Beavers Face Five Games In Five Days
TUESDAY, MARCH 28
No. 15 Oregon State at Pacific (Calif.); 6 p.m.
(Live radio on KEJO-AM 1240 in Corvallis area and KUIK-AM 1360 in Portland area; live audio via subscription on www.osubeavers.com)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
No. 15 Oregon State at San Francisco; 2 p.m.
(Live radio on KEJO-AM 1240 in Corvallis area and KUIK-AM 1360 in Portland area; live audio via subscription on www.osubeavers.com)
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Texas-Pan American at No. 15 Oregon State; 4 p.m.
(Live radio on KEJO-AM 1240 in Corvallis area and KUIK-AM 1360 in Portland area; live stats on www.osubeavers.com; live audio via subscription on www.osubeavers.com)
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Texas-Pan American at No. 15 Oregon State (2); 1 p.m.
(Live radio on KEJO-AM 1240 in Corvallis area; tape delayed radio on KUIK-AM 1360 in Portland area with the first game airing Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and the second game airing Sunday at 3:15 p.m.; live stats on www.osubeavers.com; live audio via subscription on )
Oregon State climbed four places to No. 15 in this week’s ESPN/USA Today college baseball coaches poll, which was released Monday. The Beavers (15-7 overall, 1-2 Pacific-10) swept a three-game series from Utah Valley State over the weekend by scores of 7-5, 9-4 and 13-6 and have now won 11 of their last 14 games.
Oregon State breaks up its four-weekend baseball homestand with a quick jaunt south for midweek games this week. The Beavers (15-7 overall, 1-2 Pacific-10) will play at Pacific (Calif.) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and at San Francisco on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
OSU then returns home to play Texas-Pan American in a three-game series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The Beavers and Broncs will meet Friday at 4 p.m. in a single game, then Saturday at 1 p.m. in a doubleheader.
Pacific (16-7, 0-0 Big West) is coming off a three-game sweep at San Diego State over the weekend, having won 7-2, 6-3 and 10-4; the Tigers are on a five-game winning streak. San Francisco (16-13, 0-0 West Coast) has won 11 of its last 13 games taking a sweep at Oral Roberts over the weekend by scores of 5-3, 2-1 and 5-3.
The Beavers will start sophomore righthander Mike Stutes and freshman righthander Brian Budrow in the two midweek games, but as of Monday evening it hadn’t been decided which pitcher would pitch which game.
Texas-Pan American (15-17) spent last week winning all four of its games and doing it on the road, beating Texas State 4-1 and 5-4 and then Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10-3 and 8-3.
In the week’s other rankings, OSU climbed four spots to No. 12 in the Baseball America magazine rakings, one spot to No. 18 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll, and three spots to No. 12 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.
OSU will start junior righthander Dallas Buck in Friday’s game against Texas-Pan American, then junior righthander Jonah Nickerson and junior lefthander Anton Maxwell in Saturday’s doubleheader; the order in which Nickerson and Maxwell will pitch has not been decided.
Buck and Nickerson broke into the Beavers’ all-time top 10 lists in separate categories over the weekend. Buck’s victory in Friday’s game was the 21st of his career, tying him for 10th on the Beavers’ all-time list with Scott Christman (1991-93). Nickerson recorded eight strikeouts in a victory on March 25, giving him 201 for his career; that’s good for 10th place on the Beavers’ all-time list.
Oregon State lineup (statistics through Mar. 26)
C - Mitch Canham, so., Lake Stevens, Wash. (Lake Stevens HS);
.358, 4 HRs, 11 RBIs
or - Casey Priseman, so.; Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville HS);
.364, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
1B - Bill Rowe, sr.; Ashland, Ore. (U. of California-Santa Barbara);
.329, 0 HRs, 16 RBIs
or - Cole Gillespie, jr.; West Linn, Ore. (West Linn HS);
.347, 4 HRs, 16 RBIs
2B - Ryan Gipson, sr.; Central Point, Ore. (Shasta JC);
.217, 0 HRs, 6 RBIs
or - Chris Kunda, sr.; Philomath, Ore. (Philomath HS);
.314, 0 HRs, 10 RBIs
3B - Shea McFeely, sr.; Federal Way, Wash. (Tacoma CC);
.333, 0 HRs, 16 RBIs
or - Lonnie Lechelt, so.; Kennewick, Wash. (Southridge HS);
.111, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs
SS - Darwin Barney, so.; Beaverton, Ore. (Southridge HS);
.370, 0 HRs, 14 RBIs
LF - Mike Lissman, jr.; Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS);
.448, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
or - Koa Kahalehoe, fr.; Las Vegas, Nev. (Durango HS);
.256, 0 HRs, 5 RBIs
CF - Tyler Graham, jr.; Great Falls, Mont. (C.M. Russell HS);
.238, 1 HR, 3 RBIs
RF - Scott Santschi, jr.; Vancouver, Wash. (CC of Spokane);
.305, 1 HR, 15 RBIs
or - Geoff Wagner, sr.; Redmond, Ore. (Central Oregon CC);
.284, 1 HR, 9 RBIs
or - John Wallace, fr.; Reno, Nev. (Reno HS);
.167, 0 HRs, 1 RBI
(Tentative pitching rotation)
Tue., RHP - Brian Budrow, fr.; Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge HS);
0-0 record, 3.38 ERA
Tue., RHP - Mike Stutes, so.; Lake Oswego, Ore. (Santa Clara U.);
2-1 record, 3.71 ERA
Fri., RHP - Dallas Buck, jr.; Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS);
6-0 record, 3.00 ERA
Sat. (1), RHP - Jonah Nickerson, jr.; Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS);
3-3 record, 2.63 ERA
Sat. (2), LHP - Anton Maxwell, jr.; Anchorage, Alas. (Feather River CC);
2-2 record, 6.10 ERA
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 7-7 against Pacific (Calif.) in a series dating back to 1977. The teams last met in 1996; in a series in Stockton, OSU won 5-4 and 5-3 before Pacific took the finale 4-3, then at a neutral site the Tigers won 6-2 before the Beavers took an 11-2 victory.
