Beavers secure Portland State OL graduate transfer Korbin Sorensen

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Beavers secure Portland State OL graduate transfer Korbin Sorensen

 

The Beavers continued to further solidify their 2020 recruiting class Sunday night when they secured a commitment from graduate transfer offensive lineman Korbin Sorensen. 

Sorensen played college football at Portland State University where he redshirted his freshman year before starting in 33 games over the next three seasons, mostly at right guard.

The 6-foot-6, 305 pound offensive lineman will have one final year of eligibility at Oregon State. He’ll aim to provide depth for an offensive line losing three starters from last season: left tackle Blake Brandel, right guard Gus Lavaka and left guard Clay Cordasco.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB drops third in a row in OT loss to UCLA

Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB drops third in a row in OT loss to UCLA

The No. 15 Oregon State (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12) were looking to get back on track after suffering two losses in a row. Unfortunately, it was another top team in the conference that stood in their way of doing so in No. 8 UCLA (22-3, 11-3 Pac-12). It was a back-and-forth battle all night long, and needed overtime to determine a winner, but in the end it was all UCLA, outscoring Oregon State 16-7 in the OT period.

FINAL SCORE (OT): Oregon State 74, UCLA 83 

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. WONDER WOMAN DESTINY SLOCUM

The physical and mental toughness of Destiny Slocum was on full display tonight in Los Angeles. 

The 5-foot-7 redshirt point guard rolled her ankle, which looked like a considerable injury, early in the second quarter. She was then carried off by two teammates putting no weight on her right ankle to then check back into the game in the final minutes of the second quarter.

Slocum finished with 19 points, hitting 3-for-4 from three-point range, four assists and two rebounds.

[RELATED]: UPDATED: Destiny Slocum returns to the game vs. UCLA after injury scare

2. TURNOVER BATTLE

The Oregon State Beavers are averaging 15 turnovers a game this season. UCLA’s stifling defense forced the Beavs into 14 in the first half alone, however, the Bruins only capitalized with 11 points off those turnovers and Oregon State still held a 5-point lead at halftime, 31-26. 

This could have been a different story at the half if not for UCLA only shooing 27% (10-for-37) in the first half.

UCLA had the advantage on the offensive rebounds, 17-11 over Oregon State, and it turned into 14 second chance points.

3. OVERTIME IN L.A.

A 9-1 Bruin run in overtime would seal the deal. 6-foot-4 sensational freshman forward Taylor Jones fouled out in the going minutes of overtime, leaving 6-foot-1 Madison Washington as the tallest on the court for Oregon State. Jones finished with her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec also fouled out in the overtime period. Pivec finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Without Jones and Pivec, UCLA was too much for the Beavs to handle.

UP NEXT: The Beavers remain on the road for their next trip to the Bay Area, starting with at No. 4 Stanford on Friday night, tip-off set for 8 p.m. (PT) in Palo Alto, California.

UPDATED: Destiny Slocum returns to the game after ankle injury scare

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UPDATED: Destiny Slocum returns to the game after ankle injury scare

The injury bug has bit once again for the Oregon State women's basketball team.

This time, it is starting redshirt-junior point guard Destiny Slocum.

As Slocum was driving to the hoop, she rolled her right ankle on what looks like very slim contact to the defender's foot. The injury took place at the beginning of the second quarter with No. 8 UCLA up 18-14 over the visiting No. 15 Oregon State Beavers. Teammates carried Slocum back to the locker room as she didn't put any weight on the ankle.

Junior guard Aleah Goodman would take over at point guard.

***UPDATED***

Slocum would return to the game late in the second quarter and aided in the Beavers taking a 31-26 lead at the half.

The Beavers (19-6, 7-6 Pac-12) currently sit in the middle of the Pac-12 conference standings and on a two-game losing streak searching for a huge upset win against UCLA (21-3, 10-3 Pac-12). 

 

Oregon State women's basketball falls again in latest AP Poll

Oregon State women's basketball falls again in latest AP Poll

After the season-ending injury to freshman forward Kennedy Brown, the Beavers knew it would be an adjustment playing without her.

Well, Oregon State (19-6, 7-6 Pac-12) has lost both games since Brown tore her left ACL against No. 21 Arizona State, and has fallen to No. 15 in the latest AP Poll.

They will have another large test tonight on the road against No. 8 UCLA (21-3, 10-3 Pac-12). Given the Beavers' current ranking, they may be in danger of not hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include: No. 3 Oregon (24-2, 13-1 Pac-12); No. 4 Stanford (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12); No. 11 Arizona (21-4, 10-4 Pac-12), and No. 21 Arizona State (18-8, 8-6 Pac-12).

The Beavers' only game came in Los Angeles against the USC Trojans on Friday night: a 72-66 loss.

