Oregon State falls apart in second half, drops opener to Colorado State.

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Oregon State falls apart in second half, drops opener to Colorado State.

There are a few reasons for optimism following the first game of the Beavers season.  However, grabbing a big early season win isn’t one of them.  The Beavers came into Fort Collins as underdogs, but many felt they had what it takes to pull the upset.

That looked to be the case early on, as the Beavers were the first team to get on the scoreboard. A big strike through the air from new quarterback Jake Luton to Timmy Hernandez gave OSU the 7-0 early in the first quarter.

For much of the first half it was a well played, back-and-forth matchup, but one arguable call in the final seconds of the first half would permanently shift the momentum in favor of the Rams.

Colorado scored a touchdown to take the 24-17 lead with just 1:19 left in the half. With the clock ticking away Oregon State started to march down the field putting together a near perfect two-minute drill.

With 13 seconds on the clock, and the ball on the CSU 7-yard-line, the Beavers had time for one more play. Luton took the snap, scrambled under pressure, side armed a pass around the defense, and found the outstretched arms of a diving Noah Togiai for the tying score. Or did he?

The ruling on the field was incomplete, but was sent upstairs for video review.  It looked as if Togiai had control of the ball, with a knee inbounds, as he fell out of play. Every replay they showed looked like a touchdown. Twitter thought it was a touchdown. Television announcers thought it was a touchdown. I thought it was touchdown. But when the review was finished the referees stayed with their original call of an incomplete pass.

Oregon State settled for a field goal and headed to the locker room trailing 24-20, rather than knotted up at 24.

That play seemed to take the wind out of the Beavers sails, and swung the momentum to the home team. The Rams came out and outscored the Beavers 17-0 in the third quarter and never looked back.

The second half seemed to be nothing but a constant replay of a Beavers turnover followed by a Rams score. Interceptions, fumbles, it didn’t matter. CSU found ways to frustrate the Beavers and grind the Oregon State offense to a halt.

The Beavers looked good early, and behind Ryan Nall they had 125 yards on the ground in the first half. In the second half they managed just 30 rushing yards. That is pretty much a quick way to sum up the game for the Beavers.

But it’s not all negative for the Beavers. Despite the high number of interceptions, Jake Luton showed that for the first time since Sean Mannion was on campus, the Beavers might have some semblance of a passing game. Last season the Beavers averaged just 29.4 passing attempts and 174 yards per game. In the loss to the Rams Luton had 27 pass completions on 47 attempts, for 304 yards and two touchdowns.  Sure, he did have three interceptions, but it was still one of the better quarterback performances the Beavers have seen in some time.

The loss leaves a sour taste in the mouths of Beavers fans, but the season is still young. Now all eyes will look to the next opponent: The Portland State Vikings. Anything less than a blowout win for the Beavers and then we may want to sound the horns of concern. As we saw against CSU, the Beavers can shoot themselves in the foot and easily become their own worst enemy. Hopefully next Saturday the Beavers are playing only the Vikings, not the Vikings and themselves.

Final Score in Fort Collins: Colorado State 58 – Oregon State 27

Next Up: The Beavers open up their home schedule against the FCS Portland State Vikings. Kickoff is set for 11:00 AM, Saturday, Sept. 2nd.

 

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

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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

BY JARREAU BROWN

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

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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:

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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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