One Weekend, Three Wins
May 25, 2004
FRIDAY, MAY 28UCLA at Oregon State; 5 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live statsand audio: www.osubeavers.com)SATURDAY, MAY 29UCLA at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live statsand audio: www.osubeavers.com)SUNDAY, MAY 30UCLA at Oregon State; 1 p.m.(Radio: Live on KEJO-AM 1240. Live statsand audio: www.osubeavers.com)HIGH SCHOOL TEAM WEEKEND: All high schoolbaseball teams wearing their school jerseysor hats to the ballpark for any or all ofthe weekend's games will be admitted for $2per person.
One more weekend, three more wins.
That's the situation likely facing Oregon State if the Beavers are to advance to the NCAA Regionals in 2004. OSU (30-20 overall, 9-12 Pacific-10) closes out the regular season this weekend against UCLA (31-26, 12-9) at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
The Beavers and Bruins will meet Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com. It would behoove the Beavers to sweep the series if they want to make it to the postseason.
'We've got to come out and play well and we're playing against one of the best teams in the conference,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'There's no guessing left any more, and no wait-and-see what anybody else does. It's what we do. Nobody has swept UCLA yet in a series, and that's what we probably have to do. We have a really good understanding of what our task is.'
Three wins over the Bruins would give the Beavers a .500 record in conference play, put them 13 games over .500 overall and would likely slot them as high as fourth place in the final standings. Two wins could leave the Beavers a longshot for a postseason berth.
Oregon State comes into the series having shown signs of shaking off the affects of its seven-game losing streak in early May. After splitting a doubleheader with Portland last Tuesday, the Beavers won two of three games at Washington State last weekend. That series was a testament to the school of thought that pitching and defense win baseball games; OSU scored only 10 runs in the series but played errorless defense and gave up just nine runs.
'I thought we played well at Washington State as far as playing the game,' Casey said. 'We're going to have to score some more runs, and we're going to have to get that same type of defense. I thought we had some guys step up and play well who have struggled a little bit this year. We're excited about the fact that at the end of the season, we have a chance to play for something.'
Oregon State will be playing a Pac-10 home series for the first time since the first weekend of May, and the return to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field could buoy the Beavers. OSU has attracted boisterous crowds averaging 1,230 fans per home date this season, and the Beavers will be out to give them a strong finish.
'Our crowds have been great this year, and we wish we had played better for them at home,' said Casey, whose team is 8-9 at home this spring. 'We just haven't; we haven't played as well at home as we have on the road. I wish we had the answer to that, but hopefully we can get it turned around this weekend.'
Oregon State will have eight seniors playing their final home series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field - shortstop Tony Calderon, outfielder Mike Hass, catcher Matt Hernandez, pitcher Nathan Pendley, pitcher Jake Postlewait, catcher Paul Richie, pitcher Ben Rowe and pitcher Jared Sanders.
UCLA will be playing its final regular season series under head coach Gary Adams, who is retiring at the end of 2004 after 30 years guiding the Bruins. UCLA is coming off a series win at 21st-ranked Washington, where the Bruins won the opener 3-1, lost the middle game 7-2 and won the finale 4-3.
OREGON STATE LINEUP:
C - Paul Richie, sr.; Kelso, Wash. (Kelso HS);.319, 3 HRs, 31 RBIsor - Billy Munich, so.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.128, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, jr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.280, 6 HRs, 30RBIsor - Cole Gillespie, fr.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);.283, 1 HR, 3 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, so.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.252, 0 HRs, 13 RBIsor - Chad Schroeder, fr.; Everett, Wash. (Cascade HS);.250, 0 HRs, 2 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, so.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.300, 5 HRs, 38 RBIsSS - Tony Calderon, so.; Orange, Calif. (Santa Ana JC);.221, 4 HRs, 37 RBIsLF - Chris Campos, jr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.290, 7 HRs, 34 RBIsor - Tyler Graham, so.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.353, 0 HRs, 6 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, so.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.359, 3 HRs, 18 RBIsRF - Aaron Mathews, jr.; John Day, Ore. (Grant Union HS);.340, 8 HRs, 49 RBIsDH - Mike Lissman, fr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.355, 7 HRs, 31 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);10-3 record, 3.90 ERARHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);3-5 record, 5.00 ERALHP/RHP - To be announced
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: OSU has an all-time record of 10-22 against UCLA in a series dating back to 1967. Last season in Los Angeles, UCLA took 2 of 3 games in the series, winning 8-7 and 10-9 before OSU won the finale 7-6. The last time the teams met in Corvallis was in 2002, with OSU winning the first game 9-8 before losing 6-1 and 9-7.
