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OSU men's basketball team reported safe following attacks in Barcelona

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OSU men's basketball team reported safe following attacks in Barcelona

The Oregon State Men’s Basketball team is reported to be safe following an attack in Barcelona, Spain.

It is being reported that a white van jumped up onto a sidewalk in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district before plowing through a crowd of pedestrians and tourists. Police in Barcelona are investigating this as a terrorist attack, while local media outlets are reporting as many as 13 people have dead, and 50 or more are injured.

The attack happened directly in front of the Beavers’ team hotel, according to head coach Wayne Tinkle.

Oregon State University released the following statement:

            “The Oregon State men's basketball team's traveling party is reported to be safe Thursday following an incident in Barcelona, Spain.  The incident occurred near the hotel where the team is staying.

The Beavers are touring Spain through Aug. 25 playing five exhibition games. OSU officials are determining the remaining schedule. Updates on the team's schedule will be provided when available.

The Oregon State University community extends its thoughts and prayers for all those injured and affected by this incident.”

We will keep you updated as any new information become available.


Coach Tinkle and Beaver Athletics posted the following video on Twitter earlier this afternoon. 

Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes also took the time to speak to the media today, listen to his statement in the video below, courtesy of Danny Moran of the Oregonian

Beavers roar back to defeat Titans 6-5 in CWS opener

Beavers roar back to defeat Titans 6-5 in CWS opener

Hey Omaha, that's what a 55-4 team looks like.

Oregon State shrugged off an early 5-1 deficit and kept grinding Saturday afternoon and pulled out a 6-5 win over Cal-Fullerton. And, as so often is the case for the Beavers, it was near-perfect relief pitching and clutch, two-out hits that made the difference.

"We just battled," Coach Pat Casey said. "That's what we've done all year -- just keep battling."

Trevor Larnach hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to pull OSU within a run and then Jack Anderson followed with another single to tie the game and cap a four-run rally. Catcher Adley Rutschman lined a two-out single in the eighth to plate the winning run. Freshman left-hander Jake Mulhullond got the win after four and one-third innings of hitless relief and Drew Rasmussen saved it with a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 ninth.

"At the end of games we find ways to win," said Rutschman, who made a terrific diving catch of a popped-up bunt in the sixth.

The Beavers move on to meet the winner of Saturday night's LSU-Florida State game Monday at 4 p.m. Casey said following the game that right-hander Bryce Fehmel will start that game with Rasmussen available for relief duty.

Oregon State's Saturday starter was touched for all three of the Titan hits and all five runs. "Too amped up," Casey said. "He was a little too excited."


Ice, Harrison earn ABCA Honors


Ice, Harrison earn ABCA Honors

Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison and catcher Logan Ice have been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-West Region Second Team, it was announced Wednesday.

The ABCA honor is the second of Harrison’s career following his second team selection last season. Ice, meanwhile, is honored for the first time.

Harrison, who accepted an invitation to play for Team USA Tuesday, was an All-Pac-12 Conference performer in 2016 after batting .265 with 14 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 47 runs batted in. He paced the conference with eight home runs and 30 RBI in Pac-12 action.

Ice, a second-round selection by Cleveland last week in the MLB Draft, is a Johnny Bench Award finalist after batting .310 with 13 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 39 RBI. He was named the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year after committing just one passed ball and threw out better than 44 percent of opposing basestealers.

The two honors give the Beavers at least one first or second-team selection for six consecutive seasons. Over that stretch, 11 OSU players have been honored a total of 15 times.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverBaseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.

Steven Nelson: Ready for Impact?


Steven Nelson: Ready for Impact?

It's a rare sight: recent past and immediate future overlapping...

Wearing his NFL Combine DB #32 jacket, Jordan Poyer crouches forward, the front of his toes barely touching the edge of the white line. He's watching something. Or rather, someone.

As the rain pounds down outside, his potential successor attacks practice with the kind of fervor that turns heads. With every rep in the Truax facility, Steven Nelson builds a campaign to break free from a shadow that looms large.

It won't happen overnight, and on top of that, he's in an on-field battle with senior Sean Martin that will play out over spring and fall camp.

“From what I've seen,” says Poyer, “He's just a very smooth and athletic player.”

After Tuesday's practice, I walk up to the top-ranked Junior College cornerback, point over to the All-American cornerback, and ask for comparison. 

“Jordan is a tremendous athlete,” he says as if on auto-respond. (He's heard this tiresome inquiry before). “It's different because he's been in the program and had his ways to develop. For me to come in and catch on pretty fast like this, I think that's an achievement.”

