Beavers Head Back To San Diego
Feb. 14, 2002
FEBRUARY 16, SATURDAY
Oregon State vs. Western Kentucky (at San Diego State), 1 p.m.
RADIO: Live on KRKT-AM (990), can also be heard via the internet at www.osubeavers.com
FEBRUARY 17, SUNDAY
Oregon State at San Diego State, 12 noon
RADIO: Live on KLOO-AM (1340), can also be heard via the internet at www.osubeavers.com
Oregon State (2-4 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) makes the same flight it did a week ago, but the Beavers will be hoping to bring home a far different baseball result. After being swept at San Diego in a three-game series last week, OSU travels to San Diego State to face Western Kentucky (3-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) on Saturday and SDSU (5-4, 0-0 Western Athletic) on Sunday at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
'We played a very good club last weekend,' OSU coach Pat Casey said of the Toreros, who are unbeaten through nine games. 'But we didn't play particularly well. Now we've got a chance to go play two more good clubs, and we're going to have to step up to the challenge.'
In particular, the Beavers will be looking for more production at the plate after scoring just two runs in each of the three games at USD.
'This is a good-hitting ballclub,' Casey said of OSU. 'We didn't show that last weekend, and that was disappointing. We had some chances to keep ourselves in those games and we didn't produce. That was especially tough to take after we had come through in those situations the week before (in beating Oral Roberts and Southern Utah).
'But I still think this team will score runs. We've just got to put last weekend behind us and start fresh.'
One area where the Beavers performed well was on the mound.
'If there was a bright spot, that was it,' Casey said. 'We had some guys step out there and pitch well for us. Considering pitching was one of our big question marks going into the season, that was good news.'
OSU committed six errors in the series, leading to four unearned runs. That could be a result of the Beavers still looking for outdoor practice time, something that will change this week. With sunny skies in the forecast for Corvallis, the Beavers were planning on spending the week practicing at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
'That's going to be a big help to us,' Casey said. 'The new (Merritt Truax) Indoor Center is great, and we got a lot more done during our indoor workouts than we have in the past. But getting outside will let us work even more on game situations, defense - the whole works. And that's going to improve what we do on the field.'
OSU junior third baseman Brian Barden entered the school's career top-10 lists in x categories last week. Barden is now 10th in runs batted in (109) and total bases (245).
Sophomore outfielder Seth Pietsch doubled twice in Saturday's game at USD, five of his six hits this season have been doubles. In his career, 10 of Pietsch's 15 hits have gone for extra bases.
Western Kentucky opened its season last weekend, sweeping a home series over Western Illinois by scores of 11-0, 14-4 and 3-2. Junior outfielder David Lower is batting .429 with one homer and three runs batted in for the Hilltoppers, while senior outfielder Jerry Cecil is batting .400 with two RBIs.
San Diego State was swept in a tight series at Arizona last weekend, losing 1-0, 6-3 and 7-5. For the Aztecs, senior catcher Brian Manfred is batting .500 with nine RBIs and sophomore third baseman Chad Corona is batting .405 with three homers and eight RBIs.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, so., Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS),
.167, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
or - Wick Udy, jr., Brigham City, Utah (Dixie JC)
.375, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
1B - Andy Jarvis, jr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.278, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs
2B - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.)
.269, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs
or - Kerisi Reynolds, so., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS),
.143, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
3B - Brian Barden, jr., Bonita, Calif. (St. Augustine HS),
.308, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs
SS - Will Hudson, jr., Fountain Valley, Calif. (Fountain Valley HS),
.294, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs
LF - Seth Pietsch, so., Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS),
.286, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs
or - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California)
.154, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
CF - Zach Woodward, fr., Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)
.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
or - Tom Creighton, sr., Weldon, Calif. (Fresno State U.)
