OSU Goes Through Up-And-Down 2003
July 15, 2003
The pieces were there - they just never seemed to all be available at the same time.
Oregon State found itself shuffling players into and out of the lineup on a weekly basis for most of the 2003 season, usually due to injuries. The banged-up Beavers ended the season 25-28 overall and 7-17 in the Pacific-10, good for an eighth-place tie.
'We never really got a chance to establish a playing rhythm,' said OSU head coach Pat Casey, who was in his ninth season. 'It seemed like every time we had somebody get healthy and get ready to play, somebody else would come up hurting.
'We really had a tough time getting players into consistent roles. We were young in some places, and that makes it tough to get players settled in and used to playing at this level.'
That put the Beavers on something of a roller-coaster ride, as OSU's longest winning streak was three games (three times) and its longest losing streak was five games. Through it all, Oregon State produced some memorable accomplishments during the spring:
* Senior first baseman Andy Jarvis set Oregon State career records for hits (232), runs batted in (173), total bases (382) and at-bats (725); he also tied the record for home runs (34).
* Junior lefthander Jake Postlewait was an All-Pacific-10 first-team selection. Earning honorable mention were Jarvis, senior designated hitter/outfielder Chris Biles, junior infielder Tony Calderon, freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, sophomore outfielder Aaron Mathews and junior outfielder Seth Pietsch.
* Ellsbury was named to Freshman All-America teams by both Collegiate Baseball newspaper and Baseball America magazine.
* Biles set OSU's career record for doubles (49), and junior infielder Tony Calderon tied the school single-season record for doubles (24).
* Calderon and Biles were among the NCAA Division I leaders in doubles through the end of the regular season, with Calderon ranking third (0.453 per game) and Biles ranking 11th (0.451 per game).
* Biles, Calderon and junior catcher Paul Richie all tied the OSU record for doubles in a game (three).
* Oregon State set its single-season record for doubles as a team (123). The Beavers also tied their team record - and the Pac-10 record - for doubles in a game, hitting 10 at Portland in a 14-4 win on April 22.
* Pietsch set an OSU single-season record for total bases (133).
* Pietsch, Jarvis and Aaron Mathews all tied the OSU record for hits in a game (five).
* Mathews earned Pacific-10 Player of the Week honors for April 7-April 13 against Washington State and Portland (batted .550 with two homers, two doubles, eight RBIs).
* The Beavers tied their record for home runs in an inning, hitting four in a wild 19-13 loss to California on March 30.
* Junior righthander Jared Sanders added the OSU career record for saves (12) to the single-season record he had set in 2002.
* OSU had a pair of victories over top-10 teams, beating seventh-ranked Stanford 8-7 at Sunken Diamond on April 19 and topping third-ranked Arizona State 6-1 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on May 13. Postlewait pitched a six-hitter to beat ASU, and he also started the victory over Stanford but did not get the win.
* The Beavers set a school record for largest deficit overcome to win a game, rallying from a 14-0 deficit after five innings to beat New Mexico State 16-14 on Feb. 23.
* Senior righthander Stephen Copeland and junior outfielder Kane TenPas were named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team as first-team selections. Junior righthander Ben Rowe and sophomore righthander Mike Ekstrom earned honorable mention.
'This group made some good things happen,' Casey said. 'We may not have had the raw talent that we had the past couple of years, but we were also able to win some games that I'm not sure we might have won the past couple years.
'There were some people on this team who really took it upon themselves to step up in some situations and make some plays and get some things done that gave us a shot at a winning record despite some tough things happening to us.'
The shuffling began before the season, when OSU found out that senior righthander Ty Kline - a preseason All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association - would be unavailable until the end of winter term.
Then, on the second day of the season, Mathews - a freshman All-America pick in 2002 - was sidelined for nearly two months after being hit in the hand by a pitch.
By the end of the season, OSU would also have to spend extended periods of time without Postlewait, sophomore righthander Jon Koller and freshman infielder Tyler Graham, who had worked his way into the starting shortstop job.