“I wanted to come in, get the playbook down pat, get in with the ones, and that's happening right now,” he adds. “I just want to make plays and get better every day.”

Coming in this past winter as a four star talent who originally decommitted from Georgia and played at the College of the Sequoias, his swift adjustment seems to have come easy, but it's merely the product of hard, hard work.

“He's a gym rat. He really works hard at it,” Secondary Coach Rod Perry says, “He always wants to know technique and how he fits in the cover. He's a smart player. He wants to know his position, and he wants to know his craft.”

Coach Riley seems pleased every time he's been asked about Nelson, and by my count, that's about six or seven times since practice began. “Besides his ability, the thing I really enjoy is that he loves to play. Since he's gotten here he works out hard. Studies hard.”

His teammates have also taken note of the newcomer's work ethic and potential threat-level, especially Sean Mannion. “If you made a mistake, he will make you pay.”

“All the guys have reached out to me,” says Nelson. “They give me advice, tell me what I do wrong, and they tell me when I make good plays. The biggest challenge for me? Technique.”

Before signing with OSU, Nelson was seeking big opportunity and sifting through double-digit scholarship offers. He wanted to land in a place where he could live up to the expectations he set for himself. “They showed me the depth chart, that Jordan was leaving. They had Rashaad Reynolds and Sean Martin, and they told me I could come in and have an immediate impact.”

The struggle continues, but so far, so good...

#6 Beavers Blasted in 9th, Lose 6-3 to #16 Ducks


#6 Beavers Blasted in 9th, Lose 6-3 to #16 Ducks

The Beavers made some costly mistakes tonight at Goss, and the Ducks pounced all over them. Here's the official recap.

Team Release
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dylan Davis had two hits to pace the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team but the Beavers dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 16 Oregon Tuesday night at Goss Stadium.
Aaron Payne’s one-out triple in the top of the ninth scored two, breaking a 3-3 deadlock, which sent the Ducks to the win in the first game of the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, NW Ford Dealers, McDonald's and Wells Fargo. Oregon State dropped to 25-6 on the year while Oregon improved to 24-8.
The loss went to Oregon State reliever Brandon Jackson, who fell to 4-1 after allowing one hit and one run in 2 1/3 innings of work. The win went to Garrett Clevinger, his first of the year, and Jimmie Sherfy picked up his ninth save of the season.
Oregon State, which led off the game with a run in the first on a bases loaded walk to Jake Rodriguez, found itself down 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. The Beavers tied the game when Kavin Keyes scored on a Jerad Casper single, then Ryan Barnes drove in Casper on a squeeze.
Davis doubled in the third and singled in the fifth for his 13th multiple-hit game of the season.
Payne and Tyler Baumgartner led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
Neither starter figured in the decision as each was pulled early. Taylor Starr started for the Beavers and allowed three runs and three hits with four strikeouts in three innings. Jordan Spencer, meanwhile, worked 2 2/3 innings for Oregon, allowing four hits and a run. He left with a 3-1 lead but OSU scored two runs off his immediate replacement, Jeff Gold.
Oregon returns to Pac-12 Conference play Friday when opening a three-game series against Utah. First pitch Friday from Goss Stadium is slated for 5:35 p.m. PT.

Civil War Moves to 4 PM

Ducks Baseball

Civil War Moves to 4 PM

It's finally arrived, the Beavers (25-5) will host the Ducks (23-8) in the first of five games Tuesday at 4:05 PM (previously slated for 7:05). Here are the team notes to get you up to speed for first pitch. The Talkin' Beavers crew will be there. Will you? Tweet us your thoughts during the game @csnnw

The Game (OSU Athletics)
TV: Pac-12 Networks

Last Game
Ben Wetzler allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to help guide the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a 5-2 win over No. 10 UCLA Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadi- um. Wetzler picked up his first win of the 2013 season after striking out five.

Barnes On A Roll
Senior Ryan Barnes rides a six-game hit streak into Tuesday’s night Civil War game after post- ing two hits in each of the three games against the Bruins. Barnes, who made his first appear- ance of the season March 3, has upped his av- erage from .206 to .295 during the hit streak.

Non-Conference Slate
Tuesday’s game is categorized as a non-conference affair. Oregon State is 18-3 in non- conference games, and 9-1 at Goss Stadium. The Beavers are hitting .302 in non-confer- ence games and have tallied a 1.82 earned run average.

