Beavers Try Again On Baseball Trip To San Diego

Feb. 18, 2005

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15at Oregon State 6, Portland 4SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19-MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21at San Diego Tournament;San Diego, Calif.Saturday, February 19   vs. California-Davis, 1 p.m.Sunday, February 20   at San Diego,	2 p.m.Monday, February 21   at San Diego,	2 p.m.

By the time Oregon State gets back from this weekend's trip to San Diego, Beaver head coach Pat Casey borrow a page from old-time rock `n' roller Bob Seger and feel like a number.

That's 300, to be exact.

Casey, in his 11th season guiding OSU, will earn his 300th coaching win at the school with the Beavers' next victory. Oregon State (4-1 overall) will try to earn that and more at the San Diego Tournament at USD's Cunningham Stadium, facing California-Davis (3-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and host San Diego (7-5-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m.

'This is a good challenge for us,' said Casey, who has a 299-226-4 record at OSU. 'We're playing two quality teams, so we're going to have to play well in all aspects of the game to come up with some wins.'

As for the chance at 300 victories, 'It's just a number,' Casey said. 'It's not the important thing about this weekend; the important thing is for this team to play well, continue winning games and put itself in position to accomplish its goals as the season goes on.'

Oregon State began its week with a 6-4 win over Portland on Tuesday,Feb. 15, as the Beavers played their earliest-ever home-opener. OSU and Portland were rained out of games at the Oakland Athletics Tournament the previous weekend and added the midweek game to their schedules.

'It was very important for us to get a win and it was very important for us to hit some live pitching,' Casey said of the victory over Portland. 'We pitched plenty good enough to make the game a different score but we didn't do some other things ... Sometimes that first game at home, you want to play well and maybe you play a little less loose than you should.'

Oregon State's two preaseason All-Americans, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and pitcher Dallas Buck, continued to lend credibility to that early assessment of their skills in Tuesday's win.

Ellsbury was 4-for-5 with a double and a stolen base. The junior is now batting .591 (13-for-22) this season with four doubles, five runs batted in, eight runs scored and three stolen bases; he's walked three times and struck out just once.

Buck pitched five innings and received no decision; he's currently 1-0 with a 0.90 earned run average. In his two starts, the sophomore righthander is averaging 5.0 innings, 3.0 hits, 2.0 walks and 9.0 strikeouts per outing.

The Beavers have also gotten a boost at the plate from Mike Lissman. The sophomore outfielder has already racked up seven doubles and 12 RBIs and is batting .444 (8-for-18).

Sophomore first baseman/catcher Mitch Canham, who sat out nearly all of 2004 due to an injury, is hitting .556 (10-for-19) with a double, a triple, a homer and seven RBIs.

As a team, the Beavers have already whacked 21 doubles in five games; that puts them on pace to hit 235 for a 56-game season. The school record is 123 in 2003.

As a team, Oregon State is hitting .365 while Beaver pitchers are limiting opponents to a .173 batting average. OSU's team ERA is 2.36 and the Beavers are averaging 12 strikeouts per game on the mound.

California-Davis went 2-2 last weekend, losing to San Francisco 4-0 at home, beating St. Mary's 9-5 at home, losing to Pacific (Calif.) 2-1 in Sacramento and beating Sacramento State 5-2 on the road. Michael Potter, a junior lefthander who is likely to face the Beavers, is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA; sophomore infielder Brandon Oliver is batting .400 with three RBIs and freshman infielder Daniel Descalso is batting .375 with five RBIs for the Aggies.

San Diego played a Tuesday game at 20th-ranked Southern California, losing 7-5. Last weekend the Toreros commuted for a three-game series against California-Riverside, winning the opener 7-1 in Riverside, losing the next game 7-4 in San Diego, then winning the finale 14-9 in Riverside. On Sunday, OSU is likely to face junior lefthander Justin Blaine, who is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA; USD's Monday pitcher is to be announced. San Diego sophomore infielder Keoni Ruth is batting .407 with six RBIs, sophomore outfielder Shane Buschini is batting .391 with two homers and 15 RBIs, and freshman second baseman/outfielder Justin Snyder is batting .375 with seven RBIs.