'Just as soon as somebody started getting comfortable with their role and knowing what we were asking of them, somebody else would be missing,' Casey said. 'There were some times we really looked like we were starting to put things together, but we just weren't able to sustain that momentum.'
The Beavers split their first six games, including wins over strong teams from California-Riverside, Oklahoma State and Gonzaga. They then spent bizarre weekends at windblown tournaments in El Paso, Tex. and Lancaster, Calif., splitting four games at each tournament.
With that, the tone was set for the season. OSU never allowed itself to slip into an extended funk, but the Beavers never had the continuity to put together a long hot streak, either. Oregon State won at least one game in each of its Pac-10 series except against Southern California.
'I know it was frustrating to our coaching staff, and I know it was frustrating for our players,' Casey said. 'But I think we put together a pretty good base to build on in the next few seasons. We had some people forced into situations, and they're going to be better for having had that experience. We were able to look at a lot of players, and a number of those guys are going to have an impact next season.'
The Beavers also continued to pull fans to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Despite one of the wettest springs on record, Oregon State attracted 667 fans per home date to the campus ballpark.
'That's an amazing figure,' Casey said. 'It's those people and the way they get behind us that give us one of the best atmospheres for college baseball on the West Coast.'
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, jr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.290, 0 HRs, 27 RBIsor - Billy Munich, fr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.235, 1 HR, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jarvis, sr., Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.327, 7 HRs, 49 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, fr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.266, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs3B - Brad Mellinger, so.; Tualatin, Ore. (Linfield Coll.);.214, 0 HRs, 11 RBIsor - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.362, 4 HRs, 43 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, jr.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.362, 4 HRs, 43 RBIsor - Rob Recuenco, so.; Vancouver, B.C. (North Idaho JC);.244, 0 HRs, 7 RBIsLF - Seth Pietsch, jr.; Wilderville, Ore. (Hidden Valley HS);.348, 12 HRs, 40 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, so.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.307, 3 HRs, 21 RBIsor - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.330, 7 HRs, 33 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, fr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.330, 7 HRs, 33 RBIsor - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.357, 3 HRs, 31 RBIsor - Kerisi Reynolds, jr.; Renton, Wash. (Liberty HS);.261, 1 HR, 18 RBIsDH - Chris Biles, sr.; Tigard, Ore. (Tigard HS);.357, 3 HRs, 31 RBIsor - Levi Webber, jr.; Glide, Ore. (Glide HS);.292, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs(Pitching rotation)RHP - Ben Rowe, jr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);3-6 record, 6.35 ERALHP - Jake Postlewait, jr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);4-0 record, 2.45 ERARHP - Stephen Copeland, sr.; Keizer, Ore. (McNary HS);4-5 record, 7.30 ERA
OREGON STATE NOTES: OSU was 17-7 when it outhit its opponents, but the Beavers were 7-20 in games in which they were outhit ... OSU was 11-8 when it committed fewer errors in a game this season, and 7-5 when both teams committed the same number of errors ... OSU was 21-1 in games in which it led after 8 innings, 19-4 in games it led after 7 innings and 20-4 in games it led after 6 innings ...
Starting all 53 games at the same position for Oregon State were first baseman Andy Jarvis and leftfielder Seth Pietsch; starting 48 games at the same position was second baseman Chris Kunda ... besides Jarvis and Pietsch, the other Beaver to start every game was Tony Calderon (31 at shortstop, 22 at third base) ... the Beaver who started at the most positions was Jacoby Ellsbury (centerfield 29 games, rightfield 19, designated hitter 1) ...
Pietsch led OSU with 25 multi-hit games, while Ellsbury and Calderon had 19 each, Jarvis and outfielder/designated hitter Chris Biles 16 each, and catcher Paul Richie and Kunda 10 each ... Jarvis led the Beavers with 13 multi-RBI games while Calderon had 12, Pietsch 10, Biles and Ellsbury 8 each and Richie 6 .... Biles' 13-game hitting streak was the longest of the season for OSU, while Ellsbury had a 12-gamer, Jarvis an 11-gamer, and Kunda and Calderon both had 10-game streaks.
