Beavers Add Four To Baseball Class

Nov. 18, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four more baseball players have signed letters of intent to play for Oregon State, Beaver head coach Pat Casey announced Monday. Signing with OSU are righthanded pitcher Brett Hawley (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS), lefthanded pitcher/outfielder Kevin Joslyn (Spokane, Wash./Mt. Spokane HS, Columbia Basin JC), lefthanded pitcher Eric O'Flaherty (Walla Walla, Wash./Walla Walla HS) and catcher Casey Priseman (Woodinville, Wash./Woodinville HS).

Those four join the two signees that OSU announced last week - lefthanded pitcher/outfielder Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS) and righthanded pitcher Jonah Nickerson (Milwaukie, Ore./Oregon City HS).

Hawley had a 1-3 record for Newport last spring, but also had three saves and a 2.63 earned run average. Last summer, he played for the Food Giant team that missed the American Legion World Series by one game; Hawley was 2-1 with six saves and an ERA just over 3.00, striking out 56 and walking just 12.

'I really liked Oregon State's campus and coaches,' Hawley said. 'And I liked the players they have, too.'

Casey said of Hawley: 'Brett is a guy we think is going to be pretty good. He's got good size and he has a good feel for his breaking ball. He can develop into being a quality pitcher in our program.'

Joslyn had a 4-1 record for Columbia Basin last spring; in 29.0 innings, he allowed 28 hits and struck out 31 while walking just four. His pitching coach at Columbia Basin was former OSU pitcher Jeremy Beard.

'Kevin is a solid lefthander with good deception and a feel for three pitches (fastball, changeup and breaking ball),' Beard said. 'He has above-average movement on his 85-87 mile-per-hour fastball, and that is complemented by a consistent changeup. I'm excited that he's going to be a Beaver. I think he will certainly benefit Coach Casey and Coach (Gary) Henderson's pitching staff. It's always nice to send a guy like Kevin to play at Oregon State.'

Casey said of Joslyn: 'We're very excited about having a young man of Kevin's caliber come into our program. We believe he can come in and be an impact guy at this level. Columbia Basin continues to do a tremendous job of developing players and putting out Division I athletes; Kevin is a guy we're extremely excited about having at Oregon State.'

O'Flaherty had a 3-6 record last season for Walla Walla, but that came with an ERA of just 1.81 as he earned second team all-league honors. During the American Legion season, he was 5-5 with a 1.90 ERA.

'I was really comfortable with Oregon State's coaches, and I liked their program,' said O'Flaherty, who is considering studying Business.

Casey said of O'Flaherty: 'Eric is a guy who really started pitching well this fall. He was very impressive late in the recruiting process. He's a lefthander with great size, and he could provide an immediate impact in the Pac-10.'

Priseman batted .333 with 23 runs batted in for Woodinville last spring; playing in a big home park, he had no homers but 14 doubles and three triples.

'I really liked Oregon State's baseball program, plus the location, the school and the campus,' said Priseman, who may study Business.

Casey said of Priseman: 'Casey is a very solid defensive catcher with a real good arm. He seems to fit well with our catchers as far as being able to come in and develop.'

OREGON STATE BASEBALL - FALL, 2002 SIGNINGSKevin Gunderson, LHP/CF; Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic HS)2002 statistics - 11-1 record, 0.98 ERA, 64.0 innings, 44 hits, 11 walks, 88 strikeouts; batted .325, 13 RBIs, 6 stolen basesFirst team all-league; third team all-stateBrett Hawley, RHP; Bellevue, Wash. (Newport HS)2002 statistics - 1-3 record, 3 saves, 2.63 ERAKevin Joslyn, LHP/OF; Spokane, Wash. (Mt. Spokane HS/Columbia Basin JC)2002 statistics - 4-1 record, 2.48 ERA, 29.0 innings, 28 hits, 4 walks, 31 strikeoutsJonah Nickerson, RHP; Milwaukie, Ore. (Oregon City HS)2002 statistics - 9-2 record, 1.77 ERA, 76.0 innings, 65 hits, 17 walks, 85 strikeouts; batted .329, 4 doubles, 7 homers, 32 RBIsFirst team all-league; first team all-stateEric O'Flaherty, LHP; Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla HS)2002 statistics - 3-6 record, 1.81 ERASecond team all-leagueCasey Priseman, C; Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS)2002 statistics - batted .333, 14 doubles, 3 triples, 23 RBIsFirst team all-league
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