Jake Luton shares in National Comeback Player of the Year honors

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Jake Luton

Jake Luton shares in National Comeback Player of the Year honors

Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton has been selected one of three college football student-athletes for the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award. The three players, who are being recognized for overcoming injury or illness, will be honored during an on-field ceremony at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on December 28.

Luton, from a Marysville, Wash., suffered a thoracic spine fracture at Washington State in game four of the 2017 season that forced him out for the remainder of the season. He returned for 2018, but was limited for half the schedule with an ankle sprain. The sixth-year senior has graduated in psychology and innovation management.

Luton played 23 games for the Beavers, starting 21. He finished fifth in the OSU record book for touchdown passes with 42 and seventh for passing yards with 5,227. The 2019 team captain was selected Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week twice and was on this year’s Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell Award watch lists. In addition, he was one of only three quarterbacks during the 2019 regular season to throw a minimum 25 touchdown passes (28) with three or fewer interceptions (3). Over his final two seasons he had 38 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

The three individuals were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), in association with The Associated Press (AP) and the Fiesta Bowl Organization.  A $5,000 donation to OSU’s general student scholarship fund will be presented to the university on behalf of Luton’s award.

The other two recipients of the award are offensive lineman Drew Wilson of Georgia Southern University and wide receiver Octavion Wilson of Salisbury University.

TV, dates, times announced for Oregon State Men’s Hoops

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TV, dates, times announced for Oregon State Men’s Hoops

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State men's basketball schedule includes 19 games on Pac-12 Network, three on the ESPN family of networks and four on FS1.
 
The Beavers open Pac-12 play at Oregon at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 in the 351st Civil War before hosting USC at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 and UCLA at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13.
 
Other conference home games include Washington State (8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24), Washington (1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26), Stanford (7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7), California (2:30 p.m., Feb. 9), Oregon (7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16), Arizona (6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28) and Arizona State (5 p.m., Sunday, March 3).
 
Colorado and Utah won't visit Corvallis and the Beavers will not play at California or Stanford.
 
The Pac-12 Tournament begins on Wednesday, March 13 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
 
Here's the full release on Oregon State's non-conference schedule, which includes a Dam City Classic game against Texas A&M at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Moda Center in Portland.
 
The Beavers will open the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam against Old Dominion at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. All games at the Paradise Jam will stream online at FloHoops.com.
 
Fans can secure men's basketball season tickets by calling 541-737-2050. For returning ticket holders, season tickets will be $349 for chair back and $199 for bench seats as part of the "Committ2Wayne" plan. All new chair back season tickets will be $384 and new bench season tickets will be $219.
 
Dam City Classic tickets will be included for all Oregon State men's basketball season ticket holders, giving fans a total of 17 games to watch in Corvallis and Portland during the 2018-19 season (including an exhibition game).
 
Gill Coliseum will have several enhancements for the 2018-19 season. An HD center-hung video board will feature two 14.5-foot-high by 26-foot-wide displays facing the sidelines and two 9.5-foot-high by 16.5-foot-wide displays facing the ends of the arena. New LED lighting will allow for flexibility to be turned off for starting lineup introductions and create different levels of lighting depending on the event.
 
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Pat Casey announces his retirement

Pat Casey announces his retirement

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pat Casey, the winningest coach in Oregon State Athletics history, announced Thursday his retirement from coaching after 24 years in Corvallis and 31 seasons at the collegiate level.

He claimed 900 victories at Oregon State, with the last coming in the final game of the 2018 College World Series as the Beavers won their third national championship.

While coaching at Oregon State, his teams made six visits to the College World Series, and won 21 games in Omaha, among the most in CWS history. His teams made 13 total trips to the postseason, accounting for 64 of Oregon State baseball’s 69 all-time victories.

Casey coached 21 players who have since appeared at the Major League level, and countless others who have gone on to successful careers off the field.

“I would first like to thank all the players who have given me the opportunity and honor to coach them over the last 31 years,” Casey said. “Your dedicated commitment has truly made the journey what it is and made what we do more than special; I will be forever grateful. You have left me with memories I will never forget. You are true warriors.

