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A senior at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, Ryan Broadhead is an avid baseball follower and hopes to one day be a beat reporter for a professonal baseball team. Ryan wrote for Pac-12.org last year covering Track and Field. His focus was primarily on writing athlete profiles, but this year he hopes to transition into covering college baseball primarily in the northwest. He will also contribute by covering the Pac-12 from Eugene and Corvallis. He can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @BroadheadRyan
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CBD Column: Pac-12 Weekend Recap

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Oregon State took two out of three this weekend at UCLA in a series between two teams aiming for a conference championship. In game one, the Bruins handed LHP Matt Boyd (6-1) his first loss of the season. Boyd was outdueled by RHP Adam Plutko (3-2), who pitched seven innings and only allowed one unearned run. Both teams struggled offensively as Oregon State had four hits and UCLA had five. With the score tied 1-1 in the fifth inning, designated hitter Kevin Williams hit his first home run of the season to give UCLA a 2-1 lead. They would add another run in the seventh, and closer David Berg picked up his sixth save of the season by pitching 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief. The final was 3-2 UCLA. Continue reading

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Pac 12 Weekend Preview April 5/6/7

Pac12LogoOregon State at UCLA

One of the biggest matchups across the country this weekend takes place at Jackie Robinson Stadium, as the No. 8 ranked Beavers matchup against the No.11 ranked Bruins. Oregon State enters the weekend 23-4 and 5-1 in the Pac-12. The Beavers defeated Portland by a final of 7-5 on Tuesday, but the Beavers dropped two out of three last weekend at San Diego. In the series, the Beaver defense struggled as they committed 11 errors in three games. UCLA holds an 18-7 record and the Bruins are 6-3 in conference. UCLA is coming off a Tuesday loss to No. 4 Cal State Fullerton by a final of 9-6. The Bruins also dropped two out of three last weekend at Arizona State. This series should be an excellent display of talent as both teams rank in the upper half of the conference in most major categories. Oregon State holds a conference best 1.90 team ERA, while UCLA sits at fourth with a 2.73 ERA. Offensively, the Beavers sit third in the conference with a .287 team batting average. UCLA sits seventh with a .264 average. A few notes to keep an eye out for this series is how well Oregon State plays defense. The Beavers sit seventh in the conference with a .967 fielding percentage after last weekend’s series. UCLA ranks second with a .979 fielding percentage. Oregon State has committed 35 errors, while UCLA has only committed 21. The difference in the series could come down to how well the Beavers catch the ball. Shortstop Tyler Smith is expected back after missing a few weeks with a fractured hand. Continue reading

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Pac 12 Weekend Recap for March 28/29/30

Pac12LogoUCLA at Arizona State

A big weekend for Arizona State, as the Sun Devils took two out of three from UCLA. RHP Trevor Williams pitched 7 and 2/3 innings, while only allowing one run, in the 4-1 Sun Devil victory. Williams struck out six and walked one as the junior improved to 4-2 on the year. Arizona State had RBI contributions from four Sun Devils, including third baseman Michael Benjamin, who hit his second home run of the year. Continue reading

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Pac-12 Weekend Preview (March 28th-30th)

asunewlogo*** With Easter Sunday, matchups are taking place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

UCLA at Arizona State

The premiere matchup in the conference this weekend takes place in Tempe, Arizona. The Bruins, ranked No. 6 in the latest NCWBA poll, come into the weekend 17-4 and 5-1 in conference. The Bruins are coming off a series victory last weekend against California. Arizona State, ranked No. 26, sits at 13-7-1 and 2-4 in conference play. Arizona State dropped two out of three last weekend against Oregon State. The player to watch for the Sun Devil’s is LHP Ryan Kellogg, who threw a no-hitter against the Beavers last Saturday. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back against another quality opponent. Arizona State ranks third in the conference with a .285 batting average, while UCLA sits at sixth with a .268 team batting average. On the mound, UCLA sits second in the conference with a 2.07 team ERA. Arizona State is fifth with a 3.10 team ERA. These are both regional teams and this matchup will be interesting to see how UCLA handles a quality opponent on the road in conference.  The weekend at Arizona State will be the first time the Bruins have been on the road for a series since playing Baylor in Waco, Texas, on February 22. Continue reading

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Pac-12 Weekend Recap (March 22nd-24th)

