Beavers Begin A Week Against Northwest Rivals
March 10, 2003
TUESDAY, MARCH 11Washington at Oregon State; 3 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12Washington at Oregon State; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)FRIDAY, MARCH 14Oregon State vs. Washington State; Pasco, Wash.; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)SATURDAY, MARCH 15Oregon State vs. Washington State; Pasco, Wash.; 1 p.m.RADIO: Live on KEJO-AM (1240)
Oregon State renews a pair of longtime baseball rivalries this week. The Beavers face Washington and Washington State in a pair of series that won't count in the Pacific-10 standings but will still hold the interest of Pacific Northwest baseball fans.
The Beavers (8-7 overall) host Washington (9-6) in a midweek series with games Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 p.m. OSU then goes to Pasco, Wash., for a non-league series against Washington State (3-13) on Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.; those games will be at Pasco Stadium, the home of the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League.
'Even when they don't count in the standings, these games are ones that you really like to get,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Once the teams get on the field, you're not thinking about it being a non-league game. With all those players from Oregon and Washington, you're thinking about it being against guys you played with or against in high school and community college, and you want to beat them.
'It should make guys put a little more pressure on themselves to perform. It's a chance for us to get a bit of the feel of a conference game before we actually open the Pac-10 schedule; with as many freshmen and other new guys as we've been playing, that's a great thing for us to have.'
It's now Tuesday's game that marks the 94th home-opener for the Beavers at one of the nation's oldest college ballparks; Goss Stadium at Coleman Field has been the Beavers' home diamond since the school started varsity baseball in 1907. OSU's home-opener was to have been last Tuesday against Portland, but that game was rained out.
'I said last week, we were really looking forward to playing at home, and we still are,' Casey said. 'We had four weeks on the road, then a week where we were playing everything by ear based on the weather (in determining sites for a weekend series against Portland). Our guys are anxious to finally get in some games at our own yard, in some familiar surroundings and in front of our own fans.'
OSU's all-time record in home-openers is 75-18, and OSU has won its last 3 in a row after last season's 11-9 win over Gonzaga. Oregon State has won 14 of its last 15 home-openers and 29 of its last 32.
This was the first time since 1994 that the Beavers' home-opener had been rained out. In 1994, OSU's opener against Western Oregon got bumped back from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26; Oregon State won 2-1 and went on to the Pacific-10 Northern Division title.
Last weekend, OSU took a 13-6 win at Portland on March 8 and was leading the Pilots 9-0 in the eighth inning on March 9 when the game was halted. It now stands as a suspended game to be completed April 1, but may yet be declared a completed contest after both coaches review the end-of-series rules agreed to before the game.
Leading the Beaver regulars at the plate so far have been junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch (.438 batting average, 4 home runs, 19 runs batted in), senior first baseman Andy Jarvis (.379, 1, 19), junior outfielder Kerisi Reynolds (.378, 1, 13), junior third baseman Tony Calderon (.367, 3, 18) and freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (.344, 1, 13).
Washington and Washington State played a non-league series in Seattle over the weekend, with the Huskies sweeping by scores of 11-8, 6-5 and 8-1.
Washington's attack has been led by senior infielder Tila Reynolds (.400, 0, 5), sophomore first baseman Kyle Larsen (..357, 6, 13), junior outfielder Justin Drake (.355, 0, 6), sophomore infielder Aaron Hathaway (.341, 1, 2) and freshman outfielder Simi Reynolds (.333, 0, 2). Starting pitchers for the series have yet to be announced.
WSU has been paced by junior outfielder Justin Hart (.344, 1, 4), sophomore infielder Grant Richardson (.327, 1, 11), senior third baseman Bruce Jacobsen (.324, 0, 5) and sophomore infielder Derek Bruce (.317, 2, 8). Expected starters for the first two games are sophomore righthander Bryce Chamberlin (2-1, 6.88) and senior lefthander Tony Banaszak (0-4, 4.35).
