Beavers To Try For Sixth Straight

April 19, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State will be out to run its winning streak to six games when the Beavers greet Portland for a non-league baseball game Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers (24-11 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10) swept five road games last week - two at Washington and three at Sacramento State - to put together their longest win streak since they opened the season with seven straight victories.

It will be Dollar Day at the OSU ballpark, with all tickets at the gate going for $1. The game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com, and live stats will be available at www.osubeavers.com.

Oregon State again received votes in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll as the Beavers earned 17 points, good for 36th place. In the Pac-10 standings, OSU enters the week in a three-way tie for fifth place with UCLA and Washington State, just one game behind Arizona, Southern California and Washington and three games behind first-place Stanford.

OSU also had a pair of players named when Baseball America magazine selected its midseason All-America teams. The publication organized its midseason squad into four parts - one team for each class year - and senior pitcher Jake Postlewait and sophomore outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury were named for their years.

Postlewait currently has an 8-1 record and a 3.21 earned run average; he is tied for the Pac-10 lead in victories and ranks sixth in earned run average. Ellsbury, who recently missed nearly five games after colliding with an outfield fence while diving for a flyball, is batting .391 with three home runs and 14 runs batted in; he leads the Pac-10 with 17 stolen bases.

On Tuesday, Oregon State will send freshman righthander Jonah Nickerson to the mound. Nickerson, who struck out 10 Washington hitters in an OSU win last Monday, is 3-0 this season with a 5.64 earned run average.

Portland (7-29, 3-12 West Coast) was swept at Gonzaga over the weekend, losing 11-5, 11-3 and 3-2 but has won four of its last nine games. The Pilots have not announced a starting pitcher for Tuesday's game.

OSU holds a 133-57 advantage in the all-time series, which began in 1909. The Beavers won this season's previous meeting by a 25-4 score in Portland on March 31.

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