OREGON STATE NOTES: Shortstop Tony Calderon and outfielder Mike Lissman have the longest current hitting streaks for the Beavers at 4 games each ... outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury leads OSU in multi-hit games with 23 this season while outfielder Aaron Mathews has 20, Lissman and third baseman Shea McFeely have 15 each, first baseman Andy Jenkins and catcher Paul Richie have 12 each, and outfielder Tyler Graham, outfielder Chris Campos and Calderon have 9 each ... Mathews leads the Beavers in multi-RBI games with 11, while Calderon has 9, Campos and Lissman 8 each, Jenkins and McFeely 7 each and Richie 5 ...
With its 30 wins this season, OSU has already surpassed its win total for the entire 2003 campaign, when the Beavers finished 25-28. OSU will post its third 30-win season in the last 4 years ... with its 9 wins in Pac-10 play, OSU has already exceeded its conference win total for 2003, when OSU was 7-17 in the Pac-10 ... OSU won 3 of its 4 road series in Pac-10 play this season ... OSU is 22-3 in games in which it outhits its opponents and 20-9 in games in which it has at least 10 hits. The Beavers have also managed a 10-15 record in games in which their opponents have at least 10 hits ... OSU is 20-5 in games in which its opponent has 9 or fewer hits ... OSU is 14-4 in games in which it commits fewer errors than its opponent and 11-0 in games in which both teams commit the same number of errors ... OSU is 28-4 in games in which it has the lead after 6 innings ... OSU is 11-6 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs ...
Outfielder Aaron Mathews' 21-game hitting streak from March 27-May 2 was the longest streak by an OSU player since Josh Carter had a hit in 26 straight games over the end of the 2000 season and the start of the 2001 season ... Put a little air under the baseball and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is likely to catch it - whether he's playing or not. During OSU's series win at Southern California from April 23-April 25, Ellsbury and several of his teammates went to Dodger Stadium to see Los Angeles play the San Francisco Giants. Ellsbury, sitting near the Giants' first-base dugout, came away with a foul ball ... 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 48 innings during that week. The streak of non-trailing innings reached 52 before ending at USC on April 23 ... when OSU took a 12-6 win at Sacramento State on April 18, it was a good day for outfielder Tyler Graham. He had a career high for hits as he went 3-for-6 with 2 RBIs, 1 stolen base and 2 runs; earlier that day, he'd robbed OSU head coach Pat Casey of a homer by pulling a ball back over the leftfield fence when Casey took a few swings in batting practice ... 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 feat 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 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 scores 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: It took 2 days to play 1 game, then 1 day to play 2 as Oregon State took 2 of 3 games in a series at Washington State from May 21-May 23. The Beavers and Cougars got through eight innings on May 21 and then concluded that game on May 22 with OSU winning 3-2. The game regularly-scheduled for May 22 was pushed back to May 23 as part of a doubleheader, with WSU winning the opener 4-2 before the Beavers captured the series with a 5-3 victory.
