Beavers Make A Trade

March 5, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The wet weather forecast for the Willamette Valley through this weekend has led to a change in Oregon State's baseball schedule. The Beavers, who were to have hosted Nevada in a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, will instead play Portland in a series split between the teams' home ballparks.

OSU (7-7 overall) will play at Portland (3-8) on Friday at 2 p.m., and the teams will meet at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. The site of Sunday's 1 p.m. game will be determined by a coin flip to be held Thursday.

Nevada wanted to avoid the possibility of coming to Corvallis and being rained out of a three-game series; Pacific (Calif.), which was to have played at Portland this weekend, had similar concerns. Coaches of the four teams agreed to trade opponents, giving Nevada and Pacific a better chance of playing this weekend and providing a series for OSU and Portland that the in-state rivals could reschedule for later in the year, if necessary.

Nevada will still play a series at OSU sometime in the next few seasons as their end of a home-and-home scheduling arrangement that saw the Beavers play in Reno last season. Incidentally, that series saw the final game cancelled on account of cold weather after Oregon State won the first two contests.

OSU can relate to not wanting to make a trip only to find unplayable conditions for an entire weekend. In 2001, the Beavers went to California-Santa Barbara and had an entire three-game series rained out. In 1998, forecasts of wet weather led OSU and San Jose State to cancel a season-opening series a day before the Beavers were to have flown to the Bay Area.

This is the second time this season that Oregon State's home-opener has been pushed back. The Beavers and Pilots were to have played Tuesday, but that game was postponed due to rain. It was the first time since 1994 that Oregon State had its home-opener rained out. That year, the Beavers were scheduled to meet Western Oregon on Feb. 22 but didn't play until four days later, with OSU taking a 2-1 win that started them on the road to the Pacific-10 Northern Division title.

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