Beavers Rejoin Pac-10 Baseball Race
April 21, 2004
TUESDAY, APRIL 20Portland at Oregon State; ppd., rainFRIDAY, APRIL 23Oregon State at Southern California; 7 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio and stats:www.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, APRIL 24Oregon State at Southern California; 2 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio and stats:www.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, APRIL 25Oregon State at Southern California; 12 noon(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live audio and stats:www.osubeavers.com)
Oregon State spent last week stepping away from conference play, putting together a five-game winning streak against Washington and Sacramento State. Now, after being rained out of a Tuesday home game against Portland, the Beavers take their momentum back into the wild-and-wacky Pacific-10, where six of the nine teams are bunched within one game.
That mix includes OSU (24-11 overall, 4-5 Pacific-10), which is in a three-way tie for fifth place, and Southern California (19-19, 5-4), which is in a three-way tie for second. The Beavers visit the Trojans for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.
'Every year you go into the season talking about how strong the Pac-10 is and how many teams are good enough to have a chance at the postseason,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'What we've seen so far this season is how true that is. You're down to about a month-and-a-half to go in the regular season, and everybody in the conference still has some hopes of playing in June if they get hot.'
That includes the Beavers, and their mission to reach an NCAA Regional continues in earnest when they go to USC.
'That's a great club, and a great program with as much - or more - tradition than anyone in college baseball,' Casey said. 'Our guys have to go in there and play their best from the first inning Friday through the last inning Sunday and we'll see how it comes out. If we can do that, then we should have a chance in all three games. We feel we've got the ability to play with anyone in the country when we do the things we're supposed to do. We've shown signs this season of being a very, very good ballclub - now's the time that we've got to be putting all those things together consistently.'
The Beavers should be back near full strength for the series at USC after spending various parts of the past two weeks missing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, second baseman Chris Kunda and outfielder Mike Lissman. All three played in the Beavers' sweep at Sacramento State last weekend, but all three were still recovering from injuries suffered between April 8 and April 13; the trio is much closer to 100 percent than they were a week ago.
'Those are three guys who have been keys to the success we've had so far this season,' Casey said. 'In this conference and with the way this race is shaping up, you want to have every player and option you've got.'
Ellsbury stole three bases last weekend at continues to lead the Pac-10 in that category with 17 steals; he's also tied for third in the conference batting race at .391 and eighth in on-base percentage at .480. With a strong finish to last week, Lissman is tied with Ellsbury for third in the batting race at .391 and seventh in on-base percentage at .482. Aaron Mathews, who is on a career-best 15-game hitting streak, is ninth in the batting race at .370, tied for eighth in slugging percentage at .604, third in hits with 57 and fourth in RBIs with 38.
Lefthander Jake Postlewait's 8-1 record gives him a share of the Pac-10 lead in victories and his 3.21 earned run average and .249 opponents batting average are both sixth-best in the conference.
As a team, OSU is fifth in batting at .301 and the Beaver staff is second in pitching with a 4.18 ERA.
Southern California took two of three games at Washington State last weekend, winning 4-2 and 10-7 before losing the finale 5-1. On Tuesday, the Trojans lost 11-7 at Loyola Marymount.
USC is scheduled to send freshman righthander Ian Kennedy (5-2 record, 2.48 ERA) to the mound on Friday and junior righthander Bret Butler (4-1, 5.81 on Saturday, with Sunday's starting pitcher to be announced. At the plate, the Trojans have been led by sophomore infielder Billy Hart (.358 batting average, 0 homers, 17 RBIs), sophomore catcher Baron Frost (.345, 1, 25), sophomore shortstop Blake Sharpe (.344, 2, 19), freshman outfielder Cyle Hankerd (.341, 1, 20) and sophomore catcher Jeff Clement (.300, 7, 27).