OREGON STATE LINEUP, PITCHING ROTATION
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.279, 0 HRs, 8 RBIsor - Ian McMullen, sr.; Kennewick, Wash. (Lower Columbia CC);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.125, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.379, 1 HR, 19 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.222, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.255, 0 HRs, 7 RBIs3B - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.367, 3 HRs, 18 RBIsSS - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.234, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, fr.; Billings, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.200, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.438, 4 HRs, 19 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.344, 1 HR, 13 RBIsRF - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.280, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.378, 1 HR, 13 RBIsDH - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.222, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.378, 1 HR, 13 RBIsTue. RHP - Jon Koller, so.; Carlsbad, Calif. (U. of California-Irvine);0-2 record, 6.38 ERAWed. P - To be announcedFri. P - To be announcedSat. P - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 208-172 against Washington in a series dating back to 1911. Last season, the Beavers won 1 of 3 games against the Huskies in a Pac-10 series in Corvallis, losing 6-5 and 13-3 before winning the finale 5-3.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 176-211-2 against Washington State in a series dating back to 1910. Last season, the Beavers swept 6 games from the Cougars. In a non-league series in Corvallis, OSU won 9-1, 5-4 and 6-5. In a Pac-10 series in Pullman, OSU won 18-1, 1-6 and 22-21; the final game was a wild 4 1/2-hour affair that saw the Beavers trail 9-2 and lead 20-12 before hanging on for the win.
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU has stolen 21 bases this season, while the Beavers' opponents have stolen just 7 ... OSU has turned 20 double plays while its opponents have turned just 11 ... OSU has won the opening game of a weekend 4 times in 5 tries this season ... OSU has played just 1 1-run game and 1 extra-inning game this season ... OSU is 3-1 in games decided by 2 runs ... OSU's bullpen has an ERA of 5.58, while opponents' relievers have an ERA of 6.24 ... OSU's 9-run third inning on March 8 at Portland was the Beavers' highest-scoring of the season ...
Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis and junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch are the only Beavers to start every game at their position this season. Junior third baseman Tony Calderon has started 15 games at his position ...
Last week, junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch led the Beavers at the plate, batting .667 (6-for-9) with 1 triple, 5 RBIs and 4 runs; junior outfielder Kerisi Reynolds batted .556 (5-for-9); and freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury batted .556 (5-for-9) with 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 runs and 2 stolen bases. Senior righthander Stephen Copeland pitched 5.0 scoreless innings and is in line for the win in the suspended game against Portland, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out none; freshman righthander Kurt Steele picked up his first career win with 4.0 innings in relief on March 8, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 0 walks while striking out 3; sophomore righthander Kenny Anderson pitched 2.0 perfect innings in relief in the suspended game and freshman righthander Andy Baldwin tossed 1.1 scoreless innings to finish the game on March 8 ...
Junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 11, while senior first baseman Andy Jarvis has 7, junior third baseman Tony Calderon and freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury 6 each, junior outfielder Kerisi Reynolds 5 and senior outfielder Chris Biles 4 ... Calderon leads OSU with 6 multi-RBI games, while Pietsch has 5 and Ellsbury and Jarvis 4 each ... Calderon is on a 10-game hitting streak and Pietsch is on a 7-gamer ...
Oregon State received votes in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches Top 25 preseason poll; it's the first time in recent years that the Beavers earned votes in the preseason poll ... OSU was picked for eighth place in a preseason poll of Pacific-10 coaches. However, OSU has placed higher than the coaches' prediction in each of the last 3 seasons.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State battled the weather and Portland last week, coming away with 1 win - and maybe 2 wins - after a swap of opponents. After OSU and Portland were rained out in Corvallis on March 4, the Beavers were to have hosted Nevada in a weekend series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, but a wet forecast prompted OSU, Nevada, Portland and Pacific (Calif.) to swap opponents. On March 7, OSU and Portland were rained out of the opening game of their series in Portland.
On March 8, Oregon State used a 9-run third inning to beat Portland 13-6 at soggy Pilot Stadium. A gathering of 103 hardy fans sat through a damp, foggy afternoon and periodic showers. The Beavers took control in the third inning, their highest-scoring inning of the year, to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 10-2 lead. The Beavers used 8 hits, 1 walk and 1 hit batter. Seth Pietsch had a pair of hits in the inning, driving in the first and last runs of the frame. He grounded a single through the left side to drive in Kerisi Reynolds with the tying run; after the Beavers batted around, Pietsch tripled off the centerfield wall to drive in a pair of runs. Pietsch was 3-for-5 with 3 runs batted in, Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-4 with a double, Scott Nelson was 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and Reynolds was 2-for-4.Freshman righthander Kurt Steele relieved OSU starter Jared Sanders with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. Steele pitched the next 4.0 innings to earn his first career win, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 0 and striking out 3.