On May 23, Oregon State played 1 inning and got a win, then called it a day as the Beavers finished a 3-2 win over Washington State. The teams were able to play the ninth innign to conclude the game that had been suspended Friday after 8 innings, but it began raining shortly after the final out. With more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for the rest of the evening, Saturday night's second game of the series was postponed. Dallas Buck pitched the ninth inning to finish the series-opener, giving up just a groundball single with 1 out as he recorded his sixth save of the season. Jake Postlewait earned the win for his 7.2 innings of 7-hit ball on May 22, improving his record to 10-3 this season. The Beavers were outhit 8-5 in the series' first game but played errorless defense. The key hit was Tony Calderon's 3-run home run in the top of the fourth inning; the senior shortstop sent a 2-ball, 2-strike pitch from WSU righthander Aaron Trolia over the left-centerfield wall for his third homer in 2 games. After giving up Grant Richardson's solo homer to start the second inning, Postlewait faced just 2 hitters over the minimum over the next 6 innings of work. When the Cougars again put together a threat in the eighth inning on Friday night and dark clouds began blowing over the ballpark with lightning in the distance, the Beavers used a pair of defensive plays to maintain their lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With 1 out and the bases loaded, Jason Freeman singled to leftfield off OSU starter Jake Postlewait to drive in one run and the Cougars also tried to score Justin Hart from second base; leftfielder Tyler Graham's throw to catcher Paul Richie was in time for the out, though, with the runners advancing to second and third on the throw. OSU reliever Jared Sanders then got Jay Miller to hit a sharp grounder to the left of third baseman Shea McFeely; he made the stop and his throw to first was high but Cole Gillespie managed to snag the ball and get back down to the bag for the inning-ending out.
On May 23, Oregon State got the doubleheader split it needed to bolster its hopes of advancing to an NCAA Regional, dropping the opener to Washington State 4-2 before coming back to win the second game 5-3. The Beavers didn't commit an error in the series and gave up just 9 runs in the 3 games. In the last game of the series, freshmen Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson combined with seniors Jared Sanders and Nathan Pendley on the victory; Gunderson won in relief to improve his record to 6-2 this season while Pendley got his first career save. OSU took the lead for good in the top of the third inning, as Chris Kunda led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and then scored on a pair of wild pitches by WSU righthander Bryce Chamberlin. Oregon State tacked on another run in the top of the fourth when Cole Gillespie tripled and scored on Paul Richie's single through the right side for a 3-1 lead. It was a Washington State error that put the Beavers somewhat in command, With 2 out and runners at second and third in the top of the fifth, Andy Jenkins hit a grounder to Cougar second baseman Jason Freeman; he left his throw short of first baseman Grant Richardson and it bounced past him, allowing both Jacoby Ellsbury and Tony Calderon to score to make it 5-1. The game's turning point came in the bottom of the second inning after Washington State scored to make it 1-1 and had runners at first and second with 1 out for the top of the order. With the runners going, Kaeo Rubin lined a pitch from Nickerson into leftfield but OSU's Tyler Graham made the catch and his throw to second doubled off Brandon Reddinger to end the inning with the game still tied. Nickerson then retired the next 8 hitters he faced before running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth, giving Oregon State the chance to build that 5-1 lead. He left the game with OSU leading 5-2 and the bases loaded with 2 out in the bottom of the fifth, but Gunderson came in and got pinch-hitter Zach Franklin to fly out to left to end the threat.Gunderson worked 3 innings and also left with the Cougars threatening in the bottom of the eighth. With a run in, runners at the corners and two outs, Sanders went to the mound and walked Reddinger before getting Jeff Miller to foul out to rightfielder Aaron Mathews to end the inning with Oregon State up 5-3. Pendley then worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the top of the order to send OSU home with the series victory. Nickerson allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3, while Gunderson gave up the final run on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1. Gillespie was 3-for-4 for the Beavers while Richie and Graham were 2-for-4 and Lissman was 2-for-5.
An inning of wildness cost OSU freshman righthander Dallas Buck in the first game of the doubleheader. Oregon State took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Buck gave up 2 hit batters, 1 walk and 2 hits as WSU scored twice for a 3-2 lead. The Cougars plated the tying run as OSU turned a double play, then got the go-ahead run when J.J. Burress - who had just one hit this season going into the game - grounded a no-ball, 2-strike pitch up the middle with 2 out. Washington State added a run in the seventh inning for a 4-2 lead when Pendley gave up a pair of 1-out singles, then pinch-hitter Collin Henderson singled off reliever Andy Baldwin to drive in a run. OSU had gone in front 2-1 in the top of the second inning but missed out on a chance to take control of the game. A 2-base Cougar error started the Beavers to a bases-loaded, no-out situation and Shea McFeely blooped a 2-run single to right-center field. Billy Munich was then asked to sacrifice the runners over but couldn't get a bunt down, then grounded into a double play. Kunda walked to put runners at the corners, but WSU righthander Aaron MacKenzie got Jacoby Ellsbury to tap back to the mound for the final out with the score still 2-1. Buck dropped to 3-5 this season with the loss; in 5.1 innings, he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4.
