The Oregon State-Michigan Super Regional was scheduled to start at 3 pm on Saturday but rain has entered into the Corvallis area postponing Game 1 until Sunday. They have pushed the schedule back a full day with Game 1 on Sunday at 4 pm on ESPN, Game 2 on Monday at 1 pm or 4 pm on ESPN or ESPN 2, and Game 3 will be played on Tuesday at a TBA time.
The Oregon State Beavers welcome Michigan to Corvallis, Oregon for a Super Regional meeting. The games will be played on Saturday at 3 pm ESPN U, Sunday at 4 pm ESPN, Monday at 7 pm ESPN or ESPN 2.
Oregon State (42-18)
The Oregon State Beavers are making a return trip to a NCAA Super Regional after winning the National Championship last season. The Beavers won the Charlottesville Regional after defeating Rutgers 5-1. The Beavers then took on the Virginia Cavaliers in a winner’s bracket game which they lost in 13 innings 7-4. OSU then had to fight through the loser’s bracket as they defeated Rutgers 5-2 to advance to the Regional Final against Virginia. They defeated Virginia in Game 1 by a score of 5-3 and then 7-3. Oregon State is led by 13th year head coach Pat Casey who is 604-384-5 in his long career. The Oregon State offense is led by All-American catcher candidate Mitch Canham who is hitting .323 on the year with nine homers. The Beavers pitching staff is led by Daniel Turpen who is 9-1 with a 3.65 ERA. He is joined in the rotation by Mike Stutes (9-4, 4.05 ERA) and Joe Paterson (9-6, 3.81 ERA). Eddie Kunz closes for OSU with 10 saves on the year while making 28 appearances with a 3.05 ERA.
Oregon State Game Notes
Oregon State Season Stats
The Michigan Wolverines shocked the baseball world by winning the Nashville Regional last weekend which included the Vanderbilt Commodores who was the number 1 seed in the tournament. They opened the tournament up with a 10-7 victory over Memphis. Michigan then had to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores and were able to take them out 4-3 on a Kevin Cislo RBI single in the ninth inning. This sent Michigan to the Regional Championship game where they had to take on Vanderbilt. The Wolverines lost the first game to Vandy 10-7 but in game 2 were able to get a pinch hit homer from freshman Alan Oaks off of David Price (MLB Number 1 overall pick) to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead which they were able to hold onto. The Wolverines are led by 5th year head coach Rich Maloney who has a career record of 447-254-1 including a head coaching stint with Ball State. The Wolverines offense is led by Nate Recknagel who picked up the MVP award of the Nashville Regional after going 6-17 with 7 RBI. He is hitting .359 on the year with twelve homers. The Michigan pitching staff is led by Chris Fetter who is 6-3 with a 4.50 ERA. Zach Putnam (8-4, 4.13 ERA) will start Game 1 for the Wolverines while Mike Wilson (7-0, 3.07 ERA) is scheduled for Game 2 with Fetter going in Game 3. Ben Jenzen leads the team with 5 saves but a 4.54 ERA.
Michigan Series Notes
Michigan Season Stats
Detroit Free-Press Article about Nate Recknagel
Saturday: UM Zach Putnam (8-4, 4.13 ERA) vs TBA
Sunday: UM Mike Wilson (7-0, 3.07 ERA) vs TBA
Monday: UM Chris Fetter (6-3, 4.50 ERA) vs TBA
The CBB predicts Oregon State to make it back to the CWS with a two game sweep.
The Virginia Cavaliers and Oregon State Beavers are currently playing in the Regional Championship game in Charlottesville VA. The Cavaliers started Casey Lambert on the mound but he gave up five runs in 1.1 innings before being lifted for Jacob Thompson. He only lasted one inning while giving up 2 hits and two walks in relief. Oregon State was led by a strong game from transfer Jason Ogata who went 3-5 with four runs batted in. Oregon State now heads home to host Michigan for a Super Regional which starts on Saturday at 3 pm EST.
After enduring a washout on Sunday, Oregon State headed back to the diamond as they defeated Rutgers by a 5-2 score. Oregon State received a decent start from Jorge Reyes where he gave up two runs in six innings. Daniel Turpen was able to come in and close out the game by pitching the final three innings to get his second save. The Beavers offense was led by Lonnie Lechelt who went 3-4 with a homer. Oregon State advances in the regional to the Championship game against Virginia which took place at 6 pm on Monday while Rutgers ends the season with a 42-21 record.
Oregon State 5 UVA 3
The Beavers scored four runs in the last two innings to rally past the Virginia Cavaliers 5-3 and force a winner take all game on Tuesday for a Super Regional spot. The Beavers scored two runs off of each Jake Rule and Michael Schwimer to get the win. Daniel Turpen got the start for the Beavers after pitching the final three innings in the day game. He gave them 4.1 innings while giving up all three Cavaliers runs before getting lifted. The teams will play at noon on Tuesday to decide the Regional Championship.