On March 9 at Portland, Oregon State was leading 9-0 when play was halted in the middle of the eighth inning at Pilot Stadium. The game was declared a suspended game, but a review of the end-of-series rules agreed to before the game may yet lead both coaches to call it a completed contest. The start of the game was delayed 24 minutes by rain, but began under patches of blue sky and the first few innings saw the field hit by periods of sunshine. The afternoon's first shower didn't hit the ballpark until the seventh inning; it turned into a deluge in the top of the eighth and the field could not be covered before it was rendered unplayable. Oregon State had scored 5 runs in the top of the fourth inning to take control of the game, and the Beavers were outhitting the Pilots 16-2. Stephen Copeland was on the way to his first win of the season after losing against third-ranked Arizona State and to New Mexico in a windswept game at the Baseball Fiesta in El Paso. The senior righthander threw 5.0 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits and walking 2; he also didn't strike out a hitter in an efficient 61-pitch outing. Sophomore righthander Kenny Anderson followed Copeland with 2.0 more scoreless innings, retiring all 6 hitters he faced. When play was halted, Kerisi Reynolds was 3-for-5 with 1 double and 3 runs scored; Pietsch was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs and had extended his hitting streak to 7 games; Calderon was 2-for-5 with 2 doubles and had extended his hitting streak to 10 games; Tyler Graham was 2-for 3; and Jacoby Ellsbury was 2-for-5. OSU's 5-run fourth inning came on the heels of a big defensive play that may have kept the Pilots off the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. UP slugger Kory Casto drove a ball toward the wall in left-centerfield; centerfielder Ellsbury raced over, leaped, and appeared to bring the ball back over the railing as he slammed into the wall.
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through March 2 (Pac-10 statistics through March 9 unavailable):
BATTING AVERAGE7. Seth Pietsch .4068. Andy Jarvis .400SLUGGING PERCENTAGE4. Seth Pietsch .7507. Tony Calderon .692ON-BASE PERCENTAGE9. Tony Calderon .47110. Seth Pietsch .465RUNS9. (tie) Seth Pietsch 19HITS8. (tie) Seth Pietsch 26DOUBLES7. (tie) Tony Calderon 67. (tie) Seth Pietsch 6TRIPLES4. (tie) Seth Pietsch 2HOME RUNS7. (tie) Seth Pietsch 4TOTAL BASES5. Seth Pietsch 48WALKS7. (tie) Rob Recuenco 12HIT BY PITCH6. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 4SACRIFICE BUNTS1. Chris Kunda 63. (tie) Rob Recuenco 38. (tie) Paul Richie 2SACRIFICE FLIES3. (tie) Tony Calderon 33. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 37. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 27. (tie) Andy Jarvis 2STOLEN BASES7. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 5SAVES5. (tie) Jon Koller 25. (tie) Jared Sanders 2APPEARANCES7. (tie) Jon Koller 8CHANCES8. Andy Jarvis 123PUTOUTS8. Andy Jarvis 112DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED2. (tie) Andy Jarvis 152. (tie) Chris Kunda 158. (tie) Rob Recuenco 13
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Oregon State players ranked among the school's all-time leaders through March 9:
CAREER AT-BATS1. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 6482. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 6433. Brian Barden, 2000-02 6394. Aaron Anderson, 1988-92 6135. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 5936. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 5817. Kevin Hooker, 1991-95 577> 8. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 574
Brian Barden, 2000-02 2312. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 2063. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 2014. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 1875. Pete Rowe, 1974-77 186> (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 186 Brian Barden, 2000-02 394. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 37> (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 37 9. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 33 Chris Biles, 2000-present 31 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 9 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 28 Brian Barden, 2000-02 1543. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 144> 4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 143 Brian Barden, 2000-02 3552. Joe Gerber, 1997-2000 347> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 311 Chris Biles, 2000-present 247 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 11 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 7 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of March 10: No. 1 Arizona State (4 games) and No. 6 Stanford (3 games). The Beavers' schedule includes another 10 games against teams receiving votes in the poll - Southern California (3 games), Arizona (3 games), Oklahoma State (1 game) and UCLA (3 games).
MATHEWS' STREAK ON HOLD: Sophomore outfielder Aaron Mathews' 14-game hitting streak is on hold. Mathews ended last season on a 13-game hitting streak, and NCAA guidelines allow hitting streaks to carry over from season to another. Mathews pushed his streak to 14 games with a hit on Opening Day at California-Riverside; the next day, Mathews was hit by a pitch in the first inning and had to leave the game, and he's expected to be out until at least mid-March.
BEAVERS PART OF FOUR-TEAM SCHEDULE SWAP: An unusually wet forecast for the Willamette Valley on March 7-9 led to Oregon State being part of a four-team schedule switch. The Beavers were to have hosted Nevada in a 3-game series that weekend.