Pac12LogoArizona State at Oregon State

Oregon State took two out of three from Arizona State over the weekend. On Friday the Beavers, beyond LHP Matt Boyd, won the opener by a final of 5-0. Boyd went the distance and only allowed one hit. He struck out a career high 11 batters. Outfielder Michael Conforto led the Beavers with three hits, while designated hitter Dylan Davis drove in two RBI. While Boyd’s outing on Friday was impressive, the most outstanding performance of the weekend took place Saturday, as LHP Ryan Kellogg threw a no-hitter in the Sun Devil 4-0 victory. Kellogg struck out three and did not walk a batter. The no-hitter was the first against Oregon State since March 27, 1994 when Lewis and Clark State accomplished the feat. Arizona State had two errors to spoil the perfect game. Four Sun Devils had multi-hit games, while outfielder Jake Peevyhouse drove in two RBI. One of the RBI came on the outfielder’s first home run of the season. On Sunday, the Beavers were able to bounce back and claim the series victory with a 4-3 victory. Neither starter worked past the fifth, while a Michael Conforto sacrifice fly gave the Beavers the lead. The Oregon State bullpen was able to work around walks in the later innings to seal the victory. Continue reading

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Pac-12 Weekend Preview (March 22nd-24th)

Pac12LogoArizona State at Oregon State

The Oregon State Beavers, ranked No. 4 by the NCWBA, return home this weekend to host the No. 21 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. Oregon State is 19-1 and 3-0 in conference play. The Beavers are coming off a three-game sweep at Arizona last weekend, the first time they have accomplished the feat in program history. Arizona State heads to Corvallis with a record of 12-5-1 and 1-2 in conference play. The Sun Devils lost two out of three against Washington State last weekend, and dropped a Tuesday game against Texas Tech by the final of 8-7. The matchup this weekend will be a test for Arizona State as the Beavers hold an NCAA low ERA of 1.59 in 181 innings pitched. Batters are hitting .203 against the Beaver pitching staff. Arizona State ranks third in the Pac-12 with a .295 average. The Sun Devils are also second in the conference with 11 home runs. Although Arizona State ranks in the upper half of the Pac-12 in multiple categories, so do the Beavers. The difference maker in the series will be playing at Goss Stadium, where the Beavers are 8-1 this season. Continue reading

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Pac 12 Weekend Recap (March 15th-17th)

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The Oregon State Beavers swept Arizona for the first time in school history. The Beavers, now 19-1 and 3-0 in the Pac-12, took the Friday night game by a score of 6-2. Outfielder Michael Conforto hit a three-run home run and LHP Matt Boyd held Arizona to two hits and two runs through seven innings. Boyd improved to 4-0 on the season. On Saturday, Oregon State pulled off the series win by a final of 4-3. RHP Andrew Moore became the first Pac-12 pitcher to 5-0 this season. The freshman only lasted 5 2/3 innings, but the Beaver bullpen held Arizona scoreless the rest of the way. Designated hitter Dylan Davis and catcher Jake Rodriquez each had two RBI apiece. The Beavers finished off the sweep Sunday afternoon by a final of 8-4. Catcher Jake Rodriquez, who came into the game in the fourth inning as defensive substitution, had a career high five RBI. LHP Ben Wetzler made the start Sunday as he continues to battle back from a bad back. He went 4 1/3 innings while only allowing one run. With the sweep, the Arizona Wildcats fell to 15-8 overall and are now 0-3 in the conference.  Continue reading

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Pac-12 Weekend Preview (March 15th-17th)

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Oregon State at Arizona

No.4 Oregon State travels to No. 21 Arizona to kick off the 2013 Pac-12 conference schedule. The Beavers dropped a mid-week game against Tuesday, against San Francisco, but were able to get back to their winning ways on Wednesday by a final of 6-5. Oregon State enters the weekend with a 16-1 record and is a perfect 4-0 this season away from home. The Arizona Wildcats enter the weekend with a 15-5 record. During the week the Wildcats swept the Butler Bulldogs, both finals by the score of 14-2. Arizona has a 14-4 record at home this season and is winding up an 18-game home stand. Entering the series, the Beavers have the best ERA in the Pac-12 at 1.43 while Arizona holds an ERA of 3.39. Offensively the Wildcats hold a .316 team batting average. Oregon State ranks right below Arizona with a 2.90 average. Shortstop Tyler Smith of OSU was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week last week after going 7-15 with a home run and six RBI. This series should be the premiere matchup to start conference play. Continue reading

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CBD Column: Pac 12 North Weekend Recap

Pac12LogoIn attending the Vanderbilt/Oregon series this weekend, the focus shifted towards scouting Vanderbilt. Later this week there will be scouting videos released on Kevin Ziomek, Tyler Beede, and Philip Pfeifer. There will also be mini scouting reports on second baseman Tony Kemp and first baseman Conrad Gregor. Keeping that in mind, the focus on Pac-12 teams in the southern half of the conference is limited. Check out Shotgun Spratling’s SoCal Weekend Wrap for Pac-12 teams in California. Continue reading