The Charlottesville Regional was postponed from remnants of a tropical storm which is riding up the Atlantic Ocean. Rutgers and Oregon State will play an elimination game tomorrow at 1 pm and Virginia will play the winner at 6 pm in the Championship round. If UVA loses, the final game of the regional will take place on Tuesday at a TBA time.
Rutgers scored four runs in the top of the eighth on homers from Frank Meade and Dave Williams which were two run homers. Lafayette tried to rally with a single run in the eighth and two runs in the bottom of the ninth but were not able to tie up the game. Rutgers will play Oregon State on Sunday in the loser’s bracket. Lafayette ends the season with a 33-20 record.
UVA 7 Oregon State 4
The Virginia Cavaliers outlasted Oregon State in 13 innings as they advance to the championship game in the Charlottesville Regional on Saturday. Casey Lambert pitched 6.2 innings in relief while giving up only 1 run on five hits. Brandon Guyer and Brandon Marsh got into a collosion in the game and their status is unavailable at the time of this post. Oregon State will play Rutgers on Sunday while Virginia will play the winner in the championship game of the regional.
The Virginia Cavaliers opened up their run to Omaha with a 5-1 victory over Lafayette. Sean Doolittle gave the Cavaliers 7.2 innings while giving up 1 run on nine hits. Brandon Guyer hit a key three run homer in the first inning to set the pace for the Cavs offense. Virginia will play defending national champion Oregon State on Saturday while Lafayette will play Rutgers on Saturday in an elimination game.
Oregon State 5 Rutgers 1
Joe Paterson let up one run in six innings as he led the defending national champion Beavers to a 5-1 victory over Rutgers. John Wallace led the offense with 2 RBI. Oregon State will take on Virginia on Saturday while Rutgers will play Lafayette.
Oregon State Recap
The Virginia Cavaliers (43-14) enter this weekend after winning two out of three games in the ACC Tournament. They did not qualify for the ACC Championship as they lost the head to head tiebreaker with North Carolina. They are led by a very strong pitching staff in Jacob Thompson and Sean Doolittle. Thompson has an overall record of 11-0 with an ERA of 1.35. (The CBB had the chance to see him pitch and a full report on him is available here.) Sean Doolittle is one of the top two-way players in the country as he has a record of 7-3 with a 2.57 ERA while batting .318 with 52 RBI. The Virginia offense is led by Brandon Guyer (.369) and David Adams (.368). They receive some bad news about two weeks ago when leadoff hitter and batting average leader Greg Miclat had surgery on a torn labrum and is out for the season. Virginia opens the tournament against Lafayette at 4 pm Friday.
Virginia Tourney Notes
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights made an impressive run through the Big East Tournament by coming through the loser’s bracket before taking out UConn in the conference championship game by a 7-6 scoreline. Rutgers is led by All-American candidate Todd Frazier who is hitting .379 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI. He has also stolen 25 bases in 29 attempts. Dave Williams is the leading hitter on the team with a .408 batting average in 57 games. Steve Healing leads the pitching staff with a 10-3 overall record and an ERA of 3.56. Rutgers opens the tournament against defending champion Oregon State at 8 pm on Friday.
The Oregon State Beavers are the defending champions and will head to Charlottesville after finishing in sixth place in the PAC-10. They have an overall record of 38-17 but were under .500 in the PAC 10 at a 10-14 mark. Mitch Canham is one of the top catchers in the country who will likely be drafted in the top five rounds in the upcoming draft. He leads the team in hitting with a .346 average and in homers with nine. The Oregon State pitching staff is led by Mike Stutes who has a 9-4 record and has struck out 101 hitters in 102.2 innings. Oregon State opens against Rutgers at 8 pm on Friday.
Oregon State Tourney Notes
The Lafayette Leopards (33-18) enter the weekend with the automatic bid from the Patriot League after sweeping the Army in the Championship series. Lafayette split with Ivy League Champion Brown last week in preparation for the NCAA Regionals. Lafayette is led by pitchers Kevin Reese and Matt Kamine. Reese is 7-1 with a 2.70 ERA in nine starts including four complete games. Kamine is 7-4 with a 2.72 ERA. The Leopards offense is led by James Conrad who has a .351 average with 48 stolen bases in 52 attempts. Jeff Butler has a .350 average also so he is also a player to watch.
Lafayette Tourney Notes
The CBB predicts Virginia to advance through the regional and the sleeper team in the regional is Rutgers with a potent lineup.
Casey Grogan of The Daily Barometer wrote a very nice article about the upcoming 2007 season for the Oregon State Beavers. The article discusses some of the expectations of the program and how that will affect the upcoming season in which they have started with four straight victories including a no-hitter in game 1. The full article is available here.
Casey was nice enough to shoot me an e-mail to check out his article so anyone with a good article feel free to e-mail me here.
The Associated Press has released an article about Oregon State Baseball going for their second straight national championship. The article has a good interview with Pat Casey and he speaks about how so many coaches around the country have contacted him since winning the national championship. The full article can be read here.