Oregon State has an all-time record of 4-2 against San Francisco in a series dating back to 1974. The teams last met in 2002, with OSU winning 9-6 at the Riverside Baseball Invitational.
This will be the first-ever baseball meeting between Oregon State and Texas Pan-American.
That was the week that was
OREGON STATE LAST WEEK: Oregon State returned home after back-to-back road weekends and the Beavers swept Utah Valley State at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, winning by scores of 7-5, 9-4 and 13-6 from Mar. 24-Mar. 26. The first game of the series started on Mar. 24 and was suspended by rain in the middle of the fifth inning, with the game being completed on Mar. 25.
On Mar. 25, Scott Santschi had a 3-run home run and Cole Gillespie added a 2-run homer as Oregon State beat Utah Valley State 9-4. Earlier in the day, the Beavers had completed a 7-5 victory in a game that had been suspended Friday night. The Beavers and Wolverines spent almost 7 1/2 hours from the 1 p.m. scheduled time for the first pitch until the final out. The opening game of the series had been tied 5-5 going into the bottom of the fifth inning when it was suspended due to rain. The Beavers immediately took the lead when it resumed as Shea McFeely began the bottom of the fifth inning with a single, advanced to third base on an error and scored on Chris Kunda’s sacrifice fly. That made a winner of Dallas Buck, who had pitched Friday’s 5.0 innings for OSU; the junior righthander improved to 6-0 this season and won his 11th straight decision going back to the middle of the 2005 season. Kevin Gunderson recorded the final 2 outs with the tying run at the plate for his fifth save of the season. Kunda drove in 3 runs for OSU, all on sacrifice flies, and also singled and scored a run. Scott Santschi was 2-for-4 with a 2-run double for the Beavers and Shea McFeely was 2-for-4 with 2 runs.
In the second game of the series, Oregon State scored 5 times in the bottom of the first inning to start its 9-4 win. Gillespie had a 2-run double and Santschi followed it with the 3-run homer, the first of the junior outfielder’s OSU career. Utah Valley State crept back within 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning, but Gillespie drove his 2-run homer to leftfield in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-3. Gillespie finished 2-for-4 with 4 runs batted in, while Darwin Barney was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs for OSU and Mike Lissman was 2-for-4.
Jonah Nickerson benefited from the run support to get the win and even his record at 3-3; in his past 4 starts, OSU had scored just 8 runs. Nickerson went 5.2 innings, allowing 3 runs (0 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8 as the Beavers committed 3 errors.
On Mar. 26, Scott Santschi was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs as Oregon State beat Utah Valley State. The Beavers matched their season highs for runs and hits (16). The start of the game was delayed 36 minutes by a rain shower. OSU took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. Anton Maxwell earned the pitching win for OSU, evening his record at 2-2 this season, allowing 2 runs in 5.0 innings and striking out 6. Kevin Gunderson picked up his sixth save for a scoreless, hitless final 2.0 innings. Oregon State widened its lead to 7-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but UVSC rallied to get within 7-6 in the middle of the seventh. Koa Kahalehoe’s 2-out, run-scoring single helped the Beavers to a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning, though, and he added a sacrifice fly as the Beavers scored 4 times in the eighth.
Darwin Barney was 2-for-5 for the Beavers, Mitch Canham was 2-for-4 with a triple and Mike Lissman was 2-for-5.
This and that
OREGON STATE NOTES: Oregon State shortstop Darwin Barney currently has a 12-game hitting streak, the longest streak by a Beaver this season ... OSU righthander Dallas Buck has won his last 11 decisions dating back to the middle of the 2005 season ... Barney leads the Beavers in multi-hit games with 13, while third baseman Shea McFeely has 10, first baseman Bill Rowe and catcher Mitch Canham 8 each, outfielders Cole Gillespie and Scott Santschi 7 each ... Santschi has 6 multi-RBI games while Barney has 5 and Gillespie, McFeely and Rowe have 4 each ...
It was a long, long weekend when Oregon State and Utah Valley State got together for a 3-game series Mar. 24-26 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The first game of the series started 36 minutes late due to rain, then was delayed by rain for another 36 minutes before being suspended in the middle of the fifth inning. The next day, the resumption of the opening game was delayed 39 minutes by rain and also included an 87-minute rain delay; the second game was played without delay but took 3 hours, 31 minutes to play. Finally, the start of the 36 series finale was delayed 36 minutes by rain and then took 3:48 to play ... Oregon State pitchers Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson broke into the Beavers’ all-time top 10 lists in separate categories as the Beavers swept Utah Valley State in a 3-game series Mar. 24-Mar. 26. Buck’s victory was the 21st of his career, getting him on the all-time list in that category. Nickerson recorded 8 strikeouts in a victory on Mar. 25, giving him 201 for his career and earning him a place in that category ...
OSU found out Mar. 19 that sometimes it really is faster to go on foot. The start of the Beavers’ 4-1 loss at Southern California that day was delayed approximately 20 minutes because OSU’s bus was stuck in a traffic snarl caused by the running of the Los Angeles Marathon ... when OSU won at USC on Mar. 17, it was the fourth straight season in which OSU has won its Pac-10 opener. It was also the first time in 7 tries that the Beavers had won a series-opener at USC, dating back to 1951 ... OSU’s 4-1 win at USC on Mar. 17 was the third straight time that OSU righthander Dallas Buck outdueled Trojan righthander Ian Kennedy in a matchup of 2005 All-Americans. Kennedy was the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year last season but Buck and the Beavers got the victories in a pair of meetings in Corvallis ... appropriately, Mar. 17 is not only St. Patrick’s Day but also OSU head coach Pat Casey’s birthday. On Mar. 17, OSU handed Casey a present in the form of a 4-1 win at Southern California. In Casey’s 12 seasons at OSU, the Beavers are 4-0-1 in games played on Mar. 17 ...
Mar. 11 was a tough night to be a Casey when the Beavers lost to New Mexico 13-2. In the bottom of the second inning, both OSU head coach Pat Casey and OSU catcher Casey Priseman were ejected ... when third baseman Shea McFeely tripled twice in OSU’s 10-4 win at New Mexico on Mar. 10, it matched the Beavers’ school record for triples in a game. The last player to do it had been Abino Vazquez against Portland State in 1997; that was the second time that season Vaquez had managed the feat, as he also did it against Gonzaga that season ... OSU first baseman Bill Rowe had a chance to hit for the cycle Mar. 10 in OSU’s 10-4 win at New Mexico, having singled, doubled and tripled - in that order - in his first 4 plate appearances. In the eighth inning, he did get his fourth hit but it was a single through the right side ...
Teams talk about "picking each other up" a player taking up the slack for another during a game or a season. When Oregon State found itself without outfielders Tyler Graham and Cole Gillespie due to injuries on Mar. 5, senior Geoff Wagner and freshman John Wallace filled in effectively during a 9-1 win over Nevada. Wagner, moving over from the part-time designated hitter spot, had career-highs with 4 hits and 3 runs, going 4-for-5 with a double. Wallace, making his first career start, was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and a sacrifice bunt ... OSU pitcher Dallas Buck moved onto OSU’s all-time top-10 for career strikeouts when he recorded 5 against Nevada on Mar. 4, giving him 200 for his career ... OSU opened its 2006 home schedule with a 13-4 win over Nevada on Mar. 4 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski had been scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch but was a late scratch from the lineup; OSU President Dr. Edward Ray stepped into the spot and threw a strike ...
Oregon State pitcher Mike Stutes’ first win for the Beavers was impressive. Feb 26 vs. St. Mary’s (Calif.) - a team batting .291 on the season entering the game - Stutes struck out 10 hitters in 5.2 innings; he allowed allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 1 walk. In the bottom of the fourth, Stutes struck out the side on 10 pitches ... centerfielder Tyler Graham was sidelined by a nagging leg problem for all but 1 at-bat during the Beavers’ first 7 games of the season; he finally played his first full game Feb. 24 in a 2-1 loss at California-Davis. The next day, Feb. 25 in an 8-3 win at Sacramento State, Graham announced his return in a big way. Graham hit his first career home run, had a 2-out bunt single to drive in another run and came up with a diving catch to start a double play and squelch a Sac State rally ... From Feb. 10-Feb. 23, outfielder Cole Gillespie batted in the leadoff spot 5 times; each time, he led off OSU’s first inning by getting on base and scoring ...
Pitching Feb. 19 in OSU’s 7-1 loss at Pepperdine, Eddie Kunz pitched 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings, striking out 6 to double his previous career high. Kunz entered the game with 0 out and runners at second and third in the sixth inning and struck out the side ... Scott Santschi made his first start in leftfield on Feb. 19 at Pepperdine after Cole Gillespie had hurt his arm trying for a diving catch the previous day, and Santschi responded with a gem of a defensive play. In the bottom of the second, Santschi found the base of the fence, leaped and caught a drive by the Waves’ Danny Worth at the top of the fence to take away a 2-run homer and end the inning ... the first run batted in of outfielder Koa Kahalehoe’s OSU career was a biggie, as it gave the Beavers a win over 14th-ranked Pepperdine in the conclusion of a suspended game Feb. 18. Kahalehoe slapped a single through the right side to drive in Mitch Canham in the top of the eighth inning for a 7-6 Beaver lead ... after Oregon State’s series-opening game at Pepperdine was suspended by darkness on February 17, several of the Beavers went out to dinner together at a restaurant near the team’s hotel in Calabasas. After their meal, who did they bump into in the parking lot? San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds, who posed for pictures with the OSU players, chatted for a few minutes and showed them a few hitting drills, sans bat and balls ...
With centerfielder and leadoff hitter Tyler Graham unavailable for the season-opening Coca-Cola Classic due to a leg injury, Cole Gillespie found himself batting in the leadoff spot for the first time he could remember. Gillespie responded by reaching base 11 times in 16 plate appearances on the weekend; he was 6-for-11 with 4 doubles, 9 runs scored and 5 walks. In all 3 games, he started the first inning for OSU by reaching base and eventually scoring ... OSU righthander Jon Koller had thrown just 1.0 inning in the past 2 seasons for OSU because of arm problems, but the senior showed during the season’s opening weekend that he may be back in a big way. Koller tossed 4.0 scoreless innings for the Beavers at the Coca-Cola Classic against Nevada and Gonzaga, allowing 1 hit and 0 walks while striking out 1 ... OSU outfielder Geoff Wagner finished the first weekend of the season with 1 home run and 6 runs batted in; those matched his totals for the entire 2005 season in those categories ...
OSU has played in 3 of the 4 Coca-Cola Classics since the tournament began with the opening of Surprise Stadium for the 2003 season. The Beavers are now 7-2 in the ballpark, which is the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals ... OSU righthander Dallas Buck got the start for Opening Day against Nevada on Feb. 10; it was his second straight Opening Day start for OSU. The last time the Beavers had the same starting pitcher for back-to-back season-openers? Not that long ago - 2003-04 with Jake Postlewait, and before that it was 2000-01 with Thad Johnson.
Get out the vote
BEAVERS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Oregon State earned its highest-ever preseason rankings in 2006 in the 4 national polls. Here is where OSU has been in the national rankings this season:
POLL ESPN / SPORTS BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATL. COLL.
DATE WKLY. COACHES AMERICA BASEBALL BSBL. WTRS.
Preseason 6th 8th 3rd 3rd
Feb. 6 No poll 6th 2nd 3rd
Feb. 13 No poll 6th 2nd 3rd
Feb. 20 No poll 8th 10th 10th
Feb. 27 14th 13th 14th 12th
Mar. 6 12th 11th 12th 10th
Mar. 13 15th 13th 14th 11th
Mar. 20 19th 16th 19th 15th
Mar. 27 15th 12th 18th 12th
OREGON STATE AMONG PACIFIC-10 LEADERS: Here is where Oregon State ranks among Pacific-10 leaders through Mar. 27 (complete lists of leaders can be found at www.pac-10.org):
9. Darwin Barney .370
INDIVIDUAL SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
5. Mitch Canham .627
6. Cole Gillespie .625
INDIVIDUAL ON-BASE PERCENTAGE
4. Cole Gillespie .495
6. Mitch Canham .482
6. (tie) Cole Gillespie 28
5. (tie)Scott Santschi 10
10. (tie) Cole Gillespie 8
1. Shea McFeely 5
8. (tie) Bill Rowe 2
8. (tie) Mitch Canham 2
2. Cole Gillespie 18
5. (tie) Bill Rowe 15
9. (tie) Mitch Canham 14
INDIVIDUAL STOLEN BASES
6. (tie) Darwin Barney 8
8. Cole Gillespie 7
INDIVIDUAL EARNED RUN AVERAGE
5. Jonah Nickerson 2.63
10. Dallas Buck 3.00
INDIVIDUAL OPPONENTS BATTING AVG.
3. Dallas Buck .194
1. Dallas Buck 6
2. (tie) Kevin Gunderson 6
TEAM BATTING AVERAGE
4. Oregon State .315
TEAM SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
6. Oregon State .448
TEAM ON-BASE PERCENTAGE
4. Oregon State .407
TEAM EARNED RUN AVERAGE
3. Oregon State 3.48
TEAM OPPONENTS BATTING AVERAGE
1. Oregon State .232
TEAM FIELDING PERCENTAGE
4. Oregon State .969
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2006 BEAVERS ON OREGON STATE LISTS: Here are the 2006 Oregon State players on or near the school’s all-time top-10 lists for career leaders through Mar. 26:
10. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 570
> Shea McFeely, 2004-present 486 <
> Chris Kunda, 2003-present 431 <
> Tyler Graham, 2003-present 355 <
10. Troy Schader, 1997-99 35
> Shea McFeely, 2004-present 31 <
> Chris Kunda, 2003-present 23 <
> Mike Lissman, 2004-present 18 <
CAREER TOTAL BASES
10. Matt Bailie, 1995-98 269
> Shea McFeely, 2004-present 227 <
4. Jeff Doyle, 1975-77 9
(tie) Eric Stark,1998-2001 9
(tie) Aaron Mathews, 2002-04 9
7. Dave Backen, 1979-81 8
(tie) Dave Schoppe, 1989-91 8
(tie) Abino Vazquez, 1996-97 8
(tie) Jacoby Ellsbury, 2003-05 8
> Shea McFeely, 2004-present 7 <
10. Tim Lambert, 1985-88 98
> Shea McFeely, 2004-present 85 <
CAREER STOLEN BASES
10. Quinn Williams, 1983-86 35
> Tyler Graham, 2003-present 30 <
10. Scott Christman, 1991-93 21 (21-8)
> (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 21 (21-7) <
> Jonah Nickerson, 2004-present 16 (16-8) <
> 1. Kevin Gunderson, 2004-present 23 <
2. Jared Sanders, 2002-04 12
3. Mike Boire, 1996-98 11
4. Jim Grove, 1979-82 9
> 5. Dallas Buck, 2004-present 7 <
6. Cecil Ira, 1961-63 227
7. Ken Noble, 1975-78 212
> (tie) Dallas Buck, 2004-present 212 <
9. Jeff Otis, 1986-90 207
> 10. Jonah Nickerson, 2004-present 201 <
CAREER INNINGS PITCHED
10. Gail Meier, 1973-76 262.2
> Dallas Buck, 2004-present 240.1 <
> Jonah Nickerson, 2004-present 193.2 <
1. Abino Vazquez, 1997 7
2. Jeff Doyle, 1977 6
(tie) Todd Thomas, 1983 6
(tie) Seth Pietsch, 2002 6
(tie) Aaron Mathews, 2004 6
6. Twink Pederson, 1956 5
(tie) Lute Barnes, 1968 5
(tie) Dave Backen, 1980 5
(tie) David Anderson, 1992 5
> (tie) Shea McFeely, 2006 5 <
1. Kevin Gunderson, 2005 14
2. Jared Sanders, 2002 9
3. Mike Boire, 1997 8
4. Dallas Buck, 2004 6
> (tie) Kevin Gunderson, 2006 6 <
I’m telling you for the last time ...
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED: Here’s the last time Oregon State players accomplished several notable feats through Mar. 26:
THREW A NO-HITTER: Apr. 11, 1967; Cleve Benson, Eric Selberg and Jack Humphrey vs. Portland. OSU 11, Portland 0. (Individual - Apr. 12, 1947; Fred Gallagher vs. Montana. OSU 1, Montana 0).
WAS NO-HIT: Mar. 27, 1994; Jack Gullard, Lewis-Clark State at Honolulu, Haw. Lewis-Clark State 1, OSU 0.
THREW A 1-HITTER: Apr. 24, 2005 (1st game); Anton Maxwell vs. Washington State. OSU 8, Washington State 1.
THREW A SHUTOUT: Mar. 4, 2006; Jonah Nickerson vs. Nevada. OSU 4, Nevada 0.
HAD 12 STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: Mar. 25, 2005; Dallas Buck vs. Dallas Baptist. OSU 7, Dallas Baptist 2.
HAD 11 STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: Mar. 25, 2005; Dallas Buck vs. Dallas Baptist (12 strikeouts). OSU 7, Dallas Baptist 2.
HAD 10 STRIKEOUTS BY A PITCHER: Feb. 26, 2006; Mike Stutes vs. St. Mary’s (Calif.). OSU 7, St. Mary’s 5.
THREW A COMPLETE GAME: Mar. 4, 2006; Jonah Nickerson vs. Nevada. OSU 4, Nevada 0.
HIT 3 HOMERS IN A GAME: Mar. 11, 2001; Andy Jarvis vs. Washington State at Yakima, Wash. Washington State 8, OSU 7.
HIT 2 HOMERS IN A GAME: June 5, 2005; Danny Anderson vs. St. John’s. OSU 19, St. John’s 3.
PINCH-HIT A HOME RUN: Mar. 28, 2005; Scott Nelson vs. Brigham Young (grand slam). OSU 12, Brigham Young 5.
HIT A GRAND SLAM: Mar. 29, 2005; Scott Nelson vs. Brigham Young (pinch hit). OSU 12, Brigham Young 5.
HIT AN INSIDE-THE-PARK HOME RUN: Feb. 13, 2004; Andy Jenkins vs. Utah. OSU 8, Utah 6.
LED OFF A GAME WITH A HOME RUN: Mar. 29, 2005; Jacoby Ellsbury vs. Brigham Young (BYU’s Sean McNaughton also led off the game with a homer). OSU 11, Brigham Young 6.
HIT A WALKOFF HOME RUN: June 3, 2005; Shea McFeely vs. Ohio State. OSU 4, Ohio State 3.