Oregon State held a 35-32 halftime advantage despite junior guard Destiny Slocum being held scoreless in the first half. The Trojans would outscore the Beavers by nine points in the second half led by Alissa Pili who scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The freshman received Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors for her performance against the Beavers. 

Taylor Jones played well finishing with 12 points and seven rebounds, but with the loss of Brown, she needs to be dominating presence in the paint. After her, the Beavers other big, Maddy Washington, is undersized at 6-foot-1. 

[RELATED: Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB goes cold in the L.A. heat; drop one to the USC Trojans]

UP NEXT: The Beavs head to Pauley Pavilion to face the No. 8 UCLA Bruins on Monday, tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2.

A new analytical era begins with Beaver baseball, but the tradition remains

A new analytical era begins with Beaver baseball, but the tradition remains

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It’s a new era of Oregon State baseball. But there is still a lot of the previous era around, too.

Sunday afternoon at Surprise Stadium, the Beavers upped their record to 2-1 with a 5-1 win over Gonzaga under new head coach Mitch Canham, a former OSU catcher and minor-league manager. Canham knows what has worked at OSU through three national championship runs under Coach Pat Casey, because he was there for two of those championships.

But the new coach is mixing in some cutting-edge stuff, too. Or perhaps you haven’t heard about the Dam Analytics Squad, which has become an integral part of the program? Oregon State is compiling statistics that most professional baseball teams are using now, analyzing many parts of the game that can’t be measured without high-tech equipment and the expertise to use it properly.

“Brad Brown currently runs our Dam squad,” Canham said. “We have five other analytics managers as well. They do a great job collecting data and presenting it to us so we can use it and help our guys develop.”

It’s possible, for instance, to measure the spin rate on pitches, launch angle and exit velocity on batted balls and all sorts of other things that can make you dizzy if you don’t know how to use it.

“We measure quite a few things,” Canham said. “It can all be noise. You just have to know how to use it, how to deliver it. But it’s used specifically for helping our pitchers have better stuff and understand their abilities better. And for our offensive guys to understand what they hit really well, (and) command the strike zone.”

Those are the type of stats that have led to the use of more curveballs and more focus on home runs in the major leagues. Can we expect the Beavers to go deep a little more often this season?

“Obviously, you swing at good pitches and you’re on time, it comes off hotter,” Canham said. “So as long as we do a good job at swinging at ‘our’ pitches, and leaving the bad ones alone, those kinds of things will happen more often.”

Canham hasn’t totally sold out to analytics. Like most college coaches, he’ll still call for a sacrifice bunt once in a while. And he isn’t going to generalize about strategy or how his team is going to play.

“There’s a blend,” he said. “You have to understand that analytics can be very useful and it also goes to, do guys know how to deliver it to them? Because you can know all these numbers but unless you know how to communicate them, they don’t do any good. And they can actually create more noise.”

After Sunday’s win, Canham said, “I feel great. We’re constantly getting after it and learning. Guys are getting a chance to get out there and compete and are doing it together.”

The Beavers used outstanding pitching to beat the ‘Zags Sunday. Starter Jake Pfennigs allowed just one run on five hits over the first five innings and then freshman left-hander Cooper Hjerpe picked up a big-time, four-inning save, allowing no hits, one walk and striking out five.

“It’s exciting to see Hjerpe go out as a freshman and pound the zone,” Canham said. “He has great stuff and he’s in the (strike) zone all day.” 

The Beavers are very young, with a pitching rotation that needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.

But it’s a good bet the program will continue to attract quality players from, well, all over the world.

Freshman Micah McDowell has started and batted leadoff in each of the team’s games this season and has hit safely in all three. And he hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

How in the world does a centerfielder from Nova Scotia end up in Corvallis, Oregon?

Well, it goes back to what went on in the past. This operation has been going on for a while and that doesn't go unnoticed.

“The Beaver family has a large reach and people all around the world are paying attention to our program and to what ‘Case’ (Pat Casey) and everyone has built over the years,” Canham said. “There’s a lot of tradition and people want to be a part of something special -- and that’s what we have here.”

Still.

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring in double figures and made history

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring in double figures and made history

Tres Tinkle has a knack for scoring, or rather scoring consistently in double figures.

After recording 10 points on Saturday in Oregon State’s loss to No. 16 Colorado, Tinkle now owns the longest streak in Oregon State history for consecutive games scoring in double figures.

The previous holder of the record was Mel Counts, Oregon State basketball 1962-1964, with 89 consecutive games.

In his senior season, the 6-foot-7 forward is averaging 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game and shooting .353 percent from three-point range. He is third in the Pac-12 conference in scoring, behind Arizona State’s Remy Martin (19.5 ppg) and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard (19.3 ppg), and leads the conference in steals per game (2.0).