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among the Pacific-10 leaders through May 23:
INDIVIDUAL BATTING8. Jacoby Ellsbury .35910. Mike Lissman .355NDIVIDUAL SLUGGING9. Aaron Mathews .567INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE5. Chris Campos .4746. Jacoby Ellsbury .471INDIVIDUAL RUNS8. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 53INDIVIDUAL HITS8. Aaron Mathews 73INDIVIDUAL RUNS BATTED IN7. (tie) Aaron Mathews 49INDIVIDUAL TRIPLES1. (tie) Aaron Mathews 6INDIVIDUAL TOTAL BASES4. Aaron Mathews 122INDIVIDUAL WALKS3. Shea McFeely 397. (tie) Chris Campos 33INDIVIDUAL HIT BY PITCH5. (tie) Shea McFeely 127. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 119. (tie) Chris Campos 10INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES2. (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury 20INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE7. Jake Postlewait 3.90INDIVIDUAL WINS2. (tie) Jake Postlewait 10INDIVIDUAL SAVES4. (tie) Dallas Buck 610. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 3INDIVIDUAL FIELDING1. (tie) Tyler Graham 1.0001. (tie) Mike Lissman 1.0007. (tie) Paul Richie .996INDIVIDUAL PUTOUTS10. Andy Jenkins 315INDIVIDUAL ASSISTS8. Tony Calderon 140INDIVIDUAL DOUBLE PLAYS4. (tie) Chris Kunda 416. Tony Calderon 39TEAM BATTING6. Oregon State .297TEAM SLUGGING6. Oregon State .436TEAM ON-BASE3. (tie) Oregon State .402TEAM RUNS6. Oregon State 363TEAM HITS9. Oregon State 520TEAM RUNS BATTED IN7. Oregon State 315TEAM DOUBLES9. Oregon State 77TEAM TRIPLES3. (tie) Oregon State 15TEAM HOME RUNS7. Oregon State 46TEAM TOTAL BASES7. Oregon State 765TEAM AT-BATS9. Oregon State 1,753TEAM WALKS2. Oregon State 255TEAM HIT BY PITCH3. Oregon State 67TEAM STOLEN BASES3. Oregon State 54TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE3. Oregon State 4.55TEAM OPPOSING BATTING5. Oregon State .280TEAM INNINGS PITCHED9. Oregon State 439.1TEAM STRIKEOUTS9. Oregon State 323TEAM WINS5. Oregon State 30TEAM SAVES3. (tie) Oregon State 13TEAM FIELDING8. Oregon State .960TEAM DOUBLE PLAYS1. Oregon State 61
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 May 23:
CAREER DOUBLES10. Tim Lambert, 1985-88 34> Tony Calderon, 2003-present 31
Seth Pietsch, 2001-03 104. Jeff Doyle, 1975-77 9(tie) Eric Stark, 1998-2001 9> (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2002-present 9 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 5 Aaron Mathews, 2002-present 234 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present 34 1. Jared Sanders, 2001-present 12 (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 6 Stephen Copeland, 2000-03 59. Jeff Post, 1989-92 4(tie) Scott Christman, 1991-93 4(tie) Mark Newell, 1996-2000 4> (tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003-present 4 Brian Barden, 2001 832. Brian Barden, 2002 813. Josh Carter, 2001 78(tie) Seth Pietsch, 2003 785. R.A. Neitzel, 1990 756. Dave Brundage, 1986 74(tie) Joe Gerber, 1999 74(tie) Joe Gerber, 2000 749. A.J. Marquardt, 1993 73> (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 73 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003 563. Dave Brundage, 1986 55> 4. Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 53 Aaron Mathews, 2004 13 Shea McFeely, 2004 13 Seth Pietsch, 2002 6> (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 6 Aaron Mathews, 2004 49 Shea McFeely, 2004 39 Seth Pietsch, 2003 1332. Joe Gerber, 1999 1283. Jim Wilson, 1982 1264. Brian Barden, 2002 1255. Bob McNair, 1980 1246. Seth Pietsch, 2002 1237. Brian Barden, 2001 122> (tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 122 (tie) Jacoby Ellsbury, 2004 20 (tie) Jake Postlewait, 2004 10 (10-3) Jared Sanders, 2002 92. Mike Boire, 1997 8> 3. Dallas Buck, 2004 6 Stephen Copeland, 2001 56. Tim Lambert, 1986 4(tie) Jeff Post, 1990 4(tie) Andy Baldwin, 2003 49. Many players 3> (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2004 3