“Thank you to our coaching staff at Oregon State – your work ethic and loyalty are second-to-none; each and every one is the absolute best. We’ve had so many great times on and off the field which will never be forgotten. And to all the coaches and support staff members I’ve gotten to work with over so many years, I thank you all. Additionally, thank you to the members of the administration at Oregon State for your support throughout the years.

“To my wife, Susan, and my family, thank you for being there every step of the way.

“I don’t have enough space or time to thank all the individuals who I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the years. You know who you are and I want to thank each and every one of you.

“I also want to thank Beaver Nation for being the best baseball fans in America. We all truly appreciate your support.

“I have always expected that I be at the same level at which we ask our players day in and day out, and right now, I’m not sure I can’t do that, but I’m also not certain I can. Therefore, I believe it is the right time to step down as head coach of the Oregon State baseball program.

“I would like to thank Ed Ray and Scott Barnes for giving me the opportunity to remain with Oregon State and the athletic department.”

“I’ve truly been blessed.”
Casey will remain at Oregon State as a Senior Associate Athletics Director/Special Assistant to Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes.

“It’s very difficult to put into words what Coach Casey has done for Oregon State University, the state of Oregon, college baseball overall and the tremendous impact he has made on the lives of so many young people during his coaching career,” Barnes said. “While I’m saddened to lose Coach Casey in the dugout; I’m thrilled to have Coach Casey remain on staff to serve as an ambassador for our department, be a mentor for other coaches, and play a role in fundraising.”

Barnes announced on Thursday that Pat Bailey, who served as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Casey for 11 seasons at Oregon State, has been named interim head coach. A national search will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Casey came to Oregon State in 1995 after seven seasons as the head coach at George Fox. During his tenure with the Beavers, he won 900 games – 1,071 all-time with 171 at George Fox – which ranks sixth in Pac-12 Conference history. His .662 winning percentage is good for 13th in conference history, and third amongst coaches this century.Casey, whose hometown is Newberg, Ore., was named national coach of the year by at least one organization five times: in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017 and 2018. The honors followed national championships in 2006, 2007 and 2018.

OSU is the only program to ever win six elimination games in Omaha, doing so in 2006 and 2018. The Beavers also became just the fifth program in NCAA history to win back-to-back national titles and were the first Northern school to win a championship in more than 40 years.

In his last two seasons, Casey guided the Beavers to a 111-18-1 record, the second-most wins over a two-year stretch in conference history. OSU went 57-6 (.905) at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field over that stretch; the Beavers posted winning records at home in 21 of Casey’s 24 seasons at the helm.

A total of 116 players have been drafted by MLB organizations since 1995, with eight going in the first round, including a school-record three in 2018 (Nick Madrigal, Trevor Larnach and Cadyn Grenier). Twenty-one of those selections have played in the Major Leagues, with a school-record 11 appearing at the game’s highest level in 2017.

Casey’s teams have been recognized with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for three consecutive years. The Beavers are the only team from the Pac-12 to be recognized during that stretch, and one of 15 nationally to earn the honor all three years. In the last three seasons alone, Oregon State has seen 43 student-athletes named Pac-12 All-Academic, which leads the conference.

He was recognized significantly twice leading up to the 2010 season. First, Casey was named the top collegiate coach of the previous decade by Baseball America, and the Beavers, as a team, were recognized as the No. 2 program, just behind Texas.

Following that recognition, he and his wife, Susan, were the recipients of the Nell and John Wooden Coaching Achievement Award. The honor goes to a head coach and their spouse for their dedication to success on the field and in making an impact on the lives of their players.

ABOUT PAT CASEY

- 900 wins at Oregon State. His 900th win came in the 2018 national title game versus Arkansas. Leaves as the winningest coach in Oregon State Athletics history.- All-time record 1,071-572-7 (.651) with a 171-114-1 (.600) mark at George Fox. Final record of 900-468-6 (.662) at Oregon State. He averaged nearly 46 wins per year over his last eight seasons.

