Sean Mannion joins the Talkin' Beavers podcast ahead of his playoff game against the 49ers

Sean Mannion joins the Talkin' Beavers podcast ahead of his playoff game against the 49ers

The all-time leading passer in Oregon State history still has a soft spot for his alma mater.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion joined Nigel Burton on the Talkin' Beavers podcast this week ahead of his pivotal playoff matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. They talk about how Mannion's NFL career is coming along, reminisce about the college days in Corvallis, discuss why he chose Oregon State in the first place, and then finish off with a game of this-or-that including "duck or get punched in the face". 

With the Beavers, Mannion finished his career not only the all-time leader in passing yards in school history, but Pac-12 history. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams where he spent four seasons. This past offseason, he signed with the Vikings to backup Kirk Cousins.

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State’s comeback falls just short in loss to No. 4 Stanford

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State’s comeback falls just short in loss to No. 4 Stanford

The Oregon State Beavers were down by 14 points with 7:06 left in the game. The Beavs came clawing back thanks to Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones. The sharp-shooter Kat Tudor drilled a three-pointer to bring the game within three late.

With 15 seconds left, OSU stole the ball and had a chance to tie the game and send the game into overtime. 

Unfortunately, Slocum missed the contested three-pointer and the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12) lose their fourth straight in a tough battle against No. 4 Stanford (24-3, 13-2 Pac-12).

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 60, Stanford 63

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. THE BIG 3

Oregon State’s “big 3” came to play. It was the Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones show all night. The three combined for 53 of OSU’s 60 total points. 

The rest of the team combined for seven points.

These three need help.

2. DEPTH AN ISSUE INSIDE

Since losing freshman forward Kennedy Brown, the Beavers have struggled to find depth in the interior. Freshman Taylor Jones has carried the load down low, but if she gets into foul trouble, the Beavs are left with limited offensive options. Senior Madison Washington has seen more minutes and so had sophomore Patricia Morris, however the production level is not as present.

3. STANFORD HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

It is difficult to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, but it is even more difficult to do so when they are playing at home. The Cardinal committed just four turnovers (three in the fourth quarter) vs. Oregon State. It’s hard to beat a team with that kind of efficiency. 

On the other hand, the Beavs committed 11 turnovers.

UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up this Bay Area road trip with Cal (10-16, 2-13 Pac-12) on Sunday at 2 p.m. (PT) in Berkeley, Calif.

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Mikayla Pivec still believes with Pac-12 tournament looming

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Mikayla Pivec still believes with Pac-12 tournament looming

It is crunch time for the Oregon State women's basketball team.

The No. 15 Beavers (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12) are currently on a three-game losing streak and have four conference games remaining on their schedule: a road trip to the Bay Area starting with No. 4 Stanford (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12) on Friday night; Cal on Sunday; and then a home series hosting the Washington schools before heading to the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada March 5-8 at T-Mobile Arena.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

Despite the three-game losing streak, Pivec still believes in what the Beavers can accomplish this season as well as be a dangerous team that no one wants to see in the postseason.

Continuing to get better offensive... We've shown potential. We have not shown a consistency that's demanded to beat the best teams. If we can figure out a way, and continue to believe in each other, we'll be a tough team to beat in Vegas. -- Mikayla Pivec

Pivec is having an outstanding senior campaign, averaging 14.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

You can listen to the full podcast below:

Join Talkin' Beavers every Wednesday for Oregon State Beavers news, game breakdowns, and analysis. Plus conversations with the most important names in Oregon State Sports.

Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

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Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

One was earned; one was questionable.

Oregon State senior Tres Tinkle received two technical fouls at Arizona on Thursday night, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the game.

The first technical foul was a warning on both players.

After a tough basket under the hoop, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally made contact with Christian Koloko, who seemed to think that contact was purposeful. Koloko swung back at Tinkle which prompted Tres to get the refs involved, and rightfully so. The call was a double technical on Tinkle and Koloko.

The second was more obvious.

