Beavers Return To Pac-10 Race
May 2, 2001
FRIDAY, MAY 4
Oregon State at Washington, 6:30 p.m.
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SATURDAY, MAY 5
Oregon State at Washington, 1 p.m.
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SUNDAY, MAY 6
Oregon State at Washington, 1 p.m.
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Oregon State (28-18 overall, 8-7 Pacific-10) returns to the mainland and returns to the Pacific-10 race this week. After heading west last weekend to Hawai'i, the Beavers turn north this time for a three-game conference series with longtime Pacific Northwest rival Washington (25-15, 5-10).
OSU, ranked 28th in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, has won seven of its last nine games going into the series at Husky Ballpark. This is the second of three straight weekends the Beavers will spend on the road, next week, they go to UCLA.
'This stretch of games is a pretty good test for us,' Oregon State coach Pat Casey said of the nine road games in a row. 'It's going to take us out of our comfort zone a little, make us play some very good teams, and make us get better as a ballclub to keep winning.'
The Beavers got a bit of preparation for the series at Washington by playing at Hawai'i last weekend. Rainbow Stadium has an artificial turf similar to the infield surface at Husky Ballpark.
'Our infielders got a look at how the carpet plays in a game situation, against a good team,' Casey said. 'You've got to be able to adjust to a few different things when you go from grass and dirt to (artificial) turf, and now we've had a look at that. And playing at Hawai'i should also have given our hitters an indication of what can happen when you hit a ball hard on the ground - there's a little more chance it might scoot through for a hit.'
The Beavers go back into the Pac-10 race still in third place after the conference played its traditional rivalries last weekend.
'We're going into the final three weeks of the regular season with the potential for a lot of very good things to happen for this club,' Casey said. 'This is that time of year when you've got to start digging a little deeper and deciding how bad you want some of the things you've worked toward since last fall.
'We've got a group of guys who have invested an awful lot of time and effort in this season, and now is when it has to pay off.'
Washington took two of three games at Washington State last weekend, winning 15-8 and 8-6 before losing the finale 7-2. The Huskies were rained out at Gonzaga on Monday, then beat the Bulldogs 11-6 on Tuesday.
'Washington is a good club year-in and year-out, and they've been playing well lately,' Casey said of the Huskies. 'We always seem to play some interesting games against them, and I'd figure it will be the same this weekend. It's one of those Pacific Northwest rivalries that people like to see, and both teams will go at it.'
Washington sophomore outfielder Tyler Davidson is batting .361 with five homers and 38 RBIs, junior third baseman Michael Done is batting .358 with six homers and 28 runs batted in, sophomore outfielder Tyler Davidson is batting .361 with five homers and 38 RBIs, freshman infielder John Otness is batting .333 with 15 RBIs, sophomore outfielder Brandon Jacobson is batting .316 with two homers and seven RBIs and sophomore outfielder Jay Garthwaite is batting .299 with five homers and 39 RBIs.
Junior righthander Shawn Kohn is 5-1 with a 1.39 earned run average, while senior righthander Jeff Carlsen is 1-2 with a 6.55 ERA and sophomore righthander Sean White is 3-1 with a 4.37 ERA. As a team, Washington is batting .300 and its opponents are batting .280, the Huskies' ERA is 5.14, their opponents' is 5.49.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Bryan Ingram, jr., Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS),
.327, 2 HRs, 24 RBIs
1B - Andy Jarvis, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.297, 12 HRs, 47 RBIs
2B - Zach Gordon, sr., Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark JC),
.240, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs
or - Kerisi Reynolds, fr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.326, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
or - Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),
.225, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs
3B - Brian Barden, so., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),
.371, 8 HRs, 52 RBIs
SS - Will Hudson, so., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),
.305, 2 HRs, 22 RBIs
LF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),
.366, 7 HRs, 37 RBIs
or - Josh Howard, sr., Prineville, Ore. (Abilene Christian U.),
.289, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs
or-Seth Pietsch, fr., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),
.300, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
