For Beavers, the end was disappointing but the season certainly wasn't

For Beavers, the end was disappointing but the season certainly wasn't

The glorious Oregon State baseball season ended in very disappointing fashion Saturday. But it wasn't a disappointing season.

It was still a season to be proud of -- a regular season that likely will never be matched at that school or any other. Baseball isn't the kind of game that leads to such seasons. Anybody can beat anybody on a given day. And we saw that in the College World Series, when a whole lot of things went wrong at the same time for the Beavers.

On Friday, OSU could have put away LSU had an umpire not mistakenly called a foul ball on a long drive off the left-field wall by Stephen Kwan. Yes, Pat Casey should have asked for a replay of it, but managing  a game is tough enough without having to umpire it, too. I still cannot understand how an umpire, standing on the foul line, could have possibly missed that call. It couldn't happen one in a hundred times. Seemingly the entire CWS went downhill after that for Oregon State.

On Saturday, the Beavers allowed the Tigers too many runs early in what was an elimination game. Getting down by a couple of runs is one thing, but any more than that in a pressurized game is too difficult to overcome. And yes, there was the umpiring again. The plate umpire had no idea where the outside corner of the plate was and LSU took much more advantage of his poor eyesight than did the Beavers. Constantly, the OSU hitters were called out on third strikes that challenged the batter's box on the other side of the plate. Even in the ninth inning, when the first two players reached base and it appeared Oregon State -- if any team in the country could do it -- was poised for a miracle rally, the umpire's urge to make the dramatic "strike three" call popped up again.

I'm seeing Oregon State fans rising up in anger at everyone over their team's elimination but I'd advise them to calm down a bit. Remember, this team didn't show up in Omaha with the same squad that was responsible for the sparkling regular-season record. The coaching staff did a remarkable job of juggling its pitching staff and lineup to make up for absences. And there is no doubt this program has a real chance to have an even better team next season.

Not a better record, though. That just can't happen again. But it could be a better team and I'm sure Casey will have a terrific recruiting year built on this season's success.

It was an incredible season and should be remembered that way -- regardless of the ending.

Social media reacts to reports of Mike Riley leaving for AAF

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Social media reacts to reports of Mike Riley leaving for AAF

Mike Riley's homecoming back to Oregon State football may be cut shorter than expected. Recent reports indicate Riley becoming the head coach of San Antonio's American Alliance Football team (named at a later date).

Riley was named Oregon State's assistant head coach and tight ends coach on December 18, 2017. His time, this time, in Corvallis could have him leaving in the spring for San Antonio. Some on social media are taking this as heartbreak, wanting Riley to stay and rebuild the dam:

While others are glad to see him go: 


Oregon State bats come alive after significant weather delay

Oregon State bats come alive after significant weather delay

The #3 Oregon State Beavers defeated the Washington Huskies 14-5 in an elimination game of the College World Series on Monday.

It started off as a pitchers' duel between Washington sophomore Jordan Jones and Oregon State junior Bryce Fehmel, both pitchers allowing zero runs until the third inning.

Oregon State's defense has committed four errors in last two games compared to just three in the previous 16 games. An error in center, from backup Preston Jones (Steven Kwan did not return with an injury) in the bottom of the third allowed runners on the corners for Washington. The Huskies capitalized with a two-run RBI double into deep left field to go on top 2-0. Washington got one more in the third to build the lead 3-0. 

After a Washington pitching change in the fifth, the Beavers bats finally started to come alive. An RBI single from sophomore Tyler Malone and an RBI triple from Preston Jones ties the game at 3-3. 

But then, Mother Nature took over with a 4.5 hour lightning delay. The grounds crew in Omaha rolled the tarp over the infield even though there was no rain at TD Ameritrade Park at the time, but, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the area and rain was falling elsewhere in the city.  When play was suspended at 2:16pm pacific time Oregon State had the bases loaded with two outs and were down 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning. It was the second straight day a game was delayed because of weather.

Some teams might be sluggish or have a hard time dealing with such a long delay. OSU had no problem at all. When play finally resumed, outfielder Kyle Nobach went yard for a three-run homer to give the Beavers a commanding 9-5 lead in the top of the seventh.

And, OSU wasn't done. In the top of the 8th, infielder Tyler Malone crushed a home run to right field. His leadoff homer gave the Beavers a 10-5 lead. Oregon State ended up tacking on four more runs in the inning and the Huskies had no answer. 

UW went scoreless after the rain delay. Oregon State continues its mission for a CWS Championship on Wednesday at 4pm pacific time. OSU moves on to play the loser of Tuesday's game between North Carolina and Mississippi State.

Oregon State upset by UNC after digging 6-1 hole

Oregon State upset by UNC after digging 6-1 hole

The #3 Beavers were upset by #6 UNC in their first game of the College World Series after an uncharacteristically bad outing for Luke Heimlich as OSU found themselves in a 6-1 hole in the middle of the third inning.

The Beavers answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and trailed by two until UNC put two more on the board in the seventh.

Trailing by four in the bottom of the seventh, OSU answered with two runs of their own, but were never able to get over the hump and lost the game 8-6.

A key moment came in the bottom of the 7th when OSU was unable to capitalize on a base-loaded situation.

With the loss, OSU will play Monday at 11am Pacific time in an elimination game (the CWS is a double elimination style tournament).

As the game passed into the 23rd minute of the fourth hour, it became the longest 9-inning game in CWS history. 

Here are some reactions from around social media surrounding the game:

How the CWS works

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How the CWS works

The College World Series beings this weekend, and Oregon State is a favorite to win it all. The Beavers are heading to Omaha along with the North Carolina Tar Heels, Washington Huskies, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Arkansas Razorbacks, and Florida Gators.