On a drive to the hoop with his left hand, Tinkle raised his right elbow above the shoulders on Arizona’s Jemarl Baker Jr.

Here is the play:

It was called a technical foul, Tinkle’s second of the game, and resulted in an immediate ejection.

Here is what Arizona head coach Sean Miller had to say about the call.

It’s unfortunate that he had to exit the game on that play. I don’t look at that as a cheap shot in any way shape or form. It is what it is. He may have connected above the shoulders. But I know he is a great kid, high-character guy. — Arizona head coach Sean Miller

Miller has great respect for Tinkle and what he has accomplished in his four+ years in Corvallis, Oregon.

Whether or not you agree with Miller, Tinkle was ejected at the 13:15 minute mark of the second half and without him on the court, the Beavers struggled to find their offense. Oregon State fell to Arizona 89-63 in Tucson, Arizona and into ninth place in the Pac-12 conference standings.

Oregon State needs Tinkle on the court. 

The Beavers have now lost two in a row and have a date with the Sun Devils next up in Tempe, where they just beat the No. 14 Oregon Ducks 77-72, before returning home for one last home series hosting the Washington schools.

At this points, it’s all about fighting for seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 11-14) and the Beavers need every win they can get, and it starts with Tinkle.

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

In their first meeting in Corvallis, Oregon back on January 12, the Oregon State Beavers took care of business in dominant fashion for the upset win over No. 24 Arizona, 82-65, where all five starters finished in double figures.

It was a different story on Thursday when these two teams met up once again, this time in the desert. Oregon State's slow start on the offensive end, number of turnovers and losing one of their top players Tres Tinkle early in the second half resulted in a hole the Beavers couldn't dig themselves out of.

Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12) drops its second game in a row with a loss at the Arizona Wildcats (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12).

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 63, Arizona 89

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. FIRST HALF JITTERS?

The Beavers commited 13 first half turnovers, few of which were careless: dribbling the ball off the opponents foot, bad outlet passes, etc. Head coach Wayne Tinkle was visibly frustrated and told his team to calm down during a media timeout.

The good news for Oregon State is Arizona capitalized on only 15 points off these turnovers. The Beavers were down by 10 at halftime, but it could have been a bigger deficit.

Oregon State finished with 21 turnovers in the game.

2. TRES TINKLE EJECTED

Tres Tinkle received a second technical foul with 13:17 remaining in the second and was ejected from the game. His first technical was inadvertent and more of a warning on both players. After a tough bucket inside, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally bumped into an Arizona player. It was a double technical “warning” on both players.

The second came on a drive from Tinkle, and catching the Arizona defender in the chin with his elbow.

Tinkle was ejected and finished with 10 points (kept his double-digit scoring trend alive) and three rebounds.

Oregon State was without Tinkle for the final 13+ minutes in this contest.

3. JAROD LUCAS GETS HOT AGAIN

One of the bright spots on Oregon State's offense was Jarod Lucas.

The 6-foot-3 freshman guard from Hacienda Heights, California, found his groove from 3-PT range, as Beaver fans know what he can do, and finished with 18 points hitting 4-for-12 from three-point range. He lead all OSU scores and provided a spark off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up the road trip at Arizona State on Saturday, Feb, 22, tip-off set for 5 p.m. (PT) in Tempe, Arizona.

Oregon State announces second annual Beaver Combine, invites fans to come

Oregon State announces second annual Beaver Combine, invites fans to come

For the second annual year, Oregon State will put on the Beaver Combine, Friday, February 28 at the Truax Indoor Center, adjacent to Reser Stadium. 

The event is open to the public and free, but fans are asked to remain in areas marked for spectators.

It'll begin at 8:00 a.m. with the offensive and defensive linemen participating in drills similar to that of this month’s NFL Combine. The drills include the shuttle run, 40-yard dash, broad jump, and 3-cone drill.

The linemen are followed by the “big skill” players at 9 a.m. and the “skill players” at 10 a.m.

The event will give Beaver Nation a first look at the Oregon State football team that will look to improve on a 5-7 record and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 North.

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.