CF - Eric Stark, sr., Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS),
.272, 1 HR, 22 RBIs
RF - Josh Carter, jr., Fallbrook, Calif. (Fallbrook HS),
.359, 6 HRs, 47 RBIs
DH - Curtis Davis, sr., Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS),
.426, 2 HRs, 23 RBIs
or-Jason McBride, jr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
.356, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs
or-Pat Stevens, jr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),
.417, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs
(Rotation to be determined, possible starting pitchers)
RHP - Thad Johnson, sr., Santa Rosa, Calif. (Santa Rosa JC),
6-6, 4.68 ERA
LHP-Scott Nicholson, sr., Longview, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
9-2, 3.93 ERA
RHP-Stephen Copeland, so., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),
3-2, 7.30 ERA
LHP-Mark McLemore, so., Granite Bay, Calif. (Del Oro HS),
0-4, 9.34 ERA
RHP-Ben Rowe, fr., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),
1-0 , 7.01 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 206-168-2 against Washington in a series dating back to 1911. Earlier this season, the teams split a non-league series in Corvallis with Washington winning 10-7 on March 6 and OSU winning 17-3 on March 7. Last season, OSU swept a non-league series in Seattle by scores of 13-9 and 27-4, later, OSU won a Pacific-10 series in Corvallis by taking the opener 6-3, losing 8-3, and winning the finale 11-10.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Among the NCAA Division I leaders through April 29, Oregon State is 20th in team batting average at .325 and designated hitter Curtis Davis is 18th in individual batting average at .426 ... Oregon State has won 7 of its last 9 games and 20 of its last 30 ... OSU is 2 games ahead of its pace from last season, when the Beavers were 26-20 after 46 games ... third baseman Brian Barden had a 10-game hitting streak snapped April 29 at Hawai'i, during the streak, he batted .591 (26-for-44) with 3 homers, 1 triple, 5 doubles and 21 RBIs. Barden had at least 2 hits in every game of the streak ... shortstop Will Hudson had a 6-game hitting streak end April 27 at Hawai'i, during the streak, he batted .435 (10-for-23) with 1 double, 6 RBIs and 8 runs ... in the series at Hawai'i, designated hitter Curtis Davis batted .667 (8-for-12) with 1 homer, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs and 7 runs ... Will Hudson pulled off an unusual feat at Hawai'i on April 28, scoring from second base on a wild pitch in the eighth inning ... OSU has won 3 of its 5 Pacific-10 series this season, including all 3 of its Pac-10 series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field ... rightfielder Josh Carter moved onto a pair of OSU's all-time career leaders lists last week, Carter is now eighth in RBIs with 113 and tied for eighth in total bases with 246 ... centerfielder Eric Stark moved onto the all-time career leaders list in triples, he is tied for third place with 9. Stark has 4 triples this season, putting him in a tie for eighth on OSU's all-time list of season leaders ... Brian Barden moved onto OSU's all-time list of season leaders last week in a trio of categories, he's now third in hits with 72, ninth in RBIs with 52 and tied for 10th in total bases with 110 ... pitcher Scott Nicholson joined OSU's all-time list of season leaders in complete games with his win at Hawai'i, he's now tied for ninth with 8 ... designated hitter Curtis Davis continues to add to his OSU single-season record for times hit by pitch, he was plunked for the 14th time at Hawai'i ... OSU has pitched 3 shutouts this season, that's the most for the Beavers since they tossed 3 shutouts in 1998. The last time OSU pitched more shutouts in a season was 1994, when the Beavers had 5 ... OSU has pitched 13 complete games this season while the Beavers' opponents have pitched just 4 ... OSU has 15 triples as a team, the Beavers had 13 all of last season ... in the last 30 games, OSU has put together some impressive numbers. During that time, the Beavers are batting .329 and their opponents are batting .304, the Beavers have 35 home runs and their opponents 18, the Beavers have an earned run average of 5.15 and their opponents are at 7.09. Also during the past 30 games, OSU is batting .355 with runners on base and .358 with runners in scoring position ... this spring, Oregon State is 14-3 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, including an11-3 mark in 1-run games ... from April 21-April 24, OSU beat Washington State 10-9 and 8-7 and beat Portland 10-9, that was the first time the Beavers had 3 straight games that were 1-run wins since 1969, when OSU beat Washington 6-5 and beat Washington State 7-6 and 5-4 ... OSU is 2-0 in extra-inning games this season ... OSU has had 10 or more hits in 30 of its 46 games ... OSU has 15 or more hits in 14 games this season ... Oregon State is 17-5 at home this season ... as a team, OSU's pinch-hitters are batting .455 (30-for-66) and opponents' pinch-hitters are batting .256 (11-for-43) ... the Beavers began the season being outhomered 15-1 in a series at Cal State-Northridge. Since then, OSU has outhomered its opponents 49-32 ... 