Beavers Step Away From Pac-10 For A Weekend
MONDAY, APRIL 12Oregon State 7, at Washington 4TUESDAY, APRIL 13Oregon State 6, at Washington 4 (12 innings)FRIDAY, APRIL 16Oregon State at Sacramento State; 2:30 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio:www.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, APRIL 17Oregon State at Sacramento State; 1 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio:www.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, APRIL 18Oregon State at Sacramento State; 1 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio:www.osubeavers.com)
Oregon State is taking a second look at a pair of opponents this week, as the Beavers (21-11 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10) swept a two-game series from Washington on Monday and Tuesday and now visit Sacramento State (22-22) for a three-game series with games Friday at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
OSU played both teams at the Riverside Baseball Invitational in late February, beating Washington 13-8 and losing to Sacramento State 10-3.
'Sacramento State beat the heck out of us in Riverside,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'We know what we have to do to go in there and win; they knocked us around the first time we played them. We've got to get ourselves back on track offensively and go in there and pitch.'
The Beavers opened the week with a non-conference series against their longtime Pacific Northwest rivals, winning 7-4 on Monday as freshman Jonah Nickerson recorded 10 strikeouts in five innings and 6-4 on Tuesday as Mike Hass singled home two runs in the top of the 12th inning.
By the start of Tuesday's game, OSU was without one-third of its likely batting order as outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Lissman and second baseman Chris Kunda were all unavailable due to injury. The Beavers battled through the absences to win the game, but Casey knows OSU will need to play better to contend for a postseason berth.
'We've got a lot of work to do offensively - we just didn't play good baseball up there,' Casey said of the series at Washington. 'In the last three games, we haven't hit well, we haven't moved runners and we've left a lot of men on base.
'When you win and you're playing like that, it tells you that you can be a good club if you get it all together.'
Ellsbury, Kunda and Lissman are all questionable for this weekend's series at Sacramento State.
Sacramento State is coming off a six-game trip to Hawai'i and Hawai'i-Hilo, going 3-3. Sacramento State split two games at Hawai'i, winning 6-3 and losing 5-4; the Hornets split four games at Hawai'i-Hilo, winning 4-2, losing 5-0 and 4-3, and winning the finale 4-3.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, sr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.326, 2 HRs, 21 RBIsor - Billy Munich, so.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.083, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, jr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.286, 5 HRs, 25 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, so.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.250, 0 HRs, 12 RBIsor - Chad Schroeder, fr.; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS);.243, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, so.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.319, 4 HRs, 30 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, so.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.217, 1 HR, 20 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, fr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.361, 4 HRs, 21 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, so.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.262, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, so.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.407, 3 HRs, 12 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, jr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.350, 4 HRs, 31 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, jr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.3492, 7 HRs, 29 RBIsor - Mike Hass, sr.; Redmond, Wash. (U. of Nevada);.279, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)LHP - Jake Postlewait, sr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);7-1 record, 3.29 ERARHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);1-3 record, 5.76 ERARHP - Andy Baldwin, so.; Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley HS);4-3 record, 5.10 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: After winning on Monday and Tuesday, Oregon State has an all-time record of 212-176-2 in a series dating back to 1911. The Beavers also beat the Huskies 13-8 on Feb. 29 in the Riverside Baseball Invitational.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 15-12 against Sacramento State in a series dating back to 1961. The teams have already met once this season, with the Hornets taking a 10-3 win on Feb. 28 in the Riverside Baseball Invitational. The last time the teams had met prior to that was in 1997 in Sacramento, with the Hornets winning the series-opener 2-0 before OSU took the final 2 games by scores of 18-6 and 8-5.
OREGON STATE'S LATEST GAMES: Oregon State hosted second-ranked Stanford in a Pacific-10 series last weekend, losing 11-8 on April 8, winning 5-4 on April 9 and losing 16-4 on April 10. The Beavers then went to Washington and swept a 2-game series from their longtime rivals with wins of 7-4 on Monday and 6-4 in 12 innings on Tuesday.
