Beavers Get Final Test Before Pac-10 Play
FRIDAY, MARCH 19Utah Valley State at Oregon State; 3 p.m.(Internet audio and live stats atwww.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, MARCH 20Utah Valley State at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Live stats at www.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, MARCH 21Utah Valley State at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Live stats at www.osubeavers.com)F.F.A WEEKEND: In honor of the annual FutureFarmers of America state convention being heldon the OSU campus during the weekend, allcurrent and former FFA members can get a ticketto any of the games for $2 when wearing theirFFA jacket.
Final exams may be over by Friday afternoon, but Oregon State will still be facing some questions this weekend when it hosts Utah Valley State in a non-league baseball series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Games are set for Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
For the Beavers (12-5 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10), it's one last opportunity to sort out what fits where before beginning the Pacific-10 schedule March 26-28 at California. There are a number of things OSU head coach Pat Casey would like to see from his team during the series against the Wolverines (2-7).
'We'd like to play a three-game set from start to finish,' Casey said. 'We feel we need to get consistent with what we're doing offensively and defensively. We need to establish who the third starter is, and it might be the guy we've been going with (Ben Rowe), but I don't think anybody has jumped out and taken that job so we'd like to get that handled.
'We'd also like to solidify who's going to be starting at certain positions. We've been very inconsistent in some games. We've got a chance to play some home games early in the season, and we're just hoping some guys will step up and finish the deal.'
Through the season's first five weeks, there have been more good developments than bad ones, as you'd expect from OSU's record thus far.
OSU has three of the top 10 hitters in the Pac-10, with sophomore outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury fifth at .406, freshman outfielder Mike Lissman sixth at .395 and sophomore third baseman Shea McFeely 10th at .379. The Beavers also have four of the conference's top 10 in on-base percentage with Ellsbury fifth at .506, Lissman sixth at .500, junior outfielder Chris Campos eighth at .490 and McFeely 10th at .486.
The Beavers are fifth in the conference in team batting average at .302 and third in team earned run average at 3.70. Senior lefthander Jake Postlewait is sixth among the conference leaders in individual ERA at 2.10 during his 4-0 start, sophomore righthander Andy Baldwin is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA, freshman righthander Dallas Buck leads the conference with five saves and freshmen Kevin Gunderson, Jake McCormick and Jonah Nickerson have all pitched well.
'Our young pitching has been real good,' Casey said. 'I don't think we've been overly impressive at the plate. In certain games we've hit the ball real well; in certain games we don't hit it at all. It's surprising to me that we've been inconsistent at the plate. I think in a short season (so far), Shea McFeely has gotten a lot better defensively. Mike Lissman has impressed me offensively. We've got to get some consistency up the middle; we've got to play better defense at short and second to contend in the Pac-10.'
Utah Valley State last played on March 10, beating Central Michigan 8-7 by scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Wolverines also competed in the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Ida., March 4-6, beating Portland 5-4 and losing to Gonzaga 21-0, Washington State 17-2 and Lewis-Clark State 7-0. UVSC is in its first year as an NCAA Division I program; it competed in the junior college ranks through the 2003 season.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, sr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.298, 1 HR, 12 RBIsor - Billy Munich, so.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.150, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, jr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.300, 3 HRs, 16 RBIsor - Scott Nelson, so.; Eugene, Ore. (North Eugene HS);.083, 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);.250, 0 HRs, 8 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, so.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.379, 2 HRs, 19 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, so.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.164, 0 HRs, 7 RBIsor - Chad Schroeder, fr.; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS);.357, 0 HRs, 1 RBILF - Mike Lissman, fr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.395, 2 HRs, 10 RBIsor - Mike Hass, sr.; Redmond, Wash. (U. of Nevada);.345, 1 HR, 3 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, so.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.406, 1 HR, 4 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, jr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.348, 1 HR, 15 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, jr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.286, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)LHP - Jake Postlewait, sr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);4-0 record, 2.10 ERARHP - Andy Baldwin, so.; Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley HS);3-2 record, 3.25 ERARHP / LHP - To be announced
It's history OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: This is the first meeting between Oregon State and Utah Valley State.
OREGON STATE'S LATEST GAMES: Oregon State opened its home season March 12-14, taking the first 2 games of a non-league series against Gonzaga before losing the finale.
