Beavers Set For Home-Opener Vs. Gonzaga
March 9, 2004
FRIDAY, MARCH 12Gonzaga at Oregon State; 3 p.m.(Internet audio and live statsat www.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, MARCH 13Gonzaga at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Live stats at www.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, MARCH 14Gonzaga at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Live stats at www.osubeavers.com)
Oregon State finally opens its home schedule this weekend after going on the road for four straight tournaments, and the Beavers will be looking to regain the form that won them eight of their first nine games after they went to Hawai'i and lost three of five last weekeend. The Beavers (10-4 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) greet Gonzaga (5-9, 0-0 West Coast) for a non-conference series with games on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Goss Stadium at Coleman Field will be an especially welcome sight for OSU after it spent 11 straight days on the road at the Riverside Baseball Invitational and the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament.
'It's good to get home,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'We were playing fine on the road until we broke down fundamentally. We're used to playing on the road early, and we'd rather play than not play or get into bad weather situations - but it looks like it's going to be fine this weekend. I think more importantly, it gets the guys in their own bed and academically back on track.
'We played poor at the end of the trip, and we're hoping it was because we were on the road for a long time and not because we're not very good. We're going to try to get back on track. I think the problem was that we were on the road for 11 days and didn't have one practice, so we're game-rich and practice-poor, and maybe that affected us at the end.'
The series against Gonzaga is the start of a six-game homestand for the Beavers, as they'll also host Utah Valley State the weekend of March 19-21. The next six games are OSU's final chance to tune up for the Pacific-10 season, which starts March 26-28 at California.
'The one thing we have to do is play one game at a time and try to get ourselves ready for conference,' Casey said. 'We have to try to make sure that when we get to the conference, we've played enough games and played enough people that we know where we are. We're going to be 20 games into it or something like that going into conference, and that's a real good thing.
'We've played some pretty good people and we've played at some pretty good sites. One thing that we feel fortunate about so far is that we haven't been in any real bad weather situations. It's hard to tell when you're in (windy) places like Lancaster and El Paso last year when every other ball you're pitching is leaving the house. We've been in some real ballparks and we've played some pretty good clubs, and for the most part I feel pretty good about what our club has done. Obviously, I'm very disappointed in our breakdown in Hawai'i, and the reality of it is that some guys who performed for us last year are going to have to get it done or we're going to have to make a change.'
Freshman outfielder Mike Lissman paces the Beavers with a .406 batting average with two homers and seven runs batted in, while sophomore outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .393, sophomore infielder Shea McFeely is hitting .367 with one homer and 13 RBIs, senior outfielder Mike Hass is batting .346 with one homer and three RBIs, junior outfielder Aaron Mathews is batting .333 with one homer and 11 RBIs, junior outfielder Chris Campos is batting .333 with two homers and 12 RBIs and senior catcher Paul Richie is batting .324 with one homer and 10 RBIs.
OSU has a team earned run average of 3.63, as senior lefthander Jake Postlewait is off to a 3-0 start with a 1.96 ERA. Freshman righthander Dallas Buck has five saves, while freshman righthander Jake McCormick hasn't allowed an earned run in six relief appearances and freshman lefthander Kevin Gunderson has given up just one earned run in 11 1/3 innings in relief.
Gonzaga went 3-1 at the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Ida., last weekend. The Bulldogs beat Utah Valley State 21-0, Lewis-Clark State 9-8 nd Portland 4-3 before losing their final game to Washington State 9-3.
