Beavers, Pilots Renew Rivalry

March 31, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State and Portland renew their in-state baseball rivalry on Tuesday afternoon, as the Beavers travel north for a 2 p.m. non-league game at Pilot Stadium. The game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240).

OSU (13-13 overall, 1-2 Pacific-10) and Portland (6-21, 2-7 West Coast) have met twice this season, with the Beavers winning 13-6 and 9-0 at Portland on March 8-9. Oregon State opened Pac-10 play against California at home last weekend, winning the opening game 8-6 before losing 8-6 and 19-13; Portland took a WCC series from San Francisco in Portland as the Pilots won 7-2, lost 6-4 and won the finale 8-6.

Oregon State, which regained the services of senior relief pitcher Ty Kline last weekend, is hoping that sophomore outfielder Aaron Mathews may also be cleared to play this week. Mathews has not played since being hit in the hand by a pitch in the second game of the season.

Junior outfielder Seth Pietsch continues to lead the Beavers at the plate, batting .388 with seven home runs, four triples, seven doubles and 27 runs batted in. Over the weekend, Pietsch batted .538 (7-for-13) with two homers and five RBIs.

Junior infielder Tony Calderon is batting .366 with four homers, one triple, 11 doubles and 24 RBIs for OSU; senior first baseman Andy Jarvis is batting .350 with one homer, seven doubles and 27 RBIs; and senior outfielder Chris Biles is batting .342 with one homer, one triple, 10 doubles and 12 RBIs.

The series between OSU and Portland dates back to 1909, with the Beavers holding a 129-57 edge.

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