On April 8, Oregon State had a 3-run lead slip away in the final 2 innings as the Beavers lost to Stanford 11-8. OSU played most of the game without outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was hurt attempting a catch in the top of the first inning. Ellsbury grabbed the ball as he dove into the right-centerfield fence and crumpled to the ground; it was ruled no catch and Jonny Ash rounded the bases for an inside-the-park home run. A crowd of 1,488 saw the Beavers take a 7-4 lead into the eighth inning only to have Stanford score 3 times in the eighth and 4 times in the ninth. Only 1 of the ninth-inning runs was earned due to an OSU error that started the inning. OSU starter Andy Baldwin had his best outing in 3 weeks, as he went 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits and one walk while striking out 5. Chris Campos and Paul Richie were both 2-for-4 with 1 home run, 1 double and 3 runs batted in for OSU. Jenkins and Graham were both 2-for-4.
On April 9, Mike Lissman homered twice to drive in 4 runs as Oregon State beat Stanford 5-4. Ben Rowe struck out John Mayberry Jr. to end the game with the tying run at third base, saving the win for starter Jake Postlewait. A crowd of 1,607 saw Stanford rally in the late innings for the second straight day but OSU got clutch pitching out of the bullpen from Rowe and Kevin Gunderson to earn the win. Postlewait went 7.1 innings and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. Lissman provided the runs those pitchers needed after OSU gave up a first-inning run, both homers coming off Stanford starter Blake Holler. In the bottom of the second, Aaron Mathews led off with a triple just inside first base; with one out, Lissman poked a 1-ball, 1-strike pitch over the fence in right-centerfield. In the bottom of the fourth, Paul Richie led off with a single and again Lissman drove a 1-ball, 1-strike pitch out of the park, this time into the fir trees beyond the centerfield fence. OSU added its final run later in the fourth inning when Chris Campos singled with 2 out and was eventually balked home by Cardinal reliever Matt Manship. Campos was 3-for-3 and walked twice in the leadoff spot; he and Lissman were the only Beavers with more than one hit.
On April 10, Chris Campos homered twice but those hits accounted for all of Oregon State's runs in a 16-4 loss to Stanford. The Beavers fell behind by 7 runs in the top of the first inning and never got closer than 4 runs the rest of the way. The Cardinal jumped on Oregon State starter Dallas Buck in the top of the first inning, blunting any momentum OSU had built during Friday's win. The Beavers did come back to score 3 times in the bottom of the first inning, as Mike Lissman walked, Aaron Mathews doubled and Campos belted a homer to right-centerfield to make it 7-3. At that point, the crowd of 1,852 had reason to hope OSU might make a game of it over the final 8 innings. But Cardinal starter Jeff Gilmore managed to get out of the first inning without allowing another run, Stanford put up a pair of unearned runs in the top of the second to widen the lead to 9-3, and OSU couldn't get things going its way again during the afternoon. Aaron Mathews was 2-for-5 with a double.
On April 12, Jonah Nickerson struck out 10 Washington hitters in 5 innings to pitch Oregon State to a 7-4 win at Washington. Chris Campos was 3-for-5 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs for the Beavers. Nickerson, Jared Sanders, Kevin Gunderson and Ben Rowe combined on a 7-hitter, with Rowe earning his second save for a scoreless final 1.2 innings. OSU built a 7-1 lead by the middle of the fourth inning, then held on as Washington righthander Jordan Ponzoha faced the minimum number of hitters over 5.1 innings from the fourth inning into the ninth.Nickerson allowed 1 run on 3 hits, 1 walk and 3 hit batters. Aaron Mathews that got the Beavers going against UW starter Richie Lentz, stretching a line drive to left-centerfield into a double to lead off a 4-run second inning. OSU got a bases-loaded walk by Chad Schroeder to force in the first run, then added a 2-run single by Mike Lissman and a run-scoring single by Campos to make it 4-0. After Washington scored in the bottom of the second, Mathews led off the top of the third with his fourth homer of the year; OSU's final runs came on Campos' 2-run homer off Ponzoha in the fourth inning. Mathews was 2-for-4 and Lissman 2-for-5 for the Beavers.
