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OSU men's basketball team reported safe following attacks in Barcelona

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OSU men's basketball team reported safe following attacks in Barcelona

The Oregon State Men’s Basketball team is reported to be safe following an attack in Barcelona, Spain.

It is being reported that a white van jumped up onto a sidewalk in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district before plowing through a crowd of pedestrians and tourists. Police in Barcelona are investigating this as a terrorist attack, while local media outlets are reporting as many as 13 people have dead, and 50 or more are injured.

The attack happened directly in front of the Beavers’ team hotel, according to head coach Wayne Tinkle.

Oregon State University released the following statement:

            “The Oregon State men's basketball team's traveling party is reported to be safe Thursday following an incident in Barcelona, Spain.  The incident occurred near the hotel where the team is staying.

The Beavers are touring Spain through Aug. 25 playing five exhibition games. OSU officials are determining the remaining schedule. Updates on the team's schedule will be provided when available.

The Oregon State University community extends its thoughts and prayers for all those injured and affected by this incident.”

We will keep you updated as any new information become available.

UPDATE: 

Coach Tinkle and Beaver Athletics posted the following video on Twitter earlier this afternoon. 

Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes also took the time to speak to the media today, listen to his statement in the video below, courtesy of Danny Moran of the Oregonian

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. 

https://twitter.com/nickrolovich/status/992340819817320448?s=21

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.

Ryan Nall goes undrafted but signs deal with Chicago Bears

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Ryan Nall goes undrafted but signs deal with Chicago Bears

Despite going un-drafted, running back Ryan Nall out of Oregon State University has joined the Chicago Bears. 

Nall was Oregon High School 6A Offensive Player of the Year prior to heading to Corvallis. Originally was expected to play tight end/h-back for the Beavers, but injuries forced him back to running back, where he thrived.

Nall joined a running back committee his freshman year, rushing for 455 yards and three touchdowns.

Nall would end up starting the next two seasons, but never reached the 1,000-yard mark. However, much of this had to do with injuries and inconsistent play along the front line. He managed to put up decent numbers despite the Beavers struggles to grab wins.

For his career Nall totaled 2,216 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. While those numbers may not jump out at you at first, consider that in they both rank among the Top 10 All-Time career numbers at OSU (8th most career rushing yards, and 7th most career rushing touchdowns).

 

Catching up with Oregon State baseball

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Catching up with Oregon State baseball

Oregon State baseball continued its dominance over Oregon over the weekend. The Beavers are now hold a 29-6 overall record and are 10-5 in Pac-12 play as OSU beat Oregon (19-17, 6-11) for the sixth consecutive time. The Ducks went to 19-18 overall and 6-12 in league games.

Oregon State took a 12-5 win on Saturday to get the series sweep in front of a Goss Stadium-era record of 3,800 Beaver fans. 

The homeruns have been plenty for OSU sophomore Tyler Malone. Malone has hit five homers in five games. He went an impressive 3-for-4 with a solo homer to right field in the seventh inning in Saturday’s victory. It took the infielder, 100 at bats for his first career home run, which came on April 13th at Missouri State. Since then, he has been one of the main sluggers for the Beavs.

The Civil War series sweep helped Oregon State move up in the rankings. The Beavers now sit at No. 5 in the country in the USA Today Coaches Poll with 20 games reaming on the regular season schedule.



Next up for OSU, the Beavers take on the University of Portland Pilots Tuesday night at Hillsboro's Ron Tonkin Field. The Beavs have won three straight over UP after defeating the Pilots, 6-3, in March at Goss Stadium. 

OSU is making its second-ever visit to Ron Tonkin Field after defeating Central Arkansas, back in 2016 with a 6-2 decision. 

Beavers roar back to defeat Titans 6-5 in CWS opener

Beavers roar back to defeat Titans 6-5 in CWS opener

Hey Omaha, that's what a 55-4 team looks like.

Oregon State shrugged off an early 5-1 deficit and kept grinding Saturday afternoon and pulled out a 6-5 win over Cal-Fullerton. And, as so often is the case for the Beavers, it was near-perfect relief pitching and clutch, two-out hits that made the difference.

"We just battled," Coach Pat Casey said. "That's what we've done all year -- just keep battling."

Trevor Larnach hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to pull OSU within a run and then Jack Anderson followed with another single to tie the game and cap a four-run rally. Catcher Adley Rutschman lined a two-out single in the eighth to plate the winning run. Freshman left-hander Jake Mulhullond got the win after four and one-third innings of hitless relief and Drew Rasmussen saved it with a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 ninth.

"At the end of games we find ways to win," said Rutschman, who made a terrific diving catch of a popped-up bunt in the sixth.

The Beavers move on to meet the winner of Saturday night's LSU-Florida State game Monday at 4 p.m. Casey said following the game that right-hander Bryce Fehmel will start that game with Rasmussen available for relief duty.

Oregon State's Saturday starter was touched for all three of the Titan hits and all five runs. "Too amped up," Casey said. "He was a little too excited."

 

Ice, Harrison earn ABCA Honors

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Ice, Harrison earn ABCA Honors

Oregon State first baseman KJ Harrison and catcher Logan Ice have been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-West Region Second Team, it was announced Wednesday.