- Named the Pac-10/12 Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2017.

- Won 50 or more games four times: 50 in 2006, 52 in 2013, 56 in 2017 and 55 in 2018. He is the only coach in program history to win 50 in a single-season.

- Totaled 40 or more wins nine times during his tenure at Oregon State.

- Mentored 24 players who were named an All-American at least once. Twenty-one players were recognized as Freshman All-Americans.

- Thirteen players went on to play for the Team USA Collegiate National Team. Two more – Jordan Lennerton and Carter Bell – played for Team Canada. Brian Barden, who played for Casey from 2000-02, played in the 2008 Olympics for Team USA.

- Ben Bertrand (1998), Mitch Canham (2007) and Jake Thompson (2017) earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors under Casey.

Beavers Fall in Season Opener at No. 5 Ohio State

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Beavers Fall in Season Opener at No. 5 Ohio State

Artavis Pierce rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State battled in its season opener on the road at No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Beavers (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12) dropped the decision to the Buckeyes (1-0, 0-0 Big 10), 77-31 in the third ever meeting between the two schools. The Beavers suited up 71 players on Saturday, 33 of which had never played in a Division I game.

Connor Blount finished the game with 169 yards through the air on 12-of-19 attempts with two touchdowns. Pierce rattled off 168 yards on the ground and two touchdowns behind 11 carries.

The Beavers found their way on the scoreboard early in the first quarter on a 49-yard strike from Connor Blount to Trevon Bradford tying the game at 7-7. This scoring play marked the longest pass and longest reception in both of their Beaver careers.

In similar fashion the pair connected once again in the waning moments of the first half. This time on a seven-yard touchdown pass to the corner of the end zone.
Ohio State held a 41-14 halftime lead.

The Beavers first offensive play of the second half, Pierce unleashed for an 80-yard touchdown run, pulling Oregon State within 49-21. The run from Pierce was the 8th-longest in Beaver history.

Pierce added to his impressive day on the field with another long touchdown run in the third quarter of 78 yards. Jordan Choukair added a 23-yard field goal finalizing the scoring for the Beavers.

Up Next
Oregon State hosts Southern Utah in its home opener next Saturday, Sept. 8 at Reser Stadium. Game time is set for 5 p.m. You can make all of your ticket purchases here.

Oregon State is bringing back Retro Benny

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Oregon State is bringing back Retro Benny

Oregon State Athletics is excited to announce the return of an iconic mark that is familiar to generations of fans, as Retro Benny arrives this fall.
 
The Retro Benny makes an official return Homecoming weekend Oct. 20 when the OSU football team will wear a specially designed Nike uniform when it hosts the California Golden Bears at Reser Stadium. In addition, Retro Benny will appear on the team's helmets for only the second time in history; initially was part of the 1973 team's helmets under the leadership of OSU Hall of Fame coach, the late Dee Andros.

"Retro Benny is a cherished emotional connection by generations of Beaver Nation and our student-athletes, coaches and staff are excited to represent the rich history of this university on a national stage," OSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said. "The reintroduction of Retro Benny also aligns with our strategic plan in creating brand awareness and fan engagement opportunities, and supports the OSU 150 celebration."
 
Benny Beaver (Retro Benny) was an official active mark of OSU's intercollegiate sports teams from 1951-98.
 
A near life-sized wooden chainsaw sculpture of Retro Benny will debut  Friday at the campus OSU Beaver Store, where fans will have the opportunity to purchase merchandise that will be on sale for the first time. Merchandise will also be available online at the official Oregon State Athletics Shop.
 
The Oregon 3D Art and Chainsaw Sculpture created Retro Benny will make its way to Parker Plaza outside of Reser Stadium during the season and at other venues throughout the course of the year.


In addition to Homecoming on Oct. 20, OSU Athletics will induct the 15th class into its Hall of Fame that weekend. Inductees include former football player Earnel Durdan, standout women's basketball player Felicia Ragland, longtime administrator Sylvia Moore, the 1970 and '71 women's volleyball teams, and the 2006 and '07 national championship baseball teams.
 
Multiple ticket plans are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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Oregon State sets kickoff time for four games

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Oregon State sets kickoff time for four games

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  The Pac-12 Conference and its television partners announced Thursday kickoff times for four games that include Oregon State. First-year head coach Jonathan Smith and the Beavers open the season Sept. 1 at Ohio State at 9 a.m. PDT on ABC, followed by the home opener Sept. 8 vs. Southern Utah at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. The non-conference slate concludes Sept. 15 at Nevada with a 4 p.m. kickoff available on ESPN3.

The 122nd Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons and your local Toyota Dealers, will be played Friday, November 23 at 1 p.m. at Reser Stadium and air on FS1.

The game at Ohio State is the earliest kick for the Beavers since the 9 a.m. start Sept. 12, 2015 at Michigan. OSU also had a 9 a.m. kick Sept. 10, 2011 at Wisconsin. The matchup with Ohio State marks the fourth consecutive season OSU has played a Big Ten opponent.  The Big Ten returns to future Beaver schedules in 2021 and ’24 with Purdue.

Kickoffs for the remainder of the 2018 season will be announced 12 or 6 days in advance of the game date.

Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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Beavers and Texas Tech to play football home-and-home series

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Beavers and Texas Tech to play football home-and-home series

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Oregon State and Texas Tech have signed a home-and-home football series contract for the 2025 and ’26 seasons, Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Thursday.

The addition of Texas Tech continues a trend for the Beavers in scheduling non-Pac-12  Conference “Power 5” programs. Recent additions to the OSU schedule include Oklahoma State in 2019 and ’20, and Purdue in 2021 and ’24.

The first game of the series with Texas Tech will be played in Lubbock, Texas Sept. 13, 2025. The return game at Reser Stadium will be played Sept. 12, 2026. The games will mark the second and third meetings between the two schools in football. The only other contest was a 15-14 Texas Tech win Sept. 26, 1959 in Lubbock.

Season tickets are now available for the six-game home football schedule that includes Oregon, USC, California, Washington State, Arizona and Southern Utah. For information on the benefits of being a season ticket holder or renewal incentives please access OSUBeavers.com or call 541-737-2050.

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Oregon State names Jonathan Smith head football coach

Oregon State names Jonathan Smith head football coach

CORVALLIS -- Jonathan Smith, one of the most successful student-athletes in Oregon State University history, has been named head football coach of the OSU Beavers, Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Wednesday. His appointment is contingent on the completion of all university hiring processes.

“We are very excited about having Coach Smith lead our program,” Barnes said. “We interviewed several qualified candidates and Coach Smith emerged as our top choice.  He brings to Oregon State football an impressive plan to build our program. He has a unique perspective on what it means to be a part of Beaver Nation and to be successful for our student-athletes on and off the field.”

Smith is the first OSU graduate to serve as a Beaver head football coach. He returns to Corvallis after a highly successful stint at the University of Washington as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.  Smith spent the last four years with Washington, helping the Huskies to the Pac-12 Conference 2016 championship, an appearance in the College Football Playoff and ending the year with a No. 4 Associated Press Poll ranking. Washington earned a share of the Pac-12 North division title this season, and is ranked No. 13 in the nation while awaiting its selection to a bowl game.  

“I want to thank President Ray and Scott Barnes for their confidence in presenting me this opportunity to return to Oregon State University to be the head coach,” Smith said. “I also want to express my gratitude to Coach (Chris) Petersen for providing me a path to realize my dream as a head coach.”

With Smith as offensive coordinator, the 2016 Huskies narrowly missed setting a school scoring record, averaging 41.8 points, which was tops in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation.

The 38-year-old Smith molded junior Jake Browning, the first true freshman season-opening starting quarterback in Huskies’ history, into one of the top players at the position in the country. Browning was the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and has been among the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy over the last two seasons. 

