OSU Seeks Reversal Of Fortune

Feb. 6, 2001


Oregon State at Cal-Santa Barbara (2), 11 a.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340).


Oregon State at Cal-Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.

RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340).

Oregon State (0-3 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) is determined to make the second week of the 2001 baseball season considerably better than the first when the Beavers visit Cal-Santa Barbara (1-2, 0-0 Big West) for a three-game series.

OSU began the season last weekend at Cal State-Northridge, losing big leads in all three games en route to losses of 17-7, 15-11 and 20-10.

'We didn't play anywhere near the way we thought we would in any aspect of the game,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said of the season-opening series. 'We swung the bats well early, but it was a very tough weekend. We've just got to come back from that.

'We had a little adversity with a couple of guys who could have helped not being with us, and nobody picked it up in their absence. But it's early, and we're looking forward to getting back out there.'

The Beavers would like to make a fresh start of it at Cal-Santa Barbara. The Gauchos also opened their season last weekend, traveling to San Jose State for a three-game series, UCSB won the opener 15-8 before losing 8-7 and 23-10.

That series bore some similarities to OSU's slugfest at Cal State-Northridge. UCSB batted .378 and San Jose State .359, the Gauchos' earned run average was 10.80 to the Spartans' 10.67. Cal Santa-Barbara's downfall came in the field, where it committed 12 errors.

Junior first baseman Tyler Von Schell is batting .636 with 2 homers and 6 runs batted in for UCSB, while senior shortstop Jeff Bannon is batting .556 with 1 RBI, senior third baseman Dave Molidor is batting .538 with 3 RBIs, senior second baseman Chad Peshke is batting .500 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs, and sophomore outfielder Jared Schumaker is batting .375 with 1 RBI.

The Gauchos' rotation includes junior righthander James Garcia, with a 1-0 record and 5.14 ERA, senior lefthander Rylie Ogle, with an 0-1 record and 1.80 ERA, and sophomore lefthander Jim Bullard, with an 0-1 record and 30.38 ERA.


C-Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS), .571, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

1B-Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS), .143, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs

2B-Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC), .200, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

3B-Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS), .333, 1 HR, 7 RBIs

SS-Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS), .214, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

LF-Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS), .500, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

or-Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS), .000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

CF-Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS), .625, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

RF-Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS), .462, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

DH-Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS), .500, 0 HRs, 1 RBI

or-Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS), .500, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

or-Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS), .000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

(Tentative starting pitching rotation)

RHP-Thad Johnson, sr., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC), 0-0, 8.44 ERA

LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC), 8-7, 4.72 ERA in 2000

RHP-Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS), 0-1, 49.50 ERA

or-Ben Rowe, fr., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS), 0-0, 7.20 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 6-7-1 against Cal-Santa Barbara in a series dating back to 1968. The teams last met in 1998, at the San Diego State tournament, UCSB tokk an 11-7 win, in a 3-game series at Santa Barbara, OSU won 13-1, UCSB won 7-6, and the teams tied 4-4 in a final game that was called due to the Beavers' travel plans.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State took early leads but couldn't hold them in all 3 games of a series at Cal State-Northridge on Feb. 2-4, losing 17-7, 15-11 and 20-10 in a game shortened to 7 innings due to a getaway-day 10-run rule.

On Feb. 2, Oregon State jumped in front 6-0 in the top of the first inning and still led 7-5 going into the bottom of the sixth. CSUN scored 12 runs over its final 3 at-bats, though, to win going away. Eric Stark was 2-for-3 for the Beavers and Josh Carter and Bryan Ingram were both 2-for-4. Thad Johnson received no decision for his start, going 5.1 innings and allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3.

On Feb. 3, OSU took a 7-2 lead in the top of the third inning and led 10-4 after the top of the fifth, but gave up 9 runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The Beavers had missed chances at a bigger advantage by leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings, OSU stranded 14 baserunners on the day. Every OSU starter had a hit, with Chris Biles' 3-for-5 day leading the way. Carter was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs and Ingram was 2-for-4. Freshman Ben Rowe made his OSU debut on the mound, and the Australian received no decision for his 5.0 innings for work, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits and 0 walks, striking out 2.

On Feb. 4, Oregon State jumped to a 7-1 lead after the top of the second inning only to see Cal State-Northridge gouge starter Stephen Copeland for 10 runs in the bottom of the second inning. OSU got back within 11-10 on Brian Barden's 3-run homer in the top of the third, but couldn't score after that. Barden finished 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs while Biles was 2-for-3 and drove in 3 runs and Carter was 2-for-4.