For those of you don’t follow college baseball, or don’t understand how the College World Series works, here is a quick breakdown for you.

The Road to Omaha starts with the best 64 teams in the nation coming together to create 16 four-team Regionals. These four-team brackets each play a double-elimination tournament, with the winner of each bracket moving on to the Super Regionals.

The Super Regionals will seed the final 16 teams to create eight best-of-three series.  The winner of each series advances to Omaha.

The final eight teams are divided into two four-team brackets, where like the Regionals, the four teams will play a double-elimination tournament. The winner of these brackets will then play each other in one final best-of-three series to determine the National Champion.

Bracket 1 will be Oregon State, North Carolina, Washington, and Mississippi State.

Bracket 2 will be Arkansas, Texas, Texas Tech and Florida.

Oregon State's first game will be against North Caroline on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon Pacific.

Twitter reacts to Oregon State’s 8-1 Super Regionals victory


Twitter reacts to Oregon State’s 8-1 Super Regionals victory

The bats were going early in Corvallis. Trevor Larnach and Adley Rutschman each went yard in the very first inning for the Beavers.  With back-to-back home runs in the first and OSU lefty Luke Heimlich pitching 8 2/3 strong innings in his final home start, No. 3 seed Oregon State easily cruised by No. 14 Minnesota, 8-1.

With a victory in the first game of the Corvallis Super Regional at Goss Stadium on Friday, people everywhere were reacting to the big win on Twitter.

After back-to-back homers to start the game, Beavers Athletics shared some great shots of a very happy Adley Rutschman. 

And once a Beaver, always a Beaver. Former OSU running back Yvenson Bernard showed some love to his alma mater’s baseball team.

As for senior Luke Heimlich (16-1), he allowed seven hits and no walks, though he did hit one batter.  Friday’s win tallied Heimlich’s ninth consecutive win.  He also earned his 16th of the season, which is an OSU record.  Heimlich also tied Ben Wetzler for Oregon State career victories with 36.

The Beavers are now just one victory away from their sixth super regional title and a return trip to the College World Series.  Junior right-hander Bryce Fehmel (10-1, 2.77) will get the start for the Beavs in the second game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Minnesota will start Patrick Fredrickson (9-0, 1.76).

Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich goes undrafted in 2018 MLB Draft

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Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich goes undrafted in 2018 MLB Draft

The third and final day of the 2018 MLB Draft is complete and Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich has now gone undrafted for the second straight year.

All 30 major-league teams passed over the controversial OSU ace in all 40 rounds of this year’s draft.

Teams clearly made a decision to not select the left-hander who admitted to sexually assaulting his niece when he was a teenager, but has since denied the allegations.

Heimlich was project to be a high-round pick in the 2017 draft, but that was before his arrest as a 16-year-old was revealed by a report from the Oregonian just days before the 2017 draft.

In the report, that was posted last June, it stated that Heimlich signed a seven-page guilty plea. That plea deal enabled him to avoid jail time. Heimlich was 16-years-old at the time of his plea. In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, the now 22-year-old, still denied that he molested his niece and said he signed his plea to put an end to such a difficult period his family’s life.

This season, with Heimlich returning for his senior year, he has gone 15-1 with a 2.42 ERA for the Beavers. Oregon State is currently playing in the Super Regionals of the NCAA tournament, hosting Minnesota this weekend.

During his four years with OSU, Heimlich went 35-11 with a 2.32 ERA while allowing batters to hit just .207 against him.  Heimlich won the Pac-12 pitcher of the year award in 2017 and in 2018.

2018 MLB Draft – First Round dreams come true for Oregon State Beavers’ Nick Madrigal, Trevor Larnach

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2018 MLB Draft – First Round dreams come true for Oregon State Beavers’ Nick Madrigal, Trevor Larnach


After sweeping through the opening round of the NCAA tournament to advance to the Super Regional, the Oregon State Beavers carried that same momentum to the MLB Draft. Nick Madrigal was drafted fourth overall by the Chicago White Sox and Trevor Larnach was drafted 20th by the Minnesota Twins. If you’ve followed the team at all this year, it’s not much of a surprise.

Madrigal’s star has shined bright throughout the last two seasons and it’s been impossible to ignore. He burst onto the scene his sophomore year, being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He has a small stature at 5’7 and leads with his effort and emotions. With his size and intangibles, he’s drawn draft day comparisons to Dustin Pedroia and Jose Altuve. He’s extremely tough to get out, only striking out an astounding five times this season. When on base, he’s just as tough, stealing 11 bases without being caught. He’s listed as a second baseman but will play shortstop in the minors. This would definitely favor him with the 23-year-old Yoan Moncada being locked in at their major league level at second base for the foreseeable future.

As for Larnach, his rise to stardom was more of a finger roll as opposed to Madrigal’s slam dunk. Last year was his first season as a full-time starter and he hit for average as most of the team did with O.K. power numbers notching just three home runs. His .327 average this year is a slight jump, but his home run and RBI numbers are what drew heart eyes from MLB scouts. His 17 home runs are what projects him as a power bat in the lineup. He utilizes all parts of the field when hitting and has a solid arm to play either corner outfield position. With his 6’4, 205-pound frame and left-handed swing, I think he compares well to Christian Yelich.

You can catch these two in action again when they take on the Minnesota Gophers at home this weekend. The winner of this series will advance to the College World Series.

OSU Baseball wins Regional, moves on in NCAA tournament


OSU Baseball wins Regional, moves on in NCAA tournament

it was a big weekend for Oregon State Baseball who won their Regional and advance to the Super Regional Round of the NCAA World Series. Some news and notes from around Twitter for the baseball team:



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 or call 541-737-2050.

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