On March 12, Oregon State had 10 different players with at least one hit and Jake Postlewait pitched his fourth win of the season in the 12-2 win. A crowd of 1,776 took advantage of the sunny day to see OSU run its all-time record in home-openers to 76-19. After spending their first 4 weeks of the season on the road, the Beavers found it a terrific way to start the home season. 'Especially with the amount of people,' said Aaron Mathews, who was 2-for-4 with a triple and 3 runs batted in. 'It was a nice day and it was just a blessing to come out here and have a day like this. And then seeing that many people in the stands helped motivate us to get the job done.' Postlewait improved to 4-0 on the season, winning for the ninth time in 10 decisions over the last 2 seasons. The senior lefthander went a season-high seven innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. After Postlewait got out of a 2-out, bases-loaded situation in the first inning, the Beavers scored 3 times in the bottom of the first to give him a lead to work with. The Beavers finished with 13 hits, as Jacoby Ellsbury and Andy Jenkins both finished 2-for-4 and McFeely extended his hitting streak to 7 games.
On March 13, Shea McFeely homered, doubled and drove in 5 runs as Oregon State won 13-3. Andy Jenkins added 3 hits, including a home run, and drove in 3 more runs. Andy Baldwin allowed just 1 run in 7 innings to pitch the win, improving to 2-3 this season. The sophomore righthander walked 2 and struck out 3, and the Beavers turned 4 double plays behind him. The Beavers had 15 hits, running their totals for the first 2 games of the series to 25 runs and 28 hits. It was pretty much the same script as Friday's 12-2 OSU win - get out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning, score three times in the bottom of the first and win by 10. In the bottom of the first inning, Mike Lissman singled and Jenkins walked with 1 out to set up McFeely's 3-run homer to right-center off GU starter Ed Clelland. The Beavers broke the game open with a 7-run fourth inning. That outburst included a 2-run double by McFeely; a 2-run single by Lissman, who raised his batting average to .421 with a 2-for-4 day; a run-scoring double by Mathews, who is hitting .354 after a 2-for-4 day; and a run-scoring single by Jenkins. Jenkins, who raised his average from .273 to .319 in one afternoon by going 3-for-3, added his third homer of the year to start the sixth inning. Jacoby Ellsbury kept his average at .400 with a 2-for-5 afternoon.
On March 14, Oregon State fell short in its bid for a series sweep, losing 10-5. The Beavers saw the Bulldogs build an early lead, and OSU could manage just 2 runs and 4 hits through the first 8 innings against GU righthander Eric Dworkis. OSU fell behind 5-0 by the middle of the fourth inning. Relievers Kevin Gunderson and Jake McCormick then kept the Beavers in the game for the next 4 innings but OSU couldn't come up with the big hit to get any closer than 3 runs. The Beavers' best chance to put together a big inning came in the fourth. Trailing 5-0, they loaded the bases with none out on 2 hit batters and 1 walk but could manage only Paul Richie's run-scoring single up the middle. Gonzaga had gone in front with a pair of runs on 3 hits against OSU righthander Ben Rowe in the top of the third inning, then picked up 3 more runs in the fourth off Rowe and reliever Jonah Nickerson. Rowe took the loss for his first decision in 5 starts this season; in 3-plus innings, he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 2. Jacoby Ellsbury was the only Beaver to collect more than one hit, going 2-for-4 to bump his batting average to .406 for the season. Shea McFeely extended his hitting streak to 9 games, while Ellsbury and Lissman both bumped their streaks to 6 games.
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 3 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 9 games, while Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Lissman both have 6-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 previous 6-gamer ... Ellsbury leads the Beavers in multi-hit games this season with 10 while Mathews has 7, McFeely 6, Andy Jenkins 5 and Mike Lissman 4 ... leading the way in multi-RBI games is Jenkins with 5, followed by McFeely and Mathews with 4 each and Campos with 3 ... 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.