2004 ENTRIES IN THE BEAVER RECORD BOOK: Here are Oregon State's 2004 entries in the school record book through May 23:HITS IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 5, Mike Hass vs. Arkansas-LittleRock, Feb. 21. DOUBLES IN A GAME, INDIVIDUAL (TIED): 3, Aaron Mathews vs. The Citadel,March 2. HIT BATTERS IN A SEASON, INDIVIDUAL: 18, Dallas Buck. (Old record: 17,Mark Newell, 1999).
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE POSTLEWAIT CLOSE TO HOME: Jake Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS) 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 15 of his last 19 decisions over the past 2 seasons. This season, his 10-2 record ties him for second in the Pac-10 in victories and his 3.90 ERA is among the best in the conference.
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 (Grant Union HS), and rightfielder Jacoby Ellsbury of Madras (Madras HS). 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 (Ontario HS) 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, missed most of the first half of the 2003 season because of an injury. This season, he's batting .340 with 8 homers and 49 runs batted in, and he ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in slugging percentage, hits, runs batted in, triples and total bases.
Ellsbury, a sophomore, has been invited to the USA Baseball National Team Trials that will be held in June. Ellsbury 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 .359 with 3 homers and 18 RBIs; he's second in the Pac-10 with 20 stolen bases and is also among the conference leaders in on-base percentage and runs.
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 .355 with 7 homers and 31 RBIs; he's among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average.
FROSH GIVE BIG BOOST TO PITCHING STAFF: They're young, but they don't show it. Oregon State has 4 freshmen who have made big contributions on the mound this season - righthanders Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), Jake McCormick (Marysville, Calif./Erindale HS, Australia) and Jonah Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) and lefthander Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS).
Buck moved into the starting rotation at California on March 28, he earned 6 saves and that is still among the Pac-10 leaders; he now has a 3-5 record and 5.00 ERA. McCormick did not allow an earned run in his first 16.1 innings over 12 appearances; he now has a 2.37 ERA. Gunderson has fashioned a 2.87 ERA and is 6-2 with 3 saves, having earned wins in the first 4 appearances of his career. Nickerson has gotten the starting nod for 7 games and is 4-2, pitching OSU to wins over Chicago State, Portland and Washington in starts and Southern California in relief; 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 16 home dates, OSU has brought an average of 1,230 fans through the gates. There have been 11 crowds of at least 1,000, including 3 crowds of 1,700 or more, and the ballpark saw its first sellout since its 1999 renovation when 2,008 watched OSU lose to Washington on May 1.
BEAVERS AT LEAST .500 AGAINST OTHER NORTHWEST TEAMS: Oregon State played at least .500 baseball against all 4 of the Pacific Northwest's other Division I programs this spring. OSU split its 4 games with in-state rival Portland, won 4 of 6 games from Washington, won 2 of 3 games from Washington State and won 3 of 4 games from Gonzaga.
BEAVERS, COUGARS SLOW THINGS DOWN: When Oregon State took 2 of 3 games at Washington State from May 21-May 23, it was a drastic difference from the Beavers' last visit to the Palouse. In 2002, OSU swept a series by scores of 18-1, 10-6 and 22-21; this time around, Oregon State won the opener 3-2, WSU the second game 4-2 and OSU the finale 5-3.
