Beavers Take On A Big Challenge
April 16, 2003
THURSDAY, APRIL 17
Oregon State at No. 7 Stanford, 6 p.m.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 18
Oregon State at No. 7 Stanford, 6 p.m.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 19
Oregon State at No. 7 Stanford, 6 p.m.
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Oregon State makes its first trip outside the Pacific Northwest in six weeks this weekend as the Beavers (16-17 overall, 3-6 Pacific-10) go to the Bay Area for a Pac-10 series against seventh-ranked Stanford (24-10, 7-2). With the Easter Sunday holiday bumping the schedule up a day, the teams will meet Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.
'It's a great challenge for our guys,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'We have the opportunity to go and play one of the very best programs in the country, and we're looking forward to it. Our club has to go down there and stay focused from the first pitch Thursday through the last pitch Saturday; if we do that, we should be in these games and give ourselves a chance to win.'
The Beavers split their four games at home last week, beating Portland before dropping two of three to Washington State in a Pac-10 series.
'We did some good things and we did some not-so-good things,' Casey said. 'We keep showing that we're capable of being a very good baseball team, but we keep needing to do that on a more consistent basis. It's frustrating not to be playing well day-in and day-out; at the same time, it's not like going into the deal and knowing you don't have the talent to compete.
'We've been missing some people, and that's hurt us. We have had people step up and contribute in some big situations; we're still working toward getting into a place where people are able to get themselves situated in role and get comfortable and confident there.'
Shortstop Tyler Graham hasn't played since March 23; pitcher Jon Koller had been used both as a starter and in relief but hasn't played since March 23; outfielder Aaron Mathews returned on April 4 after missing nearly two months; and pitcher Jake Postlewait spent most of March in the dugout. Also, reliever Ty Kline did not play during winter term before returning for the start of Pac-10 play.
'It seems like every other week or so, we've had something that's shaken things up,' Casey said. 'We've never really settled into a good playing rhythm. But there are six weeks left in the regular season and this team has the ability to compete in this league. If we can start playing good, steady baseball, we can still reach the goals we set as a club.'
Mathews gave the Beavers a big boost last week, being named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week. In four games, the sophomore batted .550 (11-for-20) with two home runs, two doubles, eight runs batted in, five runs and one stolen base; he tied OSU's record for hits in a game when he went 5-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs against Washington State on Saturday.
'Having Aaron back is a big addition,' Casey said of Mathews, who is batting .371 with two homers, two doubles and nine RBIs on the season. 'You look at what he did last week, after missing two months and being back for only about a week, and that shows what kind of a player he is. Plus, he's another one of those guys who's got the kind of attitude you want - he comes out to play hard every single day, and he's going to push the guys around him to be better.'
Tony Calderon has had the hottest bat for Oregon State since Pac-10 play began. The junior infielder is batting .414 for the season with four homers, one triple, 16 doubles and 30 RBIs; in Pac-10 games, he's batting .607 with one homer, five doubles and six RBIs. Last week against WSU, he tied OSU's single-game record with three doubles on Saturday, he added another double in his first at-bat Sunday, and he had nine straight plate appearances in which he reached base.
Andy Jarvis keeps boosting his batting average, as well. The senior first baseman is hitting .383 with three homers, one triple, nine doubles and a team-high 34 RBIs. He's spent most of the season spraying line drives but has also homered in OSU's last two games. In Pac-10 games, Jarvis is batting .436 with two homers, three doubles and seven RBIs.
Senior outfielder Chris Biles is batting .354 with one homer, one triple, 14 doubles and 18 RBIs while junior outfielder Seth Pietsch is batting .349 with seven homers, four triples, eight doubles and 29 RBIs.
Stanford played a midweek game, beating San Jose State 4-2 at home on Tuesday night before welcoming OSU to Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal stepped away from the Pac-10 race last week, winning a midweek game at Santa Clara 17-8 before topping Sacramento State 9-1 at Stanford; the Cardinal then had a game at Sacramento State rained out.
Leading Stanford at the plate have been junior outfielder Carlos Quentin (.421 batting average, 4 homers, 29 RBIs), senior catcher Ryan Garko (.388, 9, 46), sophomore outfielder Danny Putnam (.366, 6, 25), senior infielder Tobin Swope (.341, 0, 19) and junior outfielder Sam Fuld (.340, 1, 16). The Cardinal will likely start junior righthander John Hudgins (6-2 record, 3.00 earned run average) on the mound Thursday and senior righthander Ryan McCally (3-1, 4.58) on Friday, with Saturday's starter to be determined.
