Rowe Honored By Pacific-10

April 29, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Ben Rowe was named the Pacific-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Rowe (Perth, Australia/Greenwood HS), a sophomore righthander, pitched a four-hitter to beat fourth-ranked Stanford 3-1 on Friday and start the Beavers on their way to winning the series against the Cardinal.

Rowe outdueled Stanford ace Jeremy Guthrie, who is expected to be one of the top picks in this year's Major League Baseball draft. Rowe struck out four and walked none as he won the first night game in the 96-year history of OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Rowe's selection was the first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week or Player of the Week honor for Oregon State this season. The Beavers (27-15 overall, 6-6 Pacific-10) go to Washington State for a series this weekend with games Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon. All three games can be heard on KLOO-AM (1340).

Rowe improved his record to 6-3 with the 101-pitch win over Stanford; he had also pitched two scoreless innings at Portland last Tuesday. Against the Cardinal, he allowed only a fourth-inning home run by Ryan Garko, then retired the next 13 hitters and 15 of the next 16.

'That reminds me of the days of Andrew Checketts and Scott Nicholson,' OSU coach Pat Casey said after the game, recalling two recent Beaver All-Americans. 'You just sit back and see them make pitch after pitch. We saw the No. 1 righthanded pitcher in the country tonight, and Ben Rowe matched him.'

Pitching the first-ever night game in one of college baseball's oldest ballparks helped the Australian.

'With the facilities in Australia, you don't have many games under the lights,' Rowe said after the game. 'Playing under the lights, with a big crowd - that brings out your best. It's like a game you watch on TV; it's a dream.'

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