Beavers Meet Familiar Foes

March 5, 2001


Washington at Oregon State, 2 p.m.


Washington at Oregon State, 2 p.m.


Oregon State vs. Washington State,

at Yakima, Wash. (Yakima Valley CC), 3 p.m.


Oregon State vs. Washington State,

at Yakima, Wash. (Yakima Valley CC), 2 p.m.

NOTE: Sturday's start time has been changed from some previous schedules.


Oregon State vs. Washington State,

at Yakima, Wash. (Yakima Valley CC), 12 noon


Oregon State (8-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) meets a pair of longtime rivals this week, greeting Washington (5-2, 0-0) for a pair of home games and then meeting Washington State (5-11, 0-0) in Yakima. None of this week's games will count in the Pacific-10 standings, but they will give the Pacific Northwest schools a taste of conference competition.

'It's a positive thing to play some games like this,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'The results won't show up in the standings, but these are still Pacific-10 schools so it's a chance for us to see how we stack up against members of our conference. And I think there is still some extra feeling when the Northwest schools get together. You've got players who know each other from high school, from junior college, and they want to have some bragging rights.'

The Northern Division was eliminated after the 1998 season, but the three Pacific Northwest schools have continued to schedule non-league series against each other in addition to their Pac-10 counters. That's made it possible to crown a mythical Northern Division champion, OSU won the title in 2000 after WSU had taken the crown in 1999.

Oregon State has much more concrete concerns heading into the week, though. The Beavers opened their home schedule last week and broke even at 2-2, in a pair of one-run losses to San Francisco, the Beavers collected just 15 total hits.

'We aren't swinging the bats real well right now,' Casey said. 'We just haven't driven the ball often enough. We need a better approach at the plate, and we need to get back to that approach soon.'

The Beavers should be buoyed by the return of senior centerfielder Eric Stark, who has been sidelined since injuring his left shoulder on Feb. 15. Stark, OSU's leadoff hitter, was batting .455 at the time of his injury and had an on-base percentage of .714.

'Getting Eric back will allow us to do some things, lineup-wise, that ought to help us produce at the plate,' Casey said. 'But to take advantage of those things, we still need to have a better approach when we get up there.'

Meanwhile, OSU's pitching has looked more solid. Scott Nicholson and Thad Johnson both threw complete games in losing efforts last weekend, and Craig Hays and Stephen Copeland have turned in solid performances out of the bullpen. As a team, the Beavers had a 2.68 earned run average in four games last week.

'We've been getting good performances there,' Casey said. 'We've had some guys step up. We still need a few more people we can count on for consistent quality innings, but there have been some good signs.'

Washington won 3 of 4 games at Cal-Riverside last weekend, winning 8-5, 12-5 and 12-2 before dropping the final game 11-6. The Huskies are batting .336 as a team while their opponents are hitting .272, UW's team ERA is 5.03 and its opponents have a mark of 6.79.

Junior infielder Michael Done is batting .500 with seven runs batted in for the Huskies, while sophomore infielder Tila Reynolds - brother of OSU freshman infielder Kerisi Reynolds - is batting .440 with one homer and four RBIs. Sophomore catcher Jefferson Thiel is hitting .435 with seven RBIs and sophomore outfielder Jay Garthwaite is hitting .414 with two homers and 12 RBIs.

Washington State went 2-3 in 5 games against Gonzaga last week. The Cougars won 6-1 in Pullman, then the teams went to Pasco where WSU lost 12-9 and 10-4, won 4-3, and lost the finale 7-6. WSU is batting .257 as a team while its opponents are hitting .292, the Cougars have a team ERA of 5.54 and their opponents have a mark of 4.98.

Senior outfielder Mike Knight is batting .407 with two homers and nine runs batted in, while sophomore infielder Stefan Bailie is batting .379 with eight homers and 23 RBIs and junior outfielder Evan Hecker is batting .328 with one homer and seven RBIs.

Oregon State lineup

C - Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS),

.291, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs

1B - Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),

.277, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs

2B - Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC),

.268, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

or - Kerisi Reynolds, fr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),

.250, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

3B - Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),

.265, 2 HRs, 17 RBIs

SS - Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),

.280, 1 HR, 7 RBIs

LF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),

.383, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs

or - Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS),

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

CF - Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS),

.455, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs

or - Josh Howard, sr., Prineville, Ore. (Abilene Christian U.),

.265, 1 HR, 6 RBIs

RF - Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS),

.451, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs

DH - Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS),

.439, 0 HRs, 10 RBIs

or - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),

.383, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs

or - Levi Webber, fr., Glide, Ore. (Glide HS),

.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

(Tentative starting pitching rotation)

LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),

2-1, 4.33 ERA

LHP-Mark McLemore, so., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),

0-2, 12.08 ERA

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

1-2, 4.19 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 205-167-2 vs. Washington in a series dating back to 1911. Last season, OSU won 4 of 5 games. The Beavers swept a non-league series in Seattle by scores of 13-9 and 27-4, OSU then took 2 of 3 games in Corvallis, winning 6-3, losing 8-3, and winning 11-10.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 165-210-2 vs. Washington State in a series dating back to 1910. Last season, the teams split 6 games. OSU took 2 of 3 games in a non-league series in Corvallis, winning 8-3 and 14-2 and losing 11-6, OSU lost 2 of 3 games in Pullman, losing 10-9 in 11 innings, winning 4-3, and losing 16-9.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State split its first 4 home games of the season, beating Portland 9-0 before playing 3 straight 1-run games against San Francisco, losing 3-2, winning 6-5 in 10 innings, and losing 4-3.

On Feb. 27, OSU played at home for the first time in 2001 and beat Portland 9-0 as Thad Johnson, Scott Nicholson and Stephen Copeland combined on a 3-hitter. Johnson worked the first 7 innings, striking out 6. Josh Howard and Josh Carter both had 3-run homers to key the Beaver offense.

On March 2, OSU's ninth-inning rally fell short as the Beavers lost to San Francisco 3-2. OSU scored twice in the ninth and had the tying run at second base when the game ended. OSU lefthander Scott Nicholson and USF righthander Jesse Foppert in a pitcher's duel, Nicholson went the distance in the loss while Foppert lasted into the ninth inning before David Seccombe picked up the final three outs for the save.

On March 3, Brian Barden singled home the tying run and scored the winning run in the 10th inning as OSU beat San Francisco 6-5. Oregon State won in its last at-bat for the fourth time this season. The 10th inning ended a streak of offensive frustration for Oregon State, which had scored 3 times in the first inning but managed only 1 run in the next 8 frames. OSU relievers Craig Hays and Copeland combined to allow just 1 run on 5 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

On March 4, OSU spent the final 5 innings trying to catch San Francisco but fell 4-3. The start of the game was delayed nearly 2 hours by rain. San Franicsco took the lead for good with 3 runs - including an unearned run - in the top of the fourth inning. Beaver starter Thad Johnson was pinned with the loss despite turning in a complete-game performance. Johnson allowed 10 hits and walked just 1, striking out 6.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Outfielder Josh Carter is on a 13-game hitting streak, having come up with at least 1 hit in every game he's played this year. He missed 2 games at the Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament with a minor injury but did collect a pinch-hit single against UNLV ... the Beavers' other long hitting streaks this season have been a 9-gamer by outfielder Chris Biles and an 8-gamer by designated hitter Curtis Davis ... Biles leads the Beavers with 9 multi-hit games, while Carter has 8 and Davis 6 ... Brian Barden tops OSU with 5 multi-RBI games, while first baseman Andy Jarvis has 4 ... outfielder Pat Stevens is batting .500 as a pinch-hitter this season, going 3-for-6 ... as a team, Beaver pinch-hitters are batting .333 (7-for-21 ... Oregon State finally lost a pair of 1-run games last weekend against San Francisco, but OSU is still 6-2 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs. That includes a 4-2 mark in 1-run games ... the Beavers are 2-0 in extra-inning contests this spring ... in 9 of its first 10 games this season, OSU had at least 10 hits. In the last 5 games, the Beavers have had at least 10 hits only twice ... Oregon State is batting .315 as a team, its opponents are hitting .319 ... when OSU pitchers Thad Johnson, Scott Nicholson and Stephen Copeland combined to blank Portland 9-0 on Feb. 27, it was the Beavers' first shutout since Mark Newell's 13-0, 7-inning win over Ohio State at the Texas A&M Tournament last March. The Beavers' last 9-inning shutout had been B.R. Cook's 1-0, 1-hitter over Oklahoma State at the San Diego Tournament early in the 1999 season. The last time OSU allowed that few hits was Johnson's 3-hitter at Arizona State in a 1-0 loss last April.

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 185-135-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .577. His career record is 356-248-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .587.

Casey was named the Pacific-10 Northern Division Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the Beavers to a 38-12-1 mark, a school record for wins in a regular season. During Casey's time at OSU, the Beavers have had 13 players drafted by Major League Baseball teams and had 3 more players sign as free agents.

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.

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/School (First-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

BARDEN PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA: Third baseman Brian Barden was named a third team preseason All-America in selections made by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

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 15 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll of Feb. 26, facing No. 3 Arizona State (3 games), No. 4 Southern California (3 games), No. 9 Stanford (3 games), No. 13 Clemson (3 games) and No. 17 UCLA (3 games). OSU has 7 more games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Texas Tech (1 game), Arizona (3 games) and California (3 games).

HOWARD, CARTER SPARK WIN IN HOME OPENER: Feb. 27 was a good day to be named Josh - at least it was if you're a Beaver. Josh Howard and Josh Carter delivered 3-run homers for OSU in its home-opener, a 9-0 win over Portland.

