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BREAKING: Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle to test NBA Draft waters

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BREAKING: Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle to test NBA Draft waters

Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, but he’s not on his way out of Corvallis just yet.

Tinkle will place his name in the draft to collect feedback regarding interest, but has not hired an agent at this time, according to Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle. The Oregon State junior is not currently listed in any NBA mock drafts, but could participate in the NBA Draft Combine May 14-19 if he receives an invitation.

The move to the NBA, however, isn’t certain, as Tinkle has until May 29 to withdraw his name and return to Oregon State.

Tinkle could become Oregon State’s all-time leading scorer if he chooses to stay in Corvallis. He trails Gary Payton’s record of 2,172 points and is seventh in career scoring with 1,661 points and ninth in rebounds at OSU with 660 rebounds.

The 6-foot-8 forward was also named to the All-Pac-12 First-Team for the second-straight year after averaging 20.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals during his redshirt junior season.

Tinkle, who was selected to the Pac-12 all-academic second team in 2017 and 2018 with a 3.25 GPA, officially completed his degree in speech communication last winter, but remains enrolled in classes this spring to remain eligible.

Losing Tinkle would be a huge blow to Oregon State’s basketball program, as Stephen Thompson Jr. played his last game in a Beaver uniform during Oregon State’s loss to Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament.

OSU baseball drops game three of Civil War

OSU baseball drops game three of Civil War

The Civil War finale went to Oregon. The Ducks avoided the series sweep with a 3-2 victory over the Beavers in Eugene at PK Park.

For the third straight season, Oregon State claimed the series after winning game one, 4-1, and game two, 8-5.

OSU had a solid day on the mound featuring Joey Mundt and Jake Mulholland, who combined for seven innings of scoreless relief. Mundt struck out five in 3.2 innings, while Mulholland struck out three in 2.1 innings.

Coming off Civil War game two, in which the Beavers stranded 14 batters on base, leaving runners on base continued to kill the Beavers into game three. OSU stranded a season-high total 15 runners on base in game three.

The Ducks jumped out to an early lead offensively, Spencer Steer and Jonny DeLuca drove in two runs. UO added another run in the second inning with DeLuca’s second RBI of the day to extend the lead to 3-0. 

Oregon State had a few chances to get on the board but were unable to capitalize until the sixth inning on a two-out single to right field by Jake Dukart.

Then OSU’ Alex McGarry ripped a home run, his seventh of the season, to lead off the eighth inning and close the Oregon State deficit to 3-2.

Oregon State’s defense remained stout and committed zero errors but the Ducks held on to the victory.

Oregon State returns to Goss Stadium for the Beavers' final non-conference game of the regular season vs. Portland on Tuesday before traveling to Stanford for a crucial series to determine Pac-12 standings.

OSU baseball beats Oregon, takes sole possession of 1st place

OSU baseball beats Oregon, takes sole possession of 1st place

EUGENE- Oregon State quieted any idea that Oregon would even the Civil War series from the jump in front of 4,130 at PK Park. The 8-5 victory got the Beavers one step closer to clinching a regular season Pac-12 championship, taking over sole possession of first place and securing a top-eight seed that would solidify regional home field advantage.

The Beavers (33-14-1, 19-4 Pac-12) got off to an early 3-0 start in a first inning that featured four walks, three hits and 38 pitches. OSU never lost the lead.

"The early lead was critical," said OSU interim coach Pat Bailey. "Teams that put up runs early, especially three run leads, right off the bat, it's going to make a difference in terms of the outcome of the game. And it did, we ended up winning by three runs."

Oregon right fielder Tanner Smith answered with a homerun bomb hit over right-center to make it 3-1. However, Oregon struggled mightily at the plate against OSU right-handed pitcher Dylan Pearce. Through five innings, Oregon’s first three batters (Sam Novitske, Smith and Spencer Steer) were the only Ducks to record hits off of Pearce. 

Pearce brought the heat in his first career Pac-12 start, holding the Ducks to seven hits and four runs with five strikeouts and three walks through five innings.  The devoted Oregon State fans gave him a standing ovation when Jake Pfennigs came in for relief in the sixth inning. The Ducks threatened in the sixth inning, getting two on base with zero outs but Pfennigs and escaped the inning only giving up one run. 

Within three innings, every Oregon State player in the lineup reached base on either a hit or a walk against Oregon’s pitcher Cullen Kafka. Right fielder Tyler Malone led the Beavers offensively; driving in three runs. Shortstop Beau Phillip also had a great day at bat with three hits. Adley Rutschman was intentionally walked four times.