HIT BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: May 14, 2005; Mitch Canham and Shea McFeely at Washington. OSU 7, Washington 4.
HIT BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS: Apr. 11, 2000; Brian Barden, Curtis Davis and Joe Gerber at Portland. OSU 13, Portland 5.
HIT 2 TRIPLES IN A GAME: Mar. 10, 2006; Shea McFeely at New Mexico. OSU 10, New Mexico 4.
HIT 3 DOUBLES IN A GAME: June 4, 2005; Mitch Canham vs. St. John’s. OSU 11, St. John’s 1.
HIT FOR THE CYCLE: June 13, 2005; Andy Jenkins vs. Southern California (2-run double in 1st inning, solo homer in 3rd inning, single in 4th inning, triple in sixth inning; added 1-run single in 7th inning to go 5-for-5). OSU 10, Southern California 8.
HAD 5 HITS IN A GAME: June 13, 2005; Andy Jenkins vs. Southern California (hit for the cycle). OSU 10, Southern California 8.
HAD 4 HITS IN A GAME: Mar. 26, 2006; Scott Santschi vs. Utah Valley State. OSU 13, Utah Valley State 6.
DROVE IN 9 RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at Chico State. OSU 36, Chico State 12.
DROVE IN 8 RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland. OSU 25, Portland 4.
DROVE IN 7 RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 31, 2004; Shea McFeely at Portland (drove in 8 runs). OSU 25, Portland 4.
DROVE IN 6 RUNS IN A GAME: May 18, 2004; Tony Calderon vs. Portland (2nd game). OSU 16, Portland 3.
DROVE IN 5 RUNS IN A GAME: June 5, 2005; Shea McFeely vs. St. John’s. OSU 19, St. John’s 3.
SCORED 6 RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 2, 1985; Ken Bowen at Chico State. OSU 36, Chico State 12.
SCORED 5 RUNS IN A GAME: Mar. 5, 2000; Brian Barden at Washington. OSU 27, Washington 4.
SCORED 4 RUNS IN A GAME: Feb. 11, 2005; Cole Gillespie vs. Arizona State at Surprise, Ariz. OSU 11, Arizona State 0.
STOLE 4 BASES IN A GAME: Apr. 11, 1991; David Anderson vs. Willamette. OSU 8, Willamette 0.
STOLE 3 BASES IN A GAME: Feb. 28, 2004; Jacoby Ellsbury vs. Sacramento State at Riverside, Calif. Sacramento State 10, OSU 3.
HAD 5 WALKS IN A GAME: May 21, 1970; Bob Beall vs. UCLA. UCLA 7, OSU 2.
HAD 4 WALKS IN A GAME: March 25, 2006; Bill Rowe vs. Utah Valley State. OSU 9, Utah Valley State 4.
TURNED A TRIPLE PLAY: Apr. 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).
SCORED 10 OR MORE RUNS IN AN INNING: June 5, 2005; 13 runs in second inning vs. St. John’s. OSU 19, St. John’s 3.
State of the nation
BEAVERS WITH WEEKLY NATIONAL HONORS: Oregon State junior righthander Jonah Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) was named to the College Baseball Foundation’s National Honor Roll for the week of Feb. 28-Mar. 5. Nickerson pitched a 5-hitter for his first career shutout as Oregon State beat Nevada 4-0 on March 4; Nickerson struck out 9 and walked 0. Nickerson allowed just 1 hit in the first 5 innings and took a 3-hitter into the ninth. From the third through the eighth innings, Nickerson didn’t throw more than 13 pitches in an inning; from the fourth through the eighth, he retired 13 of the 15 batters he faced.
Hey now, you’re an all-star
BEAVERS ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Oregon State had 5 players picked to the Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament team Feb. 10-12 in Surprise, Ariz. pitchers Dallas Buck and Jonah Nickerson, first baseman Bill Rowe, and outfielders Cole Gillespie and Geoff Wagner. Gillespie, taking over the leadoff spot during Tyler Graham’s absence, reached base 11 times in 16 plate appearances on the weekend; he was 6-for-11 with 4 doubles, 9 runs scored and 5 walks. Wagner had the 2-run homer in the top of the ninth inning that put the Beavers on the verge of victory in the finale and finished the tournament 3-for-11 with 6 RBIs and 3 runs scored. Rowe was 6-for-13 in the tournament with 4 doubles, 5 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Buck earned the Opening Day victory over Nevada, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 9. Nickerson got the victory over 11th-ranked Arizona State, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing 0 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3.
Head of the class
BEAVERS WITH PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Oregon State pitchers Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS) and Jonah Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) all received Preseason All-America honors.
Buck was a first-team selection by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and a second-team pick by Baseball America magazine. Gunderson and Nickerson were both second-team selections by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
BEAVERS ON WATCH LISTS FOR NATIONAL AWARDS: Several Oregon State players have been placed on the watch lists for national awards in 2006.
