of any type since winning the 1994 Northern Division pennant. OSU finished two games ahead of the runner-up in the Pac-10 standings after being picked to finish sixth in the conference's preseason coaches poll, and Casey recorded his 300th win at OSU and 500th win in 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach during the season.
Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) tied for the Pac-10 lead with a perfect fielding percentage (1.000), never committing an error in 117 chances. He also excelled offensively, finishing the regular season second in the conference in batting average (.415) and on base percentage (.504), while ranking among the Pac-10 leaders in hits (86, 3rd), steals (21, 3rd), slugging percentage (.604, 6th), doubles (17, t-7th) and total bases (125, 9th). His 86 hits in the regular season are the most in any season in Oregon State history and he also set the Beaver's record for career runs.
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