As a student-athlete, Smith was a four-year letterman quarterback at Oregon State from 1998-2001.  He joined the program as a walk-on from Glendora, Calif. Smith earned his first start on Oct. 31, 1998 and never relinquished that role for the final 38 games of his career. The two-time team captain led the Beavers to the 1999 Oahu Bowl and the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, where OSU capped an 11-1 season with a dominating 41-9 victory over Notre Dame and a No. 4 final Associated Press ranking.

“Oregon State University is a special place and I have many memories of being a part of Beaver Nation,” Smith said. “I played for some of the best coaches I have ever been around and learned many of the qualities I have utilized in my coaching career.”

Smith left OSU as the school’s all-time leading passer with 9,680 yards -- he now ranks third among all Beaver quarterbacks in total passing yardage. At the time of his graduation his records included career touchdown passes (55); single-game passing yards (469 yards vs. the Huskies); and single-season passing yards (3,053 yards in 1999). He still holds the mark for the longest touchdown pass at 97 yards to Chad Johnson in 2000. Smith left OSU ranked No. 3 at the time in conference history for passing yards and total offense.

“I’m in the process of putting together a coaching staff that will share the same vision and goals that I have for this program,” Smith added. “I’m looking forward to working with the young men we currently have in the program and solidifying a recruiting class.”

His honors as a player were numerous while wearing the Orange and Black. He was the Fiesta Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player, earned Pac-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week multiple times and was a two-time member of the Pac-12 Honorable Mention team.

Smith succeeded as a graduate assistant coach in 2002 and 2003 under both Dennis Erickson and Mike Riley, respectively. He helped the Beavers to the 2002 Insight Bowl and 2003 Vegas Bowls, and in the process assisted in the grooming of longtime NFL quarterback Derek Anderson.

Smith’s first full-time coaching position came at the University of Idaho in 2004, where he served as the quarterbacks coach through 2009. In his final season with the Vandals, the team ranked ninth in the NCAA for total offense (451.4 yards per game); 12th in the nation for passing offense (286.7 yards per game); and 20th in scoring (32.7 points per game). Under Smith, Vandals quarterback Nathan Enderle finished the year ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in passing efficiency.

From 2010-11, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) powerhouse University of Montana, leading the Grizzlies to the NCAA Division I semifinals in 2011. While Smith was at Montana, the Grizzlies’ offense ranked in the top 20 nationally in multiple categories.

Smith joined Boise State University for the 2012 and 2013 seasons as the Broncos’ quarterbacks coach and helped guide the team to the 2012 Mountain West Conference co-championship and to a victory over the Washington Huskies in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Following the 2013 regular season at Boise State, Smith followed head coach Chris Petersen to the University of Washington to serve as the Huskies’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

A three-year starting quarterback at Glendora (Calif.) High, Smith graduated from high school in 1997 and earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from Oregon State in December, 2001.

He and his wife, Candice, have three children, Robert (9 years old), Bella (7) and Charles (3).

COACHING HISTORY

2014-2017 – Washington – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2012-2013 – Boise State – Quarterbacks
2010-2011 – Montana – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2004-2009 – Idaho – Quarterbacks
2002-2003 – Oregon State – Graduate Assistant

WELCOME RALLY: Oregon State will host a “Welcome Rally” that is open to the public Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Club Level of Reser Stadium.

What They Are Saying

“The one thing that gives me the most confidence is that since the first time I met Jonathan, that’s all he’s ever wanted to do; coach the game. Obviously, he’s an intelligent man; he could have done anything with his life. He didn’t even pursue his own athletic career because that’s what he knew from the start he wanted to do. I’m very excited to have a man with that kind of focus coming back to lead your program. This is something he has been preparing for, for a very long time. I’m excited to see him move up the ranks and get this opportunity.”  OSU record-setting running back Ken Simonton

“This is a tremendous move by Oregon State, not only for the players who are going to play for him, but also for the community. He’s a true Beaver. He has moved up the coaching ranks and really deserves this opportunity. You know it’s a win-win and I’m so excited for Jonathan.”  Former Oregon State and NCAA champion head football coach Dennis Erickson.