Oregon State junior pitchers Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) and Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS) are on a list of 120 players on the 2006 Wallace Watch, compiled by the College Baseball Foundation in Lubbock, Tex. The Brooks Wallace Award is presented annually to the national college baseball player of the year.
The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semi-finalists by late May. Then the selection committee will narrow the list to 3 finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals. The award is dedicated to the memory of former Texas Tech shortstop and assistant coach Brooks Wallace. In the summer of 1984 he was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease until his death on March 24, 1985, at age 27. The selection committee for the Wallace Award is comprised of a national panel of preeminent coaches, sports information directors, former winners and beat media who most closely follow the sport.
Buck, Gunderson and junior Jonah Nickerson (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) are all on the watch list for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award, which honors the top pitcher in college baseball. OSU is 1 of just 3 schools in the country to have 3players on the Clemens watch list, along with defending national champion Texas and Nebraska. The Roger Clemens Award was named after future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, who began his march to stardom while leading Texas to the College World Series title in 1983. All NCAA Division I head baseball coaches will take part in the voting for the honor, in addition to a selected panel of national media and all past winners of the Rotary Smith Award, which was retired after the 2003 dinner by the committee that is sponsoring the Clemens Award. The event is administered by the Greater Houston Baseball Association.
Gunderson has been named to the watch list for the second annual Stopper of the Year Award, given to the nation’s top relief pitcher in NCAA Divison I baseball. Gunderson is one of 30 players on the watch list for the award, given by by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Nominations were made by each school’s baseball sports information contact. At the end the regular season, the Division I leader in saves and 4 other relief pitching standouts will be selected as the award’s finalists. These finalists will be released on May 31, just prior to the beginning of the NCAA Regionals. From the list of finalists, the NCBWA’s All-America Committee will select a winner. The second annual winner will be announced on June 7, two days prior to the beginning of the NCAA Super Regionals.
Baseball America style
BEAVERS IN BASEBALL AMERICA PRESEASON PREVIEW: Oregon State was ranked eighth nationally and picked to repeat as Pacific-10 champion when Baseball America magazine released its list of preseason honors and rankings. Oregon State junior starting pitcher Dallas Buck (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) was named to the publication’s Preseason All-America second team, which is selected by Major League Baseball scouting directors based on performance, talent and major league potential.
Buck and junior closer Kevin Gunderson (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS) were named to Baseball America’s preseason All-Pacific-10 team. Buck was listed as the No. 3 prospect in the conference for the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, while sophomore shortstop Darwin Barney (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge HS) was listed as the Pac-10’s No. 5 prospect for the 2007 draft.
OSU junior outfielder Tyler Graham (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) was selected as the conference’s fastest runner, best baserunner and best defensive outfielder. OSU senior Ryan Gipson (Central Point, Ore./Crater HS, Shasta JC) was picked as the Pac-10’s best defensive second baseman.
PAC-10 COACHES PICK OREGON STATE: Oregon State was selected to win the 2006 Pacific-10 championship when the Pac-10 head coaches cast ballots in their annual preseason preview. OSU’s best previous placing in the conference’s preseason poll had been sixth on several occasions, including 2005.
Weather or not to play
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 49 games cancelled or rescheduled due to rain. Of those, only 17 have been games at OSU’s Goss Stadium at Coleman Field; 21 were at ballparks in California, Hawai’i, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas or Florida. Another 10 were at ballparks elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.
OSU has lost just 4 home games to rain during that time, while having 17 games cancelled at sites outside the region and 4 called off at other parks in the region. The Beavers have rescheduled 13 home games, 5 games outside the region and 6 at other parks in the region.
Just for openers
OREGON STATE ON OPENING DAY: Oregon State has a tradition of playing well on Opening Day. After winning 12-4 over Nevada on Feb. 10 in Surprise, Ariz., the Beavers’ all-time record in season-openers is 68-29, and OSU has won 14 of its last 20 season-openers. Oregon State also beat Nevada on March 3 in the Beavers’ home-opener; in home-openers, OSU now has an all-time record of 78-19, with the Beavers winning 17 of their last 19 home-openers and 32 of their last 35.
OSU’s earliest season-opener came in 2002, a 13-5 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 31. Oregon State’s earliest home-opener came in 2005, when the Beavers beat Portland 6-1 on Feb. 15.
Casey in the dugout
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH PAT CASEY: Pat Casey, now in his 12th season at OSU, was named the the West Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Pacific-10 Coach of the Year in 2005. Casey was also named Co-Coach of the Year when the College Baseball Foundation announced its National Honors Team.
In January, Casey earned the Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award at the Oregon Sports Banquet. Casey was also named OSU’s Male Sport Coach of the Year at the annual year-end Benny Awards after a 2005 season in which OSU set a school record for wins and Casey passed a pair of personal milestones.
Casey earned his 300th win with the Beavers when Oregon State beat California-Davis 8-0 on Feb. 19, 2005 at the San Diego Tournament, and he earned his 500th win in 18 seasons at OSU and George Fox when the Beavers beat UCLA 3-1 on May 6, 2005.