OREGON STATE LINUPE:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.250, 0 HRs, 16 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.231, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.383, 3 HRs, 34 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.270, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs3B - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.121, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.414, 4 HRs, 30 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, fr.; Billings, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.259, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.349, 7 HRs, 29 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.287, 1 HR, 17 RBIsRF - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.371, 2 HRs, 9 RBIsDH - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.354, 1 HR, 18 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.275, 1 HR, 10 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.284, 1 HR, 16 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-3 record, 6.07 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);3-3 record, 6.56 ERALHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);2-0 record, 3.07 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-30 against Stanford in a series dating back to 1920. Last season in Corvallis, OSU won 3-1 in the first-ever night game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and then took the next game 4-3; Stanford won the finale 13-0. The last meeting at Stanford in 2001 saw the Cardinal sweep by scores of 4-1, 8-1 and 22-5.
OREGON STATE NOTES: The up-and-down nature of Oregon State's season is reflected in its winning and losing streaks. OSU has had 2 3-game winning streaks and 1 4-game losing streak; it has also had 3 2-game winning streaks and 3 2-game losing streaks ... OSU has a losing record at home (5-7), but is at .500 on the road (4-4) and has a winning record at neutral sites (7-6) ... OSU is 12-4 when it outhits its opponents, but the Beavers are 4-12 in games in which they've been outhit ... OSU is 6-4 when it commits fewer errors in a game this season, and 6-1 when both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 13-1 in games in which it leads after 8 innings, 12-2 in games it leads after 7 innings and also 12-2 in games it leads after 6 innings ...
Starting all 33 games at the same position for Oregon State have been first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 31 games at the same position has been second baseman Chris Kunda; and starting 29 games at the same position has been Jacoby Ellsbury in centerfield ... besides Jarvis and Pietsch, the other Beavers to start every game have been Tony Calderon (22 at third base, 11 at shortstop) and Ellsbury (29 in centerfield, 3 in rightfield and 1 at designated hitter) ...
Pietsch leads OSU with 17 multi-hit games, Jarvis and Calderon have 14 each, senior outfielder Chris Biles has 10 and Ellsbury has 9 ... Jarvis and Calderon have 9 multi-RBI games each while Pietsch has 6 and Biles and Ellsbury 5 each ... Jarvis has the longest current hitting streak at 8 games, while Calderon and Kunda both have 6-game streaks going ...
Over the past week against Portland and Washington State, Calderon batted .600 (9-for-15) with 5 doubles, 4 RBIs and 4 runs; sophomore outfielder Aaron Mathews batted .550 (11-for-20) with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 8 RBIs, 5 runs and 1 stolen base; freshman catcher Billy Munich batted .500 (2-for-4) with 1 homer, 2 RBIs, 2 runs and 3 walks; Jarvis batted .471 (8-for-17) with 2 homers, 1 triple, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs, 4 runs and 3 walks; and Biles batted .429 (3-for-7) with 1 double, 2 RBIs, 4 runs and 2 walks ...
In Pacific-10 games, Calderon is batting .607 (17-for-28) with 1 homer, 5 doubles, 6 RBIs, 10 runs and 7 walks; Jarvis is batting .436 (17-for-39) with 2 homers, 3 doubles, 7 RBIs, 9 runs and 5 walks; Biles is batting .393 (11-for-28) with 1 homer, 1 triple, 4 doubles, 9 RBIs, 9 runs and 3 walks; Mathews is batting .385 (10-for-26) with 1 homer, 2 doubles, 5 RBIs and 5 runs; and Pietsch is batting .333 (13-for-39) with 2 homers, 1 double, 7 RBIs, 9 runs and 5 walks.
THE PAST WEEK: Oregon State split 4 home games, beating Portland in a non-conference game before losing 2 of 3 to Washington State in a Pacific-10 series.
On April 8, Jake Postlewait pitched 5.0 innings of 1-hit, scoreless ball as Oregon State beat Portland. Andy Jarvis moved into a tie for second on OSU's all-time list of career hits leaders and Aaron Mathews hit his first home run after missing nearly 2 months of the season. The Beavers got a 5-hitter from the combination of Postlewait, Mike Ekstrom, Noel Clark and Jared Sanders. OSU played errorless defense against the Pilots and 6 of Oregon State's 10 hits went for extra bases. Postlewait faced just 2 hitters over the minimum and needed only 52 pitches to get through his 5.0 innings of work; he walked 1 and tied his career high with 5 strikeouts. Postlewait didn't allow a baserunner until the fourth inning, and by then, the Beavers led 2-0 on a pair of first-inning runs. Oregon State made it 5-0 on Mathews' 3-run homer to leftfield with 2 out in the bottom of the fourth. Jarvis was 2-for-4, and his eighth-inning triple to left-center was the 206th hit of his career, pulling him into a tie for second place on OSU's all-time hits list. Tony Calderon was 2-for-4 with 3 runs batted in for OSU, singling home 2 runs in the sixth inning and doubling home another in the eighth.
On April 11, Jarvis took sole possession of second place on Oregon State's all-time list of career hits leaders but the Beavers fell to Washington State 10-6. Jarvis, who was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 runs batted in, also moved into a tie for second place on OSU's all-time list of RBI leaders with 154. Calderon was also 3-for-4 on the night. The Beavers put themselves in a hole early against the Cougars, giving up a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. Washington State then scratched out single runs against Beaver starter Ben Rowe in the second and third innings to make the lead 4-0. Levi Webber punched an opposite-field homer over the rightfield fence to cut the gap to 4-2 in the fourth inning, but WSU blunted the Beavers' momentum in the top of the fifth when Jeremy Farrar doubled with two out and Grant Richardson homered to make it 6-2. Aaron Mathews was 2-for-5 for OSU.
On April 12, Mathews' 5 hits tied Oregon State's school record for hits in a game and Calderon's 3 doubles matched the Beaver record for doubles in a game in an 11-3 win over Washington State. Mathews went 5-for-5 with 1 homer and 4 RBIs, matching a record previously accomplished 17 times. Calderon was 3-for-3 with his 3 doubles and equaled a record accomplished 6 ties previously. The Beavers took control with a 5-run second inning that included Mathews' 2-run single up the middle and Jarvis' 2-run double off the rightfield fence, both with 2 out. That gave Jarvis' sole possession of second place on OSU's all-time list of career RBI leaders. Jarvis added a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to take over second place on the Beavers' all-time list, as well. Jarvis' homer, which banged off the rightfield foul pole, followed Mathews' drive over the fence in left; both were on the first pitch of at-bats. Stephen Copeland improved to 3-3 with the win; in 5.0 innings he allowed 1 run (1 earned) on 6 hits and 4 walks while striking out 4. Chris Biles' hitting streak ended at 12 games when he was walked and then grounded out twice before being removed for a pinch-hitter.
On April 13, Jarvis became just the second player in Oregon State baseball history to hit 30 career home runs but the Beavers lost to Washington State 11-7. OSU held an early 4-run lead only to see the Cougars rally with runs in each of the final 6 innings. The Beavers led 4-0 after 2 innings, but 4 OSU errors led to the Cougars scoring 6 unearned runs. WSU also outhit OSU 14-10. Jarvis accounted for the game's first run, driving a ball over the rightfield fence that cleared the ROTC obstacle course and landed at the edge of Washington Way before bouncing to the railroad tracks across the street. The Beavers added 3 runs in the second inning, keyed by Calderon's double to leftfield and run-scoring singles by freshman Chris Kunda and Billy Munich. OSU starter Jake Postlewait blanked the Cougars for 3 innings before giving up a pair of runs in the fourth. Nathan Pendley took the loss for OSU after giving up the 2 unearned runs in the seventh to put the Cougars up 8-6, dropping his record to 0-2 this season. The start of the game was delayed 58 minutes by rain. There was also a 29-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second inning.
BEAVERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the NCAA Division I leaders through April 13:
BATTING AVERAGE39. Tony Calderon .414DOUBLES (per game)22. (tie) Tony Calderon 0.48
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 13:
BATTING AVERAGE4. Tony Calderon .4148. Andy Jarvis .383SLUGGING PERCENTAGE6. (tie) Tony Calderon .672ON-BASE PERCENTAGE4. Tony Calderon .513RUNS10. (tie) Seth Pietsch 38HITS10. (tie) Andy Jarvis 5110. (tie) Seth Pietsch 51DOUBLES2. (tie) Tony Calderon 165. (tie) Chris Biles 14TRIPLES7. Seth Pietsch 48. (tie) Chris Kunda 3TOTAL BASES8. Seth Pietsch 88WALKS8. (tie) Tony Calderon 238. (tie) Andy Jarvis 23HIT BY PITCH2. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS2. Chris Kunda 96. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 46. (tie) Paul Richie 46. (tie) Rob Recuenco 4SACRIFICE FLIES1. (tie) Tony Calderon 51. (tie) Andy Jarvis 58. (tie) Paul Richie 4STOLEN BASES10. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 8SAVES6. (tie) Jon Koller 36. (tie) Jared Sanders 3CHANCES2. Andy Jarvis 320PUTOUTS3. (tie) Andy Jarvis 289DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED5. Andy Jarvis 279. (tie) Chris Kunda 23
2003 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE'S LEADER LISTS: Where current Beavers rank among the school's all-time career and single-season leaders through April 13:
CAREER AT-BATS1. Jon Yonemitsu, 1990-93 6482. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 643> 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 641