“I’m very excited what he can bring to the program. He’s a young guy who has been there and knows how to get it done, and has been successful at other schools. He’s become a great coach and I think he’ll be a great leader for our school.” NFL veteran and OSU record-setting quarterback Derek Anderson

“What makes me happy about this hire are two things. Number one, he’s a player who competed at Oregon State and who cares about the university. But on the flip side, he was a player at Oregon State when we were at an all-time high. He knows what it takes to get there because he was there, he did it, and he was a part of it.” NFL Veteran wide receiver and Fiesta Bowl champion T.J. Houshmandzadeh

“What has always stood out to me about Jonathan is his competitiveness and his love of football. He was a great player for Oregon State and obviously what he has done as a coach speaks for itself. He loves Oregon State and I think he’s a great fit for the Beavers.” Former OSU Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and current Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst

‘I’m very happy for Coach Smith and his family.  Jonathan is an excellent football coach and an outstanding person, and I’m confident he will have a lot of success at Oregon State,” Washington head coach Chris Petersen

“An incredible hire for Oregon State and I’m very happy for Jonathan. When I joined the Oregon State staff I could tell right away that Jonathan Smith was going to be a head coach. A great leader; someone who thrives under pressure; an overall terrific field general.  He’s going to be a great head coach, it’s something he has always wanted to do, and Oregon State made a terrific choice.”  Former Oregon State assistant coach and current Los Angeles Rams’ receivers coach Eric Yarber

“First of all, I was one of the fortunate ones to see him play here, going from a walk-on to a superstar, leading our football program to one of the greatest years in the history of our team. Jonathan will be an absolute rock star as a head football coach. He will give us the energy, the excitement, the competitiveness, all those things. If I had to say one thing about him, is that he is  a competitor. Everything I’ve witnessed him do, first as a student-athlete here, and then during his coaching career, is not surprising because I know what kind of competitor he is. Not to mention the fact he is a first-class human being, and a quality family man. When I talked to him, one thing he said to me is how important the community would be to him and his family.” Oregon State baseball head coach Pat Casey

“This is an exciting time for Beaver Nation having one of its own come back to lead our football program moving forward. I spent a couple of years with Jonathan at the University of Montana and found him to be a class act, a hard worker and a sharp football mind.” Oregon State basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle

Historic season comes to a close in Omaha

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Historic season comes to a close in Omaha

Oregon State's historic 2017 season came to a close Saturday afternoon, as the Beavers fell to LSU 6-1 in an elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
 
The Beavers end the season with a record of 56-6, the best mark in program history. Oregon State's season-ending winning percentage of .903 is the NCAA's best since Texas posted a .908 winning percentage in 1982.
 
Michael Gretler hit his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to left in the eighth inning. KJ Harrison and Steven Kwan both singled in the contest.
 
LSU scored the first six runs of the game, sparked by a three-run homer in the second inning. Oregon State put a pair of runners on base in the top of the fourth, when Trevor Larnach walked and Harrison singled, but LSU was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
 
Gretler got the Beavers on the board in the eighth frame, when he launched a homer over the left-field wall.
 
Drew Rasmussen allowed just three hits and one run in 4 1/3 innings of relief work.
 
Historic Mark 
The Beavers end the 2017 season with 56 wins, a new Oregon State single-season record. Oregon State's previous best win total was set in 2013, when the Beavers went 52-13.
 
Best This Century
Oregon State's season-ending .903 winning percentage is the best in the NCAA since Texas posted a mark of .908 in 1982. The Beavers matched Texas' 1975 squad for the fourth-best winning percentage in NCAA history.
 
Rare Double
The Beavers back-to-back losses mark the first time Oregon State has dropped two games in a row since May of 2016.
 
Not Giving Up Much
The Beavers wrap up the 2017 campaign with an earned run average of 1.93, making them the first team with a sub-2.00 ERA since Arkansas posted a mark of 1.89 in 2013. Oregon State's ERA breaks the program record, which was previously set in 2013 (2.28).

College World Series
Oregon State moves to 16-10 all-time at the College World Series.