Beavers' Goal For Second Half Is Clear

March 27, 2001


Oregon State at Portland, 2 p.m.


Oregon State at Arizona, 6 p.m. PST



Oregon State at Arizona, 12 noon PST


NOTE: Start time differs from some previously-released schedules.


Oregon State at Arizona, 1 p.m. PDT


Eight weeks down, eight weeks to go.

Oregon State (18-10 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) passes the midway point of the 2001 season with a clear goal: Turning a solid first half of the season into a place in an NCAA regional. The next tests come with a non-league game at Portland (13-13, 3-6 West Coast) and a Pac-10 series at Arizona (19-15, 2-4).

The Beavers, winners of 10 of their last 12 games, have put themselves in position to gain a spot in the 64-team postseason field. Oregon State's non-conference schedule included wins over such traditional powers as Clemson, San Diego State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Minnesota, OSU then began Pac-10 play last weekend by taking two of three games from then-No. 3 Arizona State at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

One byproduct of the weekend came Tuesday, when OSU junior catcher Bryan Ingram (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS) was named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week. Ingram batted .636 (7-for-11) for the series, drove in three runs and threw out five Sun Devils attempting to steal. It was the second time in three weeks the Player of the Week selection had gone to a Beaver, sophomore first baseman Andy Jarvis had been honored for the week of March 5-11.

The series win over ASU began week-in, week-out competition in perhaps the nation's toughest conference, that's the challenge Oregon State faces in the second half of the season as it makes its postseason bid.

'We've done what we had to do so far,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'But you look at the schedule ahead of us, and we've got a lot of work to get done yet. Every game in the Pac-10 is a challenge, and we've got to keep getting better to reach our goals.'

Winning the series from ASU could represent a big step for OSU. The Beavers had taken games from top-10 teams over the past few seasons, but besting the Sun Devils marked the first time OSU had taken a series from a nationally-ranked Pacific-10 squad since the conference unified its divisions in 1999.

'We said going into conference that we had more guys who knew what to expect from Pac-10 competition,' Casey said. 'I think that showed against Arizona State. We had players who knew they could compete and wanted to come out and show they could compete against one of the best teams in the nation. Our players wanted to win this series, to their credit, they did everything they had to in order to get it done.'

One key for the Beavers will be attaining - and improving - that level of performance from here on.

'We have to show we can play the way we did in the last two games (against ASU) day-in and day-out,' Casey said. 'We've got to develop even more of a consistency of playing well in every area. But if we can do a lot of the things we did last weekend, we really give ourselves a chance to put together a special season.'

Portland went 3-2 last week, all at home. The Pilots took non-league wins over Pacific (Ore.) 7-4 and Lewis & Clark 15-3, then had a tough West Coast series against St. Mary's, losing 5-2, winning 3-2 in 11 innings, and losing 10-9.

'Portland is a team that's been getting better and better the past few years, and they nearly won a high-quality tournament at Fresno State a few weeks ago,' Casey said. 'These are the only two Division I programs in the state, so it's become more of a rivalry game.'

Junior catcher Bryan Dearinger is hitting .362 with six runs batted in for Portland, while sophomore infielder Brad Stewart is batting .354 with four homers and 14 RBIs and sophomore infielder Travis Hanson is batting .344 with one homer and 13 RBIs. Portland is hitting .268 as a team and its opponents are batting .278, the Pilots have a team earned run average of 4.31 and their opponents are at 4.41.

Arizona was swept at home by No. 10 Southern California last weekend, losing 8-0, 6-4 and 8-7.

'It took one of the nation's best teams to get them in their own park,' Casey said of the Wildcats. 'They swept Texas A&M in Tucson, they took a series at UCLA to start the conference - they're a very, very good club.'

Senior infielder Erik Torres is batting .372 with two homers and 19 RBIs, while senior infielder Ernie Durazo is batting .371 with five homers and 40 RBIs, sophomore infielder Matt Abram is batting .333 with five homers and 27 RBIs and freshman utility player Brian Anderson is batting .312 with one homer and 10 RBIs. Freshman righthander Marc Kaiser is 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA, freshman righthander Sean Rierson is 3-3 with a 4.26 ERA and freshman righthander Chris Goodman is 2-1 with a 5.72 ERA. Arizona is batting .297 as a team and its opponents are batting .282, the Wildcats have a team ERA of 4.86 and their opponents are at 5.91.


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

.344, 1 HR, 14 RBIs

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

.287, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs

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

.250, 1 HR, 7 RBIs

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

.286, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs

or - Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),

.444, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs

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

.339, 4 HRs, 28 RBIs

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

.286, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs

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

.367, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs

or - Seth Pietsch, fr., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),

.273, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs

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

.292, 1 HR, 11 RBIs

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

.380, 6 HRs, 33 RBIs

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

.431, 0 HRs, 15 RBIs

or-Jason McBride, jr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),

.371, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs

or-Pat Stevens, jr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),

.429, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs

(Rotation to be determined, possible starting pitchers)

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

3-3, 4.66 ERA

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

5-1, 3.34 ERA

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

0-2, 8.37 ERA

RHP - Ben Rowe, fr., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),

0-0, 7.71 ERA

LHP - Jed Mitchell, so., Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS),

0-0, 8.31 ERA

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 122-56 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909, and the Beavers are on a 3-game winning streak against the Pilots. On Feb. 27, OSU took a 9-0 win in the Beavers' home-opener. Last season, Portland won the first meeting 13-10 in Corvallis before OSU won 13-5 in Portland and 11-4 in Corvallis, another game set for Portland was rained out.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 8-12 against Arizona in a series dating back to 1963, and the Beavers are on a 1-game losing streak against the Wildcats. Last season, OSU took 2 of 3 games in Corvallis, winning 6-3 and 10-4 before losing the final game 10-5. The last time the teams met in Tucson was 1999, when Arizona swept OSU 11-9, 10-7 and 10-5.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State has won 7 of its last 8 games, 10 of its last 12 and 18 of its last 25 ... in the last 12 games, OSU has put together some impressive numbers. During that time, the Beavers are batting .330 as a team and their opponents are batting .270, OSU's team ERA is 3.04, their opponents' is 7.34, OSU has outhomered its opponents 21-4, outtripled them 5-1 and outdoubled them 21-19 in that stretch, and during the last dozen games, OSU is batting .369 with runners on base, .376 with runners in scoring position and .400 with the bases loaded ... OSU is 8 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1998 season ... the Beavers are 2 games ahead of their pace from a season ago, when OSU was 16-12 after 28 games ... this spring, Oregon State is 10-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including a 7-3 mark in 1-run games ... OSU is 2-0 in extra-inning games this season ... OSU has had 10 or more hits in 19 of its 28 games. In the first 4 games in which OSU didn't have at least 10 hits, the Beavers were 0-4, in their last 5 games without 10 hits, the Beavers are 4-1 ... OSU has 15 or more hits in 7 games this season ... Oregon State is 10-4 at home this season ... as a team, OSU's pinch-hitters are batting .500 (20-for-40) ... throw out the 3-game, 52-run explosion by Cal State-Northridge to start the season, and OSU's team ERA drops from 5.85 to 4.67 ... the Beavers have won 4 of their last 7 Pacific-10 series over the past 2 seasons ... the series win over Arizona State marked the first time OSU had won a season-opening series since the Pacific-10 unified for the 1999 season, both previous seasons, it had taken OSU until its fifth game to pick up its first conference win ... OSU and Arizona State played their entire 3-game series without either team hitting a home run. The last time OSU held an opponent homerless in a 3-game series was San Francisco from March 2-4 this season, the last time the Beavers went homerless in a 3-game series was at Fresno State from Feb. 18-20, 2000, the last time OSU played a 3-game series in which neither team homered was at Hawaii from Feb. 7-9, 1997 ... with the bases loaded, the Beavers are hitting .350 as a team ... with a runner at third and less than 2 out, OSU has managed to bring home the run 69 percent of the time this season ... the Beavers began the season being outhomered 15-1 in a series at Cal State-Northridge. Since then, OSU has outhomered its opponents 35-18 ... 11 different Beavers have homered this season. When OSU tied a school record with 7 home runs against Washington on March 7, 7 different Beavers homered ... also, 8 different players have accounted for OSU's 8 triples, OSU's opponents have tripled just twice ... catcher Bryan Ingram currently has a 6-game hitting streak, during the streak, Ingram is batting .550 (11-for-20) with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 4 RBIs ... reliever Stephen Copeland has 5 saves already this season, that ties him for second on OSU's all-time list of single-season leaders with Jim Grove in 1982. Copeland also has 5 career saves, and that ties him for fourth place on OSU's list of career leaders with Ron Daulton (1984-86) and Tim Lambert (1985-88) ... rightfielder Josh Carter's 2-run double in the series finale against Arizona State gave him sole possession of sixth place on OSU's career doubles list with 33 ... third baseman Brian Barden's 13-game hitting streak ended March 24 against Arizona State, just 1 game short of matching his career high, during his recent streak, Barden batted .407 (22-for-54) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 11 RBIs ... Barden leads the Beavers with 13 multi-hit games this spring, while Carter has 12, leftfielder Chris Biles 11, and designated hitter Curtis Davis and Ingram 10 each ... Barden, Carter and first baseman Andy Jarvis all have 8 multi-RBI games and Biles has 6 ... OSU's recent 12-game surge has produced some strong individual statistics. In that time, Barden is batting .458 (22-for-48) with 2 homers and 10 RBIs, Ingram is batting .432 (16-for-37) with 1 homer and 6 RBIs, Davis is batting .407 with 5 RBIs, designated hitter Jason McBride is batting .391 with 3 homers and 6 RBIs, Biles is batting .345 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs, and shortstop Will Hudson is batting .324 (12-for-37) with 1 homer and 4 RBIs.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State won its first Pacific-10 series of the season, taking 2 of 3 games from third-ranked Arizona State at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

On March 24, Oregon State saw its 5-game winning streak end with a 10-2 loss to ASU. Arizona State jumped in front on a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second inning and led 8-1 by the middle of the fourth. The Beavers got effective relief work from lefthander Jed Mitchell, who gave up a pair of runs in his first inning of work before blanking the Sun Devils for 3 innings. Mitchell walked 3 - all in his first inning - and struck out a career-high 7. OSU catcher Bryan Ingram threw out 4 Sun Devils trying to steal and was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Eric Stark was 2-for-5. Brian Barden had his hitting streak stopped at 13 games, going 0-for-4.

On March 25, Scott Nicholson pitched a 6-hitter to help Oregon State past Arizona State 4-1. Nicholson, who beat the Sun Devils for the second straight season, walked 3 and struck out 4 for the Beavers, he improved to 5-1 this season and lowered his earned run average to 3.34 with his fourth complete game of the spring. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the fifth, OSU rallied in the bottom of the inning for two runs off ASU starter Mike Esposito, who had allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 in the first 4 innings. Eric Stark singled through the left side to drive in Brian Barden with the tying run, pinch-hitter Seth Pietsch followed with a single up the middle to drive in Stevens for a 2-1 lead.

On March 26, Bryan Ingram was 4-for-5 with a triple and drove in two runs as Oregon State beat ASU 12-2. The Beavers also saw Craig Hays pitch 5 scoreless innings in relief for the win, OSU's 10th victory in its last 12 games. The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning due to a 10-run rule in effect for the final game of a series. The Beavers had scored 7 runs in the eighth, with back-to-back 2-run doubles by Josh Carter and Curtis Davis closing out the game. OSU had 16 hits after being limited to 15 total in the first two games of the series. OSU gave up a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, but took the lead for good with a 3-run fifth. The key hit was Eric Stark's 2-run triple off starter Andy Torres that tied the game, Ingram then singled off reliever Bryce Kartler to score Stark with the go-ahead run.

HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey is in his seventh season as Oregon State's head baseball coach. Casey has a record of 195-138-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .585. His career record is 366-251-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .592.

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.

OREGON STATE IN NATIONAL POLLS: Oregon State began earning national notice on March 12, when the Beavers broke into the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association top 35. On March 19, the Beavers began earning votes in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll. A summary of OSU's national rankings this season:

	     Baseball Weekly/	Natl. Coll.	Baseball   CollegiateDate	     ESPN coaches	Bsbll. Writers	America	   BaseballMarch 12     NR	                33rd	        NR         NRMarch 19     NR (votes, 44th)	32nd	        NR         NRMarch 26     NR (votes, 44th)	34th	        NR	   NR

OREGON STATE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES IN 2001: Oregon State has made several new entries in its record book this spring:

INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State, 2001.TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington, 2001.CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS6. Josh Carter, 1999-2001	33CAREER SAVE LEADERS4. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-01.	 5SEASON SAVE LEADERS2. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-01	. 5

JARVIS NAMED NATIONAL, PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: First baseman Andy Jarvis was named one of four Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week for March 5-11, and was the only non-pitcher among the group. He was also named the Pacific-10 Player of the Week for that week. In 5 games against Washington and Washington State, Jarvis batted .478 (11-for-23) with 5 homers, 2 doubles, 13 RBIs and 8 runs scored. On March 11, he tied a school record with 3 homers in a game against WSU. The last OSU player to have earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors was pitcher B.R. Cook for his 1-hitter in a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 18, 1999 in the San Diego Classic.

RETURNING DRAFT PICK SCOTT NICHOLSON: Lefthander Scott Nicholson opeted to return to Oregon State after being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball draft, and Nicholson has shown this spring why he attracted the pros' interest.

Nicholson is 5-1 with a 3.34 earned run average, he's thrown 4 complete games and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 7 of his starts. In 59.1 innings, he's allowed just 53 hits and 13 walks while striking out 41 and opponents are batting just .240 against him.

Nicholson owns wins over nationally-ranked Clemson and Arizona State this season, and his only loss was a 2-1 defeat by San Francisco. He also shut out defending Big Ten champ Minnesota.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA BRIAN BARDEN: Third baseman Brian Barden was named a third team preseason All-America in selections made by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and Barden is living up to expectations.

Barden is batting .339 with 4 homers and 28 RBIs, he also has 5 doubles and 1 triple. He's 3-for-4 on stolen bases and has walked 10 times while striking out just 12.

In the past 12 games, Barden is batting .458 (22-for-48) with 10 RBIs, 2 homers, 1 triple and 3 doubles. He's the only Beaver to have started every game this season, and he has a hit in 23 of 28 games this spring.

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 12 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the Baseball Weekly/ESPN coaches poll of March 26, facing No. 2 Stanford (3 games), No. 4 Arizona State (3 games), No. 10 Southern California (3 games) and No. 12 Clemson (3 games). OSU has 12 more games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Texas Tech (1 game), UCLA (3 games), Washington (5 games) and Arizona (3 games).

BEAVERS IMPROVE PAC-10 START: When Oregon State took 2 of 3 games from third-ranked Arizona State on March 24-26 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, it marked the Beavers' best conference start since the unification of the Pacific-10 prior to the 1999 season. The first 2 years, OSU went 0-4 to start the conference season.

BEAVERS, SUN DEVILS FAIL TO REACH FENCES: Oregon State and third-ranked Arizona State failed to hit a single home run during a 3-game series March 24-26 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The last time the Beavers had held an opponent homerless during a 3-game series was earlier in the month, a March 2-4 home series against San Francisco. The last time the Beavers had gone homerless in a 3-game series was at Fresno State early in the 2000 season. The last time OSU played a 3-game series in which neither team homered was a season-opening series at Hawaii in 1997.

MINNESOTA, PORTLAND SHUTOUT NOTES: When Scott Nicholson tossed a 4-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Minnesota in the first game of a March 17 doubleheader, it was OSU's first complete-game, 9-inning shutout since B.R. Cook's 1-0, 1-hitter over Oklahoma State at the San Diego Tournament early in the 1999 season.

When Thad Johnson, 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. It was the first shutout in a home-opener for OSU since beating Willamette 4-0 in 1990.

The 2 shutouts so far in 2001 are the most by a Beaver club since OSU's staff recorded 3 shutouts in 1998.

EIGHTH INNING KEY IN GONZAGA SWEEP: Oregon State used a pair of big eighth innings to sweep Gonzaga on March 13-14, scoring 16 runs in the eighth over the 2-day series.

On March 13, the Beavers trailed 6-2 going into the eighth and Gonzaga retired the first 2 OSU hitters of the inning. Oregon State then came up with 10 runs 6 hits, 4 walks and a hit batter against 3 Gonzaga relievers for a 12-6 win.

On March 14, the Beavers trailed 6-3 and were being outhit 15-4 at the end of the seventh inning. OSU then scored 6 runs on 6 hits in the eighth on the way to a 10-9 win.

BEAVERS MATCH TWO HOMER MARKS IN FIVE DAYS: Oregon State saw its single-game home run records for both a team and an individual tied during a 5-day span from March 7-11.

On March 7, OSU hit 7 homers in a 17-3 home win over Washington as 7 different Beavers homered: Will Hudson, Josh Carter, Andy Jarvis, Brian Barden, Chris Biles, Jason McBride and Zach Gordon. That matched the mark set on April 11, 2000 in a 13-5 win at Portland, homering in both those games were Barden and Biles.

Then, on March 11 in an 8-7 loss to Washington State in Yakima, Wash., first baseman Andy Jarvis homered 3 times to tie a school record, the last Beaver to homer 3 times in a game had been Ben Bertrand (1998 vs. Washington). Also accomplishing the feat had been Darryl Summerfield (1968 vs. Washington), Jim Wilson (1982 vs. Washington State) and Steve Smith (1983 vs. Oregon Tech).

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 10 games from Feb. 16-March 3, Oregon State won 5 times after trailing going into the seventh inning. That included 3 comebacks in the ninth or 10th inning: OSU scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Oklahoma 10-8 on Feb. 18, 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, and OSU scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to beat San Francisco 6-5 on March 3.

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 - a 2-run double against San Diego State that keyed a 4-run inning, an RBI double to start an OSU comeback against Texas Tech, and a 2-run single that drove in the tying and winning runs against Oklahoma. In the bottom of the inning against the Sooners, Davis 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 22 games either cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 5 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. 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 3 home games, 3 other Pacific Northwest games, and 3 games at sites outside the region.

WASHED-OUT SERIES LEAD TO SWEEPS: In the last 4 years, OSU has gone unbeaten on 2 southern trips. Both trips came a week after the Beavers had an entire southern series rained out - the only times OSU has lost complete series to rain in that stretch.

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.

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