Beavers Wrap Up Homestand Tuesday

April 1, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State will wrap up an 11-game baseball homestand when the Beavers meet Portland on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. OSU (17-10 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) has won 13 of its last 17 games after taking two of three from Arizona last week.

'After a rough start, we did some great things against Arizona,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey, whose team fell behind early in an opening-game loss but bounced back to win the final two games. 'We pitched well and we played some great defense, and that's what wins games. Taking two of three games from a very good Arizona club is a great way to start the conference season, but things don't get any easier from here.'

Portland (11-14 overall, 5-4 West Coast) is coming off a three-game road sweep of San Francisco. The Beavers and Pilots have split their two previous meetings this season, with each team winning on its home field, they will also meet in Portland on April 23.

'We saw San Francisco earlier this season (at the Riverside Baseball Invitational), and for Portland to go down there and win three games shows what kind of club we're facing Tuesday,' Casey said. 'Plus, it always seems to be an interesting game when we play them - it's the two Division I schools in the state, a lot of the players were teammates or went against each other in high school or junior college - it's a good rivalry.'

The series dates back to 1909, and the Beavers have an all-time record of 125-57 against the Pilots.

After meeting Portland on Tuesday, Oregon State will go on the road to meet Southern California in a Pacific-10 series with games on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. The series at USC can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

Following the trip to USC, the Beavers will be at home for three straight weekends. OSU will host Hawai'i-Hilo on April 13-15, UCLA on April 19-21 and Stanford on April 26-28. With lights having been installed at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field last week, there is a chance some of those games could be rescheduled as the first night games in the ballpark's 96-year history.

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