At Home
Oregon State has been fiercely protective of Goss Stadium against Oregon since the Ducks rejoined the then-Pacific-10 Conference in 2009. OSU is 9-1 at Goss Stadium against Or- egon, the lone defeat coming in 2011, 7-2.

Top 25 Stretch
The Beavers have had a pretty tough stretch of baseball recently, and that will continue Tuesday against No. 16 Oregon. After Tues- day, 10 of the Beavers’ last 14 games will have come against top 25 clubs. Oregon State is 7-2 against top 25 clubs this season.

• A win Tuesday would match the Beavers’ best record over 31 games with the 1962 and 2005 clubs, which were both 26-5. • Oregon State’s unofficial RPI, according to warrennolan.com, is No. 1, while the team’s strength of schedule is rated third.

• Pat Casey is 11th all-time in Pac-12 history with 643 wins at OSU. He needs 46 to surpass Cal’s Bob Milano for 10th. Casey, meanwhile, is 17th with a .627 winning percentage.

Practice Week One: Beavers Bring in the Noise


Practice Week One: Beavers Bring in the Noise

The first week of spring practice didn't end with a bang, but rather a beat.  A very, very loud one.

50 Cent and Ne-Yo's “Baby By Me” blasted through the speakers today courtesy of DJ Cloud Nine's bright pink turntables, making Merrit-Truax feel more like a club in Panama City Beach during spring break than an indoor practice facility. It was so loud, you couldn't even hear the screams and shouts of Coach Cavanaugh. 

But you won't hear me complaining. I loved every second of it. At one point, it seemed as if the entire secondary played in lock step to the rhythm of “Black and Yellow.” But maybe that was just me.

“It livens up practice,” said Storm Woods. “Brandin and I were goofy dancing.”

This new installment is part of fun-day Friday, but in reality, it's all about focus Friday. 

“At the same time it makes us focus on the ball as a running back,” added Woods. “Because we can't always hear the cadence, just like in the games. It's not too early to start working on that.”

Coach Riley didn't have too much to say about it, passing the credit to Ryan Gunderson, but he seemed to enjoy it nonetheless, "It doesn't really matter if it's crowd noise or music as long as it makes it harder to pay attention."

All fun aside, the Beavers know very well the job they're here to do, and from watching practice every day this week, that is very evident. 

Storm Woods and Terron Ward compete back and forth for big plays; Coach Brennan shouts at Malick Gilmore to get shoes that fit; Markus Wheaton holds out a pad to keep receivers vertical after a catch; an injured Tyler Anderson works from the sidelines with the running backs; Sean Mannion talks about how confident he is throwing the ball, that he's never felt better in practice; Rashaad Reynolds coaches up younger guys between drills.

Yes, it's still early. There's still a quarterback to be named, a hurt elbow for Isaac Seumalo to work through and a shoulder injury for Richard Mullaney to recover from; there's still a hole to fill in the receiver position (Obum Gwachum? Malik Gilmore?), and cornerback newcomer Steven Nelson has high expectations to meet and big shoes to fill (Coach Riley says he's been impressed thus far. "I like him. I think he looks like a very natural athlete. Natural player. Really a hard worker").

There are many questions that remain, but this week, one has been answered: the Beavers are a team in sync, with or without the tunes of Kanye West.

OSU Practice Report: Cooks and Reynolds Ready To Lead


OSU Practice Report: Cooks and Reynolds Ready To Lead

While the team has some big holes to fill without Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer, the Beavers seem confident heading into spring practice.

The sun shone brightly today as the rust started to fall off.  More so than last year, OSU is preparing to exceed not just Beaver Nation's expectations, but their own.

That said, nothing is a given, and too much confidence is just as dangerous as insecurity. Coach Riley's been reminding his team they have to earn their stripes here all over again, and Rashaad Reynolds says they have no time for arrogance, only dedication.

Reynolds also told me  it feels like there's a great deal of unity and support on the squad coming off a turnaround season, and he's been working hard  since the Alamo Bowl to carry the load now that Poyer is off to the big leagues.

Secondary Coach Rod Perry says it's impossible to replace a guy like Jordan,  but his unit is in good hands moving forward.  

As for Brandin Cooks, he texted with WR Coach Brent Brennan almost daily as he reviewed a tape they put together for him.

Strength coach Bryan Miller said Rashaad and Brandin impressed him the most the past few months with their willingness to grind it out every day in the weight room.