BEAVERS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Where OSU ranked among NCAA Division I leaders through the end of the regular season:
DOUBLES (per game)3. Tony Calderon 0.45311. Chris Biles 0.451
BEAVERS AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Where Oregon State ranked among Pacific-10 leaders through the end of the regular season:
RUNS10. Jacoby Ellsbury 56HITS10. Seth Pietsch 78DOUBLES2. Tony Calderon 243. (tie) Chris Biles 23TRIPLES8. (tie) Seth Pietsch 4HOME RUNS10. (tie) Seth Pietsch 12TOTAL BASES8. Seth Pietsch 133WALKS8. (tie) Chris Kunda 3210. (tie) Tony Calderon 31HIT BY PITCH5. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 117. (tie) Kerisi Reynolds 10SACRIFICE BUNTS2. Chris Kunda 115. Brad Mellinger 77. (tie) Paul Richie 5SACRIFICE FLIES2. (tie) Andy Jarvis 74. (tie) Tony Calderon 68. (tie) Paul Richie 5STOLEN BASES7. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 14EARNED RUN AVERAGE4. Jake Postlewait 3.43SAVES7. (tie) Andy Baldwin 49. (tie) Jon Koller 39. (tie) Jared Sanders 3APPEARANCES10. (tie) Andy Baldwin 23STARTS4. (tie) Ben Rowe 1510. (tie) Stephen Copeland 14FIELDING PERCENTAGE1. (tie) Levi Webber 1.000CHANCES2. Andy Jarvis 497PUTOUTS3. Andy Jarvis 449DOUBLE PLAYS TURNED2. Andy Jarvis 46
OREGON STATE SCHOOL RECORDS: OSU school records set during the 2003 season:
INDIVIDUAL AT-BATSCareer: 725, Andy Jarvis, 2000-03 (old record 648, JonYonemitsu, 1990-93).INDIVIDUAL HITSGame (tied): 5, Seth Pietsch, 2003 vs. New Mexico (5x6);Andy Jarvis, 2003 vs. New Mexico (5x6); Aaron Mathews, 2003vs. Washington State (5x5).Career: 232, Andy Jarvis, 2000-03 (old record, 231, BrianBarden, 2000-02).INDIVIDUAL DOUBLESGame (tied): 3, Chris Biles, 2003 vs. Washington State;Tony Calderon, 2003 vs. Washington State; Paul Richie, 2003vs. Portland.Season (tied): 24, Tony Calderon, 2003.Career: 49, Chris Biles, 2000-03 (old record 44, Joe Gerber,1997-2000).INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNSCareer (tied): 34, Andy Jarvis, 2000-03.INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED INCareer: 173, Andy Jarvis, 2000-03 (old record 169, JoeGerber, 1997-2000).INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASESSeason: 133, Seth Pietsch, 2003 (old record 128, JoeGerber, 1999).Career: 382, Andy Jarvis, 2000-03 (old record 355, BrianBarden, 2000-02).INDIVIDUAL SAVESCareer: 12, Jared Sanders, 2002-03 (old record 11, MikeBoire, 1996-99).INDIVIDUAL RUNS ALLOWEDCareer: 229, Stephen Copeland, 2000-03 (old record 191,Mike Gorman, 1979-82).TEAM DOUBLESGame (tied): 10, 2003 vs. Portland.Season: 123, 2003 (old record 118, 1999).TEAM MOST HOME RUNS, ONE INNING(Tied): 4, 2003 vs. California.TEAM LARGEST DEFICIT OVERCOME TO WIN14 runs, 2003 vs. New Mexico State (16-14 win).