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 that weekend, had similar concerns. Coaches of the 4 teams agreed to trade opponents, giving Nevada and Pacific a better chance of playing in Reno and providing a series for OSU and Portland that the in-state rivals could reschedule, if necessary.
OSU could 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 3-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 fly to the Bay Area.
Nevada will still play a series at OSU sometime in the next few seasons as their end of a home-and-home scheduling arrangement.
BEAVERS ON ALL-TOURNEY TEAMS: At the Clash of the Conferences held Feb. 28-March 2 at Lancaster, Calif., 2 Beavers were named to the All-Tournament team as the OSU posted a 2-2 record - leftfielder Seth Pietsch and third baseman Tony Calderon. Pietsch batted .526 with 4 doubles, 2 homers and 4 runs batted in; Calderon batted .471 with 3 doubles, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.
At the Coca-Cola Classic held Feb. 14-16 at Surprise, Ariz., 3 Beavers were named to the All-Tournament team as Oregon State went 2-1 - leftfielder Seth Pietsch, first baseman Andy Jarvis and pitcher Jake Postlewait. Pietsch batted .417 with 1 homer and 3 RBIs; Jarvis batted .455 with 2 RBIs; and Postlewait pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in a shutout of Oklahoma State.
PERFECT TEN TOURNAMENT: When Oregon State played in the Clash of the Conferences at Lancaster, Calif., from Feb. 28-March 1, it was as though they'd put a new rule in place for the tournament - first team to 10 wins. In all 4 of OSU's games, the winner scored 10 runs; OSU beat Cal State-Northridge 10-6 and San Diego State 10-6, then fell to Cal State-Northridge 10-8 and to San Diego 10-9 in 10 innings.
BEAVERS RALLY FROM 14-RUN DEFICIT TO WIN: Every so often, baseball just has to show why not having a clock makes it so special. On Feb. 23, Oregon State found itself trailing New Mexico State 14-0 after 5 innings at the Baseball Fiesta in El Paso, Tex. The Beavers then came up with 16 runs while blanking the Aggies over the final 4 innings for a 16-14 victory.
In its previous 2,934 baseball games since 1907, OSU had never overcome a deficit that large to win a game. There is no record for 'largest deficit overcome' listed in the Pacific-10 or NCAA baseball record books.
'If I had any reasonable baseball knowledge to explain that, I'd tell you,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'Down 14 runs and playing as poorly as we were playing, to compete like that and have a chance to win says a lot about the guys on our club.'
OSU's rally started with a 5-run sixth inning, with only 3 runs earned due to 5 New Mexico State errors. The Beavers added 3 more runs without a hit in the seventh inning, taking advantage of 4 more Aggie errors.
Oregon State capped its rally with an 8-run eighth inning, using 5 hits - 3 of them doubles - plus 4 walks and 1 hit batter. Freshman righthaders Kurt Steele and Andy Baldwin gave the Beavers a chance to get back in the game, combining to pitch the final 6 innings and allowing just 1 unearned run.
JARVIS, PIETSCH TIE HIT MARK: Oregon State's individual record for hits in a game was matched twice in 1 game on Feb. 21 as the Beavers beat New Mexico 18-16 in the Baseball Fiesta at El Paso, Tex. Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis was 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 7 runs batted in; his roommate on the trip, junior outfielder Seth Pietsch, was 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 2 runs batted in. The record is shared with many players; it had been most recently tied by Josh Carter in a 1999 game at Portland.
CHILDHOOD CHUMS COMBINE ON SHUTOUT: The reunion of Jake Postlewait and Jon Koller worked out well for Oregon State on Feb. 14, as the Beavers beat Oklahoma State 4-0 at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The 2 pitchers were childhood friends in Newport, Ore., but both had moved by the time they began playing high school baseball - Postlewait to Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS) and Koller to Carlsbad, Calif. (Carlsbad HS). Against the Cowboys, the pair combined on a 5-hitter, lefty Postlewait going the first 5.1 innings for the win and righty Koller the final 3.2 for the save.
Postlewait spent the past 2 seasons in Oregon State's bullpen, leading the Pac-10 in appearances in 2002 with 30. Koller began his college career in 2002 at California-Irvine, earning Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-America honorable mention as he was third in the Big West in appearances with 28; he transferred to Oregon State during winter break.
Incidentally, the shutout gave the Beavers 18 straight scoreless innings against the Cowboys. In their last meeting, Oregon State took a 1-0 win in the 1999 San Diego Baseball Classic.