The ABCA honor is the second of Harrison’s career following his second team selection last season. Ice, meanwhile, is honored for the first time.

Harrison, who accepted an invitation to play for Team USA Tuesday, was an All-Pac-12 Conference performer in 2016 after batting .265 with 14 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 47 runs batted in. He paced the conference with eight home runs and 30 RBI in Pac-12 action.

Ice, a second-round selection by Cleveland last week in the MLB Draft, is a Johnny Bench Award finalist after batting .310 with 13 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 39 RBI. He was named the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year after committing just one passed ball and threw out better than 44 percent of opposing basestealers.

The two honors give the Beavers at least one first or second-team selection for six consecutive seasons. Over that stretch, 11 OSU players have been honored a total of 15 times.

For more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club’s official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverBaseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.

Steven Nelson: Ready for Impact?

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Steven Nelson: Ready for Impact?

It's a rare sight: recent past and immediate future overlapping...

Wearing his NFL Combine DB #32 jacket, Jordan Poyer crouches forward, the front of his toes barely touching the edge of the white line. He's watching something. Or rather, someone.

As the rain pounds down outside, his potential successor attacks practice with the kind of fervor that turns heads. With every rep in the Truax facility, Steven Nelson builds a campaign to break free from a shadow that looms large.

It won't happen overnight, and on top of that, he's in an on-field battle with senior Sean Martin that will play out over spring and fall camp.

“From what I've seen,” says Poyer, “He's just a very smooth and athletic player.”

After Tuesday's practice, I walk up to the top-ranked Junior College cornerback, point over to the All-American cornerback, and ask for comparison. 

“Jordan is a tremendous athlete,” he says as if on auto-respond. (He's heard this tiresome inquiry before). “It's different because he's been in the program and had his ways to develop. For me to come in and catch on pretty fast like this, I think that's an achievement.”

“I wanted to come in, get the playbook down pat, get in with the ones, and that's happening right now,” he adds. “I just want to make plays and get better every day.”

Coming in this past winter as a four star talent who originally decommitted from Georgia and played at the College of the Sequoias, his swift adjustment seems to have come easy, but it's merely the product of hard, hard work.

“He's a gym rat. He really works hard at it,” Secondary Coach Rod Perry says, “He always wants to know technique and how he fits in the cover. He's a smart player. He wants to know his position, and he wants to know his craft.”

Coach Riley seems pleased every time he's been asked about Nelson, and by my count, that's about six or seven times since practice began. “Besides his ability, the thing I really enjoy is that he loves to play. Since he's gotten here he works out hard. Studies hard.”

His teammates have also taken note of the newcomer's work ethic and potential threat-level, especially Sean Mannion. “If you made a mistake, he will make you pay.”

“All the guys have reached out to me,” says Nelson. “They give me advice, tell me what I do wrong, and they tell me when I make good plays. The biggest challenge for me? Technique.”

Before signing with OSU, Nelson was seeking big opportunity and sifting through double-digit scholarship offers. He wanted to land in a place where he could live up to the expectations he set for himself. “They showed me the depth chart, that Jordan was leaving. They had Rashaad Reynolds and Sean Martin, and they told me I could come in and have an immediate impact.”

The struggle continues, but so far, so good...

#6 Beavers Blasted in 9th, Lose 6-3 to #16 Ducks

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#6 Beavers Blasted in 9th, Lose 6-3 to #16 Ducks

The Beavers made some costly mistakes tonight at Goss, and the Ducks pounced all over them. Here's the official recap.

Team Release
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dylan Davis had two hits to pace the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team but the Beavers dropped a 6-3 decision to No. 16 Oregon Tuesday night at Goss Stadium.
 
Aaron Payne’s one-out triple in the top of the ninth scored two, breaking a 3-3 deadlock, which sent the Ducks to the win in the first game of the Civil War, presented by PacificSource Health Plans, NW Ford Dealers, McDonald's and Wells Fargo. Oregon State dropped to 25-6 on the year while Oregon improved to 24-8.
 
The loss went to Oregon State reliever Brandon Jackson, who fell to 4-1 after allowing one hit and one run in 2 1/3 innings of work. The win went to Garrett Clevinger, his first of the year, and Jimmie Sherfy picked up his ninth save of the season.
 
Oregon State, which led off the game with a run in the first on a bases loaded walk to Jake Rodriguez, found itself down 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth. The Beavers tied the game when Kavin Keyes scored on a Jerad Casper single, then Ryan Barnes drove in Casper on a squeeze.
 
Davis doubled in the third and singled in the fifth for his 13th multiple-hit game of the season.
 
Payne and Tyler Baumgartner led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
 
Neither starter figured in the decision as each was pulled early. Taylor Starr started for the Beavers and allowed three runs and three hits with four strikeouts in three innings. Jordan Spencer, meanwhile, worked 2 2/3 innings for Oregon, allowing four hits and a run. He left with a 3-1 lead but OSU scored two runs off his immediate replacement, Jeff Gold.
 
Oregon returns to Pac-12 Conference play Friday when opening a three-game series against Utah. First pitch Friday from Goss Stadium is slated for 5:35 p.m. PT.