CORVALLIS — After pretty much destroying the field at last month’s College World Series, Oregon State’s baseball team found something else to demolish on Monday morning.
A handful of the Beavers, with bats in hand, began knocking down a house to make way for a new home for a deserving family on the television program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
A group from OSU’s national championship team — head coach Pat Casey, pitchers Eddie Kunz and Blake Keitzman, infielders Lonnie Lechelt and Brett Casey, outfielders Scott Santschi and Braden Wells, catcher Erik Ammon, injured catcher Casey Priseman and manager Peter Hughes — spent much of the morning at the job site in Lewisburg, just north of Corvallis. The players eventually got to blow off a little steam by clubbing walls, windows and fixtures for the cameras.
Shortly thereafter, a pair of backhoes began the heavy demolition of the home that formerly housed Rob and Rachel Byers and their family. Their 8-year-old daughter, Jenessa, has a form of childhood cancer and is fighting a recurrence.
Texas Tech hired Oregon State pitching coach Dan Spencer on Monday with hopes that he can help the Red Raiders return to the top of the Big 12 standings.
Spencer helped lead Oregon State to national championships the last two seasons and was also the Beavers’ recruiting coordinator. Spencer, an infielder at Tech from 1985 to 1987, will serve as the Red Raiders’ associate head coach in charge of pitchers and catchers and as the recruiting coordinator.
“I don’t think I’m exaggerating to say that Dan Spencer is the hottest pitching coach in America,” said Tech head coach Larry Hays, who recently completed his 21st season. “He really left a lot of money on the table with other [offers].”
Hays said Spencer, 41, turned down head coaching jobs to take the Tech position and said Spencer also had offers to become the pitching coach at other Big 12 schools. Hays said once he retires, he would like to see Spencer take over Tech’s program.
“If we do well, that should be a natural result,” Hays said. “If we do a good job and he’s not the head coach, it would be a crime.”
Tech also announced Monday the hiring of assistant coach Trent Petrie, an assistant the last two years at New Mexico. Petrie, 36, was an infielder at Tech in 1992. Petrie will be Tech’s infield coach and assist with recruiting.
Tech assistant coach Daren Hays has been reassigned to the director of baseball operations. Volunteer assistant coach Lance Brown, the former TCU head coach who has served as the Red Raiders’ pitching coach the last two seasons, will work with outfielders and likely become the bullpen coach, Larry Hays said.
Dallas Morning News.com
Texas Tech Story!
Oregon State Story!
Texas Tech has scheduled a news conference on Monday at 1 pm local time to make an important announcement about the baseball program. Oregon Live is reporting Dan Spencer who is the top assistant coach of the Oregon State program will make the move back to Lubbock to work with current head coach Larry Hays. This story will be followed closely by The College Baseball Blog as this could be great news for the Red Raiders program.
Oregon Live article
Double T Nation article
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has named Pat Casey as their Coach of the Year for the 2007 season. He led the Beavers to their second consecutive national championship after finishing the season below .500 in the Pac-10 conference.
Full Release from CBN
Dave Serrano of UC-Irvine was named the National Coach of the Year by Baseball America after leading the Anteaters to their first appearance in the College World Series. The Anteaters were the story in the College World Series as they won two extra innings games to advance to the final four before losing to Oregon State.
Baseball America Article
Thousands of Oregon State University baseball fans — a sea of orange — packed Parker Plaza on campus to welcome home the Beavers on Monday and catch a glimpse of the national championship trophy.
“We’ve got the best baseball team in America right here in Corvallis, Oregon,” said coach Pat Casey, who guided the Beavers to back-to-back titles.
OSU defeated North Carolina on Sunday to clinch the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Could a three-peat be in the works?
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continued its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls were circulated from Feb. 12-June 25 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb. Oregon State became the first school since LSU in 1996-97 to repeat as Division I champ after sweeping North Carolina last Sunday night at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. The final poll had representation by a season-most 14 conferences (tied for a weekly high for the fourth time in ‘07) among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the ‘07 NCAA Division I ranks, and 17 circuits had teams in the polls in ‘07. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com
| NCBWA POLL (FINAL)
||Cal State Fullerton
||Long Beach State
| Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (40-22), East Carolina (40-23), Kent State (33-26), Minnesota (41-18), Ohio State (38-24), Southern Mississippi (39-23), Rutgers (42-21), St. John’s (41-19), UC Riverside (38-21), Western Carolina (42-20).
| Dropped out: None.
| By conference: Southeastern 5, Atlantic Coast 4, Big 12 4, Pacific-10 4, Big West 3, Missouri Valley 2, Atlantic 10 1, Big East 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Mountain West 1, Sun Belt 1, West Coast 1.