OREGON STATE'S ALL-TIME LEADER LISTS: Where 2003 Beavers ranked among OSU's all-time leaders through the end of the season:
CAREER BATTING AVERAGE7. Chris Biles, 2000-present .353CAREER AT-BATS1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 725CAREER HITS1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 2324. Chris Biles, 2000-present 199CAREER RUNS4. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 1419. Chris Biles, 2000-present 131CAREER DOUBLES1. Chris Biles, 2000-present 493. (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 426. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 38CAREER TRIPLES2. (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 10CAREER HOME RUNS1. (tie) Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 348. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 22CAREER RUNS BATTED IN1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 1738. Chris Biles, 2000-present 125CAREER TOTAL BASES1. Andy Jarvis, 2000-present 3824. Chris Biles, 2000-present 3188. Seth Pietsch, 2001-present 274CAREER SLUGGING PERCENTAGE7. Chris Biles, 2000-present .564CAREER SAVES1. Jared Sanders, 2002-present 125. (tie) Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 5CAREER INNINGS8. Stephen Copeland, 2000-present 274.0SEASON AT-BATS3. Seth Pietsch, 2003 2245. Andy Jarvis, 2003 21710. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003 206SEASON HITS3. (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 7810. Tony Calderon, 2003 72SEASON RUNS2. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003 564. (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 52SEASON DOUBLES1. (tie) Tony Calderon, 2003 243. Chris Biles, 2003 23SEASON TRIPLES8. (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 4SEASON HOME RUNS6. (tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 12SEASON TOTAL BASES1. Seth Pietsch, 2003 133SEASON SAVES5. (tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003 47. (tie) Jon Koller, 2003 37. (tie) Jared Sanders, 2003 3
OREGON STATE TEAM AWARDS: Seth Pietsch, Jake Postlewait and Aaron Mathews earned Oregon State's annual team awards at the end of the 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 for the second straight season.
OREGON STATE ALL-PACIFIC-10 PICKS: Oregon State pitcher Jake Postlewait earned first-team honors when the All-Pacific-10 baseball team was announced. Beavers earning honorable mention were designated hitter/outfielder Chris Biles, infielder Tony Calderon, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Andy Jarvis, outfielder Aaron Mathews and outfielder Seth Pietsch.
Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS), a junior lefthander, had a 5-1 record and 3.43 earned run average this season despite missing 3 weeks' worth of games in March; in 63 innings, he allowed 68 hits and 28 walks while striking out 37. Among Postlewait's victories was a complete-game win over third-ranked Arizona State; he was also the starting pitcher in a win at seventh-ranked Stanford but did not receive the decision.
Biles (Tigard, Ore./Tigard HS) and Jarvis (Renton, Wash./Liberty HS) were seniors; Calderon (Orange, Calif./El Modeno HS, Santa Ana JC) and Pietsch (Wilderville, Ore./Hidden Valley HS) were juniors; Mathews (John Day, Ore./Grant Union HS) was a sophomore and Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) was a freshman.
OREGON STATE ALL-ACADEMIC PICKS: Oregon State's Stephen Copeland and Kane TenPas were named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team as first-team selections. OSU's Ben Rowe and Mike Ekstrom earned honorable mention.
Copeland (Keizer, Ore./McNary HS), a senior pitcher, was named to the first team for the third straight season; he has a 3.75 grade point average while majoring in Mathematics.
TenPas (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS), a junior outfielder, was selected for the first time; he has a 3.31 GPA while majoring in Business Administration.
Rowe (Perth, Australia/Greenwood HS), a junior pitcher, earned honorable mention for the second straight season; he has a 3.1 GPA while majoring in Business Administration.
Ekstrom (Gresham, Ore./Barlow HS), a sophomore pitcher, was named to the team for the first time; he has a 3.06 GPA while majoring in Business Administration.
ELLSBURY GARNERS FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Oregon State freshman outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury earned a pair of Freshman All-America honors. Ellsbury was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team that was selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper; he was named to the second team on Baseball America's Freshman All-America squad.
Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) batted .330 with 7 homers, 3 triples, 10 doubles, 33 RBIs, 56 runs and was 14-for-18 on stolen base attempts. He started all 53 games for the Beavers, including 30 in centerfield while Aaron Mathews was out of action before moving to rightfield at midseason.