What this means for head coach Wayne Tinkle and the Oregon State Beavers is consistency, and that’s something the team needs now and with only five games remaining in Pac-12 conference play. The Beavers (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) have fallen in the bottom third in the conference standings and need Tinkle to be that senior leader on both ends of the court. When at their best, the Beavs can take down the conference’s top teams in Colorado, Arizona and Oregon, but will play down against teams like Washington and California who sit at the bottom of the Pac.

Every win counts with Pac-12 Tournament seeding starting to take shape, but the Beavs can still make a move with big wins coming up against the Arizona Schools, Oregon and then hosting the Bay Area schools. 

Tinkle’s performance will be key in each of those game and Oregon State will need more of that double figure scoring.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State falls in a physical game to No. 16 Colorado

Instant Analysis: Oregon State falls in a physical game to No. 16 Colorado

Following a 19-point win over Utah on Thursday, the Oregon State men’s basketball team welcomed a tougher opponent in the visiting No. 16 Colorado Buffaloes. This was a physical game from start to finish that ended with the Buffaloes (20-6, 9-4 Pac-12), led by a double-double from Tyler Bey, defeating Oregon State (15-10, 5-8 Pac-12) in Corvallis, Oregon.

Final score: Colorado 69, Oregon State 47.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. DIFFERENT SHOOTING NIGHTS

Colorado got out to a quick start, building a 9-point lead by halftime part in due to the efforts of Shane Gatling and Tyler Bey. The two combined for 18 of Colorado’s 31 total points in the first half with Bey finishing with a double-double 21 points and 15 rebounds.

On the other side of the court, Oregon State struggled to find its outside shot, hitting just 1-for-17 from three-point range.

Oregon State outscored Colorado candidly in the paint 26-14, but only five of which came from 7-foot big man Kylor Kelley. The Beavs were getting inside on a night where the outside shots weren’t falling. See point #2.

2. TOUGH SECOND HALF START

The Beavers came out cold in the second half after falling behind 31-22 at halftime, hitting just one of their first seven attempts from the field. Their first half strategy of getting the ball into the paint was met in the second half with multiple defenders down low. Colorado sent tough double teams forcing the Beavs into tough shots or bad passes.

3. PHYSICALITY

Bodies hit the floor, there were bloody noses… this game was physical. A much different style of play than Oregon State was used to after Thursday night’s game vs. Utah. The Beavs were also out-rebounded 45-35 and gave up 10 offensive rebounds.

Ethan Thompson did have one nice dunk though.

The Beavs will have to regroup and refocus with another tough test in front of them with a trip to the desert next weekend. Their remaining schedule includes a trip to the Arizona schools, Civil War part two in Eugene, and then wrapping up the season at home hosting Stanford and California.

UP NEXT: The Beavs face Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 20, tip-off set for 5 p.m. (PT) in Tucson, Arizona.

Injuries taking a toll on the Oregon State Women's hoop team

Injuries taking a toll on the Oregon State Women's hoop team

No excuses here.

The Oregon State Beavers lost to USC Friday night 72-66. The Beavers actually staged a dramatic comeback and almost won the game. More about that later in this story. Oregon State outrebounded USC 39-26 but committed 21 turnovers and that was really the difference in the game. 

The untold story about this year's team is the mounting injuries leaving the Beavers very thin when it comes to inside play:

Kennedy Brown

The talented 6'6" Freshman tore an ACL last week and is out for the season. A lot of the Oregon State offense ran through the Derby, Kansas native and was the team's leading shot

blocker. 

Taya Corosdale

The 6'4" power forward was lost early in the season to a severe hamstring injury. Her experience, her ability to get rebounds and her outside shooting has been missed.

Both Kennedy Brown and Taya Corosdale will be back in the fall but that doesn't help right now. 

Jelena Mitrovic 

At 6'9" she is big and strong. She could make a big impact. But before she arrived on campus she suffered a knee injury. She is on the mend continuing her rehab but there is no word

on her status although she has warmed up with the team before the last four games.

Andrea Aquino

Also 6'9", she could be a force inside. She hasn't been cleared to play. 

So right now the roster has three so-called bigs: Taylor Jones, the outstanding 6'4" Freshman, Maddie Washington, the Senior who can play power forward or center but is undersized at 6'1', and Patricia Morris, a 6'7" sophomore with a ton of potential but lacks experience. 

USC took advantage of the lack of size. Their Freshman sensation from Anchorage, Alaska, Alissa Pili had 26 points and 13 rebounds. She was the difference-maker for the Trojans. The Beavers could have folded up their tent down 63-52 with 4:23 left in the game. Destiny Slocum led that 9-0 run in the next two minutes and all of a sudden the Beavers had a chance to tie it down 63-61 with 2:32 to go but one of those 21 turnovers led to USC free throws and the rest is history. The Beavers at one time were 16-0 on the season and now are 19-6.

