Pietsch, Postlewait and Mathews honored

July 14, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Seth Pietsch, Jake Postlewait and Aaron Mathews have earned Oregon State's annual team awards for the 2003 baseball season. Pietsch earned the Victor Brown Trophy as the team's Most Valuable Player and the Bill Bonser Award as the team's Most Improved Player; Postlewait earned the Bill Cloyes Award as OSU's Most Valuable Pitcher; and Mathews earned the Gold Glove Award as the team's Most Outstanding Fielder.

Pietsch (Wilderville, Ore./Hidden Valley HS), a junior outfielder, batted .348 with 12 home runs, four triples, 11 doubles and 40 runs batted in. Those numbers represented a jump of 41 points in his batting average, four home runs and six RBIs from his sophomore season as he earned All-Pacific-10 honorable mention. He was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets. The Victor Brown Trophy has been given each year since 1947; it is named for the late Beaver outfielder who was killed in World War II. The Bill Bonser Award is named for the former Beaver catcher and has been given each year since 1973.

Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS), a junior lefthander, was 5-1 with a 3.43 earned run average; in 63.0 innings, he allowed 68 hits and 28 walks while striking out 37. Among his wins was a complete-game 6-1 victory over third-ranked Arizona State. The Bill Cloyes Award is named for the former Beaver pitcher and has been given each year since 1955.

Mathews (John Day, Ore./Grant Union HS), a sophomore outfielder, missed most of the season's first two months after being struck in the hand by a pitch in the second game of the spring. After returning, he earned his second straight team Gold Glove Award with a 1.000 fielding percentage; he had 72 putouts and two assists. The Gold Glove Award has been given each year since 1973.

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