Oregon State defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 9-3 in Game 2 of the CWS Championship Series to clinch their second championship in as many years. The Oregon State offense jumped on Tar Heel starter Luke Putkonen for three runs in the second inning which knocked him out after only 1.2 innings. Mike Fox, head coach of North Carolina replaced him with Andrew Carignan who acts as the team closer. Carignan ended up going 3.2 innings while giving up two runs. The Oregon State offense was led by many players but Darwin Barney went 2-5 with a homer and Jordan Lennerton hit a two run homer. Oregon State pitcher Mike Stutes struggled through 5.1 innings while giving up three runs on seven hits but picked up the win to give himself a 2-0 record in the CWS. The North Carolina offense was led by Dustin Ackley who went 2-4 with a homer and two RBI in the loss.
The Oregon State Beavers overcame many different obstacles this season who were on the bubble to make the NCAA Tournament when the selections were announced. They also had some major distractions this season with Mike Lissman’s legal trouble. I would like to congratulate the team that started the entire College Baseball season with a trip to Hawaii-Hilo and ended it as the National Champions for the second straight season which is the first time it has happened in College Baseball since LSU won the championship in 1996-1997.
Oregon State Recap
Baseball Daily Digest Recap
The Oregon State Beavers took Game 1 of the College World Series Championship Series by a score of 11-4. Jorge Reyes pitched 6.1 innings while allowing only three runs to the North Carolina offense. Joe Patterson relieved Reyes by giving up only 1 run over the final 2.2 innings. North Carolina starter Alex White was lit up for five runs in 5.1 innings of work. Jordan Lennerton did most of the damage to the North Carolina offense by going 2-4 with a homer and two RBI. Mitch Canham also had a strong day as he went 1-2 with two RBI. The Tar Heels offense was led by Reid Fronk who had a two run double in the 5th inning.
Oregon State Recap
Doug Kroll (CSTV) Recap
The teams will play Game 2 on Sunday at 7 pm eastern time. If Oregon State wins the game they will be the national champions for the second straight year while North Carolina will try to force a deciding game on Monday. The Beavers will send Mike Stutes (11-4, 4.03 ERA) to the mound while UNC sends Luke Putkonen (8-1, 4.44 ERA) to the mound.
Oregon State looked like a much more polished team on Saturday evening while North Carolina looked a little tired from the long week in Omaha. We will see tomorrow if the Tar Heels can get a big start from Putkonen as their bullpen has been extremely busy this past week.
The Gametracker for Game 1 of the College World Series Championship series is available here for anyone not able to watch the game on TV.
North Carolina (57-14)
The North Carolina Tar Heels head back to the CWS Championship Series to face Oregon State for the second straight year. UNC has compiled a 4-1 record in Omaha as they fought through the loser’s bracket. The Tar Heels are led on the mound by Robert Woodard who has struggled in the College World Series but has a 11-2 overall record with a 3.19 ERA. Rob Wooten has appeared in every single game in the NCAA. He has pitched 15.1 innings in the tournament compiling a 1.17 ERA. The Tar Heel offense woke up in the final elimination game against Rice on Thursday when four different hitters went deep. Josh Horton, who was a second round pick by the Oakland Athletics leads the CWS with a .389 average.
North Carolina is expected to start Alex White (6-6 4.74 ERA) in Game 1.
UNC CWS Game Notes
CBB report on UNC-BC
Oregon State (47-18)
The Oregon State Beavers enter the College World Series Championship Series seeking their second straight national championship. This is also their second straight year facing the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Championship series. The Beavers lost a ton of talent from last year’s team but have been able to get hot at the right time of the year as they have compiled a 3-0 record in the CWS. The Beavers are led by catcher Mitch Canham who was the 57th overall pick by the San Diego Padres. Canham is hitting .321 with ten homers on the season. Daniel Turpen is the top starting pitcher for the Beavers. He was drafted in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants. He has accumulated a 10-1 record with a 3.44 ERA.
Pat Casey will send Jorge Reyes (6-3, 3.00 ERA) to the mound for Game 1.
Oregon State CWS Game Notes
The College Baseball Blog predicts that Oregon State wins the championship in two games as UNC’s starting pitching has been suspect all post season. North Carolina has a stronger bullpen so they need to have a solid five-six inning start in every game of the series to have a chance.
CWS Championship Series Previews from the Internet
Salem News (OR paper)
Corvallis (OR) Gazette Times
News and Observer (NC paper)
River Ave. Blues
Arizona Daily Star
Doug Kroll of CSTV Preview (Great article)