Brian Barden, 2000-02 231> 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 212 (tie) Chris Biles, 2000-present 178 (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 128 Chris Biles, 2000-present 121 3. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 41 4. Chris Biles, 2000-present 40 Brian Barden, 2000-02 396. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 377. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 368. Troy Schader, 1997-99 35> (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 35 (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 10 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 30 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 158 Brian Barden, 2000-02 1544. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 1445. Ken Bowen, 1984-87 1316. Bob McNair, 1978-80 1307. Ryan Lipe, 1995-98 1268. Josh Carter, 1999-2001 1209. Troy Schader, 1997-99 11810. Drew Hedges, 1997-2000 115> Chris Biles, 2000-present 112 Brian Barden, 2000-02 355> 2. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 349 7. Chris Biles, 2000-present 282 Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 229 1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 12 (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5 Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 250.1SEASON DOUBLES1. Seth Pietsch, 2002 242. A.J. Marquardt, 1993 19(tie) Joe Gerber, 2000 194. Jeff Brauning, 1989 18(tie) Troy Schader, 1999 18(tie) Josh Carter, 2001 187. Marc Malloy, 1994 17(tie) Brent Watts, 1994 17(tie) Chris Wakeland, 1996 1710. Ken Bowen, 1987 16(tie) Randy Duke, 1987 16> (tie) Tony Calderon, 2003 16> Chris Biles, 2003 14 Seth Pietsch, 2002 64. Twink Pederson, 1956 5(tie) Lute Barnes, 1968 5(tie) Dave Backen, 1980 5(tie) David Anderson, 1992 5> 8. (tie with many) Seth Pietsch, 2003 4 Jared Sanders, 2002 92. Mike Boire, 1997 83. Jim Grove, 1982 5(tie) Stephen Copeland, 2001 55. Tim Lambert, 1986 4(tie) Jeff Post, 1990 4> 7. (tie with many) Jon Koller, 2003 3 7. (tie with many) Jared Sanders, 2003 3
OREGON STATE'S 'MIDDLE OF NOWHERE' OUTFIELD: Oregon State has a starting outfield that ranks among the best on the West Coast, and the Beavers found that talent in some places that are little-known outside the state of Oregon. Junior leftfielder Seth Pietsch hails from Wilderville, which is located west of Grants Pass in Southern Oregon; sophomore rightfielder Aaron Mathews is from John Day, nestled in the hills of Northeastern Oregon; and freshman centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is from Madras, located north of Bend in Central Oregon.
All 3 played for Class 3A high schools, a step below Oregon's largest classification. Pietsch played at Hidden Valley, Mathews at Grant Union, and Ellsbury at Madras. The memers of the trio all possess speed, outstanding defensive ability and potent bats.
Pietsch has consistently ranked among the Pacific-10 leaders in batting average, slugging percentage and total bases this season. Mathews was a Freshman All-America honorable mention pick by Collegiate Baseball in 2002, but missed nearly 2 months of the 2003 season after being hit by a pitch in the second game; in his second week back in the lineup, he earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors. Ellsbury was the 23rd round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays out of high school and has already robbed a pair of opposing hitters of homers this season while batting over .300 most of the season.
JARVIS, CALDERON HEATING UP IN PAC-10 PLAY: Oregon State has a pair of infielders who have been tough outs, to say the least, in Pac-10 games - senior first baseman Andy Jarvis (Renton, Wash./Liberty HS) and junior shortstop/third baseman Tony Calderon (Orange, Calif./El Modeno HS, Santa Ana JC). In Pac-10 games, Calderon is batting .607 with 1 homer, 5 doubles and 6 RBIs; Jarvis is batting .436 with 2 homers, 3 doubles and 7 RBIs.
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule includes 10 games against teams in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll of April 14: No. 4 Arizona State (4 games), No. 7 Stanford (3 games) and No. 24 Arizona (3 games). The schedule includes another 12 games against teams receiving votes - Oklahoma State (1 game), Washington (5 games), Southern California (3 games) and California-Riverside (3 games).
CALDERON TAKES TWO BAGS, FOUR STRAIGHT TIMES: Junior infielder Tony Calderon had Washington State seeing double on April 12-April 13. First, Calderon doubled in all 3 of his at-bats on April 12; that tied Oregon State's school record for doubles in a game. Then, for good measure, he doubled in his first at-bat on April 13 to make it 4 straight doubles. That was part of a streak that saw Calderon come up with base hits in 7 straight at-bats, and reach base in 9 straight plate appearances from April 11-April 13 against the Cougars.