OREGON STATE QUICK NOTES: In the season's first week, OSU centerfielder Eric Stark was everything a team wants from a leadoff hitter. Stark had an on-base percentage of .800 and scored 7 runs, he batted .625 (5-for-7) with 1 double while drawing 6 walks, being hit by pitch once and striking out just once ... the Beavers' Bryan Ingram was named the Pac-10's best defensive catcher in Baseball America's preseason picks, but he also showed offensive prowess at Cal State-Northridge. Ingram batted .571 (4-for-7) and had a stolen base in his 2 games behind the plate ... third baseman Brian Barden was also named the Pac-10's best in the field at his position, and he also had a big series offensively. Barden drove in a team-high 7 runs, batting .333 (5-for-15) with OSU's only homer ... leftfielder Chris Biles, making the move from catcher, added pop to OSU's lineup by batting .500 (6-for-12) with 3 RBIs and a stolen base. He also had a diving catch in left-centerfield to rob a Matador of an extra-base hit ... rightfielder Josh Carter batted .462 in the season-opening series, tagging 3 doubles and driving in 4 runs ... designated hitter Curtis Davis batted .500 (3-for-6) in the 2 games he played at Cal State-Northridge ... freshman Kerisi Reynolds got his first career start in Sunday's series finale, replacing ill second baseman Zach Gordon. Reynolds was 1-for-3, was hit by pitch twice and stole 3 bases ... freshman pitcher Ben Rowe arrived at OSU over the holiday break and made an impact in his first start. In a no-decision at Cal State-Northridge, he went 5.0 innings and allowed 4 earned runs on 8 hits and 0 walks, striking out 2 ... OSU was 6-for-7 in stolen bases at Cal State-Northridge, the Matadors were 0-for-1 ... OSU batted .336 as a team in the series, but CSUN batted .398.

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 177-131-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .574. His career record is 348-244-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .587.

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.

ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE BRIAN BARDEN: Sophomore third baseman Brian Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) has already begun picking up honors in 2001, having been named to the Preseason All-America third team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In 2000, Barden was named to Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Freshman All-America team.

Through the first week of the 2001 season, Barden is batting .333 with 1 homer and a team-high 7 runs batted in.

Barden was a key to Oregon State's improvement in 2000. After missing 6 games with a hip injury in late March, Barden settled in to hit .370 with 8 homers, 2 triples, 13 doubles and 49 RBIs. At the end of the regular season, Barden was among the Pacific-10 leaders in batting average (seventh, .370).

Barden contributed not only at the plate, but also in the field as he had just 7 errors, fielding at a .949 clip. Barden teamed with another true freshman, shortstop Will Hudson, to make the left side of the Beaver infield one of the best in the Pac-10 defensively.

JOHNSON AND NICHOLSON TOUGH PITCHING COMBO: Senior righthander Thad Johnson (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa JC) and senior lefthander Scott Nicholson (Longview, Wash./Lower Columbia CC) are looking to build on their 2000 success, when they established themselves as one of the top pitching combinations in the region.

Johnson received no decision in his first outing of 2001 on Feb. 2 at Cal State-Northridge, going 5.1 innings and allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Nicholson did not pitch in the series, serving a 1-week suspension for violating an OSU athletic department policy.

In the final 8 weeks of the 2000 season, Johnson and Nicholson combined for a 7-8 record but had a 4.74 earned run average and 9 complete games. During that time, the duo averaged over 7.2 innings, 7.8 hits, 2.6 walks and 4.8 strikeouts. One of the losses was Johnson's 3-hitter in a 1-0 loss at then-No. 4 Arizona State.

On April 7-8 at fourth-ranked ASU, Johnson and Nicholson turned in one of OSU's top back-to-back pitching efforts in recent memory. ASU entered the games ranked first nationally in scoring (11.25 runs per game) and second in team batting average (.346), Johnson and Nicholson limited the Sun Devils to just 4 runs (2 earned) on 10 hits in a pair of complete games.

PACIFIC-10 COACHES POLL: When the Pacific-10's baseball coaches voted on a predicted order of finish for the 2001 conference race, Oregon State was tabbed for seventh place. However, only 4 points separated the fourth- through seventh-place selections. Results of the balloting:

Place     (1st-place votes) Pts.1. Southern California	(6) 522. Arizona State	(1) 493. Stanford     	(1) 374. Arizona	            315. California               306. UCLA	                    297. Oregon State 	    278. Washington	            159. Washington State	     8

BASEBALL AMERICA PICKS: Baseball America magazine tabbed Oregon State for a seventh-place finish in the Pacific-10, and ranked the Beavers at No. 75 on its list of the top teams among the 281 Division I programs.

