CORVALLIS - The Oregon State Beavers threw a watch party to find out who was coming to Corvallis for the NCAA Regional Baseball Tournament. It was not exactly a wild bash... The Defending National Champions found out the day before that they were going to host one of the 16 Regional sites for the 64-team tourney. So all they were waiting for was to see who will head to Goss Stadium for the double-elimination round.
.@beaverbaseball found out their @ncaacws opponents at their watch party in Corvallis! The Beavs face @GoBearcatsBASE Friday at 7:pm!! @Creighton_Baseball vs. @umichbaseball at 1:pm at Goss Stadium #GoBeavs #NCAACWS pic.twitter.com/MOdkMU5zoY— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 27, 2019
The Beavers ended up as the 16-seed in the field of 64 and just got that final slot to host. Oregon State, was one of three Pac-12 teams to host a Regional. UCLA and Stanford also will host this upcoming weekend. The winner of the Corvallis Regional will face the winner of the Los Angeles Regional. UCLA is the #1 seed in the Tournament and will host LMU, Omaha and Baylor in Los Angeles. The winner of that bracket will face the Corvallis Regional Champion in the Super Regional.
The Beavers face the Cincinnati Bearcats Friday night at 7pm. The Beavers are hosting a regional for the eighth time since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64-teams in 1999. The Bearcats are making their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1974. Former Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer has a connection to the Cincinnati baseball program. His son Nate Meyer is on the team and made a nice catch for the final out when Cincinnati beat UConn 22-5 to clinch the AAC title. See the full schedule here.
.@GoBearcatsBASE won their first-ever #AmericanBSB Championship this afternoon with a huge win over No. 4 UConn, and we had Cincinnati head coach Scott Googins on our postgame show to talk about the victory. pic.twitter.com/l8W0Wvx0hy— American Digital (@American_DN) May 26, 2019
Creighton and Michigan are the #2 and #3 seeds in the Corvallis Regional. They will face each other in Friday's first game at 1pm at Goss Stadium. Creighton played in a Corvallis regional in 2011 and the Beavers beat them 5-1. That is the only time the two schools have met in baseball. This season the Blue Jays won the Big East title for the first time.
Michigan and the Beavers played for the last time in the 2007 Corvallis Super Regional. Oregon State won both games 1-0 and 8-2 to head to Omaha and of course to the CWS title that year. The Wolverines head to Goss Stadium with a 41-18 record and 16-7 in Big-10 play.
Beaver baseball coach Pat Bailey is very proud of his baseball team and his pitching staff. The Beavers are ranked second in the nation with a team ERA of 2.98 just behind UCLA. He also says he has a lot of homework to do this week on the three teams heading to the Corvallis regional.
.@BeaverBaseball coach @BeaverBats27 talks @NCAACWS Regional @GossStadium Beavs face @GoBearcatsBASE Friday at 7:pm @CU_Baseball vs @umichbaseball play at 1:pm #GoBeavs #NCAACWS pic.twitter.com/kqIuOkVTDW— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 27, 2019
The players are pumped to be playing the first games of the tournament at home and know they will have a target on their backs since they are the defending National Champions. Senior right-handed pitcher Bryce Fehmel is pumped for a chance to repeat.
Infielder Andy Armstrong has a championship ring from last year's trip to Omaha and can't wait for Friday night!
The Pac-12 has five teams in the 64-team field but that is chicken feed compared to the SEC. A record-tying 10 SEC teams made the field. There was some respect for the Pac-12 however. The Beavers, Cardinal and Bruins are all #1 seeds of course since they are hosting. Cal and Arizona State are #2 seeds in their respective regionals. Cal in the Arkansas regional and ASU is heading to LSU.
If history is an indication, the Beavers have a great shot to get out of the Corvallis Regional. They went a perfect 3-0 to win home regionals in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018.
All session tickets go on sale Thursday at 2pm.