On April 13, Mike Hass' 2-out, 2-run single in the top of the 12th inning pushed Oregon State past Washington 6-4. Jared Sanders pitched a scoreless final 1.1 innings of relief to earn the win for OSU in the 4-hour, 40-minute game; it was the first time this season the Beavers had gone into extra innings. Hass' game-winning hit came with the bases loaded as he drove a 1-ball, 1-strike pitch from Kyle Parker back up the middle to score Aaron Mathews and pinch-runner Jake Postlewait. OSU led 2-1 for much of the game and pushed that to 3-1 on Mathews' run-scoring single in the top of the eighth inning. Washington got a home run from Aaron Hathaway in the bottom of the eighth, though, and tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on Nick Batkoski's 1-out double down the rightfield line and Hathaway's 2-out, 0-ball, 2-strike bloop single to right. OSU took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th on Paul Richie's 2-out RBI single, but the Huskies evened the game when Hathaway hit into a fielder's choice to plate the tying run. The Beavers had been hitless until the fifth inning against UW righthander Tim Lincecum, when Andy Jenkins grounded a 2-out single back up the middle. Lincecum, the Pac-10 strikeout leader, went 5 innings and gave up just 1 hit but walked 9 and hit 1 batter while striking out 10. OSU turned to outfielder/designated hitter Chris Campos to make the pitching start; the senior lefthander went 2.2 innings and allowed 1 run on 1 hit and 3 walks while striking out 2.
OREGON STATE NOTES: A reminder - OSU's home game against Washington on Saturday, May 1, has been changed to a 4 p.m. start to allow fans to see that day's OSU Spring Football Game at 1 p.m. and then the baseball game ...
Sophomore outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury leads the Beavers with 17 multi-hit games this season, followed by junior outfielder Aaron Mathews with 14, sophomore third baseman Shea McFeely and junior first baseman Andy Jenkins with 10 each, freshman outfielder Mike Lissman with 9, and senior catcher Paul Richie and junior outfielder Chris Campos with 8 each ... Campos and Mathews lead the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 7 each, while senior shortstop Tony Calderon, Lissman and Jenkins have 5 each, and McFeely has 5 ... Mathews has OSU's longest current hitting streak at 12 games; that's the second-longest of the season for the Beavers. Ellsbury has OSU's longest hitting streak of the season at 13 games; Mathews and McFeely have both had 9-gamers, Richie a 7-gamer, Lissman a 6-gamer and Jenkins a 5-gamer ... so far this season, OSU is 14-1 when it has outhit its opponent. OSU is 10-2 when it commits fewer errors than its opponent, and 7-0 when it commits the same number of errors as its opponent. OSU is 13-2 when it limits its opponents to less than 10 hits. The Beavers are 20-3 in games in which they've led after 6 innings ...
Oregon State had gone over 3 years without a pitcher recording 10 strikeouts in a game until Jonah Nickerson fanned 10 Washington Huskies in 5 innings of a 7-4 win on April 12. The last Beaver to accomplish the fete was Thad Johnson, who had 14 strikeouts at California on April 6, 2001 ... OSU went over 3 seasons without a player hitting more than 1 homer in a game, then had it happen on back-to-back days on April 9-April 10 when Mike Lissman and Chris Campos managed it against Stanford. The last Beaver to homer more than once in a game had been Andy Jarvis, who hit 3 against Washington State on March 11, 2001 ... Oregon State's 25 runs against Portland in a 25-4 win on March 31 was the Beavers' highest total since a 27-4 win at Washington early in the 2000 season, and it tied for the eighth-highest scoring game in OSU baseball history ... Shea McFeely's 8 RBIs in a 25-4 win at Portland on March 31 were just 1 RBI away from the school record of 9 set by Ken Bowen in a 36-12 win at Chico State in 1985 ... Mike Hass' 3-run pinch-hit homer in a 25-4 win at Portland on March 31 was the Beavers' first pinch-hit homer since Jason McBride's drive against Washington in a 17-3 home win early in the 2001 season ... OSU hit just 15 homers through its first 22 games; the Beavers then hit 4 per game in back-to-back games against California and Portland on March 28-March 31 ... when Oregon State played California on March 27, it was the 3,000th game on the Beavers' all-time varsity baseball record; OSU lost 11-5. Through 3,000 games, Oregon State's all-time