13 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 ... Brian Barden leads the Beavers with 25 multi-hit games this season, while Josh Carter has 23, Chris Biles 17, Bryan Ingram 16, Curtis Davis 15, Will Hudson and Andy Jarvis 14 each, and Eric Stark 11 ... Brian Barden also leads the Beavers with 15 multi-RBI games while Josh Carter and Andy Jarvis have 12 each, Chris Biles 9, and Curtis Davis and Bryan Ingram 6 each ... OSU last 30 games have produced some strong individual statistics. In that time, Brian Barden is batting .438 (53-for-121) with 6 homers, 2 triples, 8 doubles and 34 RBIs, Curtis Davis is batting .414 (29-for-70) with 2 homers, 5 doubles and 13 RBIs, Chris Biles is batting .357 (30-for-84) with 4 homers, 5 doubles and 47 RBIs, Bryan Ingram is batting .351 (34-for-97) with 2 homers, 2 triples, 4 doubles and 16 RBIs, and Will Hudson is batting .333 (31-for-93) with 1 homer, 3 doubles and 15 RBIs ... on the pitching side in the past 25 games, Scott Nicholson is 7-1 with a 3.79 ERA, Thad Johnson is 5-4 with a 4.95 ERA, Stephen Copeland is 1-1 with 3 saves and a 4.68 ERA, Ben Rowe is 1-0 with a 4.87 ERA, and Chris Wilkins is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA ... in the last 9 games, Brian Barden is batting .512 (22-for-43) with 3 homers, 1 triple, 5 doubles and 21 RBIs, Curtis Davis is batting .500 (12-for-24) with 2 homers, 4 doubles and 8 RBIs, and Will Hudson is batting .353 (12-for-34) with 1 double and 7 RBIs ... in the Pacific-10 through April 29, Oregon State is first in home runs (50) and slugging percentage (.491), second in batting average (.325), total bases (808), on-base percentage (.397) and double plays turned (53), and third in runs (357), RBIs (328), triples (15) and hit by pitch (55) ... among the Pacific-10 individual leaders through April 29, Curtis Davis is first in on-base percentage (.535), second in batting average (.426) and hit by pitch (14) and seventh in slugging percentage (.583), Brian Barden is fourth in RBIs (52), fifth in runs (46), tied for fifth in home runs (8), sixth in hits (72) and total bases (110), seventh in batting average (.371) and eighth in at-bats (194), Josh Carter is tied for fourth in doubles (15), tied for seventh in sacrifice flies (4), tied for eighth in hits (65), tied for ninth in RBIs (47) and tied for 10th in runs (40) and total bases (102), Andy Jarvis is third in homers (12), tied for seventh in sacrifice flies (4), tied for ninth in RBIs (47) and tied for 10th in total bases (102), Chris Biles is ninth in batting average (.366), tied for ninth in home runs (7) and 10th in sluggint percentage (.572), Will Hudson is tied for sixth in sacrifice bunts (6) and tied for eighth in runs (41), Eric Stark is tied for fifth in triples (4) and tied for ninth in walks (25), Zach Gordon is tied for ninth in sacrifice bunts (5), Bryan Ingram is tied for ninth in sacrifice bunts (5), Scott Nicholson is first in innings pitched (103.0), tied for third in wins (9), tied for fourth in runners picked off (4), ninth in ERA (3.93) and tied for ninth in starts (12), Thad Johnson is third in innings (98.0), fourth in starts (14), eighth in wins (6) and ninth in strikeouts (73), Stephen Copeland is tied for fourth in saves (5), and Craig Hays is ninth in appearances (21).
LAST WEEK: Oregon State pushed its winning streak to a season-high 6 games by beating Portland 10-9 in Portland on April 24 and 13-6 in Corvallis on April 25. The Beavers then took 1 of 3 games at Hawai'i, losing 7-3 on April 27, winning 18-7 on April 28, and losing 12-9 on April 29.
On April 24, Seth Pietsch's pinch-hit 2-run double keyed Oregon State's 3-run eighth inning as the Beavers rallied to beat Portland 10-9 at Pilot Stadium. Brian Barden was 4-for-5 with 2 doubles for OSU. Oregon State gave Thad Johnson his first relief appearance of the season to nail down the win, as Johnson pitched the final 2 1/3 innings. Entering the game in the seventh inning after a quick warmup, Johnson gave up a run-scoring single to Matt Coleman and a 2-run single to Brad Stewart to put Portland up 9-7 before he retired the final 7 hitters he faced. Oregon State came back immediately. Barden and pinch-hitter Curtis Davis both doubled to start the eighth and Josh Carter walked to load the bases. Chris Biles grounded into a fielder's choice to plate a run and put runners at the corners. OSU then pinch-hit Pietsch, and he doubled to centerfield to drive in both runs for a 10-9 Beaver lead.
On April 25, Oregon State beat Portland 13-6 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field as OSU got a hit from everyone in its starting lineup. The Beavers took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning and extended it to 8-2 by the end of the fourth inning. Bryan Ingram, Andy Jarvis and Will Hudson had 3 hits each for OSU and Brian Barden had 2 hits, including a triple. Jake Postlewait picked up the win as OSU used the game to get work for 5 pitchers.
On April 27, Oregon State's winning streak ended with a 7-3 loss to Hawai'i at Rainbow Stadium. The Beavers, playing their sixth game in 8 days, were forced to alter their weekend pitching rotation because Thad Johnson had pitched in relief on Tuesday. OSU turned to Stephen Copeland for the opener against the Rainbows and Copeland turned in a complete game. Copeland allowed 13 hits and managed to scatter most of those, but 6 came in the Rainbows' 4-run fifth inning. He walked 2 and struck out 6.
On April 28, Oregon State tied its season-high for runs scored in an 18-7 win over Hawai'i at Rainbow Stadium. Curtis Davis was 4-for-7 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs for the Beavers. Every member of OSU's lineup had a hit in the 21-hit attack. Scott Nicholson went the distance for the win to improve to 9-2, allowing 11 hits and 1 walk while striking out 8 in his eighth complete game of the spring. OSU gave Nicholson a 3-0 lead before he ever took the mound, getting run-scoring singles from Brian Barden, Davis and Andy Jarvis in the top of the third inning. The hits by Davis and Jarvis came with 2 out, starting a night on which OSU would score 12 of its 18 runs with 2 out.
On April 28, trailing by 8 runs going into the ninth inning, Oregon State brought the go-ahead run to the plate but the Beavers' rally fell short in a 12-9 loss to Hawai'i at Rainbow Stadium. OSU scored 5 runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded when the game ended with a close play at first base. Hawai'i took control of the game with a 7-run sixth inning, then added 2 runs in the eighth to lead 12-4 . Through 8 innings, Rainbow rigththander Chad Giannetti had limited the Beavers to 6 hits and OSU hadn't scored since the fourth inning. Eric Stark had a sacrifice fly off Giannetti, then, against reliever Bryan Lee, OSU got a 2-run single by Chris Biles and RBI singles from Andy Jarvis and Pat Stevens. With the bases loaded, Kerisi Reynolds represented the go-ahead run as he stepped to the plate for the second time in the inning. Reynolds hit a high chopper off the artificial turf just in front of the plate, Lee leaped to snare it and it was a footrace to the bag. Reynolds made a headfirst slide and got his left hand on the bag in almost a dead heat with Lee's foot, Reynolds was called out and the game was over. The game was being televised, and on replays it appeared that Reynolds' hand touched the bag ahead of Lee's foot. Davis was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles for OSU but Barden had his 10-game hitting streak end.
HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey earned his 200th win as Oregon State's baseball coach when the Beavers beat Washington State 14-5 on April 20. Casey, in his seventh season at OSU, has a record of 205-146-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .583, only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) coached more baseball wins at OSU. Casey's career record is 376-259-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .591.
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 (44th) 32nd NR NRMarch 26 NR (44th) 34th NR NRApril 2 NR (38th) 31st NR NRApril 9 NR (38th) 29th NR NRApril 16 NR NR NR NRApril 23 NR NR NR NRApril 30 NR 28th NR NR
OREGON STATE RECORD BOOK ENTRIES IN 2001: Here are the records OSU has set, and where the Beavers rank on or near the school's career and single-season leaders lists through April 29:
INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 3, Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State.TEAM HOME RUNSGame: (tied) 7, vs. Washington.INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCHSeason: 13, Curtis Davis.SEASON HITS LEADERS5. Brian Barden 729. (3-way tie) 69Josh Carter 65SEASON RUNS LEADERS7. (7-way tie) 49Brian Barden 46Will Hudson 41Josh Carter 40SEASON DOUBLES LEADERS10. (tie) Josh Carter 15Andy Jarvis 12SEASON TRIPLES LEADERS8. (tie) Eric Stark 4SEASON HOME RUNS LEADERS6. (tie) Andy Jarvis 12SEASON RUNS BATTED IN LEADERS9. Brian Barden 5210. (2-way tie) 51Josh Carter 47Andy Jarvis 47SEASON TOTAL BASES LEADERS10. (tie) Brian Barden 110Andy Jarvis 102Josh Carter 102SEASON SAVES LEADERS2. (tie) Stephen Copeland 5SEASON INNINGS LEADERS10. John Sipple, 1985 103.2Scott Nicholson 103.0Thad Johnson 98.0SEASON COMPLETE GAMES LEADERS9. (tie) Scott Nicholson 8SEASON SHUTOUTS LEADERS8. (tie) Scott Nicholson 2CAREER HITS LEADERS9. (2-way tie) 169Josh Carter 157CAREER RUNS LEADERS10. (2-way tie) 118Eric Stark 114Bryan Ingram 97CAREER DOUBLES LEADERS2. Josh Carter 39CAREER TRIPLES LEADERS3. (tie) Eric Stark 9CAREER RUNS BATTED IN LEADERS8. Josh Carter 11310. (3-way tie) 105Brian Barden 101CAREER WALKS LEADERS10. Tim Lambert 98Eric Stark 89CAREER TOTAL BASES LEADERS8. (tie) Josh Carter 24610. Dave Brundage 242Brian Barden 218CAREER STOLEN BASES LEADERS9. (2-way tie) 35Eric Stark 27CAREER SAVES LEADERS4. (tie) Stephen Copeland 5CAREER COMPLETE GAMES LEADERS9. (2-way tie) 14Scott Nicholson 13CAREER SHUTOUTS LEADERS10. (tie) Scott Nicholson 2
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 (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
THE MYTHICAL NORTHERN DIVISION RACE: After the Pacific-10 merged its Northern and Southern divisions prior to the 1999 season, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State have continued to schedule non-league series against each other in addition to their conference series. Counting all games played between the old Northern Division schools, it's possible to come up with mythical Northern Division standings, so far this season, OSU is 6-2, Washington 5-2 and WSU 2-9. Oregon State won the imaginary division title in 2000 and Washington State took the crown in 1999.
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 9-2 with a 3.93 earned run average, he's thrown 8 complete games and has pitched at least 7.0 innings in all 11 of his starts. In 103.0 innings, he's allowed just 106 hits and 19 walks while striking out 63.
Nicholson owns wins over nationally-ranked Clemson and Arizona State this season, and his only losses were a 2-1 defeat by San Francisco and an 8-1 loss at No. 1-ranked Stanford. In his OSU career, Nicholson is 3-1 against teams ranked in the top 5, beating Arizona State twice and splitting a pair of decisions with Stanford.
Also this season, Nicholson shut out Arizona and defending Big Ten champ Minnesota. His pair of shutouts tie him for eighth place on OSU's list of single-season leaders and they also tie him for 10th place on OSU's list of career leaders.
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 .371 with 8 homers and 52 RBIs, he has 10 doubles and 2 triples. From April 16-April 22, he batted .611 (11-for-18) with 2 homers and 13 RBIs, capped by a ninth-inning, 2-out grand slam that gave OSU an 8-7 win over Washington State, that earned him Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors.
JARVIS NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: First baseman Andy Jarvis was named 1 of 4 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 earn 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.
PACIFIC-10 PLAYERS/PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State has had 4 selections as the Pacific-10 Player of the Week or Pitcher of the Week this season: first baseman Andy Jarvis, catcher Brian Ingram, pitcher Scott Nicholson and third baseman Brian Barden.
Jarvis was named for March 5-March 11, he was also named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the 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.
Ingram was named for March 19-March 26. In a 3-game series against Arizona State, Ingram batted .636 (7-for-11) with 3 RBIs and threw out 5 Sun Devils attempting to steal.
Nicholson was named for March 27-April 1. At Arizona, he pitched a 5-hit shutout and needed just 82 pitches in an 8-0 victory. He walked 0 and struck out 4 in his third straight complete game.
Barden was named for April 16-April 22. In 4 games against Concordia and Washington State, Barden batted .611 (11-for-18) with 2 homers and 13 RBIs, capped by a ninth-inning, 2-out grand slam that gave OSU an 8-7 win over Washington State.
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 April 30, facing No. 4 Stanford (3 games), No. 5 Southern California (3 games), No. 15 Arizona State (3 games) and No. 16 Clemson (3 games). OSU's schedule includes another 4 games against teams that received votes in the poll but didn't make the top 25: Texas Tech (1 game) and Cal-Santa Barbara (3 games).
GORDON RECOVERS QUICKLY: Oregon State second baseman Zach Gordon took a shot to the lip, then delivered some shots with his bat at Hawai'i on April 28-29.
In the sixth inning of OSU's 18-7 win on April 28, Gordon was called on for a sacrifice bunt and his first attempt sailed off the top of his bat and into his face. Trainer Matt Toth was able to stop the bleeding and Gordon returned to the plate, where he squared around and bunted a single up the first baseline to key OSU's 3-run inning. In the ninth, Gordon delivered a drive to leftfield that hopped the fence for an RBI double.
Following the game, Gordon was taken to a hospital and received 7 stitches in his lip. The next day, he delivered a 2-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, it was his first homer since March 7.
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