Casey has a record of 356-244-4 with the Beavers for a winning percentage of .593. Casey’s career record of 527-357-5, which includes 7 years at George Fox in Newberg, for a winning percentage of .596.
Of the 19 head coaches in OSU baseball history, only a pair of men who spent more than 2 decades each guiding the Beavers - Ralph Coleman (1923-28, 1930-31, 1938-66) and Jack Riley (1973-94) - have coached more wins for Oregon State.
Casey was named the Pacific-10 Northern Division Coach of the Year in 1997 after leading the Beavers to a 38-12-1 mark, at the time a school record for wins in a regular season. During Casey’s time at OSU, 32 Beavers have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams and 9 more players have signed with professional teams 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.
The big picture
OREGON STATE’S ALL-TIME RECORD: Oregon State’s all-time record in varsity baseball is now 1,840-1,258-15, a winning percentage of .593. OSU’s all-time record in conference games is now 807-598, a winning percentage of .574. To break the numbers down a step further, since starting varsity baseball in 1907, the Beavers have scored 20,442 runs and allowed 15,773 runs. That’s an average score of 6.57-5.07.
There’s no place like home
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 97th season at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, the Beavers are 953-416-1 all-time at home for a winning percentage of .696. This season, Oregon State is 7-0 at home and is averaging 1,004 fans per home date.
OSU was 26-5 at home in 2005 and averaged 1,484 fans per home date; that was a record for home wins in a season, beating the 20-4 mark of the 1998 Beavers. During the regular season, the Beavers were 21-4 at home and averaged 1,133 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. New bleachers have raised capacity for the 2006 season to 2,300 (up from the previous 2,000), with the main grandstand seating approximately 1,400 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 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. For more information on the OSU Dugout Club, call (541) 737-0598.
OREGON STATE RADIO BROADCASTS: Oregon State baseball will again be broadcast this season, with all 56 games available on the internet via subscription at www.osubeavers.com and www.yahoo.com. In addition, both KEJO-AM 1240 in Corvallis and KUIK-AM 1360 in the Portland area will carry most of the Beavers’ schedule, though broadcast schedules for the 2 stations will vary. Mike Parker, the voice of the Beavers, will handle play-by-play with assistance from Jim Wilson and Kip Carlson.
This weekend, KEJO-AM will broadcast all 5 games against Pacific, San Francisco and Texas-Pan American live, while KUIK-AM will broadcast Friday’s game live, Saturday’s game first game tape delayed on Saturday at approximately 2:30 p.m. and Saturday’s second game tape delayed on Sunday at approximately 3:15 p.m.
KUIK also carries "Diamond Notes" with OSU head coach Pat Casey on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and "Behind the Mike" with OSU play-by-play announcer Mike Parker on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.; "Behind the Mike" will begin April 5.
OSU games can be heard on the internet via Beaver Nation Insider at www.osubeavers.com; a subscription is $4.95 a month for audio only, $8.95 a month for audio and video, and there is a current special providing audio and video for $79.95 for 15 months. The audio/video packages include 20 live webcasts of OSU games from Goss Stadium at Coleman Field in 2006. This week, the games against Utah Valley State on Friday and Sunday will be shown via webcast.
Lights, camera, action
OREGON STATE TELEVISION BROADCASTS, WEBCASTS: Oregon State’s game at Southern California on March 18 was televised via tape delay by Fox Sports Net in the Pacific Northwest. OSU’s home game against Washington on May 6 is also scheduled for a live broadcast by Fox Sports Net.
In addition, 20 OSU home games will be webcast live on www.osubeavers.com and will be available via subscription via Beaver Nation Insider; a subscription is $4.95 a month for audio only, $8.95 a month for audio and video, and there is a current special providing audio and video for $79.95 for 15 months. This weekend, Oregon State’s series against Texas-Pan American will not be shown.
Since the start of the 1998 season, Oregon State has played on national cable television 12 times and the Beavers have gone 5-7 in those games, including a 5-2 mark at home. Since Fox Sports Net (formerly Prime Sports) began televising games in 1990, Oregon State has a 31-20 record in televised games, including 10-8 in national TV games.
Anybody need a ticket?
OREGON STATE BASEBALL TICKETS: For 2006, season tickets for Oregon State baseball are sold out with approximately 1,200 tickets having been sold for each of OSU’s 26 home dates. There are 800 tickets reserved for OSU students for each game, and students must pick up those tickets for a weekend series by noon the day before the first game (for example, Thursday before a series that starts on Friday). After the students have picked up their tickets; any remaining tickets for a series will go on sale Friday as reserved seats, priced at $8 for all seats. There will be no general admission seating.
A limited number of single-game tickets could become available on the day of the game, and information on the availability of those tickets can be obtained by calling the ticket office at 1-800-GO BEAVS or 541-737-4455, or checking www.osubeavers.com.
Should a game be rained out and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader, the tickets for that rained-out game will still be good for the first game of the doubleheader. The ballpark will be cleared between games of the doubleheader, and those fans holding tickets for the regularly scheduled game that day will be admitted to the second game.