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, sr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.326, 2 HRs, 22 RBIsor - Billy Munich, so.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.100, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, jr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.279, 5 HRs, 28 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, so.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.239, 0 HRs, 12 RBIsor - Chad Schroeder, fr.; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS);.250, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, so.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.304, 4 HRs, 32 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, so.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.200, 1 HR, 20 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, fr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.391, 4 HRs, 23 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, so.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.300, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsRF - Jacoby Ellsbury, so.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.391, 3 HRs, 14 RBIsCF - Aaron Mathews, jr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.370, 5 HRs, 38 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, jr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.337, 7 HRs, 30 RBIsor - Mike Hass, sr.; Redmond, Wash. (U. of Nevada);.286, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs(Tentative pitching rotation)LHP - Jake Postlewait, sr.; Corvallis, Ore. (Corvallis HS);8-1 record, 3.21 ERARHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);2-3 record, 5.00 ERARHP - Andy Baldwin, so.; Hood River, Ore. (Hood River Valley HS);5-3 record, 4.53 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: After Tuesday's rainout, OSU has an all-time record of 133-57 against Portland in a series dating back to 1909. In the first meeting this season, OSU took a 25-4 win in Portland on March 31. The Beavers swept the 6 meetings between the teams in 2003.
OSU has an all-time record of 8-32 against Southern California in series dating back to 1951. Last season in Corvallis, USC swept by scores of 4-3, 3-2 and 12-2. The last time the teams met in Los Angeles was in 2002, with the Trojans taking 2 of 3 games as USC won 9-2, OSU won 13-3 and USC took the finale 7-0.
OREGON STATE NOTES: A reminder - OSU's home game against Washington on 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 watch the baseball game ...
Jacoby Ellsbury leads the Beavers with 18 multi-hit games this season, while Aaron Mathews has 16 multi-hit games (including 4 4-hit games), Mike Lissman and Shea McFeely have 11 each, Andy Jenkins 10 and Paul Richie and Chris Campos have 8 each ... Mathews has 9 multi-RBI games this season while Campos, Jenkins and Lissman have 7 each, McFeely and Tony Calderon 6 each and Mike Hass and Paul Richie 4 each ... OSU's longest current hitting streak is Aaron Mathews' 15-gamer; it's also the longest of Mathews' career and the longest by an OSU player since Chris Biles had a 16-gamer over the 2001-2002 seasons. Ellsbury and Lissman are both working on 5-game streaks ... so far this season, OSU is 17-1 in games in which it outhits its opponents and 16-6 in games in which it has at least 10 hits. The Beavers have also managed a 9-9 record in games in which their opponents have at least 10 hits ... OSU is 11-2 in games in which it commits fewer errors than its opponent and 4-9 in games in which it commits more errors, but 9-0 in games in which both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 23-3 in games in which it has the lead after 6 innings ...
As OSU went 5-0 against Washington and Sacramento State the week of April 11-April 18, the Beavers never trailed in any of the 5 games. The Huskies and Hornets managed a tie at the end of just 5 of the 45 innings during that week ... when the start of OSU's game at Sacramento State on April 18 was pushed back 28 minutes by a brief shower, it was the first time during the season that any OSU game had been delayed by rain ... when Jake Postlewait pitched a 7-2 win at Sacramento State on April 16, it improved him to 8-1 this season. The last time an OSU pitcher won more games was when Scott Nicholson had 11 victories on 2001 ... OSU 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 had been 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 ... 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 ... 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'S LATEST GAMES: Oregon State swept a 3-game non-league series at Sacramento State last weekend, winning by scores of 7-2, 9-1 and 12-6 at Hornet Field. The Beavers were rained out of Tuesday's scheduled home game with Portland and a makeup date has not been set, but the game will not be played before May 5.