Gonzaga's expected starting pitchers are sophomore lefthander Patrick Donovan (1-1 record, 4.58 ERA), senior lefthander Ed Clelland (0-2, 4.01) and junior righthander Eric Dworkis (1-2, 5.96), with a possible flip-flop in the order for Saturday and Sunday. Leading the Bulldogs at the plate have been sophomore cacher Kiel Thibault (.370 batting average, 1 homer, 14 RBIs), senior outfielder/pitcher Matt Reding (.324, 0, 6) and junior third baseman/outfielder Jeff Culpepper (.298, 2, 10).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, sr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.324, 1 HR, 10 RBIsor - Billy Munich, so.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.167, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, jr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.250, 2 HRs, 11 RBIsor - Scott Nelson, so.; Eugene, Ore. (North Eugene HS);.091, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Cole Gillespie, fr.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);.091, 0 HRs, 1 RBI2B - Chris Kunda, so.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.243, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, so.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.367, 1 HR, 13 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, so.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.178, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsor - Chad Schroeder, fr.; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS);.333, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Mike Lissman, fr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.406, 2 HRs, 7 RBIsor - Mike Hass, sr.; Redmond, Wash. (U. of Nevada);.346, 1 HR, 3 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, so.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.393, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, jr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.333, 1 HR, 11 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, jr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.333, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)LHP - Jake Postlewait, sr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);3-0 record, 1.96 ERARHP - Andy Baldwin, so.; Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley HS);2-2 record, 3.92 ERARHP - Ben Rowe, sr.; Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS);0-0 record, 4.20 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 57-27 against Gonzaga in a series dating back to 1919. The teams have already met once this season, with OSU taking an 8-6 win on Feb. 14 in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. OSU also won the only meeting of 2003, a 5-1 victory at the Coca-Cola Classic. The last series between the teams came in 2002 in Corvallis, with the Beavers winning 11-9 and 9-8 before the Bulldogs took the finale 8-3.
OREGON STATE'S LATEST GAMES: Oregon State placed second at the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament, held March 2-6 in Honolulu, Haw. OSU outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and infielders Shea McFeely and Chris Kunda were named to the all-tournament team.
On March 2, Aaron Mathews tied Oregon State's single-game record by hitting 3 doubles but the Beavers fell to The Citadel 7-6. The Beavers took a 2-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning only to see the Bulldogs come back for the win. The Beavers led 6-4 going into the bottom of the ninth but two groundball singles and an error on a bunt loaded the bases with one out against OSU closer Dallas Buck. Buck struck out the next hitter, but Chip Cannon then drove a 2-ball, 1-strike pitch into the left-centerfield gap to score all 3 runners for the win.
On March 3, Oregon State managed just 2 hits and fell to Hawai'i 10-1. The Beavers got just a second-inning single by Paul Richie and a fourth-inning double by Shea McFeely as they lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Rainbows took command with 4 runs in the third inning for a 7-1 lead. Oregon State reliever Jared Sanders gave up a walk and 3 straight singles to start the inning, the shortstop Tony Calderon booted a potential double-play grounder that made the last of the 3 runs unearned. Kyle Aselton, making his first start for OSU, couldn't get out of the first inning, giving up 3 runs on 5 walks and Nathan Thurber's 2-out, 2-run single up the middle.
On March 4, Jonah Nickerson scattered 3 hits and struck out 8 batters over 6 innings to pitch his first career win as Oregon State beat Chicago State 15-3. Nickerson, a freshman righthander, and Nathan Pendley combined on a 4-hitter in the game, which was called after 7 innings due to the tournament's 10-run rule. Against Chicago State, the Beavers scored 7 runs in the first inning, getting a 3-run double from Shea McFeely and a 2-run single from Chris Kunda. That came in the midst of a start for Nickerson that saw him retire the first 8 hitters he faced, including striking out 5 of the first 6.
On March 5, Chris Campos' 3-run homer in the top of the eighth inning lifted Oregon State to a 3-2 win over The Citadel in the semifinals. OSU gained a measure of revenge with the win; the Bulldogs had beaten the Beavers in the tourney opener with a 3-run rally in the ninth inning. After the Beavers' Jake Postlewait and the Bulldogs' Jonathan Ellis locked up in a pitcher's dual for the first 6 innings, Campos was the first hitter faced by The Citadel reliever Shannon Sprouse. Campos lofted the righthander's 1-ball, 0-strike fastball over the wall just to the right of the scoreboard in right-centerfield for his second homer of the year.