BEAVERS POST FIRST-EVERS AT SURPRISE STADIUM: When Oregon State visited the Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 14-16, the Beavers got to play the inaugural game at Surprise Stadium, which opens this season as the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Beavers got the first-ever victory at the park, shutting out Oklahoma State 4-0.
The Beavers' Jake Postlewait was the first winning pitcher at the new park and Jon Koller got the first save, combining on a 5-hitter. In the top of the first inning, Jacoby Ellsbury's single to leftfield was the first hit, Andy Jarvis' sacrifice fly to right was the first run batted in, and it scored Rob Recuenco with the first run. The next day, in a 5-1 win over Gonzaga, OSU's Seth Pietsch had the ballpark's first homer with a third-inning, 2-run drive over the leftfield wall.
RAIN ON THE ROAD: If the trend from recent years continues this spring, Oregon State will have a lot better luck with the weather at home than it does on the road.
Since the start of the 1997 season, the Beavers have had 30 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 10 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 14 were at ballparks in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Texas or Florida. Another 6 were at ballparks elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
OSU has lost just 3 home games to rain during that time, while having 11 games canceled at sites outside the region and 3 called off at other Pacific Northwest ballparks. The Beavers have had to postpone 6 home games, 3 games at sites outside the region and 4 at other Pacific Northwest ballparks.
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his ninth season at OSU, celebrated the 400th victory of his head coaching career on April 14, 2002 when the Beavers completed an 11-9 win over Hawai'i-Hilo. Casey's career record is 418-295-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .585.
Casey has a record of 247-182-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .574. Of the 19 head coaches in OSU baseball history, only Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) have coached more wins for the Beavers.
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, 19 Beavers have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams and 4 more players have signed 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'S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State's all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,730-1,195-15, a winning percentage of .591. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 770-560, a winning percentage of .579.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,249 runs and allowed 14,883 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.06.
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.
Now in their 94th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 901-387-1 at home for a winning percentage of .699. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 151-58 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .722.
In 2002, OSU went 18-9 in its own ballpark and set a number of attendance records. Goss Stadium at Coleman Field was renovated prior to the 1999 season; the Beavers set post-renovation records for total home attendance (20,791), average home attendance (799 per game), attendance for a home series (4,226, April 26-April 28 vs. No. 4 Stanford) and attendance for a single home game (1,838, April 27 vs. No. 4 Stanford). After OSU's 4-3 win in that April 27 game, the Beaver players went outside their clubhouse behind the third-base side of the ballpark and thanked exiting fans for being part of the victory.
OSU attracted 10 home crowds of at least 1,000 during the season, including 7 of the last 9 home games. The numbers for total home attendance and average home attendance were the largest since 1985, the first season for which complete attendance figures are readily available.
Oregon State's ballpark made its first venture into night baseball in 2002 with the addition of its first-ever set of lights. The first night game saw OSU beat fourth-ranked Stanford 4-1 on April 27. The first use of the lights in a game had come on April 13 as the Beavers hosted Hawai'i-Hilo in a doubleheader; after rain delayed the games twice, the lights came on in the second inning of the second game.
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.
TICKET INFORMATION: Individual game tickets for Oregon State baseball cost $6 for a reserved seat, $5 for adult general admission and $3 for Senior/Child general admission (age 62 and over; high school and under). There is a team/group rate of $2 per person, but those interested in using that plan must call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS at least 2 days prior to the game to arrange for those tickets.
Season tickets for OSU baseball are $100 and guarantee fans the same reserved seat for all 22 Beaver home games in 2003. OSU faculty/staff season tickets are $80; fans who are OSU faculty or staff members can get the same reserved seat for all 22 home games. Senior season tickets are $80 and guarantee fans age 62 and over the same reserved seat for all home games.
There is a Pac-10 package for $50, giving a fan the same reserved seat for all 12 OSU home games in Pacific-10-counting contests. The family plan, costing $30, is good for general admission seating and requires 1 adult and 1 child attending to be valid for a game.
For more information, call the OSU athletic ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS or visit the OSU athletics website at www.osubeavers.com
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 23 at Tokatee Golf Club in Blue River.
For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-2825.
OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this season, with most of the Beavers' schedule heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and also availabe via the internet at www.osubeavers.com. The first broadcast of the season will be March 11 when the Beavers host Washington. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play duties with assistance from John Warren and Kip Carlson.
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State will have several games televised this season on Fox Sports Net; dates and opponents will be announced. Oregon State has played on national cable television each of the last 5 seasons, and the Beavers have gone 3-2 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 29-15 record in televised games, including 8-3 in national TV games.
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