The Oregon State Beavers swept a doubleheader from Hawai’i-Hilo Friday afternoon by taking the first game 17-4 and the second one by 9-3. In game 1, the Beavers were led by Joe Peterson who pitched 5 innings giving up only 1 unearned run. The offensive side was led by lead-off hitter and shortstop Darwin Barney who went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s. In game 2, Daniel Turpen led the pitching by going 4 innings and giving up 5 hits while only surrendering one run. Darwin Barney again led the offense by going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. Jordan Lennerton also chipped in with a 3-4 performance while scoring 2 runs. They will conclude the series on Saturday at 1:00 PM Hawaii time.
Oregon State opened the season last night in Hawai’i and they got off to a fantastic start with four pitchers combining for a no-hitter which was the first in 40 years for the Beavers. Oregon State won the game 5-0 over Hawai’i-Hilo. Mitch Canham was the star on offense going 4-5 at the plate with one run scored and one batted in. He also caught the no hitter which was thrown by Mike Stutes (5 IP, 7 K’s, and 2 BB), Josh Keller (2 IP and 2 K’s), Mark Grbavac (1 IP and 2 K’s), and Jorge Reyes (1 IP and 1BB) who pitched the ninth. Lars Knepper started the game for the Vulcans and pitched 4.2 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) while striking out ten batters. He was followed up by Jeffrey Germain (2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, and zero earned runs) and Emil DeAndreis (2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 Earned run, and 3 BB).
I know that I have been posting about the Oregon State Beavers often but they are getting a ton of press for being the defending national champion. The Register-Guard in Eugene, OR checks in with an article about the losses that Oregon State has had to graduation and the MLB draft. It can be read here.
The Statesman Journal in Salem Oregon has posted an article about the Oregon State Beavers. Gary Horowitz talks with the players and coaches about how they are going to put the 2006 season behind them and focus on winning back to back titles in 2007. The full article is available here.
The Oregon State Beavers have decided to change the surface of their infield from natural grass to FieldTurf at Goss Stadium. This type of field is the same type that the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Devil Rays play on. The surface change is expected to be ready for the home opener for the Beavers on March 8th against Evansville. They are also adding a new scoreboard and a new seating area to the ballpark in the near future. The full article from The Daily Barometer writer Casey Grogan is available here.
Can you believe it that the season starts on Thursday in Hawai’i with Oregon State taking on Hawai’i-Hilo in the first official game of the season. They ended the season in Omaha by winning the national championship and they begin their title defense in the first game. They will be playing a 5 game set in Hawai’i before returning to the mainland of USA. They will not be the only team in action as many other west coast schools start the season this weekend including San Diego which will be hosting Cal Poly for a 3 game set.
Dan Spencer, an assistant coach with NCAA Champion Oregon State, checks in at College Baseball Insider with an article about pitchers and how they react to different situations. The full article is available here.
Jason Ogata is planning on transferring from LSU to Oregon State. Ogata is going to be a sophomore next spring and is expected to compete for the second baseman job at Oregon State replacing Chris Kunda who had a wonderful career. Ogata was rated as the Best College Prospect from Oregon in 2005 and this move means he is going back to his home state.
The Wareham Gatemen knocked off the Cotuit Kettleers 1-0 in a thrilling game. Wareham scored in the fourth inning off of Cotuit starter James Simmons. Simmons pitched a complete game and scattered seven hits in his nine innings of work. Wareham starter Jeremy Bleich gave up four hits in his seven shutout innings. Nick Cassavechia pitched 1.1 innings of hitless baseball to pick up the save for the Gatemen. The only RBI of the game was a double by Jason Ogata which drove in Dominic de la Osa from second base.
The Oregon State Beavers knocked off the UNC Tar Heels in Game 3 of the Championship game tonight. This is the first victory for a true northern school since Ohio State won the title in 1966. The Beavers were led by a solid pitching staff and survived six elimination games to arrive with the title. This is Oregon State’s first baseball championship and only the second in the school’s history in any sport.