.269, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs
RF - Chris Biles, so., Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS),
.348, 1 HR, 4 RBIs
DH - Jason McBride, sr., Bellingham, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC),
.286, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
or - Aaron Fausett, jr., Beaverton, Ore. (U. of Southern California)
.154, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
or - Pat Stevens, sr., Eugene, Ore. (Chapman U.),
.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
(Tentative pitching rotation)
RHP - Ben Rowe, so., Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS),
1-1 record, 2.08 ERA
RHP - Stephen Copeland, jr., Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS),
0-0 record, 6.75 ERA
ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: This will be the first-ever baseball meeting between Oregon State and Western Kentucky.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 5-5-1 against San Diego State in a series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 1-game winning streak against the Aztecs. Last season, OSU took an 8-7, 10-inning win in the San Diego Baseball Classic at SDSU. San Diego State's last win was 6-3 in 1998 in the same tournament at SDSU.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State travelled to meet a San Diego squad that was unbeaten going into the 3-game series at Cunningham Stadium, and the Toreros were still unbeaten and headed into the national polls after beating the Beavers 6-2, 4-2 and 8-2.
On Feb. 8, Oregon State starting pitcher Joshua Garcia hurled 3 scoreless innings before the Toreros opened the fourth with 4 straight hits, including a run-scoring double, then added RBI singles to extend USD's lead to 3-0. The Beavers scored both their runs in the eighth inning. Brian Barden reached base on a 2-out single to centerfield, which was followed by Jason McBride's double to right. Seth Pietsch then knocked in both runs with a single to right. Barden and Chris Biles each finished with 2 hits for the Beavers.
On Feb. 9, OSU's Seth Pietsch added to his string of doubles with a pair of 2-base hits for OSU and drove in a run, but San Diego kept its record perfect by breaking a tie with 2 seventh-inning runs. Pietsch doubled in OSU's first run in the seventh inning Saturday, then scored on Andy Jarvis' single to tie the game at 2-2. San Diego came back with a pair of runs in its half of the seventh, though, and one of the key hits was a fly to right-centerfield that was lost in the sun. The Beavers stranded 5 runners, but 3 of those were in scoring position and OSU had the tying runs on base when the game ended. Tom Creighton and Pietsch were both 2-for-4 for the Beavers.
On Feb. 10, Oregon State did manage its first lead of the series in the first inning, when Seth Pietsch walked and eventually scored from second on Brian Barden's single. San Diego went in front 2-1 in the bottom of the first on a 2-run double. OSU picked up its other run in the sixth inning, pulling within 3-2 when Wick Udy singled to score Aaron Fausett. Udy had a pair of hits for the Beavers.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE BRIAN BARDEN: Oregon State junior third baseman Brian Barden (Bonita, Calif./St. Augustine HS) is off to a quick start this spring, homering in each of OSU's first 2 games and delivering at least 1 hit and 1 RBI in each of the first 3 contests. He's currently batting .308 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs this spring.
Barden has also moved into OSU's career top-10 lists in RBIs (10th with 109) and total bases (10th with 245), his next home run will put him in the Beavers' all-time top 10 in that category, as well.
Barden entered the spring having proven himself as one of the Pacific-10's top players over the past 2 seasons, and he continues to improve as an all-around player.
Baseball America magazine's 2002 preseason picks rated Barden as the best defensive third baseman in the Pacific-10 Conference, and Barden was an all-conference selection in both his freshman and sophomore years. Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder set the OSU school record for hits (83) while batting .367 with 8 homers, 2 triples, 11 doubles and 55 runs batted in.
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his eighth season at OSU, has a record of 210-156-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .573. Only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) have coached more baseball wins at OSU.
Casey's career record is 381-269-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox University in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .585.
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, 16 Beavers have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams and had 4 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 SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2002 schedule includes 13 games against teams in the USA Today/Baseball Weekly coaches poll of Feb. 11: No. 1 Stanford (3 games), No. 5 Arizona State (4 games), No. 7 Southern California (3 games) and No. 20 Arizona (3 games). The Beavers play another 16 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - San Diego (3 games), Cal State-Northridge (3 games), Washington (3 games), California (3 games), Oral Roberts (1 game) and UCLA (3 games).