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through games of March 14:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING5. Jacoby Ellsbury .4066. Mike Lissman .39510. Shea McFeely .379INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING5. Shea McFeely .6728. Chris Campos .600INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE5. Jacoby Ellsbury .5066. Mike Lissman .5008. Chris Campos .49010. Shea McFeely .486INDIVIDUAL RUNS4. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 229. (tie) Andy Jenkins 18INDIVIDUAL HITS4. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 28INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN8. Shea McFeely 19INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES2. (tie) Shea McFeely 96. (tie) Aaron Mathews 7INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES5. (tie) Aaron Mathews 25. (tie) Chris Campos 2INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES10. (tie) Shea McFeely 39INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH1. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 63. (tie) Chris Campos 59. (tie) Shea McFeely 4INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. Jacoby Ellsbury 11INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE6. Jake Postlewait 2.10INDIVIDUAL WINS3. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 43. (tie) Jake Postlewait 4INDIVIDUAL SAVES1. Dallas Buck 5INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES5. (tie) Dallas Buck 9INDIVIDUAL FIELDING1. (tie) Aaron Mathews 1.000INDIVIDUAL CHANCES10. Andy Jenkins 119INDIVIDUAL PUTOUTS10. Andy Jenkins 109INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS8. Chris Kunda 47INDIVIDUAL DOUBLE PLAYS4. (tie) Tony Calderon 164. (tie) Andy Jenkins 164. (tie) Chris Kunda 16TEAM BATTING5. Oregon State .302TEAM SLUGGING5. Oregon State .453TEAM ON-BASE2. Oregon State .412TEAM RUNS5. Oregon State 129TEAM HITS6. Oregon State 178TEAM RUNS BATTED IN4. Oregon State 116TEAM DOUBLES3. Oregon State 36TEAM TRIPLES3. (tie) Oregon State 7TEAM HOME RUNS7. Oregon State 13TEAM TOTAL BASES6. Oregon State 267TEAM AT-BATS6. Oregon State 590TEAM WALKS3. Oregon State 88TEAM HIT BY PITCH3. Oregon State 28TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE3. Oregon State 3.70TEAM OPPOSING BATTING6. Oregon State .261TEAM INNINGS PITCHED8. Oregon State 148.1TEAM STRIKEOUTS9. Oregon State 107TEAM WINS3. (tie) Oregon State 12TEAM SAVES3. (tie) Oregon State 6TEAM FIELDING9. Oregon State .950TEAM CHANCES7. Oregon State 660TEAM PUTOUTS8. Oregon State 445TEAM ASSISTS5. Oregon State 182TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS2. Oregon State 23
SMALL TOWNS, BIG-TIME PLAYERS: In 2003, Oregon State's 'Middle-of-Nowhere Outfield' included leftfielder Seth Pietsch of Wilderville, centerfielder Aaron Mathews of John Day, and rightfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of Madras. The combined population of those three small towns in rural Oregon is 7,481.
This spring, you remove Pietsch from the equation after he was drafted in the eighth round by the New York Mets; then add freshman Mike Lissman of Ontario and your new figure skyrockets to 17,899.
For those not familiar with Oregon's geography east of the Cascade Mountains, John Day (pop. 1,836) is tucked in the mountains of Northeastern Oregon; Madras (pop. 5,078) is located on the high desert north of Bend in Central Oregon; and Ontario (pop. 10,985) is located along the Snake River on the eastern edge of the state.
Mathews, a junior, was a Freshman All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper in 2002, then missed most of the first half of the 2003 season because of an injury. He's batting .348 with 1 homer and 15 runs batted in, and his 7 doubles place him among the Pac-10 leaders.
Ellsbury, a sophomore, earned Freshman All-America honors from both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2003, and Baseball America ranked him as one of the nation's top 50 sophomores heading into this season. He's batting .406 with 1 homer, 4 RBIs and leads the Pac-10 with 11 stolen bases; he's also among the conference leaders in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base average.
Lissman hasn't become a full-time figure in the outfield, playing there part-time and as OSU's designated hitter part-time. He's been a presence at the plate, though, batting .395 with 2 homers and 10 RBIs.
ROOKS PROVIDE BULLPEN'S BACKBONE: When Oregon State needs to get someone up in the bullpen this spring, just hollering for the freshman to get loose will only lead to confusion. There are 4 freshmen who are making big contributions in relief for OSU this season - righthanders Dallas Buck, Jake McCormick and Jonah Nickerson and lefthander Kevin Gunderson.