Oregon State left a season high 14 runners on base but with two outs the Beavers were clutch; scoring two runs and batting .231 (3-13) when they needed it most. In comparison, the Ducks hit 0-9 with two outs.

The Beavers’ defense remained stout, making zero errors.

OSU looks to sweep the series on Sunday at noon at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon.

OSU baseball beats Oregon behind dominant pitching, defensive gems and timely hitting

OSU baseball beats Oregon behind dominant pitching, defensive gems and timely hitting

EUGENE- Ducks and Beavers fans lined up to get into a sunny, buzzing PK Park on Friday night for game one of the Civil War series. A perfect night for some baseball… especially if you were in orange and black.

Oregon State (32-14-1, 18-4 Pac-12) defeated the Oregon, 4-1, with much thanks to a complete game pitching effort from Bryce Fehmel, plus timely hitting and extraordinary defensive plays.

"I thought Bryce was outstanding," said OSU interim coach Pat Bailey. "I can't say enough about how competitive he is and how well he stays focus and locates pitches."

It didn’t take long until the Oregon State fans had something to cheer about. On the second pitch of the game, shortstop Beau Phillip smashed a home run over the left field fence off of Oregon starting pitcher Robert Ahlstrom, a left-handed Eugene-native.

It marked the 23rd time this season the Beavers jumped to a lead from the start.

OSU didn’t slow from there, scoring two in the second inning off of two hits and one unearned run in the third inning to stretch the lead to 4-0. Three of OSU’s seven hits came with two outs.

Right-handed pitcher Fehmel dominated: through nine innings, he allowed eight hits and one run with four strikeouts and one walk. 

The Beavers’ defense came through as well, making zero errors.

The SportsCenter Top 10 worth defensive gem? OSU centerfielder Kyler McMahan made a diving snag and hurled the ball to first base to double off Oregon third baseman Spencer Steer and end the inning.

The victory over Oregon flushed a four-game losing streak and put OSU back in the drivers seat for a regular season Pac-12 championship. Heading into the Civil War series, the Beavers sit atop the Pac-12 conference in a tie for first with Stanford.

It also kept Oregon State’s hopes alive to host one of the NCAA Tournament’s 16 regionals. Winning all three remaining series could secure a top-eight seed, solidifying home-field advantage until the College World Series.

Game two of the Civil War is at 2pm, Saturday at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon.

DB Steven Nelson ready for new challenges with Pittsburgh Steelers

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DB Steven Nelson ready for new challenges with Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Oregon State defensive back Steven Nelson just got paid, big time, by the Pittsburgh Steelers after spending the first four years of his career with Kansas City. 

Nelsen signed a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Steelers last week to provide a stabilizing force opposite cornerback Joe Haden. 

"It's been amazing, it's been awesome," Nelson told reporters after signing with Pittsburgh. "It's been kinda sporadic if you would say. A lot of phone calls, a lot of happy people, a lot of emotions. It's been all over the place, but I'm happy to be here with you guys."

The Chiefs drafted Nelsen in the third round of the 2015 draft. He made 38 starts for Kansas City including 16 last year when he intercepted a career-high four passes. 

Nelson recounted how he had visited Pittsburgh during the predraft process in 2015 and felt that the Steelers liked him enough to draft him but it just didn't fall that way. He pointed to his "toughness and relentlessness," as traits he believes the Steelers see in him.

Playing opposite of Haden, Nelson will likely see a lot of balls thrown his way, a reality he said he would embrace. 

"Absolutely," he said. "That means more opportunities for me, so I love that challenge."

31 Greatest NCAAF Players in PNW history: No.22 - Brandin Cooks

31 Greatest NCAAF Players in PNW history: No.22 - Brandin Cooks

Oregon State has a long list of great receivers that have worn the orange and black; Mike Hass, Sammie Stroughter, James Rodgers, Chad Johnson, Markus Wheaton, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh just to name a few. But the greatest of them all was Brandin Cooks.

Cooks played for the Beavers from 2011-2013 and was the favorite target of Sean Mannion (the most prolific passer in Oregon State history). Cooks is second all-time in career receptions (226), third in career receiving yards (3,272), and first in career receiving touchdowns (24) at Oregon State.

His 128 receptions in 2013 are the most ever in a single season at OSU. That season he also had 1,730 yards receiving, which is also an OSU single-season record. And to think, he had another year of eligibility left when he decided to go pro.

Cooks was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he spent three seasons in New Orleans before being traded to the New England Patriots. He spent just one season with the Patriots before being traded again, this time to the Los Angeles Rams where he was reunited with Mannion.

In his NFL career Cooks has 280 receptions for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns. On July 17 the Rams signed Cooks to a five-year, $81 million extension.