record was 1,762-1,223-15 since starting the sport in 1907 ... OSU got through its 6 home games in March without a single rain delay at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and averaged over 1,000 fans per game; we have no idea the last time either of those things could have happened during the month that allegedly comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb but, in Oregon, more often comes in like a lion and goes out like a slightly wetter lion. In fact, an average of 1,003 fans per home date took advantage of 6 mostly-sunny afternoons to watch the Beavers begin their home schedule ... OSU has recorded 2 shutouts this season, both by 7-0 and both on the 20th day of a month - at Texas-Arlington on Feb. 20 and against Utah Valley State on March 20 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 April 11:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING2. Jacoby Ellsbury .407INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING4. Chris Campos .662INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE1. Chris Campos .5193. Jacoby Ellsbury .500INDIVIDUAL RUNS5. Jacoby Ellsbury 38INDIVIDUAL HITS5. (tie) Aaron Mathews 465. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 46INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN8. Shea McFeely 3010. (tie) Aaron Mathews 28INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES3. Shea McFeely 1310. (tie) Aaron Mathews 10INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES2. (tie) Aaron Mathews 4INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNS10. (tie) Chris Campos 6INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES9. (tie) Aaron Mathews 73INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH4. (tie) Shea McFeely 94. (tie) Chris Campos 99. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 7INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. Jacoby Ellsbury 14INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE8. Jake Postlewait 3.29INDIVIDUAL WINS2. Jake Postlewait 77. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 510. (tie) Andy Baldwin 4INDIVIDUAL SAVES2. (tie) Dallas Buck 5INDIVIDUAL APPEARANCES10. (tie) Dallas Buck 14INDIVIDUAL FIELDING1. (tie) Aaron Mathews 1.0001. (tie) Tyler Graham 1.000INDIVIDUAL CHANCES9. Andy Jenkins 251INDIVIDUAL PUTOUTS4. Andy Jenkins 234INDIVIDUAL DOUBLE PLAYS3. Andy Jenkins 278. Chris Kunda 239. (tie) Tony Calderon 22TEAM BATTING5. Oregon State .304TEAM SLUGGING5. Oregon State .460TEAM ON-BASE3. Oregon State .409TEAM RUNS4. Oregon State 243TEAM HITS8. Oregon State 322TEAM RUNS BATTED IN5. (tie) Oregon State 215TEAM DOUBLES6. Oregon State 55TEAM TRIPLES5. (tie) Oregon State 10TEAM HOME RUNS5. Oregon State 30TEAM TOTAL BASES7. Oregon State 487TEAM AT-BATS9. Oregon State 1,059TEAM WALKS4. Oregon State 147TEAM HIT BY PITCH2. Oregon State 50TEAM STOLEN BASES5. Oregon State 30TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE4. Oregon State 4.46TEAM OPPOSING BATTING7. Oregon State .277TEAM INNINGS PITCHED9. Oregon State 264.1TEAM STRIKEOUTS9. Oregon State 199TEAM WINS4. (tie) Oregon State 19TEAM SAVES5. (tie) Oregon State 8TEAM FIELDING8. Oregon State .957TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS3. Oregon State 36
2004 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE LISTS: Here are the 2004 Oregon State players on or near the school's all-time top-10 lists for career and single-season leaders through April 13:
CAREER DOUBLES10. Tim Lambert, 1985-88 34> Tony Calderon, 2003-present 30
(tie) Aaron Mathews, 2002-present 7 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 5 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 28 1. Jared Sanders, 2001-present 12 Stephen Copeland, 2000-03 5> (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 5 (tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003-present 4 Ben Rowe, 2001-present 233.1 (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 4 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 14 Jared Sanders, 2002 92. Mike Boire, 1997 83. Jim Grove, 1982 5(tie) Stephen Copeland, 2001 5> (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004 5
2004 ENTRIES IN THE BEAVER RECORD BOOK: Here are Oregon State's 2004 entries in the school record book through April 13:HITS IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 5, Mike Hass vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Feb. 21. DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Aaron Mathews vs.The Citadel, March 2.