In its 'Best Tools' listings, Baseball America rated OSU's Bryan Ingram as the conference's Best Defensive Catcher and Brian Barden as the Pac-10's Best Defensive Third Baseman.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL PICKS: Collegiate Baseball newspaper picked Oregon State to finish seventh in the Pacific-10. Collegiate Baseball's list of Players to Watch in the conference included OSU pitcher Scott Nicholson, first baseman Andy Jarvis and third baseman Brian Barden.

BEAVERS FACE TOP-FLIGHT SCHEDULE: Oregon State again faces one of the nation's most challenging schedules. The Beavers have 13 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today preseason coaches poll, facing No. 3 Southern California (3 games), No. 5 Clemson (3 games), No. 6 Arizona State (3 games), No. 9 Stanford (3 games), and No. 19 Oklahoma. OSU has 13 more games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Minnesota (3 games), UCLA (3 games), Texas Tech, Arizona (3 games) and California (3 games).

BEAVERS TOUGH ON OPENING DAY: Despite this year's 17-7 loss at Cal State-Northridge on Feb. 2, Oregon State has a remarkable record in both Opening Day contests and home openers. OSU has an all-time record of 65-27 on Opening Day, the Beavers have still won 11 of their last 15 on Opening Day.

Incidentally, this year's Feb. 2 date was the earliest ever for an OSU baseball game, edging the Feb. 4 date of the Beavers' 2000 opener against Kansas State in Albuquerque.

The Beavers begin their slate of 25 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Feb. 27 against Portland, OSU's all-time record in home-openers is 73-18.

ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,660-1,144-15, a winning percentage of .592. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 749-533, a winning percentage of .584.

To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 18,457 runs and allowed 14,116 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.01.

In its 91 seasons of varsity baseball, OSU has had 68 winning seasons, the Beavers finished at .500 another 4 seasons. The Beavers have won 20 pennants through the years. Oregon State began fielding a varsity baseball team in 1907 and has failed to field a team only 3 times since then - in 1917 due to World War I and in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.

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.

In 91 seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 865-371-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .700. Oregon State was 13-10 at home in 2000. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 114-42 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .731.

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.

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State will have several games televised this spring by Fox Sports Net, however, the TV schedule for 2001 has yet to be announced.

Oregon State has played on national cable television each of the last 3 seasons, and the Beavers were 3-0 in those games. In 2000, OSU beat third-ranked Stanford 5-2 in Corvallis. In 1999, OSU dedicated Goss Stadium at Coleman Field by beating California 11-5. In 1998, the Beavers beat Arizona 3-2 in a game marking the first visit to Corvallis by a Southern Division team in 27 years.

Since Fox Sports Net (formerly Prime Sports) began televising games in 1990, Oregon State has a 27-13 record in televised games, including 8-1 in national TV games.

OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this spring on KLOO-AM (1340) in Corvallis, with almost the entire Beaver schedule on the air. Some games may be pre-empted due to programming conflicts. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, handled play-by-play duties along with John Warren and Kip Carlson. This weekend at Cal-Santa Barbara, all 3 games will be broadcast.

OREGON STATE BASEBALL TICKETS: Season tickets are now on sale for Oregon State's 2001 home schedule at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The 25-game schedule includes Pacific-10 series against Arizona State, Southern California, California and Washington State, non-league series against San Francisco, Minnesota, Washington and Gonzaga, and games against Portland (twice) and Concordia.

Season tickets guarantee fans the same theater-style seat for all home games. The cost for a season ticket is $112, more information is available by calling the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS (462-2387).

Single-game tickets are sold the day of the game only. Reserved seats are $6, general admission tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students through high school and senior citizens age 62 and over.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for 2 admissions for the price of 1 adult admission for all OSU home games.

OSU students are admitted free with their OSU student identification card. Junior Benny Beaver Club members are also admitted free with their club membership card.

OREGON STATE DUGOUT CLUB: The Oregon State Dugout Club is an organization devoted to the support of Beaver baseball. The group is open to the general public, dues are $75 per year.

Also, anyone entering the OSU Dugout Club Golf Tournament automatically gains club membership. This year's tournament will be held on a date to be announced at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.

Over the past several seasons, projects financed by the OSU Dugout Club include batting cages at Coleman Field, helping finance trips that upgrade the quality of the Beavers' non-league schedule, and carpeting the baseball locker room in Gill Coliseum. For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.

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