Beavers win College World Series

Beavers win College World Series

For the first time since the school's back-to-back titles in 2006-2007, the Oregon State Beavers are national champions.

 

Oregon State pulled off a miracle on Wednesday to force a decisive Game 3, and all they did in that winner-take-all game was dominate from start to finish.

 

Adley Rutschman got the scoring starting for the Beavers, singling a run home in the bottom of the first inning and Kevin Abel pitched 9-innings of shut-out ball, surrendering just two hits to the Razorbacks.

 

The Beavers would put up four more runs before the game was done, but that single RBI from the catcher known as “Clutchman” was all the Beavers needed. 

 

Final Score: Beavers 5 – Razorbacks 0

 

 

 

The Mighty Casey has created a very elite "club" at Oregon State

The Mighty Casey has created a very elite "club" at Oregon State

CORVALLIS -- When Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey talks about his team, it's usually in the old-school manner of the sport. He talks about his "club." Which, of course, is short for his "ball club."

Remember, this is a sport where players don't dress in a locker room. They dress -- and hang out -- in their clubhouse.

And make no mistake, what Casey has created at Oregon State really is a club. A very exclusive one, at that. It's obviously a fraternity of players who are close and dedicated to one another and to a common goal.

I believe, in all honesty, OSU baseball is the most astounding ongoing story I've witnessed in my decades of living and working in this state. I once coached college baseball, as an assistant, and know what it's like to try to get a team ready without benefit of dependable weather. Of trying to recruit players from outside Oregon to come play their most important amateur seasons in this climate. And I know how difficult it is to overcome those teams with the preparation and recruiting advantages of the sun-belt states.

I have also known Casey since he was a very good freshman basketball player at the University of Portland. And -- bias admitted -- he once recruited my son, Will, to come play for him at his previous job, George Fox College. He is a special person and special coach.

After watching on TV as the Beavers pounded out an 8-1 win over Minnesota Friday night in Game 1 of their super-regional matchup, I just had to be in Goss Stadium Saturday night. It was too late to request a media credential though and unfair to even ask for one that late. And the game, of course, was sold out. So to the secondary market I went and bought two tickets -- one for my brother -- at a ridiculous price that would most certainly get me booted out of the "if-it's-free-it's-me" media fraternity.

Games, I figured, like this one don't come along very often. And as it turned out, I've never been more correct. It was a magical night.

The Beavers did what the Beavers do. They are an extremely talented group, as befitting the No. 3 national seed, but they are also grinders. They are relentless in their approach at the plate and spectacular with their defense.

But quite honestly, when the Gophers brought freshman All-America reliever Max Meyer into the game, with his 12 saves and 1.70 earned run average, I had to get up from my seat on the third-base line and check him out from behind the plate. My first thought was, "They aren't going to hit this guy." He has a terrific slider and a live fastball. But he was in the game too early and by the time he exited, OSU had worked 80 pitches out of him -- way above his capabilities.

Oregon State scored a run in the eighth to tie the game and three more in the ninth to take a 6-3 lead. The bullpen -- shaky at times during the season but suddenly lights out -- finished Minnesota off with a flurry of strikeouts over the final three innings. Kyle Nobach's two-out, line-drive single to right drove in the tying run and Adley Rutschman's two-out, two-strike liner up the middle drove in the go-ahead runs.

Clutch hitting is not a big deal to this bunch. These guys just hit. From the top of the order to the bottom and from the first inning to the last.

The record crowd of 4,025 in Goss went crazy and the Beavers, after a victory lap to salute the loyalists, were once again on their way to Omaha for the College World Series. Whatever happens after this is a product of talent, emotion, grit and pure luck. Win it or not, I can't help but admire what the Mighty Casey has created in Corvallis.

He is the head man of a very elite and impressive club. And he's been doing it for a long time.

 

Oregon State Football accidentally tries to recruit University of Hawaii football players?

Oregon State Football accidentally tries to recruit University of Hawaii football players?

Oregon State is entering a new era under new head coach and former Beaver QB, Jonathan Smith. The Beavers played their annual spring game last weekend.

Besides being a glorified practice open to the public, universities often use Spring Games to have recruits visit campus and see the team in action. 

University of Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich sent out a tweet early this morning showing that multiple players received packets from Oregon State which included an invitation to attend the spring game and what appears to be a recruitment packet as well. 

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While Coach Rolovich's sarcasm in the tweet is easy to spot, if you look a little deeper you'll notice he tagged the NCAA, OSU Compliance, and Pac-12 Compliance in his tweet. While also tagged a few football related sites, he also tagged Lavar Ball to make sure he was in the loop too.