On April 16, Jake Postlewait and Jake McCormick combined to pitch a 6-hitter as Oregon State beat Sacramento State 7-2. Aaron Mathews was 4-for-4 with 1 double and 2 RBIs for the Beavers. Postlewait improved his record to 8-1 this season as he scattered 5 hits over 7.0-plus innings, giving up 2 runs as he walked 4 and struck out 6; it was his highest number of strikeouts since fanning eight against Utah on Opening Day Feb. 13. Postlewait didn't allow a hit until Ryan Browne's 1-out double in the fourth inning. Mathews' 2-run double staked the Beavers to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. OSU outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was in the lineup for the first time since being injured diving for a ball on April 8; he singled up the middle to lead off the first inning. Paul Richie added another single and Chris Campos walked to load the bases, then Mathews' lined his double down the leftfield line. Sacramento State starter Ethan Katz, who entered the game with a 6-3 record and 3.65 earned run average, gave up 2 more runs in the third inning after he loaded the bases with 3 walks. Mike Hass singled to left-center to drive in a run, then Andy Jenkins drew another walk to force in the second run. OSU tacked on another run in the fifth inning when Mathews stole home on the front end of a double steal with Tyler Graham. The Beavers made it 7-0 in the seventh on Jenkins' 2-run single to right. McCormick gave the Beavers a strong finish on the mound, allowing just a groundball single and striking out 3 in his 2.0 innings of work.
On April 17, Aaron Mathews was 3-for-5 with 1 home run, 1 double and 4 runs batted in as Oregon State beat Sacramento State 9-1. Mike Lissman added a career-high 3 hits for OSU. Mathews gave OSU a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when he homered to leftfield with 1 out. Mathews added a run-scoring double in Oregon State's 5-run third inning and a 2-run single in the Beavers' 3-run ninth. Lissman, who had missed OSU's last two games after hurting his ankle, had a run-scoring single in the third inning and tacked on a run-scoring double in the ninth. That was plenty of support for Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson, as the freshmen combined on a 6-hitter for the Beavers. Buck went the first 6.1 innings, matching his career high with 9 strikeouts while walking 0; he allowed 1 run on 6 hits. Gunderson pitched a hitless final 2.2 innings, striking out 3. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury made his first start in the field since being hurt April 8 and was 2-for-5 with a RBI, while second baseman Chris Kunda saw limited action off the bench as he continues to recover from an injured finger. OSU's 5-run third inning started when Billy Munich led off with a bloop single to left-center field and Chad Schroeder singled through the right side against Hornet starter Warren Rosebrock, who had been the winning pitcher when Sacramento State beat Oregon State 10-3 on Feb.28. Ellsbury and Lissman singled to drive in runs and make it 3-0. Chris Campos added a run-scoring single but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, then Andy Jen kins was hit by a pitch, Mathews doubled to drive in a run, Shea McFeely walked and a wild pitch by reliever Brandon Hall plated Jenkins with the inning's final run.
On April 18, Andy Baldwin didn't allow an earned run in 6.0 innings pitched as Oregon State beat Sacramento State 12-6. Aaron Mathews extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games for the Beavers, who won their fifth straight game. Oregon State gained control of Sunday's game with a 6-run second inning, taking advantage of 4 Hornet errors in the inning for an 8-2 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury, Tyler Graham and Paul Richie all delivered run-scoring singles in the inning, and 4 of the Beavers' runs were unearned. OSU tacked on 4 more runs in the top of the third to make it 12-2. Graham added another run-scoring single through the left side and Shea McFeely added added a 2-run triple to rightfield before scoring on a passed ball to cap the inning. Baldwin allowed 4 hits in his 6.0 innings, walking 2 and striking out 3 as he improved to 5-3 this season. Kyle Aselton, Ben Rowe and Jared Sanders finished off the game, with the Hornets not cutting into the Beavers' lead until picking up 3 runs in the eighth and 1 in the ninth. The teams had traded miscues in the first inning, each scoring twice. Mathews singled to left-center to drive in 1 run and another scored on a Sacramento State error on the play in the top of the inning. OSU then gave away the lead in the bottom of the first inning, committing 3 errors to hand the Hornets a pair of runs on just 1 hit. Graham was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in for OSU, while Cole Gillespie was 2-for-2 with a double, Lissman was 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored and McFeely was 2-for-5 with a triple. Ellsbury stole a pair of bases, giving him a Pac-10-leading 17 on the season. The start of the game was pushed back 28 minutes by a brief shower, the first time this season an Oregon State game had been delayed by rain.
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through April 18:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING3. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury .3913. (tie) Mike Lissman .3919. Aaron Mathews .370INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING4. Chris Campos .6308. (tie) Aaron Mathews .604INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE3. Chris Campos .5087. Mike Lissman .4828. Jacoby Ellsbury .480INDIVIDUAL RUNS3. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 43INDIVIDUAL HITS3. Aaron Mathews 577. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 50INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN4. Aaron Mathews 38INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES4. (tie) Shea McFeely 134. (tie) Aaron Mathews 13INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES2. (tie) Aaron Mathews 4INDIVIDUAL HOME RUNS8. (tie) Chris Campos 7INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES3. Aaron Mathews 93INDIVIDUAL WALKS4. (tie) Shea McFeely 28INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH4. (tie) Chris Campos 106. (tie) Shea McFeely 9INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES1. Jacoby Ellsbury 17INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE6. Jake Postlewait 3.21INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING6. Jake Postlewait .249INDIVIDUAL WINS1. (tie) Jake Postlewait 89. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 59. (tie) Andy Baldwin 5INDIVIDUAL SAVES3. (tie) Dallas Buck 510. (tie) Ben Rowe 2INDIVIDUAL FIELDING1. (tie) Tyler Graham 1.0001. (tie) Mike Lissman 1.000INDIVIDUAL CHANCES9. Andy Jenkins 283INDIVIDUAL PUTOUTS6. Andy Jenkins 263INDIVIDUAL DOUBLE PLAYS2. (tie) Andy Jenkins 309. (tie) Chris Kunda 249. (tie) Tony Calderon 24TEAM BATTING5. Oregon State .301TEAM SLUGGING7. Oregon State .447TEAM ON-BASE4. Oregon State .409TEAM RUNS4. Oregon State 284TEAM HITS5. Oregon State 376TEAM RUNS BATTED IN4. Oregon State 249TEAM DOUBLES7. Oregon State 61TEAM TRIPLES5. (tie) Oregon State 11TEAM HOME RUNS4. (tie) Oregon State 33TEAM TOTAL BASES6. Oregon State 558TEAM AT-BATS6. Oregon State 1,248TEAM WALKS2. Oregon State 182TEAM HIT BY PITCH3. Oregon State 54TEAM STOLEN BASES2. Oregon State 42TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE2. Oregon State 4.18TEAM OPPOSING BATTING5. Oregon State .271TEAM INNINGS PITCHED7. Oregon State 312.1TEAM STRIKEOUTS8. Oregon State 250TEAM WINS3. Oregon State 24TEAM SAVES5. Oregon State 9TEAM FIELDING8. Oregon State .959TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS3. Oregon State 40
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 18:
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 31 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 234.0 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 43 Aaron Mathews, 2004 13 Shea McFeely, 2004 13 (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 4 Aaron Mathews, 2004 93 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 17 Jake Postlewait, 2004 8 (8-1) 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 18:HITS IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 5, Mike Hass vs.Arkansas-Little Rock, Feb. 21. DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Aaron Mathewsvs. The Citadel, March 2.
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE POSTLEWAIT CLOSE TO HOME: Jake Postlewait didn't have to go far to become an All-America candidate. The senior lefthander just went a few blocks south from Corvallis High's Hansen Stadium at Taylor Field to Oregon State's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field to continue his pitching career, and he's met with the same type of success he had in high school.
Postlewait, who earned All-Pacific-10 honors as a junior, has won 13 of his last 14 decisions over the past two seasons. This season, his 8-1 record ties him for the Pac-10 lead in victories and his 3.21 ERA is among the best in the conference. He's also among the Pac-10 leaders in opponents' batting average.
Postlewait pitched the Beavers' 5-4 win over second-ranked Stanford on April 9. That gave him wins over top-5 teams in each of the last 2 seasons, as he'd tossed a complete-game 6-1 win over third-ranked Arizona State in 2003.