Take a look at what Cooks, Reynolds and Coach Riley have to say about the new roles for the junior receiver and senior corner in this video

Beavers Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Awards


Beavers Sweep Pac-12 Weekly Awards

The Beavers continue to rack up awards as they remain the #3 team in the nation. Tune in to Talkin' Beavers tonight to hear Michael Conforto talk about this week's opponent, Arizona State and get to know one of the newest, hottest arms on the team, Branden Jackson.

Team Release
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Oregon State senior left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd and sophomore outfielder Michael Conforto led the third-ranked Beavers to a sweep of 20th-ranked Arizona over the weekend.
On Tuesday, the duo produced another sweep.
Boyd was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Pitcher of the Week and Conforto the league’s player of the week. It’s the first sweep of the Pac-12’s weekly awards for the Beavers since 2006 when Mitch Canham (player) and Dallas Buck (pitcher) were honored on May 23.
Each picked up their second honor of the season Tuesday.
For Boyd, the award comes on the heels of a seven-inning, two-hit performance against Arizona, which came into the series with a robust .328 batting average. He ended the night with six strikeouts en route to his fourth win of the season. In the process, he became the school’s all-time leader in winning percentage, at .938, as he stands at 15-1 during his four-year career.
The lefty is 4-0 with a 1.59 earned run average in five starts this season. Opponents are batting .214 against hi m and he has walked just six while striking out a team-best 31 batters.
Conforto, meanwhile, capped off his five-game week with a home run Sunday that gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead en route to an 8-4 win over the Wildcats, which OSU its first-ever sweep in Tucson. He finished the week 8-for-19 (.421) with two home runs and four RBI. His first home run of the weekend came in the first inning Friday night against Arizona. The three-run shot helped pace OSU to the 6-2 win.
Conforto leads the team with a .380 batting average and has a team-leading six home runs with 21 RBI. The six home runs also leads the Pac-12 while his 21 RBI are good for third.
The Beavers have three Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season, giving them 63 all-time. OSU, meanwhile, has two pitcher of the week awards, placing the club at 68 all-time.
Oregon State returns home Friday to open a three-game series with Arizona State. First pitch Friday is 5:35 p.m., Saturday is 2:05 p.m. and Sunday is 12:05 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks and the other two can be seen live for free on pac-12.com/live/osubeavers.aspx.

Beavers Sweep Champion Wildcats


Beavers Sweep Champion Wildcats

Team Release
TUCSON, Ariz. – Jake Rodriguez drove in a career-best five runs to send the third-ranked Oregon State baseball team to an 8-4 win over No. 20 Arizona Sunday at Hi Corbett Field. The win gave the Beavers a sweep of the Wildcats in Tucson for the first time school history.
Michael Conforto also homered for the Beavers, who improved to 19-1 on the year and 3-0 in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon State opened Pac-12 play with a sweep on the road for the second consecutive season after downing California in 2012.
Rodriguez ended the game with two doubles. His first came in the fourth after entering the game as a defensive substitution at catcher in the third. The shot went down the right field line and scored Ryan Barnes, giving the Beavers a then 3-1 lead.
Rodriguez helped blow the game open in the sixth. He came to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs and doubled to the gap in left, enabling Barnes, Kavin Keyes and Max Gordon to score for a 7-1 advantage.
He later added a sacrifice fly, his third of the series, in the eighth to put Oregon State up 8-4.
The junior finished the day with a 2-for-2 effort.
Conforto, meanwhile, hit his second home run of the series – and sixth of the season - in the first. The towering shot to center sent the Beavers to a 1-0 lead that was added to in the second when Barnes scored his first of three runs on a triple by Jerad Casper.
Arizona (15-8, 0-3 Pac-12) moved to within one in the bottom half of the second, but the Beavers scored the game’s next five runs.
The Wildcats added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to draw within three, but Rodriguez’s fifth RBI of the day gave the Beavers breathing room.
Ben Wetzler started for the Beavers and did not figure in the decision after going 4 2/3 innings. The lefty allowed two hits and one run while walking three and striking out one.
Brandon Jackson was credited with the win for the Beavers after allowing three hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. The righty improved to 4-0 this season.
Scott Schultz, meanwhile, picked up his fourth save of the season after getting the final four Arizona outs.
All told, the Beavers managed 10 hits off Arizona starter Cody Moffett and two Arizona relievers. Moffett allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings to drop to 2-1 this season.
Conforto and Andy Peterson each had two hits to join Rodriguez in the multi-hit category.
Oregon State returns home Friday to open a three-game series with Arizona State. First pitch Friday is 5:35 p.m., Saturday is 2:05 p.m. and Sunday is 12:05 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks