Get to know Oregon State baseball's star catcher Adley Rutschman

Get to know Oregon State baseball's star catcher Adley Rutschman

Meet Adley Rutschman, Oregon State's star catcher who could soon be the future of Major League Baseball. The junior is coming off National College Baseball Writers Association National Player of the Month honors and could become the first pick in MLB's first-year draft in June. 

The 6-foot-2, 216 pound physical, switch-hitting backstop hit .455 over 18 games in April and recorded five doubles, seven home runs, and 23 runs batted last month. This season, he's hitting .429 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI. Rutschman holds the OSU single-season record with 59 walks and leads the nation with a .579 on-base percentage.

Let’s get to know the Beavers star. 

He has Oregon roots

Rutschman was born in Portland, Oregon and attended Sherwood High School. He chose to remain in Oregon for college and says he chose the Beavers because of "great coaching, the town and the school," according to OSU Athletics. 

Athletics run in his family

His grandfather, Ad, and father, Randy, both have ties to Linfield College in McMinville. His grandfather is a legendary football coach, who took Linfield to three NAIA national championships. His father, Randy, was also a catcher and considered one of best teachers at the position in the Pacific Northwest.

He’s a former two-sport athlete

Rutschman grew up playing football and baseball. At Sherwood, he was the star pitcher and catcher. With the football team, Rutschman kicked a state-record 63-yard field goal in 2015. In his freshman year at Oregon State, he played both football and baseball for the Beavers. Serving as a placekicker on the OSU Football team, he averaged 59.5 yards per kick and totaled 20 touchbacks. 

Did you know?

Rutschman was selected in the 40th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Seattle, but he did not sign.

There's a reason fans call him "Clutchman" 

Then sophmore catcher, Rutschman, helped lead the Beavers to their third national title last season and set a tournament record with 17 hits (a new CWS record), 13 RBIs (second in CWS history) and on base percentage of .649 (second highest in CWU history).

His dominant performance earned him 2018 College World Series Most Outstanding Player of the Year honors and the nickname "Clutchman," and rightfully so. 

He's expected to be a top prospect in the draft

Rutschman is a heavy favorite to be chosen No. 1 in the 2019 MLB Draft. He's listed as the No. 1 prospect on MLB Pipeline's 2019 Draft Top 50 Prospects List and is expected to be headed to Baltimore, as the Orioles hold the top overall pick after losing 115 games in 2018.

Want to know more about Rutschman? Tune into Talkin' Beavers tonight at 7:30 p.m. as the Beavers baseball standout joins the show. 

Two Beavs projected in first round of 2020 WNBA Draft

Two Beavs projected in first round of 2020 WNBA Draft

The 2020 WNBA Lottery took place on Tuesday this week in Secaucus, New Jersey. With that, we get the draft order as well as the first projected mock draft. Two Oregon State women’s basketball stars found their names projected in the first round, along with three other Pac-12 players slated in the first round. 

Destiny Slocum, No. 8 overall to the Chicago Sky. The 5-foot-7 junior guard will have the choice to forgo the draft and return to Oregon State for her senior season. 

There’s no question that Slocum is skilled. She is a shifty, quick point guard who is not afraid to take it hard in the paint and doesn’t shy away from contact. 

Slocum has also been recognized with preseason All-American Third Team honors.

Let's not forget this shot she made when she was a freshman at Maryland University:

Slocum 2018-19 stats: 15.4 PPG, 4.5 APG

Mikayla Pivec, No. 10 overall to the Connecticut Sun. Pivec has been in control, the leader of this Beavers squad from the moment she stepped onto campus as a freshman. The 5-foot-10 is an excellent decision maker, knows how to run an offense and control the pace of a game and is a great on-ball defender. 

Pivec 2018-19 stats: 15.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG

Best back-court in the Pac-12? Pivec and Slocum are quite the dynamic duo.

The Beavers open up the 2019 season at home against visiting UC Irvine on Saturday, November 9.

NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

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NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

It was another fun Sunday of football in Week 2 of the NFL, and just like last week the Beavers represented well. Let's take a look around the league and see how the Pro Beavs did. 


Jordan Poyer - Bills: Poyer had two tackles and a pass deflection. It was another solid game from the Bills star defender. He put the defense on his back and down the stretch and laid out to grab the game-sealing interception.

Brandin Cooks and Johnny Hekker - Rams: Johnny Hekker did what Johnny Hekker does - He punts the ball, and he punts it well. Hekker punted four times with a long punt of 66 yards, and a 49.8 yard average on the day. His teammate Brandin Cooks played well, too. He was targeted just four times but turned that into three catches for 74 yards and a score. 

Steven Nelson - Steelers: - Nelson was one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers in their 28-26 loss to the Seahawks. Nelson had six tackles, five solos, and a pass deflection. 

Oregon State Beavers looking forward to bye week prep for Stanford

Oregon State Beavers looking forward to bye week prep for Stanford

I must say it was a pretty impressive Saturday in Corvallis. It was just a perfect afternoon for college football...almost a throwback day. The weather was spectacular, the start time ideal, the fans enjoyed their tailgate parties in the Reser Stadium parking lot and the expectation was that the Beavers would take care of business against Cal Poly, an FCS team from the Big Sky.

The student turnout was pretty impressive considering school doesn't start until September 25th. Overall, the announced crowd was 33,585 tickets sold. Not surprising considering the team's struggles the past four seasons. But the 45-7 win was the most impressive win by an Oregon State team over an FCS team since the 34-7 win over Portland State in 2009 when Sean Canfield was the QB.

(I am not counting the 77-3 win over Nicholls State win in 2012 because that game was moved from the season opener to after the Civil War because Nicholls State was stuck in Louisiana due to a Hurricane. They were decimated after a tough season)

So what now for the Beavers? 1-2 in non-conference play and all three games had positive moments. They scored on their first drive in all three games and Jake Luton is the starting QB the Beavers are looking for despite a poor second half in Honolulu. Plus, the defense is better even though injuries have been a big setback. The 315 yards they gave up against the Mustangs last Saturday was the third lowest total in the Pac-12. That hasn't happened for awhile.

Now, how will the Beavers approach their Pac-12 opener against Stanford on the 28th?

Jonathan Smith told me after the game Saturday that he likes where his team is right now:

"I like the effort, I like this team and the way they have improved from week one to week three. The bye week isn't going to be a week off, we still have a lot of stuff we have to clean up. We got a couple of weeks to get ready for a tough opponent but at least we are back at home and I am excited about that."

Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Champ Flemings had a dream game against Cal Poly: 234 all-purpose yards. His first two touchdowns of his Oregon State career and 92 kickoff return yards. He says the bye week comes at a perfect time for Oregon State:

"The bye week will be good because we have a lot of guys banged up. They need to be healthy for the next game. As far as Stanford goes, we will digest the film over and over and be prepared like we are for every team. We treat every team the same."

Senior Safety Jalen Moore, who saw his first action of the season after being held out because of a hamstring injury, had six tackles and says the Cal Poly win gives them momentum heading into conference play:

"The bye week gives us a big chance to rest up stay disciplined and focus on Stanford. I think we did get momentum from the win and now the coaches will get us prepared. We need to listen to the coaches and then come out and be physical in what will be a big game."

Stanford doesn't have a bye week. Right now they have an identical record as Oregon State and must host undefeated Oregon in Palo Alto Saturday at 4pm. The Ducks are currently listed as ten-point favorites, so a lot of folks believe Stanford will be 0-2 in conference play when they arrive in Corvallis on the 28th.

The start time for the the Beavers and Cardinal is set for 4pm.

Analysis: 3 Takeaways from Oregon State's dominating win over Cal Poly

Analysis: 3 Takeaways from Oregon State's dominating win over Cal Poly

CORVALLIS - It was the get-right game that Oregon State needed. After starting the season 0-2 with losses to Oklahoma State and Hawaii, OSU took it to Cal Poly to pick up their first win of the season. QB Jake Luton went 17/22 for 255 yards and 4 TDs before being replaced by backup Tristan Gebbia. The defense held the triple-option offense of Cal Poly to just 7 points, with the lone score coming in the first quarter. 

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. Goodbye losing, hello points

Oregon State waved goodbye to a six-game losing streak with the victory over Cal Poly. The last time the Beavers won a game? October 27th, 2018 at Colorado. Oh, and hello points! The 45 points scored by the Beavs are the most the team has scored since scoring 48 in a victory over Southern Utah last season. That was also the last time the Beavers won a game at home. 

2. No Jermar, no problem.

Star running back Jermar Jefferson missed the action on Saturday while he nursed an injured ankle. The running back corp behind him rose to the occasion and put on a show. Led by the 101 yards from B.J. Baylor, the running back by committee for OSU totaled 33 carries for 258 yards and two scores. Of course, the Beavers are better with Jefferson in the lineup, but the depth behind him showed they can step up when the team needs them to. 

3. Luton looked untouchable

Quarterback Jake Luton had a stellar game for OSU. He was only asked to throw the ball 22 times, but 17 of those ended up in completed passes. 255 yards and four touchdowns later, Luton got to go home early and watch backup Tritan Gebbia get some reps. If Luton can play like this in two weeks against Stanford, OSU might just start the conference schedule off on the right foot. 

Beyond the Game:

Owen Nicholson is a World War Il veteran and a lifelong Oregon State fan. On Saturday he was honored with a special ceremony. To make it better, it was Owen's 95th birthday and he was celebrating it with Beaver Nation. 

Postgame Video:

Up Next: The Beavers have a bye next week and then will begin to prepare for their Pac-12 opener as Stanford comes to Reser on Saturday, September 28th. 

Instant analysis from Oregon State's PAC-12 schedule

Instant analysis from Oregon State's PAC-12 schedule

Oregon State men’s hoops is just 41 days away from the start of the 2019-2020 season. To get you even more in the mood, the PAC-12 conference schedule has been finalized. 

After going 18-13 overall and 10-8 in conference play with a one-and-done showing in the Pac-12 Tournament last season, Oregon State hopes to turn that around and returning one of the elite players in the conference this season in Tres Tinkle certainly helps.

Let’s take a look at the Beavers’ PAC-12 Conference play schedule for the 2019-2020 season:

(Home games are in bold) 

Thursday, Jan. 2 at Utah

Sunday, Jan. 5 at Colorado

 

Thursday, Jan. 9 vs. Arizona State

Sunday, Jan. 12 vs. Arizona

 

Thursday, Jan. 16 at Washington

Saturday, Jan. 18 at Washington State

 

Thursday, Jan. 23 vs. UCLA

Saturday, Jan. 25 vs. USC

 

Thursday, Jan. 30 at Stanford

Saturday, Feb. 1 at CAL

 

Saturday, Feb. 8 vs. Oregon

Thursday, Feb. 13 vs. Utah

Saturday, Feb. 15 vs. Colorado

 

Thursday, Feb. 20 at Arizona 

Saturday, Feb. 22 at Arizona State

Thursday, Feb. 27 at Oregon

 

Thursday, Mar. 5 vs. Stanford

Saturday, Mar. 7 vs. CAL

 

INSTANT ANALYSIS:

- Civil War series split this season. In recent years, the Civil War series between the Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks have been on back-to-back games. This season, the two are separated by two weeks. 

- The Beavs play the Washington schools just once this season. Unfortunately, both games are on the road in Washington.

- Oregon State will have an extra day to prepare in the first two weeks. Typically the men’s Pac-12 conference play will be on Thursday’s and Saturday’s (the women will play on Friday’s and Sunday’s); however, the first two weeks of Oregon State men’s conference play, the Beavs will have an extra day to prepare for Colorado and Arizona.

2019-2020 ROSTER:

The big name on the roster. Tres Tinkle decided to forgo the NBA Draft and return to Oregon State for his senior season. Tinkle played in and started all 30 games last season for the Beavers and averaged 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Alongside Tinkle is returning starting guard junior Ethan Thompson, junior Zach Reichle, junior Alfred Hollins, and shot-blocking sensation senior Kylor Kelley. 

Oregon State Beavers defense takes a big step forward, awaits run-heavy challenge of Cal Poly

Oregon State Beavers defense takes a big step forward, awaits run-heavy challenge of Cal Poly

Oregon State's much maligned defense took a big step forward last Saturday on Oahu. The 31-points they allowed was the fewest since they gave up 25 points last September at home against Southern Utah (48-25 the final).

When you think about the week two improvement on defense, there are reasons to be optimistic about the rest of the season. Hawaii was just 2 of 12 on third down conversions. The Rainbow Warriors also had two big turnovers that were sorely needed by Tim Tibesar's defense. However, the Beavers did give up a not so great stat: Hawaii 3 for 3 on fourth-down conversions.

For me, working the sidelines at Aloha Stadium for the Beaver Sports Newtork, I was impressed with the defense. Their enthusiasm and focus was outstanding. Now Hawaii did drive the field for a score just before halftime that featured a couple of defensive breakdowns. But holding Hawaii to just ten points in the seocnd half was a sign that Jonathan Smith's team is better than the one in 2018.

Now can they break through and get a win Saturday against an FCS team from the Big Sky Conference?

Cal Poly runs a classic old-school offense. The Mustangs are among just a few schools in FBS AND FCS still running the triple option. A run-heavy offense that keeps defenses guessing with the use of the fullback, tailback, and quarterback. They could run the ball 40 or more times in the game Saturday. 

I had a chance to talk to Tim Tibesar, the Beavers Defensive Coordinator. You can see that conversation on tonight's version of "Talking Beavers" on NBCSportsNW. I also recorded Tim speaking to reporters about the Hawaii game and what is next!

The players on the Beavers roster played with a ton of emotion last Saturday. The vast majority of them kept their emotion in check. However, Gus Lavaka and Caleb Hayes didn't. Hayes got into a scuffle with a teammate. Lavaka was hounded by Hawaii players at the end of the game and threw some punches. Both players will sit for the first half against the Mustangs. Elu Aydon, the senior defensive lineman says the Hawaii loss still stings because of the fact they lost such a close game but he feels excited about the progression of the Oregon State defense.

There is no doubt Oregon State is expected to win Saturday despite an 0-2 record. Their first two opponents were bowl teams last year. This visit by a Big Sky Conference team this weekend is a chance to improve and dominate with a BYE week coming up before conference play against Stanford at Reser September 28.

Beaver fans do remember a couple of debacles against Big Sky teams. 2011....a 29-28 OT loss to Sacramento State. 2013....a 49-46 loss to Eastern Washington.

They did rebound to beat Portland State 29-14 in 2014. Weber State 26-7 in 2015. In 2016, Idaho State was perhaps the easiest Big Sky game in the last decade...37-7. In 2017, Portland State as a field goal away from sending the game to OT before the Beavs survived 35-32. And last season the win over Southern Utah. 

Cal Poly is treating this game like the Super Bowl!! Their coach Tim Walsh (14 years at Portland State) says that their team knows this is a huge opportunity for them. For the Beavs, a chance to get that much needed victory and then get two weeks to prepare for the Pac-12!

Talkin' Beavs Podcast: Seeing the future and the next step for Oregon State

Talkin' Beavs Podcast: Seeing the future and the next step for Oregon State

Oregon State Coach Jonathan Smith joins host Nigel Burton in this week's Talkin' Beavs Podcast.

After a 31-28 loss at Hawai'i last Saturday, Smith shares the locker room reaction after the game. Also in the podcast, turns out Smith and former Beavs wide receiver Chad Johnson had quite the golfing trip back in the day. 

Plus, Nigel gives his Beaver Report Card and answers fan questions from the mailbag.

Listen to the full podcast below:

Gus Lavaka, Kaleb Hayes both suspended for first half vs Cal Poly

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Gus Lavaka, Kaleb Hayes both suspended for first half vs Cal Poly

The Oregon State Beavers will be without two key parts of their defense on Saturday when they take on the Cal Poly Mustangs...Well, at least for a few quarters. Head coach Jonathan Smith announced on Monday that defensive tackle Gus Lavaka and defensive back Kaleb Hayes have both been suspended for the first half for their conduct in the team's loss to Hawaii.

During the first half of last week's game, Hayes got into an altercation with a Hawaii player. He had to be separated by fellow OSU players and as he was being pushed to the sideline he could be seen throwing a punch at one of his own teammates. The altercation happened directly in front of Coach Smith. 

Hayes wasn't the only player to throw a punch that night. Following the final play of the game, Lavaka got into an altercation with the Hawaii sideline and threw a punch at one of the Rainbow Warriors. The event didn't escalate from there, but that didn't stop Coach Smith from coming down on both players on Monday. 

"Obviously we had a couple of incidents that we're not real excited about, starting with Gus Lavaka after the game," said Coach Smith during his weekly press conference. 

"Gus made a bad choice in his response, there's no question. Below the standard that we want around here...When I told him that he will not play in the first half of this next game, it did not go over well with him. That's tough to deal with, but there's a standard here and he fell short of that. Same (with) regard to Kaleb Hayes."

You can hear all of Coach Smith's press conference in the video below. 

 

Beavers lose Addison Gumbs to torn ACL

Beavers lose Addison Gumbs to torn ACL

The Beavers defense was dealt a tough blow on Monday when head coach Jonathan Smith announced that starting linebacker Addison Gumbs will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL in his right knee.  

Gumbs appeared to injure his knee in the Beavers' 31-28 loss to the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors. He was seen limping to the sideline in a noticeable amount of pain and later limped back to the locker room.

Gumbs reaction had fans fearing the worst, and on Monday their feelings were confirmed. 

This isn't the first time Gumbs has had to suffer through this injury. He tore the ACL in his left knee prior to the start of last season. 

Gumb was a 4-star recruit out of high school before signing to play with the Oklahoma Sooners. He played in three games for the Sooners, registering seven tackles. 

After tearing his ACL prior to the 2018 season he announced his intent to transfer. He came to Oregon State where he was expected to be a big piece of coach Smith's rebuilding project. He had four tackle in the teams season-opening game against Oklahoma State, his first game as a Beaver.