SMALL TOWNS, BIG-TIME PLAYERS: In 2003, Oregon State's 'Middle-of-Nowhere Outfield' debuted with leftfielder Seth Pietsch of Wilderville, centerfielder Aaron Mathews of John Day, and rightfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of Madras. The combined population of those 3 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 population figure for OSU's outfield trio in 2004 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 .350 with 4 homers and 31 runs batted in, and he ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in hits, RBIs, doubles, triples and total bases.
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 .407 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs; he leads the Pac-10 with 14 stolen bases and is among the conference leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, runs, hits and hit by pitch.
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 .361 with 4 homers and 21 RBIs; he's ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average and on-base percentage through much of the season.
FROSH PROVIDE BULLPEN'S BACKBONE: When Oregon State needs to get someone up in the bullpen this spring, just hollering 'Get the freshman loose!' will only lead to confusion. OSU has 4 freshmen who have made big contributions in relief this season - righthanders Dallas Buck, Jake McCormick and Jonah Nickerson and lefthander Kevin Gunderson.
Before Buck moved into the starting rotation at California on March 28, he earned 5 saves and that is still good for a tie for second in the Pac-10. McCormick did not allow an earned run in his first 16.1 innings over 12 appearances; he now has a 1.69 earned run average. Gunderson has fashioned a 2.93 earned run average and is 5-1, having earned wins in the first 4 appearances of his career. Nickerson has gotten the starting nod for 4 games and is 3-0, pitching OSU to wins over Chicago State, Portland and Washington; he fanned 10 hitters in 5 innings in the win over the Huskies.
BEAVERS, HUSKIES PUT TOGETHER BIZARRE AFTERNOON: So, what do you get when you blend the Pacific-10 strikeout leader and an outfielder-turned-pitcher together as the pitching matchup for a game between longtime rivals? How about a 12-inning battle that produces a boxscore line that looks like it belongs to Nuke La Loosh, a pair of last-gasp comebacks by the home team and a game-winning hit by a player who had been in a 7-for-37 slump going into the day.
That pretty much sums up OSU's 6-4 win at Washington on April 13. The Huskies sent Pac-10 strikeout leader Tim Lincecum to the mound while OSU went with Chris Campos. Lincecum had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings but left after 5 with UW trailing 2-1; Lincecum allowed just 1 hit and fanned 10 Beavers but also walked 9 and hit 1 for an outing that sounded like it came from the wild flamethrower in the movie Bull Durham.
Campos gave up just 1 run in 2.2 innings and OSU's bullpen nursed a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but a 2-out bloop single drove in the tying run for the Huskies. Washington also managed a rally to tie the game at 4-4 after OSU scored in the top of the 11th inning on Paul Richie's RBI single.
Finally, Mike Hass - playing because of a pregame ankle injury to teammate Mike Lissman - grounded a 2-out, 2-run single up the middle in the bottom of the 12th to plate the winning runs. When Jared Sanders retired the Huskies in order in the bottom of the inning, OSU had a sweep of the 2-game non-conference series.
'That's a real long day,' Hass said. 'I was just thinking, 'Get it done,' because we needed to get out of here - we need to get this win, get home and go to school tomorrow.'
Here's an idea of how long a day it was: Without traffic flowing at least somewhat freely and not making more than one quick stop, it generally takes from 4 to 4 1/2 hours to drive between Seattle and Corvallis - less time than the 4 hours, 40 minutes it took to play the game.
ROWE GETS ONE OF EACH AGAINST STANFORD: Oregon State senior righthander Ben Rowe finished his career with a little bit of everything in his appearances against Stanford - 1 win, 1 loss and 1 save. Rowe beat the fourth-ranked Cardinal 3-1 with a 4-hitter in the first-ever night game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in 2002, lost a complete-game 5-2 decision at seventh-ranked Stanford in 2003, and picked up the save in the Beavers 5-4 win over second-ranked Stanford on April 9.
Rowe came into the game with 2 out and runners at first and third in the top of the ninth inning, and he struck out John Mayberry Jr. to end the game and save the win for starter Jake Postlewait. 'It was a great effort by all of us,' Rowe said. 'The crowd got into it and it was fantastic - 1,500, 1,600 people, a big situation like that. I was just happy I could come out and do my job like that.'
It was the senior righthander's first career save. Rowe had spent the last 2 1/2 seasons in OSU's starting rotation until a series of bad outings resulted in a move to the bullpen at the start of the Pac-10 schedule. 'I'm proud of the guy,' Postlewait said. 'He could have gone both ways. He's the kind of guy who's either up or down - there hasn't been much gray area. When he's up, he's as good as it gets, and today he was up.'
McFEELY'S EIGHT RUNS BATTED IN NEARS RECORD: When Oregon State beat Portland 25-4 on March 31, OSU sophomore third baseman Shea McFeely drove in 8 runs; that was just 1 shy of the school-record 9 RBIs by Ken Bowen in a 36-12 win at Chico State in 1985.
McFeely was 3-for-5 with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, bases-loaded walk in the second inning, a 3-run homer to left-centerfield in the third inning, a run-scoring double to left in the eighth inning and a 2-run single to right-center in the ninth. He drove in the Beavers' first run and OSU's last 2 runs.
'I don't think I've ever had seven RBIs in a game,' McFeely said.
Uh, Shea, it was 8 RBIs.
'Oh!' said a surprised McFeely.
HAL WAVES GOODBYE: On March 31, Hal Cowan retired as Oregon State's sports information director after 28 seasons at OSU and nearly 40 years in the profession. Cowan's main responsibility was football, but he wanted to make a final on-the-job trip so he accompanied the Beavers to California for their series March 26-March 28; Cowan had worked at Cal from 1966-67.
OSU won 2 of the 3 games, and after the Beavers' 14-3 win in the finale, OSU head coach Pat Casey said, 'You talk about loyalty and people who dedicate themselves to their work, and have a good time doing it - he's down here working like it's his first trip. He's not only good in that fashion, but he's been a good friend to me and he's helped us with the Dugout Club. If we had more people like Hal Cowan who had black and orange coming out everywhere, life would be a lot easier. He's a special guy. I'm just glad he's here for his last game with us, and that we got him a win.'
FIVE PITCHES, FIVE OUTS FOR McCORMICK: It doesn't get much better than 5 outs on 5 pitches, and that's what Oregon State pitcher Jake McCormick managed against Utah Valley State on March 21. The freshman righthander entered the game in the top of the fourth inning with 1 out and the bases loaded; he got out of the jam with 1 pitch, getting Kevin Hashimoto to ground to OSU second baseman Chris Kunda to start an inning-ending double play. In the fifth, UVSC's Ryan K. Jones fouled off the McCormick's first pitch and then flied out to rightfield; Trent Perry and Daniel Bulow followed with groundouts on the first pitches they saw from McCormick.
ELLSBURY THREATENS TRAFFIC: For the duration of Jacoby Ellsbury's career, Oregon State's public safety officials may want to post 'Watch Out For Falling Horsehide' signs along Washington Way in the vicinity of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The sophomore outfielder threatened both motorists and pedestrians well beyond the rightfield fence with his first 2 home runs of the season March 12 and March 20.
The rightfield foul line is 330 feet at the OSU ballpark, and the distance from the foul pole to the curb on the north side of Washington Way measures out at 132 feet down the foul line. Ellsbury's first homer, hit against Gonzaga, was just fair and traveled to within 15 feet or so of the street; just over a week later, he walloped a high fly - a little further into fair territory - to the edge of the street against Utah Valley State. A best-guess estimate puts the distances at around 445 feet and 460 feet.
'Honestly, you can't feel it at all when you hit a ball like that. That has to be the farthest ball I've ever hit, right there,' Ellsbury said after the second homer. 'I mean, I didn't think I had any more power than the one I hit against Gonzaga. It's a great feeling.'