C - Billy Munich, jr.; El Macero, Calif. (Jesuit HS);.100, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor - Casey Priseman, fr.; Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIsor - Rob Folsom, fr.; Medford, Ore. (North Medford HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs1B - Andy Jenkins, sr.; Salem, Ore. (Mt. Hood CC);.429, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsor-Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);.556, 1 HR, 7 RBIsor - Cole Gillespie, so.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs2B - Chris Kunda, jr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);.364, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Ryan Gipson, jr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);.000, 0 HRs, 1 RBIor-Todd Shelton, jr.; Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield JC);.000, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs3B - Shea McFeely, jr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);.316, 0 HRs, 3 RBIsSS - Darwin Barney, fr.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);.391, 0 HRs, 4 RBIsLF - Mike Lissman, so.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);.444, 0 HRs, 12 RBIsCF - Jacoby Ellsbury, jr.; Madras, Ore. (Madras HS);.591, 0 HRs, 5 RBIsRF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);.308, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor-Danny Anderson, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (San Jose State U.);.429, 1 HR, 3 RBIsDH - Chris Campos, sr.; Modesto, Calif. (Modesto JC);.222, 0 HRs, 2 RBIsor - Joey Ledesma, jr.; Tucson, Ariz. (Pima CC);.200, 0 HRs, 1 RBI(Tentative pitching rotation)Sat., LHP - Anton Maxwell, so.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);0-0 record, 16.88 ERASun., RHP - Jonah Nickerson, fr.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);1-0 record, 0.00 ERAMon., RHP - Dallas Buck, fr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);1-0 record, 0.90 ERA

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-1 against California-Davis in a series dating back to 1955, and the teams have not played since 1961. In 1955, OSU won 10-1 in Davis; in 1961, UCD won 17-16 in Davis.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 3-5 against San Diego in a series dating back to 1973. The teams last met in 2003 at the Clash of the Conferences tournament in Lancaster, Calif., with San Diego winning 10-9.

OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State's 2005 home-opener, a 6-4 win over Portland on Feb. 15, was the earliest in the Beavers' 96 seasons of baseball. Previously, the earliest a game had been played at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field had been on Feb. 22, 1995, when OSU beat Western Oregon 4-3. OSU had scheduled home-openers on Feb. 19, 1990 against George Fox and on Feb. 20, 1996 against Willamette but those games were rained out. Oregon State's all-time record in home-openers is now 77-19; OSU has won 16 of its last 18 home-openers and 31 of its last 34 ... Oregon State had 5 players named to he All-Tournament Team at Arizona State's Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament from Feb. 3-Feb. 6: first baseman Mitch Canham, outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Lissman, and pitchers Dallas Buck and Kevin Gunderson ... OSU's 12-6 win over ninth-ranked Arizona State on Feb. 6 was the Beavers' first win over the Sun Devils at ASU's Packard Stadium since 2000 ... Oregon State's 19-0 win over New Mexico State on Feb. 3 was the first shutout the Beavers had posted on Opening Day since 1980 in a 17-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. It was the most runs OSU had scored in an opener since 1960 and a 23-1 win at Whitman. OSU is now 67-29 all-time in season-openers.

RECENT GAMES: Mike Lissman drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Oregon State beat Portland 4-3 in non-league baseball Tuesday afternoon at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Lissman also had a 3-run double in the first inning for OSU, which played the earliest home-opener in its 96-year baseball history. On a sunny afternoon with temperatures in the high 40s, Oregon State was able to get in a game after being rained out of four games at the Oakland Athletics Tournament in Phoenix, Ariz., the previous weekend. The Pilots (1-2) also lost 2 games to rain at that event so the teams added the game to their schedule. Lissman's double staked OSU to a 3-0 lead before Portland starter Given Kutz retired an OSU hitter, but a double play helped the Pilots escape without any further damage. Meanwhile, OSU righthander Dallas Buck was striking out 8 hitters his first time through the Pilot order; UP did make it 3-1 in the third when one of those strikeouts reached base on a wild pitch and turned into an unearned run. A pair of errors helped Portland score 3 times in the top of the fifth against Buck, with only 1 of the runs earned, to go in front 4-3. In his 5.0 innings of work, Buck struck out 9 while allowing 5 hits and 1 walk. The Beavers came back in the bottom of the inning as Andy Jenkins delivered a run-scoring single to tie it at 4-4. After reliever Nate Fogle pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth, OSU went back in front in the bottom of the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double down the rightfield line; with 2 out, he scored on Lissman's double off the leftfield fence to give Oregon State a 5-4 lead. OSU picked up another run in the seventh when Jenkins led off with a double, then scored on Billy Munich's sacrifice fly. Kevin Gunderson pitched a hitless final 3.0 innings for his first save of the season, walking 1 and striking out 3. Fogle earned the win, evening his record at 1-1; he pitched 1.0 inning, striking out 3 and allowing 2 hits. Ellsbury finished 4-for-5 with a double and a stolen base while Jenkins was 2-for-3, Lissman and Chris Kunda were 2-for-4 and Darwin Barney was 2-for-5.

2005 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE LISTS: Here are the 2005 Oregon State players on or near the school's all-time top-10 lists for career leaders through Feb. 15:

CAREER RUNS10. Bryan Ganter, 1984-87	130> Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present	120 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present	5 Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-present	37  (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, 2003-2004	4> (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2004-present	4 

THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here's the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats through Feb. 15:

     THREW A NO-HITTER: April 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg and 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 at Hawai'i Easter Tournament. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0.     THREW A ONE-HITTER: Feb. 3, 2005; Dallas Buck, Kevin Joslyn, Kurt Steele vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz., 7 innings, OSU 19, New Mexico State 0; (Individual: Feb. 18, 1999; B.R. Cook vs. Oklahoma Stateat San Diego State Tournament. OSU 5, Oklahoma State 0.)     THREW A SHUTOUT: Feb. 3, 2005; Dallas Buck, Kevin Joslyn, Kurt Steele vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz., 7 innings, OSU 19, New Mexico 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 Nickerson at Washington; 10 strikeouts. OSU 7, Washington 4.     PITCHED A COMPLETE GAME: May 28, 2004; Jake Postlewait vs. UCLA. OSU 3, UCLA 2.     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. Washington State 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 Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State (incidentally, they came on the first pitch of each at-bat). OSU 11, Washington State 3.     HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: April 11, 2000; Brian Barden, Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5.     HIT TWO TRIPLES IN A GAME: May 3, 1997; Abino Vazquez at Portland State. OSU 7, Portland State 5.     HIT THREE DOUBLES IN A GAME: Feb. 5, 2005; Mike Lissman vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz. OSU 11, New Mexico State 2.    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: Feb. 15, 2005; Jacoby Ellsbury vs.Portland. OSU 6, Portland 4.     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: Feb. 5, 2005; Mitch Canham vs. New Mexico State at Tempe, Ariz. OSU 11, New Mexico State 2.     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 base before runner returns for 2 out; Gerber throw to SS Hudson covering second base before runner returns for 3 out).

ELLSBURY, BUCK NOTED BY BASEBALL AMERICA: Oregon State junior outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Madras, Ore./Madras HS) and sophomore righthander Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) were named to Baseball America magazine's Preseason All-America team.

Ellsbury was named to the Preseason All-America third team, and he was also named to the magazine's Gold Glove team. Baseball America ranked him as the nation's 23rd-best junior and the Pacific-10's sixth-best prospect for 2005 draft. BA also rated Ellsbury as the Pac-10's fastest runner and best defensive outfielder. Last fall, Ellsbury was named the Cape Cod League's 17th-best pro prospect by Baseball America after batting .245, 1 homer, 3 triples, 2 doubles, 7 RBIs, 12-for-15 stolen bases.

Buck was named to the Preseason All-America second team and rated the nation's fourth-best sophomore by Baseball America. The magazine listed him as the Pac-10's top prospect for 2006 draft. Last fall, BA named Buck to its Summer All-America team for his Cape Cod League season - a 4-1 record, 0.77 ERA, 58 innings, 26 hits, 20 walks, and 65 strikeouts. He was also named league's third-best pro prospect by BA.

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 41 games cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 13 have been games at OSU's Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 19 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 15 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 6 at other parks in the region.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Pat Casey: Pat Casey, now in his 11th season at OSU, will mark his 300th win with the Beavers the next time Oregon State is victorious. Casey has a record of 299-226-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .569.

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's career record of 470-339-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, is good for a winning percentage of .580.

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 1,782-1,239-15, a winning percentage of .589. OSU's all-time record in conference games is now 787-591, a winning percentage of .571. To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 19,918 runs and allowed 15,443 runs. That's an average score of 6.56-5.09.

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. The ballpark's first game saw Salem High beat the Beavers 4-0 on April 12, 1907.

Now in their 96th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 920-410-1 at home for a winning percentage of .692. OSU is 1-0 at home this season. In 2004, the Beavers were 9-11 at home and averaged 1,142 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.

OREGON STATE BASEBALL TICKETS: Season tickets for Oregon State's 2005 home baseball games are now on sale by calling 1-800-GO BEAVS or visiting the OSU athletic ticket office in Gill Coliseum.

A season ticket guarantees a fan the same theater-type seat for all 25 home games in 2005. Full-season tickets for are priced at $100, with a reduced rate for OSU faculty and staff members of $80 and a reduced rate for those age 62 and over of $80.

A Pac-10 Package is also offered in 2005, guaranteeing a fan the same theater-type seat for all 12 Pacific-10 home games for $50.

The Family Plan provides general admission seating for all 25 home games at a rate of $20 per adult and $10 per child. To participate in the Family Plan, you must purchase at least one adult ticket and at least one child ticket.

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.

Also, anyone entering the OSU Dugout Club Golf Tournament automatically gains membership. This year's tournament will be held June 27 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis or 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' 2005 schedule heard in the mid-Willamette Valley on KEJO-AM (1240) and via the internet at There is a charge for listening via the internet; the cost is $4.95 per month or $14.95 for the entire 2004-05 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. None of this weekend's games in San Diego will be broadcast.

TELEVISION BRINGS OUT BEST IN BEAVERS: Oregon State is awaiting word on telecasts for 2005. 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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