Buck leads the Pacific-10 with 5 saves through March 14, including one in a win over Pacific Northwest rival Washington on Feb. 29. McCormick has yet to allow an earned run in 11.0 innings over 8 appearances and opponents are hitting just .132 against him. Gunderson has fashioned a 1.23 earned run average and is 4-0, having earned wins in the first 4 appearances of his career. Nickerson is the only one of the group to have been a starter, getting the nod for a pair of games and pitching OSU to a win over Chicago State.
FANS FLOCK TO FIRST HOME SERIES: After spending the first 4 weeks of the season on the road, Oregon State opened its home schedule against Gonzaga from March 12-14. And during the season's first series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Beaver fans showed they were more than ready to watch a little baseball.
At least 1,100 fans made their way into the ballpark for each of the games; it was the first series to draw 4-figure crowds on all 3 days since the Beavers hosted UCLA from April 19-21, 2002. The weekend's total attendance of 4,111 was the second-most for a series since the ballpark's 1999 renovation, trailing only the 4,226 for three games against Stanford from April 26-28, 2002.
The March 12 crowd of 1,776 was the second-largest at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since the ballpark's 1999 renovation, and it was the largest crowd for an Opening Day since then. The only larger crowd in that period was 1,838 to see the Beavers beat fourth-ranked Stanford 4-3 on April 27, 2002.
'What an awesome crowd,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said after the 12-2 win on Opening Day. 'The atmosphere was fantastic. Usually when we come out at this time of year, we're wondering if we're going to have to be putting the tarp on the field.'
The Beavers and Bulldogs drew 1,223 fans on Saturday and 1,112 on Sunday for an average crowd of 1,370 during the series.
BEAVERS HAD 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. After beating Gonzaga 12-2 on March 12, OSU has an all-time record of 75-19 in home-openers, with the Beavers winning 14 of their last 16 home-openers and 29 of their last 32.
FOUR BEAVERS AMONG TOP 50 IN THEIR YEAR: Oregon State had 4 players that Baseball America magazine ranked among the top 50 players among all those in their class year heading into the 2004 season.
Righthanded pitcher Ben Rowe was rated the 13th-best senior, lefthanded pitcher Jake Postlewait was rated the 40th-best senior, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was rated the 29th-best sophomore, and righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck was 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 2-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 3 weeks of the 2003 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 in 2003, when he batted .330 with 7 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 14:
THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selbergand 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 atHawai'i Easter Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma Stateat San Diego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: Feb. 20, 2004; Jake Postlewait, Jake McCormickand Jared Sanders 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; ThadJohnson vs. California; 14 strikeouts. OSU 6, California 5. HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs. CalState-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). Washington State 8,OSU 7. (March 30, 2003; Seth Pietsch hit 2 homers vs. California butone was ruled a single when he was called out for passing Andy Jarvisbetween 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: Feb 13, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs.Utah. OSU 8, Utah 6. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews andAndy Jarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on thefirst 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: March 2, 2004; Aaron Mathews vs.The Citadel 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: March 13, 2004; Shea McFeely vs.Gonzaga. OSU 13, Gonzaga 3. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden atWashington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: March 12, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs.Gonzaga. OSU 12, Gonzaga 2. 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.Chicago State at Honolulu, Haw. OSU 15, Chicago State 3. TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudsonvs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerber steps on firstbase before runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SS Hudsoncovering second base 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 15: No. 2 Stanford (3 games), No. 6 Arizona State (3 games) and No. 23 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 Southern California (3 games).
BEAVERS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Oregon State received its first votes of the season in the ESPN/Sports Weekly coaches poll on Feb. 23. Here is where the Beavers have been this season in the national rankings:
POLL ESPN / SPORTS BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATL. COLL.DATE WKLY. COACHES AMERICA BASEBALL BSBL. WTRS.Feb. 23 Votes (33rd) NR NR 30thMar. 1 Votes (30th) NR 20th 25thMar. 8 Votes (43rd) NR NR NRMar. 15 Votes (37th) NR NR NR
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 447-321-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .582.
Casey has a record of 276-208-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .570. 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 1,759-1,221-15, 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 19,624 runs and allowed 15,206 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.
Now in their 95th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 912-400-1 at home for a winning percentage of .695. This season, the Beavers are 2-1 at home and are averaging 1,370 fans per home date. Since the start of the 1993 season, OSU is 162-71 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for a winning percentage of .695.
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 June 21 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.
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