SINGLE-GAME HIT RECORD KEYS MATHEWS' PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR: After being hit by a pitch on Feb. 8 in Oregon State's second game of the season, Aaron Mathews was out of OSU's lineup for nearly 2 months. The sophomore outfielder finally got back on the field in a series at Washington on April 4-April 6, then really got rolling.
Mathews earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors for his performance in 4 games against Washington and Portland State from April 7-13. He batted .550 (11-for-20) with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 8 runs batted in, 5 runs and 1 stolen base; he tied OSU's record for hits in a game when he went 5-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs against WSU on April 12.
'I didn't know I'd tied the record,' Mathews said after that game. 'I was in a zone today. I just wanted to help our team win and that's a good way to do it, right there. I just got up to the plate and said 'You're not going to get it by me today'.'
EKSTROM SAWS 'EM OFF: Whatever pitch Oregon State sophomore righthander Mike Ekstrom threw to Portland's Tyler Perkins on April 8 must have been pretty nasty - it sawed off a metal bat.
In the sixth inning of OSU's 10-1 win, Perkins was the first hitter faced by OSU Ekstrom. He swung at Ekstrom's first pitch; the barrel of his bat split lengthwise and both pieces came to rest near home plate as the ball blooped into left-centerfield for a double.
'It sounded like a car wreck,' OSU pitching coach Gary Henderson said. Perkins eventually scored on Kory Casto's infield single.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through April 13:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson,Eric Selberg and Jack Humphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11,Portland 0. (Individual - April 12, 1947; Fred Gallaghervs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0). WAS NO-HIT: March 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-ClarkState at Hawai'i Easter Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs.Oklahoma State at San Diego State Tournament. OSU 5, OklahomaState 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: March 15, 2003; Stephen Copeland andJon Koller vs. Washington State at Pasco, Wash. Oregon State 4,Washington State 0. (Individual - May 19, 2001; Scott Nicholsonvs. Southern California. OSU 6, Southern California 0. HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: April 6, 2001;Thad Johnson vs. California; 14 strikeouts. OSU 6, California 5. HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs.Cal State-Northridge at Lancaster, Calif. OSU 10, Cal State-Northridge 6. HIT TWO HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs.Washington State at Yakima, Wash. (hit 3 homers). WashingtonState 8, OSU 7. (March 30, 2003; Seth Pietsch hit two homersvs. California but one was ruled a single when he was calledout for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base). HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvisvs. Washington State at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 7. PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: March 7, 2001; Jason McBride vs.Washington. OSU 17, Washington 3. HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: April 18, 2000; DrewHedges vs. Concordia. OSU 13, Concordia 5. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathewsand Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State (coming on the first pitchof each at-bat). OSU 11, Washington State 3. HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 11, 2000; BrianBarden, Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5. HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez atPortland State. OSU 7, Portland State 5. HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: April 12, 2003; Tony Calderonvs. Washington State. OSU 11, Washington State 3. HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews vs.Washington State. OSU 11, Washington State 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews vs.Washington State (had five hits). OSU 11, Washington State 3. DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvisvs. New Mexico (had 7 RBIs) at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16. DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvisvs. New Mexico (had 7 RBIs) at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden atWashington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Kerisi Reynoldsvs. New Mexico at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18, New Mexico 16. STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: April 11, 1991; David Anderson vs.Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0. STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 4, 2001; Kerisi Reynolds atCal State-Northridge. Cal State-Northridge 20, Oregon State 10. HAD FIVE WALKS IN A GAME: May 21, 1970; Bob Beall vs. UCLA.UCLA 7, OSU 2. HAD FOUR WALKS IN A GAME: March 8, 2003; Andy Jarvis at Portland.OSU 13, Portland 6. TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudsonvs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for one out; Gerber steps onfirst base before runner returns for two out; Gerber throw to SSHudson covering second base before runner returns for three out).
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 32 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 11 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 14 were at ballparks in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Texas or Florida. Another 7 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 7 home games, 3 games at sites outside the region and 5 at other Pacific Northwest ballparks.
OREGON STATE IN PRESEASON RANKINGS: 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.
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 425-305-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .582.
Casey has a record of 254-192-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .569. 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 1,737-1,205-15, a winning percentage of .590. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 773-566, a winning percentage of .577.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,362 runs and allowed 15,003 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.07.
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 906-394-1 at home for a winning percentage of .697. This season, OSU is 5-7 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 156-65 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .706.
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.
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. 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 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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