On March 6, a pair of defensive mistakes led to 4 unearned runs in the second inning as Oregon State lost to Hawai'i 7-3 in the championship game. The Beavers ended their 11-day road trip with a split of the eight games at the Riverside Baseball Invitational and the Hawai'i tourney. OSU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but the Rainbows answered with Jaziel Mendoza's 2-run homer off Andy Baldwin in the bottom of the inning. Hawai'i got a runner to second base with 2 out in the bottom of the second, but Baldwin appeared to be out of trouble when Greg Kish swung and missed at a third strike. The ball got away from catcher Billy Munich for a passed ball, though, and that put runners at first and third. Matt Inouye then blooped a double just over the glove of Beaver shortstop Tony Calderon to score 1 run and leave runners at second and third, and OSU intentionally walked Mendoza to load the bases. Oregon State again appeared to be through the inning when Baldwin got Rocky Russo to ground the ball to third baseman Shea McFeely, but first baseman Scott Nelson let McFeely's throw get by him and all 3 runners scored on the play to put the Rainbows up 6-1.
OREGON STATE NOTES: When freshman righthander Dallas Buck earned the save in a 3-2 win over The Citadel on March 5, it was his fifth save of 2004; that tied him for the third-best single-season save mark in OSU history ... sophomore outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has stolen 3 bases in a game 3 times this season. Prior to that, OSU hadn't had a player steal 3 bases in a game since the opening weekend of the 2001 season. Ellsbury was successful in his first 11 steal attempts of the season ... junior outfielder Aaron Mathews tied the Beavers' school record for doubles in a game when he hit three against The Citadel on March 2 in the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament ... Shea McFeely has the Beavers' longest current hitting streak at 6 games, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Lissman both have 3-game streaks going. OSU's longest streak this season was Mathews 9-gamer, while Ellsbury has had an 8-gamer, Paul Richie a 7-gamer and Mike Lissman a 6-gamer ... Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-hit games this season with 7, while Mathews and McFeely have 5 each and Richie, Lissman and Andy Jenkins have 3 each ... leading the way in multi-RBI games are McFeely, Jenkins, Mathews and Chris Campos with 3 each ... OSU was the Pacific-10's last unbeaten team in the 2004 season, not losing until Feb. 28 ... OSU's first 10 wins included 3 wins by a 1-run margin and 2 wins by a 2-run margin ... in 3 games at the Texas-Arlington Invitational, Campos was 7-for-9 with 1 triple, 1 home run, 6 runs batted in, 3 walks, 1 hit by pitch and 3 runs scored; he reached base in his last 10 plate appearances of the weekend ... during the first weekend of the season at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz., OSU used 12 players who made their 4-year college debut, including 8 true freshmen.
BEAVERS HAVE FASTEST START IN 42 YEARS: When Oregon State beat Southwest Missouri State 5-4 on Feb. 22 to conclude the Texas-Arlington Invitational, it gave the Beavers their fastest baseball start in 42 years. The last time OSU had won 6 straight games to start the season came in 1962, when the Beavers were en route to winning their first 18 games.
OSU eventually won its first 7 games before a loss, and that tied the 2004 Beavers for the eighth-fastest start in OSU history. OSU started 18-0 in both 1951 and 1962; 15-0 in 1959; 10-0 in 1960; 9-0 in 1927; 8-0 in 1930 and 1947; and was also 7-0 in 1938, 1939 and 1952.
HASS' FIRST FIVE HITS TIE RECORD: Senior outfielder Mike Hass made the first 5 hits of his Oregon State career count. The transfer from Nevada went 5-for-5 with a double and a home run in an 8-3 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Feb. 21 to tie OSU's school record for hits in a game. The outburst came a day after Hass had been relegated to the bench in the fourth inning of a win over Texas-Arlington after being picked off first base.
'It's a great way to respond,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. Added Hass: 'That was the first time I think I've ever been picked off, besides having a lefthander's move to first. I was pretty disappointed in myself. I was trying to do something to help the team out ... Coach Casey told me he'd give me a chance, and I appreciated that. It's early in the season and we've got a lot to go still, but it's nice to win.'
Hass, incidentally, is not the same Mike Hass that is a freshman wide receiver on Oregon State's football team; the pair are not related.