Baseball America magazine named Postlewait to the senior portion of its Midseason All-America team in April. Baseball America had also rated him the nation's 40th-best senior in its preseason edition.
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 on a career-best 15-game hitting streak, he's batting .370 with 5 homers and 38 runs batted in, and he ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs batted in, 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. In April, Baseball America also named Ellsbury to the sophomore portion of its Midseason All-America team. He's batting .391 with 3 homers and 14 RBIs; he leads the Pac-10 with 17 stolen bases and is also among the conference leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, runs and hits.
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 .391 with 4 homers and 23 RBIs; he's currently among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average and on-base percentage.
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 third in the Pac-10. McCormick did not allow an earned run in his first 16.1 innings over 12 appearances; he now has a 1.54 earned run average. Gunderson has fashioned a 2.67 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.
OREGON STATE PACKING THEM IN: Taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather that has graced the mid-Willamette Valley this spring, Oregon State fans have found Goss Stadium at Coleman Field the place to be when the Beavers are playing at home so far this season.
Through 12 home dates, OSU has brought an average of 1,268 fans through the gates. There have been 9 crowds of at least 1,000, including at each of the Beavers' last 6 home games.
The gathering of 1,852 that saw the Beavers lose to second-ranked Stanford on April 10 is the largest crowd since the ballpark's 1999 renovation, and the Opening Day crowd of 1,776 for a win over Gonzaga is the third-largest.
POSTLEWAIT, ELLSBURY ARE MIDSEASON ALL-AMERICANS: When Baseball America magazine selected its Midseason All-America team in April, it named Oregon State starting pitcher Jake Postlewait to the senior portion of its squad and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the sophomore portion. At the time, Postlewait had a 6-1 record and 3.04 ERA; Ellsbury was batting .407 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs and led the Pac-10 with 14 stolen bases.
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 HOME-OPENER: 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 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 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 were 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 6 runs scored; Kunda batted .267 (4-for-15) with 1 double and 3 runs batted in but recorded 14 assists and 4 putouts; and McFeely batted .444 (4-for-18) with 4 doubles and 6 RBIs.
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 18: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: Mar. 20, 2004; Andy Baldwin and Kevin Gundersonvs. Utah Valley State. OSU 7, Utrah Valley State 0. (Individual - May19, 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 Jenkinsvs. 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-LittleRock 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: April 17, 2004; Mike Lissman atSacramento State. OSU 9, Sacramento State 1. DROVE IN EIGHT RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeelyat Portland. OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SEVEN RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeelyat Portland (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 atPortland. OSU 25, Portland 4. STOLE FOUR BASES IN A GAME: April 11, 1991; David Andersonvs. Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0. STOLE THREE BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 28, 2004; Jacoby Ellsburyvs. 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: April 13, 2004; Shea McFeely atWashington. OSU 6, Washington 4 (12 innings). TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and WillHudson vs. Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerbersteps on first base before runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throwsto SS Hudson covering second 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 in their class heading into 2004. Righthanded pitcher Ben Rowe was rated the 13th-best senior, lefthanded pitcher Jake Postlewait was the 40th-best senior, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was the 29th-best sophomore, and righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck was 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.Pre. 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 VotesApr. 19 Votes (36th) NR NR Votes
OREGON STATE'S SCHEDULE: Oregon State will face 2 teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN national coaches poll of April 19: No. 2 Stanford (3 games) and No. 18 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 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 36 games either cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 13 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 9 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 459-327-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .583.
Casey has a record of 288-214-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .573. 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 1,771-1,227-15, 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 19,779 runs and allowed 15,310 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 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 with the OSU Spring Football Game kicking off at 1 p.m. and the baseball game beginning at 4 p.m.; separate admission will be charged for those 2 events.
The series against UCLA on May 28-May 30 will be High School Team Weekend, with all high school teams invited to attend. Teams wearing their jerseys or hats to the ballpark will be admitted for $2.
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' 2004 schedule heard on in the mid-Willamette Valley 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.
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