'I don't think I've ever been to Pullman and seen so few runs scored,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said, noting the manner in which the Cougars' new FieldTurf surface slowed the game to favor pitchers and fielders. 'The last time we were here (in 2002), we left in our uniforms to catch a jet and it was 22-21 in the final game. Our guy kicked the extra point, and that was it.'
BUCK BETTER WHEN BUMPED: Twice this season, Oregon State pitcher Dallas Buck has had the first hitter of a game drive a ball off his leg; both times, Buck responded by making things tough on opposing hitters.
At Southern California on April 24, Michael Moon hit a comebacker off Buck's knee. After walking it off, Buck went 8.2 innings for a 4-3 win; he allowed 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. At 14th-ranked Arizona State on May 15, it was Dustin Pedroia who drilled a ball off Buck's ankle to start the bottom of the first inning; Buck took a 3-1 loss but went 7.1 innings and allowed 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3.
Pedroia's shot turned into a bizzare out as the ball ricocheted skyward and Beaver shortstop Tony Calderon made a barehanded catch to retire Pedroia. For good measure, Calderon threw to first base just in case the ball had hit the ground before hitting buck and the ball arrived at the bag before Pedroia.
MATHEWS' 21-GAME HITTING STREAK: When Oregon State outfielder Aaron Mathews' hitting streak ended at a career-high 21 games on May 4, it ended in perhaps the toughest way to take. In the top of the first inning with a runner at first base, Mathews drove a ball down the leftfield line at Portland's Pilot Stadium; UP leftfielder Nik Kosach was just to the right of the 350-foot marker when he leapt and pulled the ball back over the fence to rob Mathews of a home run. Two flyouts and a strikeout later, Mathews' streak was over; during the 21-game streak from March 26-May 2, he batted .381 (37-for-97) with 7 homers, 3 triples, 5 doubles and 27 runs batted in.
ELLSBURY INVITED TO USA BASEBALL NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS: Oregon State outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is among 19 collegiate players who have been invited to participate in the 2004 USA Baseball National Team Trials. The USA Baseball National Team will be selected from a pool of 36 players, of which an additional 17 have yet to be determined; the trials will be held June 20-26 in the Durham, N.C. The official 20-man team roster will be determined and announced on June 27.
'This group of invitees is very representative of the strength of today's college game,' said USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams Eric Campbell. 'The National Team Selection Committee has produced a great start to our final trials roster. Our nation's top non-draft eligible players continue to post great numbers and lead their teams in their respective conference races.'
OREGON STATE TAKES FIRST SERIES AT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Oregon State made some history the weekend of April 23-April 25, as the Beavers won a series at Southern California for the first time ever. OSU lost the opening game 8-4 on April 23, then won 4-3 on April 24 and 8-4 on April 25. Since first playing at USC in the 1951 Pacific Coast Conference championship series, the Beavers had lost 9 series on the Trojans' home diamond - the 3-game PCC series in 1951, plus 3-game series in 1998, 2000 and 2002; 2-game series in 1969 and 1971; and single games in 1968, 1976 and 1977.
'It's a good feeling - I'm happy for our guys,' OSU coach Pat Casey said. 'It's a great accomplishment to come here and win a series from a program with the tradition USC has.'
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 pair the Pacific-10 strikeout leader and an outfielder-turned-pitcher 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 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 freshman lefthander Kevin Gunderson was named the Pacific-10 Pitcher of the Week for April 22-April 26. Gunderson earned saves in OSU's 4-3 and 8-4 wins over Southern California, pitching a total of 3.1 innings and allowing 0 runs on 2 hits and 0 walks while striking out 4.
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.
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 VotesApr. 26 Votes (32nd) NR NR VotesMay 3 Votes (44th) NR NR VotesMay 10 Votes (44th) NR NR VotesMay 17 NR NR NR VotesMay 24 NR NR NR Votes
OREGON STATE'S SCHEDULE: Oregon State will face 3 teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN national coaches poll of May 24: No. 2 Stanford (3 games), No. 8 Arizona State (3 games) and No. 24 Washington (6 games).