Coach Scott Rueck was impressed with the comeback. He talked about it in the post-game radio interview:

Yeah, I was pleased. We are a very competitive team and they fought back to try and win it. The problem was Pili inside and they also hit key three-pointers. We also made too many mistakes and it cost us.

Coach Rueck knows he has to make adjustments moving forward with a depleted roster and also knowing UCLA on Monday night has a talented center in Michaela Onyenwere who scored 23 points in their loss to Oregon Friday night:

"Every night is a battle in this conference. So we regroup and get ready for Monday."

Scott is no excuse maker. He knows that the coaching staff must make adjustments without Kennedy Brown and Taya Corosdale. I believe they can get back on track. With two of the top 25 players in College Basketball in Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum, they have the talent to do it.

A first-round bye at the Pac-12 tournament is now in real jeopardy and they could be on the outside looking in at hosting the First and Second round games in Corvallis. That makes the game at Pauley Pavilion huge Monday Night at 6:00 p.m.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB goes cold in the L.A. heat; drop one to the USC Trojans

Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB goes cold in the L.A. heat; drop one to the USC Trojans

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the Pac-12 conference, every game is more important than the last, especially with only five games remaining in regular season play. The Oregon State Beavers looked to get back on track after coming off an overtime loss to the Arizona Wildcats last Sunday, but the Beavs had no answer for USC’s star freshman Alissa Pili, a 6-foot forward, who finished leading all scores with 26 points.

The No. 11 Oregon State Beavers (19-6, 7-6 Pac-12 play) drop another conference game and fall 72-66 on the road at unranked USC (13-11, 5-8 Pac-12).

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. TAYLOR JONES, MIKAYLA PIVEC

On the inside and the outside, Taylor Jones and Mikayla Pivec were everywhere on the court. The 6-foot-4 freshman forward Jones held it down in the paint finishing with 12 points off 5-for-11 from the field, grabbing seven rebounds and getting one block. Jones needs only two more blocks to have the Oregon State freshman record for blocked shots.

Pivec once again turned it on. She led all Oregon State scores with 16 points (6-for-12 rom the field) and also grabbed seven rebounds, something she does so very well and so very often. 

2. DESTINY SLOCUM

Destiny Slocum’s shooting slump continued in the heat of Los Angeles. Coming off an 11-point performance (4-for-17 from the field) against Arizona last Sunday, the 5-foot-7 redshirt junior took only two shots and was held scoreless in the first half against the Trojans. Slocum finished with 12 points, all coming in the second half. 

The Beavs have another huge test in front of them on Monday night when they face No. 7 UCLA, and a huge part of their success will lie on Slocum’s shoulders.

3. BEAVS NEED TO CLEAN IT UP

This could have been a different game at halftime. The Beavers committed nine turnovers in the first half alone. Slocum was held scoreless. And yet Oregon State out-rebounded USC 18-9 in the first half while the Trojans hit just 4-for-11 from three-point range. USC also stole the ball nine times and forced 20 turnovers in the game.

Oregon State will need to clean up the offense before squaring off with the Bruins on Monday night.

UP NEXT: The Beavs head to Pauley Pavilion to face the No. 7 UCLA Bruins on Monday, tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2.

Instant Analysis: First half dominance leads Oregon State past Utah, 70-51

Instant Analysis: First half dominance leads Oregon State past Utah, 70-51

CORVALLIS, Oregon - Completely dominant from start to finish. The Oregon State Beavers got off to an electric start hitting 13-for-30 from the field in the first half and taking a 35-19 lead at halftime. Junior guard Ethan Thompson was key on both ends of the court, finishing with a double-double 13 points and 11 to lead the Beavs (15-9, 5-7 Pac-12) past the Utah Utes (14-10, 5-7 Pac-12) 70-51 in Gill Coliseum.

It was a critical win with six Pac-12 conference games left.

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. FIRST HALF DOMINANCE

Oregon State held Utah to a season-low 19 points in the first half. A huge part of that defensive effort was putting pressure on Utah’s Timmy Allen, who leads the conference in free throw attempts, limiting Allen to two points in the first half (1-for-4 from the field).

The Beavs also forced nine first-half turnovers and got 11 points off those turnovers. 

2. REICHLE GETS HOT AGAIN

Coming off an 11-point performance against Oregon last weekend, Zach Reichle picked up where he left off. The junior guard from Wilsonville, Oregon finished with 10 points off 2-for-4 from three-point range.

3. ETHAN THOMPSON

Ethan Thompson continues to impress this season. The junior guard recorded his fourth career double-double with just over six minutes to go in the game. He had the defensive assignment on Oregon guard Payton Pritchard last weekend and continues to be a pest on the perimeter.

UP NEXT: The Beavs host the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, tip-off set for 7 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum.