OSU Adds Two Baseball Recruits

June 18, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State has signed baseball players John Dailey (Portland, Ore./Jesuit HS) and Zach Woodward (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville HS) to national letters of intent, OSU head coach Pat Casey announced Monday. Dailey, a righthanded pitcher/shortstop, and Woodward, an outfielder, will join the Beavers next fall.

'They're both good students and they should be good fits for our program,' Casey said. 'We think John Dailey can pitch for us next year. He's got great potential to be an impact player in the Pac-10 and he should be able to give us innings as a freshman. In the outfield, we're looking for somebody to replace (graduated three-year starter) Eric Stark, and Zach Woodward is very talented. The fall will be important for him to get some experience and push for a starting spot.'

Dailey and Woodward join a recruiting class that also includes a pair of signees from last fall - righthanded pitcher Andy Baldwin (Hood River, Ore./Hood River Valley HS) and outfielder Kris Walker (Amboy, Wash./Battle Ground HS).

Dailey was an all-state second team selection and was the Metro League's Co-Player of the Year, helping Jesuit to the state quarterfinals. On the mound, he was 8-2 with a 1.63 earned run average, in 68 innings, he allowed 42 hits and 39 walks while striking out 99. At the plate, Dailey batted .472 with five homers, one triple, nine doubles and 29 runs batted in.

Dailey was also an all-state placekicker for the Crusaders' state championship football team last fall, and wants to also continue his football career at OSU.

'The football situation with coach (Dennis) Erickson is spectacular, and the baseball program is up there and that appealed to me,' Dailey said of his choice to attend OSU. 'It's close to home, I felt comfortable there, and it seemed like the right choice to me.'

Dailey also drew baseball and football interest from Arizona State and football interest from Stanford. He plans to study Business at Oregon State.

'I'm very excited to be going to Oregon State next year, and I can't wait to get there,' Dailey said.

Woodward was an All-KingCo Conference first team selection, batting .400 with two homers, seven doubles, one triple and eight stolen bases as Woodinville tied for the league championship. He was named the school's Athlete of the Year, also having played running back, wide receiver and defensive back on the football team.

'I really liked the atmosphere of Corvallis and the school, and I really liked the coaches,' Woodward said. 'I thought I could learn a lot from them. I just liked the feel of the team.'

Woodward was also recruited by California, Washington State and UCLA. He has not settled on a major, but is considering a business-related field.


John Dailey, RHP/SS - Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS)

Zach Woodward, OF - Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)


Andy Baldwin, RHP - Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley HS)

Kris Walker, OF - Amboy, Wash. (Battle Ground HS)

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