STYKEL GOES FROM GROUNDSKEEPER TO MOUNDSMAN: In 2001, Don Stykel's pitching career appeared over due to arm problems and he was working on the grounds crew at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. But on Feb. 1, he was credited with the pitching win as OSU earned its first win of 2002, a 10-9, 10-inning victory over Oral Roberts.
It was Stykel's first win since beating Portland on April 6, 1999 and his first appearance since going 1/3 of an inning against Washington on April 29, 2000.
'It was great to get back out here, even though I vultured the win from Postlewait - he deserved it, the way he threw,' said Stykel, who spent last spring grooming the Beavers' home diamond while still going to school on a baseball scholarship. Starting late in the spring of 2000, he went a year without throwing a baseball.
'I missed the game so much - that was probably the longest year of my life,' Stykel said. 'But I just kept believing in myself, believing that I could do it.'
Last summer, after his workdays were done, Stykel would step onto a Coleman Field mound with a bag of baseballs and throw about 50 pitches into a net. OSU's coaches saw him and knew he wanted to come back, after doing some pitching in the fall, Stykel was invited to return to the roster this spring.
OREGON STATE'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,693-1,169-15, a winning percentage of .591. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 760-546, a winning percentage of .582.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 18,779 runs and allowed 14,457 runs. That's an average score of 6.53-5.03.
In its 92 seasons of varsity baseball prior to 2002, OSU has had 69 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.
Soon, the Beavers will be able to play night games at the ballpark for the first time ever. A donation this spring by longtime OSU boosters Bert and Shirley Babb has allowed OSU to erect lights at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Work will begin in February on installing the system, which will meet the standards for Triple-A professional teams.
In 92 seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 883-378-1 at home for a winning percentage of .700. Oregon State was 18-7 at home in 2001. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 132-49 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .729.
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.
1952 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES TEAM: This spring, Oregon State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beavers' 1952 College World Series team. That season, Oregon State won the Northern Division title, defeated Southern California for the Pacific Coast Conference title, and beat Fresno State for the West Regional title and a trip to Omaha. The 1952 Beavers will be honored during the final home series of the season, May 17-19 against Washington.
OREGON STATE DUGOUT CLUB: The Oregon State Dugout Club is an organization devoted to supporting 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 membership. This year's tournament will be held June 24 at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.
For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.
OREGON STATE BASEBALL TICKETS: Season tickets for Oregon State baseball are $121 and guarantee ticketholders the same seat for all 27 Beaver home games in 2002. OSU's schedule includes home series against Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Washington State, Cal State-Northridge, Hawai'i-Hilo and Gonzaga and a pair of single games against Portland.
The Family Plan is good for general admission for 2 adults and 2 students to all 27 home games, and the cost is $121.
There are also several partial season-ticket plans available. The Pac-10 Plan includes a reserved seat to 3-game Pac-10 series against Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Arizona and costs $48 for the 12 games.
The Sunday Special includes a reserved seat ticket to all 7 Sunday home games and costs $28.
The California Gold Rush includes 3-game series against Stanford, UCLA and Cal State-Northridge, the Evergreen State Special includes 3-game series against Washington, Washington State and Gonzaga, both those plans cost $36 each for a reserved seat to all 9 games.
Single-game reserved tickets are $6. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, OSU students are admitted free with their OSU identification.
For groups of 10 or more wanting to spend a day at the ballpark, there is a group rate of $2 per person for general admission tickets, those wishing to take advantage of this offer must make arrangements in advance with the OSU athletic ticket office.
For more information, call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS.
OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast, with most of the Beaver schedule on KLOO-AM (1340). This week, the game against Western Kentucky will be heard on KRKT-AM (990) and the game against San Diego State will be on KLOO-AM. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties with help from Kip Carlson. The games on the broadcast schedule can also heard on the internet at www.osubeavers.com
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State game at California on May 11 will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net cable. The TV schedule for regional games has yet to be announced.
Oregon State has played on national cable television each of the last 4 seasons, and the Beavers were 3-1 in those games - including a 3-0 mark at home. Since Fox Sports Net (formerly Prime Sports) began televising games in 1990, Oregon State has a 28-14 record in televised games, including 8-2 in national TV games.