OREGON STATE COMEBACKS: In its last 12 games, Oregon State has won 5 times after trailing going into the seventh inning. That includes a pair of ninth-inning comebacks - OSU scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Oklahoma 10-8 on Feb. 18, and the Beavers scored 3 runs - all with 2 out - in the top of the ninth to beat Nevada-Las Vegas 10-8 on Feb 24.

DAVIS HAS BIG DAYS IN TONY GWYNN STADIUM: Curtis Davis ought to be sorry that the Beavers don't have any more games scheduled at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Stadium during his career. The senior designated hitter put together a long list of big moments during San Diego Classic games in the ballpark.

As a freshman in 1998, he got into an exhibition game against CETYS of Mexico and went 2-for-3 with a double. A year later, he doubled home the game's only run as teammate B.R. Cook pitched a 1-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State.

Finally, Davis had a big weekend in this year's tournament Feb. 15-18, going 7-for-15 with 8 RBIs, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 4 runs scored as the Beavers went 4-0 vs. host San Diego State, Texas Tech, Cal-Riverside and Oklahoma. Davis had crucial hits in 3 of the wins. Against San Diego State, his 2-run double was the key hit of a 4-run inning in an 8-7, 10-inning victory. Against Texas Tech, OSU trailed 4-0 when Davis doubled home OSU's first run in the sixth inning, in the seventh, he singled home the tying and winning runs in a 5-4 win. Against Oklahoma, his 2-run single tied the game during the Beavers' 4-run ninth inning in a 10-8 victory, in the bottom of the inning, he made a rare appearance at first base and made a diving stab of leadoff hitter Greg Dobbs' line drive to help secure the win.

JARVIS HAS BIG INNING: Andy Jarvis homered twice in one inning during the Beavers' 18-10 win over Cal-Riverside on Feb. 17 at the San Diego Classic. The sophomore first baseman began OSU's 9-run seventh inning with a solo homer to left-centerfield, he capped the inning with a 3-run homer to right-centerfield.

BEAVERS VS. THE WEATHER: Oregon State has had its share of problems with the weather, but most of them come when the Beavers are trying to play in what are supposed to be sunnier regions. The latest came at Cal-Santa Barbara earlier this season, when OSU had a 3-game series against the Gauchos rained out.

In the past 5 seasons (1997-2001), Oregon State has had 21 games either cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 4 have been games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and 5 were at other sites in the Pacific Northwest, 12 were at ballparks in California, Hawaii, Florida and Texas.

OSU has lost only 2 home games to rain in that time and had 2 others rescheduled. The Beavers have had 2 games cancelled at other Pacific Northwest sites and 9 cancelled at sites outside the region. The Beavers have had to postpone 2 home games, 3 other Pacific Northwest games, and 3 games at sites outside the region.

WASHED-OUT SERIES LEAD TO SWEEPS: Oregon State has had 2 southern trips from which it returned unbeaten in the last 4 years, and both came just a week after the Beavers had an entire series rained out in southern locations - the only times OSU has lost a whole series to weather in that span.

On Feb. 9-10 of this season, OSU saw a 3-game series at Cal-Santa Barbara rained out. Then from Feb. 15-18, the Beavers posted the best record in the 6-team San Diego Classic by beating San Diego State, Texas Tech, Cal-Riverside and Oklahoma.

In 1998, OSU's season-opening series at San Jose State was rained out before the Beavers ever left Corvallis. A week later, OSU went to a tournament at the Florida Marlins' spring training park in Melbourne, Fla., and beat South Florida, Florida Atlantic and Central Florida.

BEAVERS TOUGH ON OPENING DAY: The Beavers began their slate of 25 games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Feb. 27 with a 9-0 win over Portland, OSU's all-time record in home-openers is now 74-18. OSU has won 13 of its last 14 home-openers and 28 of its last 31.

Despite this year's 17-7 loss at Cal State-Northridge on Feb. 2, Oregon State also has a remarkable record in season-openers. OSU has an all-time record of 65-27 on Opening Day, the Beavers have won 11 of their last 15 in season-openers.

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.

ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,668-1,148-15, 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 18,468 runs and allowed 14,168 runs. That's an average score of 6.52-5.00.

In its 91 complete 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-plus seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 867-373-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .699. Oregon State is 2-2 at home this season. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 116-44 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .725.

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.

OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this spring on KLOO-AM (1340) in Corvallis, with most of the Beaver schedule on the air. Some games may be pre-empted due to programming conflicts. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties. This week, Sunday's game against Washington State will be broadcast. The games on the broadcast schedule can also be heard on the internet at

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State will have several games televised this spring by Fox Sports Net. The schedule includes a national game at UCLA on May 12, however, the regional TV schedule for 2001 has yet to be announced.

Oregon State has played at home 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 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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