OSU Baseball


Next: OSU (18-13, 6-6 Pac-10) plays host to Portland at 5 p.m. Wednesday, then welcomes Arizona (25-11, 6-6) to Goss Stadium for games at 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Arizona has won 10 in a row and is ranked 20th, after starting the year at No. 1.

'They're getting hot,' OSU coach Pat Casey says. 'They're so good on the mound - several plus-plus arms with experience. As an overall team, they remind me a lot of Arizona State. They have so many kids who have been there before.'

• Eight teams are within 2 1/2 games in the Pac-10, with Stanford at 8-4, Arizona State and Cal at 7-5, Oregon State, Arizona and Southern Cal at 6-6 and Washington and UCLA at 4-5. The Beavers have played the three teams ahead of them and have Washington State, UCLA and USC remaining.

• Oregon State is hitting .311, but its pitchers have a 5.23 ERA. Of the 11 pitchers OSU took to ASU last week, seven were freshmen and two were sophomores.

• Casey isn't sure whether he will replace struggling Jorge Reyes in the rotation. 'We'll sit down and have a long visit and find out where he's at,' the coach says.

• Shortstop Joey Wong had an error and misplayed another ground ball that could have been a double play in Sunday's loss. 'But I'm not worried at all about Joey defensively,' Casey says. 'He's our best defender by far.'

• The hitting star at ASU was senior Lonnie Lechelt, who went 5 for 10 with four runs scored and seven RBIs. The second baseman blasted a two-run triple in OSU's five-run ninth inning Friday and had a three-run homer Saturday. 'Lonnie played real well defensively,' Casey adds. 'He doesn't have to be a big hitter as long as he does the little things for us.'

- Kerry Eggers