BEAVERS GET A FIRST, A SECOND AND TWO MAYBES: Oregon State started its season by appearing in 4 tournaments. No champion was named at the Coca-Cola Classic, held Feb. 13-15 in Surprise, Ariz., or at the Texas-Arlington Invitational, held Feb. 20-22 in Arlington, Tex., but OSU was the only team to go unbeaten in both of those events. Oregon State won the championship of the Riverside Baseball Invitational, held Feb. 27-29 in Riverside, Calif.; it marked the second time the Beavers have won that tournament, as OSU was also the RBI champion in 1985. OSU placed second in the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament, held March 2-6 in Honolulu, Haw., as the Beavers lost to host Hawai'i in the championship game.
BEAVERS ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Oregon State had 3 players named to the all-tournament team as the Beavers finished as runners-up at the First Hawai'i Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament on March 1-5 in Honolulu, Haw. - outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and infielder's Chris Kunda and Shea McFeely. For the tournament, Ellsbury batted .526 (10-for-19) with six runs scored; Kunda batted .267 (4-for-15) with a double and three runs batted in but recorded 14 assists and four putouts; and McFeely batted .444 (4-for-18) with four doubles and six runs batted in.
Oregon State had 2 players named to the all-tournament team as OSU went unbeaten at the Coca-Cola Classic on Feb. 13-15 in Surprise, Ariz. - outfielder Aaron Mathews and pitcher Dallas Buck. Mathews was 4-for-12 with 2 doubles and a team-high 4 RBIs during the tournament. In OSU's final game, he cut down a Cal State-Northridge rally with a catch he made diving away from home plate and toward the centerfield wall; the catch started an inning-ending double play and the Beavers wound up winning 3-2. Buck had saves in his first 2 collegiate appearances, closing out the Beavers' 8-6 wins over Utah and Gonzaga in OSU's first 2 games at the tournament. Buck pitched a total of 2.1 innings, allowing 3 hits and 0 walks while striking out 2.
There were no all-tournament teams named at the Texas-Arlington Invitational or the Riverside Baseball Invitational.
BEAVERS BRING BACK ORANGE JERSEYS: On Feb. 14, Oregon State wore orange jerseys for what is believed to be the first time since 1984 and took an 8-6 win over Gonzaga. Coincidentally, the win came on the day that Oregon - The Beaver State - celebrated the 145th anniversary of its statehood.
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME ON OPENING DAY: After beating Utah 8-6 on Feb. 13, the Beavers' all-time record in season-openers is 66-29, and OSU has won 12 of its last 18 on Opening Day. This season's Feb. 13 date for Opening Day was the latest for the Beavers since they began the 1995 season on Feb. 22 with a 4-3 win over Western Oregon in Corvallis.
In home-openers, OSU has an all-time record of 75-19, with the Beavers winning 14 of their last 16 home-openers and 29 of their last 32. OSU's first home game this season is set for March 12 against Gonzaga.
FOUR BEAVERS AMONG TOP 50 IN THEIR YEAR: Oregon State has 4 players that Baseball America magazine ranks among the top 50 players among all those in their class year heading into the 2004 season.
Righthanded pitcher Ben Rowe is rated the 13th-best senior, lefthanded pitcher Jake Postlewait is rated the 40th-best senior, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is rated the 29th-best sophomore, and righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck is rated the 33rd-best freshman.
Rowe (Perth, Australia/Greenwood HS) was drafted in the 24th round by the Texas Rangers following the 2003 season but chose to return to Oregon State for his senior season. Rowe also had opportunities to sign with the Minnesota Twins while still in Australia; he is a two-time Pacific-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection.
Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) was not drafted after last season but was approached by several professional teams about signing during an outstanding summer in the Alaska League. Despite missing almost three weeks of the season, he was an All-Pacific-10 first team selection after going 5-1 with a 3.43 earned run average.
Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) was a Freshman All-America selection by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper last season, when he batted .330 with seven home runs, 33 runs batted in and 14 stolen bases. Also an outstanding fielder, he had been drafted in the 23rd round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after his senior year of high school but chose to attend OSU.
Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) had been rated the 46th-best prospect in the nation by Baseball America during his senior year of high school. He was drafted in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates but opted to attend OSU to play both baseball and football; as a defensive back and special teams player, he was the only true freshman to play for the Beavers last fall.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through March 7:
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 Gallagher vs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0). WAS NO-HIT: March 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-Clark State at Hawai'iEaster Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma State at SanDiego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: Feb. 20, 2004; Jake Postlewait, Jake McCormick and JaredSanders at Texas-Arlington. OSU 7, Texas-Arlington 0. (Individual - May 19,2001; Scott Nicholson vs. 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. WashingtonState at Yakima, Wash. (hit 3 homers). Washington State 8, OSU 7. (March 30,2003; Seth Pietsch hit 2 homers vs. California but one was ruled a single when he was called out for passing Andy Jarvis between first and second base). HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. WashingtonState at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 7. PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: March 7, 2001; Jason McBride vs. Washington. OSU17, Washington 3. HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: Feb 13, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs. Utah.OSU 8, Utah 6. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews and AndyJarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on the first pitchof each at-bat). OSU 11, Washington State 3. HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 11, 2000; Brian Barden,Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5. HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez at PortlandState. OSU 7, Portland State 5. HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: March 2, 2004; Aaron Mathews vs. TheCitadel at Honolulu, Haw. The Citadel 7, OSU 6. HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: Feb 21, 2004; Mike Hass vs. Arkansas-Little Rock at Arlington, Tex. OSU 8, Arkansas-Little Rock 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: Feb. 29, 2004; Paul Richie and AaronMathews vs. Washington at Riverside, Calif. OSU 13, Washington 8. DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: February 21, 2003; Andy Jarvis 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 Biles vs.Concordia. OSU 13, Concordia 2. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden at Washington.OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: April 1-May 21, 2003; Jacoby Ellsbury atPortland (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 Anderson vs.Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0. STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 28, 2004; Jacoby Ellsbury vs.Sacramento State at Riverside, Calif. Sacramento State 10, OSU 3. HAD FIVE WALKS IN A GAME: May 21, 1970; Bob Beall vs. UCLA. UCLA 7,OSU 2. HAD FOUR WALKS IN A GAME: March 4, 2004; Chris Campos vs. ChicagoState at Honolulu, Haw.OSU 15, Chicago State 3. TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudson vs.Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerber steps on first basebefore runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson covering secondbase before runner returns for 3 out).
OREGON STATE'S SCHEDULE: Oregon State will face 3 teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN national coaches poll of March 8: No. 2 Stanford (3 games), No. 6 Arizona State (3 games) and No. 22 Arizona (3 games). OSU will play another 2 teams who received votes in the poll but didn't crack the top 25: Washington (6 games) and UCLA (3 games).
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 cancelled 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 cancelled 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 10th 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 445-320-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .581.
Casey has a record of 274-207-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .575. 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 1,757-1,220-15, a winning percentage of .590. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 777-577, a winning percentage of .573.
To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,594 runs and allowed 15,191 runs. That's an average score of 6.55-5.08.
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. Last 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 initial 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: Season tickets for Oregon State baseball are $100, which entitles the ticketholder to the same reserved seat for all 21 OSU home games in 2004. For OSU faculty and staff, and for senior citizens age 62 and over, season tickets are $80.
The Family Plan for the 2004 season admits up to 2 adults and up to 4 students through high school to all 21 home games. The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child, and a family must purchase the tickets for all its members at the same time.
The Pacific-10 Plan for 2004 is $50 and provides the ticketholder with a reserved seat to all 12 home games against conference opponents.
Individual game tickets for Oregon State baseball are sold on a general admission basis and cost $5 for adults and $3 for seniors age 62 and over and children through high school.
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 this summer 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 via the internet at www.osubeavers.com. There is a charge for listening via the internet; the cost is $4.95 per month or $14.95 for the entire 2003-04 school year, and that allows the listener access to all OSU athletic broadcasts that are on the internet. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, handled play-by-play duties with assistance from John Warren and Kip Carlson. The broadcast schedule begins with the start of Pacific-10 play on March 26 at California; selected games each weekend will be broadcast over the internet prior to that time.
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State's home game against Arizona on April 2 will be televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis, shown either April 3 or 4. 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.