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. And during Opening Day at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Beaver fans showed they were more than ready to watch a little baseball - the crowd of 1,776 was the second-largest at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field since the ballpark's 1999 renovation (it now ranks third), and it was the largest crowd for an Opening Day since then.
'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.'
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 who 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 WITH PAC-10 WEEKLY HONORS: Oregon State sophomore righthander Andy Baldwin was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week for March 15-21. Baldwin earned the win in OSU's 7-0 shutout of Utah Valley State, pitching 6.0 innings and scattering 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.
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.
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through April 13:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg andJack 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: Mar. 20, 2004; Andy Baldwin and Kevin Gundersonvs. Utah Valley State. OSU 7, Utrah Valley State 0. (Individual -May 19, 2001; Scott Nicholson vs. Southern California. OSU 6, SouthernCalifornia 0. HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: April 12, 2004; JonahNickerson at Washington; 10 strikeouts. OSU 7, Washington 4. 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: April 10, 2004; Chris Campos vs. Stanford.Stanford 16, OSU 4. 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 31, 2004; Mike Hass at Portland.OSU 25, Portland 4. 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; 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.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: March 31, 2004; Aaron Mathews at Portland.OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN EIGHT RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely atPortland. OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SEVEN RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely atPortland (drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely atPortland (drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely atPortland (drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden atWashington. OSU 27, Washington 4. SCORED FOUR RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Chris Kunda at Portland.OSU 25, Portland 4. 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 coveringsecond base before runner returns for 3 out).
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.
BEAVERS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here is where Oregon State has been in the national rankings this season:POLL ESPN / SPORTS BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATL. COLL.DATE WKLY. COACHES AMERICA BASEBALL BSBL. WTRS.Preseason NR NR NR NRFeb. 3 NR NR NR NRFeb. 10 NR NR NR NRFeb. 17 NR NR NR NRFeb. 23 Votes (33rd) NR NR 30thMar. 1 Votes (30th) NR 20th 25thMar. 8 Votes (43rd) NR NR NRMar. 15 Votes (37th) NR NR NRMar. 22 Votes (40th) NR NR NRMar. 29 Votes (34th) NR NR VotesApr. 5 Votes (46th) NR NR VotesApr. 12 NR NR NR Votes
OREGON STATE'S SCHEDULE: Oregon State will face 2 teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN national coaches poll of April 12: No. 2 Stanford (3 games) and No. 21 Arizona State. OSU will play another 2 teams who received votes in the poll but didn't crack the top 25: Washington (6 games) and Washington State (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 35 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 8 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 6 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 456-327-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .582.
Casey has a record of 285-214-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .571. Of the 19 head coaches in OSU baseball history, only a pair of men who spent more than 2 decades guiding the Beavers - 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 1,768-1,227-15, a winning percentage of .590. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 781-582, a winning percentage of .573. To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,751 runs and allowed 15,301 runs. That's an average score of 6.56-5.08.
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. The March 12 date was the latest for OSU's home-opener since 1999, when the first game at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field was also on March 12 with a 5-2 loss to defending national champion Southern California; that was the first game since Goss Stadium had been added to Coleman Field.
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 916-405-1 at home for a winning percentage of .693. This season, the Beavers are 6-6 at home and are averaging 1,268 fans per home date.
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 conference home games.
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
UPCOMING PROMOTIONS: Oregon State has a number of promtions scheduled for upcoming games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The game against Portland on April 20 is Dollar Day. All tickets will be $1 at the ticket window. The series against Washington on April 30-May 2 is Mom's Weekend at OSU. The game on April 30 is Ladies Night, with all females - including Moms - being admitted for $2. On May 1, fans can make it a football/baseball doubleheader; all fans at the Spring Football Game will receive a coupon good for a free ticket to that evening's baseball game.
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, handles play-by-play with assistance from John Warren and Kip Carlson.
TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State's home game against Arizona on April 2 was televised nationally by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. Since 1998, Oregon State had played on national cable television 6 times and and the Beavers have gone 3-2 in those games, including a 3-1 mark at home. Since Fox Sports Net (formerly Prime Sports) began televising games in 1990, Oregon State has a 29-16 record in televised games, including 8-4 in national TV games.