Among the Pacific-10 leaders through the end of the regular season, Ellsbury was tied for fifth in hit by pitch (11); tied for seventh in stolen bases (14); and 10th in runs scored (56). Among OSU's all-time single-season leaders, he was second in runs (56) and tied for 10th in at-bats (206).
In the season's last 13 games, Ellsbury batted .434 (23-for-53) with 5 homers, 1 triple, 3 doubles, 12 RBIs, 17 runs and 6 stolen bases. After moving into leadoff spot full-time on May 2, he led off the game by reaching base 9 of 12 times (2 homers, 1 double, 4 singles and 2 walks).
OREGON STATE IN THE 2003 MAJOR LEAGUE DRAFT: Oregon State had 3 players selected in the 2003 Major League Baseball draft. Junior outfielder Seth Pietsch was taken in the eighth round by the New York Mets; he was the 229th player taken overall. Junior righthander Ben Rowe was taken in the 24th round by the Texas Rangers; he wa the 706th player taken overall. Junior first baseman Levi Webber was taken in the 25th round by the St. Louis Cardinals; he was the 785th player taken overall. Also, senior first baseman Andy Jarvis was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies.
OREGON STATE'S 'MIDDLE-OF-NOWHERE OUTFIELD': Combined hometown population for Arizona State's starting outfield? 1,359,753.
Population for Stanford's starting outfield? 337,123.
Population for UCLA's starting outfield? 1,444,488.
Population for Oregon State's starting outfield? 7,841.
Now that's priceless.
You can't overestimate the value of Seth Pietsch, Aaron Mathews and Jacoby Ellsbury to the Beavers this spring. OSU's starting outfield, from foul pole to foul pole, ranks among the best on the West Coast and that talent was found in places little-known outside Oregon.
Or maybe even within Oregon.
'I'd figured I'd play with guys from Oregon, because most of the players here are from Oregon,' Pietsch said. 'But I didn't think they'd be from two places I hadn't even heard of, just like where I'm from - nobody's heard of that, either. You tell people where we're from, and people have no idea where that is.'
So let's clear up that matter regarding the Beavers' middle-of-nowhere outfield.
Junior leftfielder Pietsch hails from Wilderville (pop. 927), which is located west of Grants Pass in Southern Oregon; sophomore centerfielder Mathews is from John Day (pop. 1,836), nestled in the hills of Northeastern Oregon; and freshman rightfielder Ellsbury is from Madras (pop. 5,078), located on the high desert 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 (which has since stepped down to Class 2A), and Ellsbury at Madras. The memers of the trio all possess speed, outstanding defensive ability and potent bats.
Pietsch batted .348 this season with 12 homers, 4 triples, 11 doubles and 40 RBIs; he set OSU's single-season record with 133 total bases and he was among the Pac-10 leaders much of the season in batting average and slugging percentage. Following the season, he was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets and begin his pro career. Pietsch was All-Pac-10 honorable mention, following up a 2002 season in which he also earned honorable mention when he led the league in doubles and was second in triples, and hard work has made fielding another of his strengths.
Mathews batted .307 this season with 3 homers, 3 doubles, 21 RBIs and 6 stolen bases despite missing nearly 2 months of play after being hit by a pitch in the second game of the season. After a week back in lineup, he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and he went on to All-Pacific-10 honorable mention. In 2002, Mathews earned Freshman All-America honorable mention from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and also All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
Ellsbury batted .330 this season with 7 homers, 3 triples, 10 doubles, 33 RBIs and 14 stolen bases; he was among the Pac-10 leaders in stolen bases. He was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team as named by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and Baseball America magazine's Freshman All-America second team, and he earned All-Pacific-10 honorable mention. Ellsbury played centerfield while Mathews was out and made 2 over-the-fence catches to rob foes of homers. He was drafted in 23rd round by Tampa Bay last spring but opted to attend OSU.