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats, through May 23:THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg and JackHumphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11, Portland 0. (Individual - April 12, 1947; FredGallagher vs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0). WAS NO-HIT: March 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-Clark State at Hawai'iEaster Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0. THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma State at SanDiego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0. THREW A SHUTOUT: Mar. 20, 2004; Andy Baldwin and Kevin Gunderson vs.Utah Valley State. OSU 7, Utah Valley State 0. (Individual - May 19, 2001;Scott Nicholson vs. Southern California. OSU 6, Southern California 0. HAD 10 OR MORE STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: April 12, 2004; Jonah Nickersonat Washington; 10 strikeouts. OSU 7, Washington 4. PITCHED A COMPLETE GAME: May 18, 2004; Jonah Nickerson vs. Portland(7 innings). Portland 3, OSU 1. (9 innings - May 13, 2003; Jake Postlewaitvs. Arizona State. OSU 6, Arizona State 1.) HIT A GRAND SLAM: February 27, 2003; Kerisi Reynolds vs. Cal State-Northridge at Lancaster, Calif. OSU 10, Cal State-Northridge 6. HIT THREE HOMERS IN A GAME: March 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. WashingtonState at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 7. HIT TWO HOMERS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland(2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3. PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: May 2, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs. Washington.Washington 8, OSU 5. HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: Feb. 13, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs. Utah.OSU 8, Utah 6. HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 12, 2003; Aaron Mathews and AndyJarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on the first pitchof each at-bat). OSU 11, Washington State 3. HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 11, 2000; Brian Barden,Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5. HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez at PortlandState. OSU 7, Portland State 5. HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: March 2, 2004; Aaron Mathews vs. TheCitadel at Honolulu, Haw. The Citadel 7, OSU 6. HAD FIVE HITS IN A GAME: Feb 21, 2004; Mike Hass vs. Arkansas-LittleRock at Arlington, Tex. OSU 8, Arkansas-Little Rock 3. HAD FOUR HITS IN A GAME: May 15, 2004;Jacoby Ellsbury at Arizona State.Arizona State 3, OSU 1. DROVE IN NINE RUNS IN A GAME: March 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at Chico State.OSU 36, Chico State 12. DROVE IN EIGHT RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland.OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SEVEN RUNS IN A GAME: March 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland(drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4. DROVE IN SIX RUNS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland(2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3. DROVE IN FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland(2nd game) (drove in 6 runs). OSU 16, Portland 3. SCORED SIX RUNS IN A GAME: March 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at Chico State.OSU 36, Chico State 12. SCORED FIVE RUNS IN A GAME: March 5, 2000; Brian Barden at Washington.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: April 13, 2004; Shea McFeely at Washington.OSU 6, Washington 4 (12 innings). TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: April 4, 2000; Joe Gerber and Will Hudson vs.Portland (line drive to 1B Gerber for 1 out; Gerber steps on first basebefore runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson covering secondbase before runner returns for 3 out).
FOUR BEAVERS AMONG TOP 50 IN THEIR YEAR: Oregon State had 4 players 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 the 40th-best senior, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury the 29th-best sophomore, and righthanded pitcher Dallas Buck 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.
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 37 games 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 9 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 parks in the region. The Beavers have postponed 10 home games, 4 games at sites outside the region and 7 at other parks in the region.
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Pat Casey: Pat Casey, now in his 10th season at OSU, marked the 800th game of his head coaching career on May 15, when the Beavers were beaten 3-1 at 14th-ranked Arizona State. Casey's career record is 465-336-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .580.
Casey has a record of 294-223-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .568. 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 1,777-1,236-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 786-589, a winning percentage of .572. To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,858 runs and allowed 15,403 runs. That's an average score of 6.56-5.09.
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 918-408-1 at home for a winning percentage of .692. This season, the Beavers are 8-9 at home and are averaging 1,230 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: 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.