Postlewait, Mathews, Ellsbury On All-Pac-10 First Team
June 2, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State pitcher Jake Postlewait and outfielders Aaron Mathews and Jacoby Ellsbury were named to the first team when the All-Pacific-10 Confernece baseball team was announced Wednesday. OSU catcher Paul Richie and pitcher Kevin Gunderson earned honorable mention.
The three first-team picks are the most for OSU since the Beavers had four in 2001. Oregon State went 31-22 overall and 10-14 in the Pacific-10, tying for sixth place.
Postlewait (Corvallis, Ore./Corvallis HS), a senior lefthander, was named to the first team for the second straight season. He had an 11-3 record this season with a 3.72 earned run average; in 94 1/3 innings, he allowed 41 runs (39 earned) on 92 hits and 37 walks while striking out 55 and opponents batted .262 against him.
Among the Pac-10 leaders through the end of the regular season, Postlewait was tied for the conference lead in victories (11) and ranked fifth in ERA (3.72) and ninth in innings pitched (94.1). Among OSU's all-time leaders, his 11 wins this season tied the second-most by any player in the Beavers' 95-year baseball history; his career winning percentage of .750 (18-6) tied for the fifth-best all-time among pitchers who had at least 10 career wins.
Mathews (John Day, Ore./Grant Union HS), a junior, was named to the first team for the first time after earning honorable mention each of the past two seasons. He batted .326 with eight home runs, six triples, 13 doubles and 49 runs batted in and had a 21-game hitting streak from late March through early May.
Among the Pac-10 leaders through the end of the regular season, Mathews was second in triples (6), seventh in total bases (123), tied for eighth in hits (74) and tied for ninth in RBIs (49). Among OSU's all-time single-season leaders, his 2004 numbers were second in at-bats (227), tied for second in triples (6), tied for sixth in hits (74) and total bases (123) and tied for seventh in RBIs (49).
Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS), a sophomore, was named to the first team after earning honorable mention last season. He batted .352 with three homers, two triples, eight doubles, 20 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
Among the Pac-10 leaders through the end of the regular season, Ellsbury was third in stolen bases (20), tied for eighth in runs (56), 10th in batting average (.352) and on-base percentage (.464). Among OSU's all-time single-season leaders, Ellsbury's 2004 numbers were tied for second in runs (56) and tied for ninth in stolen bases (20).
Richie (Kelso, Wash./Kelso HS), a senior, batted .309 with three homers, five doubles and 31 RBIs. Gunderson (Portland,Ore./Central Catholic HS), a freshman lefthander, had a 6-2 record and three saves with a 2.90 ERA.