JARVIS LEAVES WITH BEAVER CAREER RECORDS: Oregon State senior first baseman Andy Jarvis broke or tied 4 of the Beavers' major career hitting records by the time the season ended. Jarvis left OSU as the school's all-time leader in hits (232), total bases (382), RBIs (173) and at-bats (725) and he shared the school record in home runs (34). He was also tied for third in doubles (42) and ranked fourth in runs (141).
BILES AGAIN WIELDS HOT BAT: Oregon State senior outfielder Chris Biles was outstanding in his first 2 seasons at Oregon State, batting .397 and .395 in those campaigns and earning All-Region honors as a sophomore. He struggled through his junior season with a .291 batting average, but Biles was back in a big way this spring. He batted .357 with 3 homers and 31 RBIs; he set the school's career doubles record with 49.
CALDERON OUTSTANDING IN PAC-10 PLAY: Oregon State junior shortstop Tony Calderon has had a strong debut season with the Beavers, batting .362 with 4 homers, a school record-tying 24 doubles and 43 RBIs. He was just as impressive in the Pacific-10 season, batting .360 in conference games with 1 homer, 9 doubles and 17 RBIs.
OREGON STATE SCHEDULE: Oregon State's 2003 schedule was ranked the 20th-toughest in the nation, according to the Boyd's World college baseball website. OSU played 7 games against teams in the final Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll: No. 2 Stanford (3 games) and No. 9 Arizona State (4 games). The schedule included another 11 games against teams receiving votes - Washington (5 games), California-Riverside (3 games) and Arizona (3 games); the Beavers were also to have played Nevada (3 games) until a last-minute schedule switch.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through the end of the 2003 season:
THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, EricSelberg and Jack Humphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11, Portland 0.(Individual - April 12, 1947; Fred Gallagher vs. 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,Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: May 8, 2003; Jake Postlewait, Ty Kline,Nathan Pendley and Andy Baldwin vs. George Fox. OSU 4, GeorgeFox 0. (Individual - May 19, 2001; Scott Nicholson vs. SouthernCalifornia. 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 2 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 Jarvis vs.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 (incidentally, they cameon the first pitch of 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 22, 2003; Paul Richieat Portland. OSU 14, Portland 4. HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathewsvs. Washington State. OSU 11, Washington State 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: May 6, 2003; Andy Jarvis vs.Concordia. OSU 13, Concordia 2. (Jacoby Ellsbury had 4 hitsin a game that began April 1, 2003 and was completed May 21after being suspended by rain. OSU 18, Portland 6). DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; AndyJarvis vs. New Mexico (had 7 RBIs) at El Paso, Tex. OSU 18,New Mexico 16. DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: May 6, 2003; Chris Bilesvs. Concordia. OSU 13, Concordia 2. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Bardenat Washington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: April 1-May 21, 2003; JacobyEllsbury at Portland (game was suspended due to rain April 1,completed May 21). OSU 18, Portland 6. STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: April 11, 1991; David Andersonvs. Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0. STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 4, 2001; Kerisi Reynoldsat Cal 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 atPortland. OSU 13, Portland 6. TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and WillHudson vs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerbersteps on first base before runner returns for 2 out; Gerberthrow to SS Hudson covering second base before runner returnsfor 3 out).
RAIN ON THE ROAD: If the recent trend continues, Oregon State will have better weather luck at home than it does on the road.
Since the start of the 1997 season, the Beavers have had 34 games either canceled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 12 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 15 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 postponed 8 home games, 4 games at sites outside the region and 5 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 434-316-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .578.
Casey has a record of 264-203-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .565. 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 1,746-1,216-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 777-578, a winning percentage of .573.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,495 runs and allowed 15,149 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.09.
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.
In 94 seasons at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 910-399-1 at home for a winning percentage of .695. This season, OSU was 9-12 at home. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 160-70 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .696.
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.
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 was again broadcast this season, with most of the Beavers' schedule heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and via the internet at www.osubeavers.com. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, handled play-by-play duties with assistance from John Warren and Kip Carlson.
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Prior to 2003, Oregon State had 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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