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WSU coach Greg Lovelady asks for an explanation on a fair call on the first base line from plate umpire Mike Whitty.

CBD Column: Lovelady learning from the best at Wright State

Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.
Wright State coach Greg Lovelady, in his first season in charge of the Raiders, listens to the plate talk with 20th-year Oregon State coach Pat Casey and plate umpire Mike Whitty.

As a first-year head coach, Wright State’s Greg Lovelady is taking every opportunity to improve his understanding of the game and management of the ballplayers in his care.

It’s Lovelady’s 10th year overall at Wright State, but his first in charge of everything after nine seasons as Rob Cooper’s assistant. His baseball pedigree includes two national championships (1999, 2001) as a player at Miami, a brief pro career in the Florida Marlins minor league system, and three regional appearances with the Raiders (2006, 2009, 2011). Continue reading

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Could Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler’s case bring change to NCAA?

Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler delivers to the plate in the first inning against Wright State on Sunday.
Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler delivers to the plate in the first inning against Wright State on Sunday.

Twenty percent of his senior season. That was the punishment the NCAA meted out to Oregon State left hander Ben Wetzler for turning down the Philadelphia Phillies’ various overtures last summer and returning to play for the Beavers.

Thanks to being a pitcher, the 11-game suspension only cost Wetzler two starts and hasn’t hurt the Beavers on the field, where they’re 9-3 after winning three of four games with Wright State over the weekend. Wetzler made his first start of the season in Sunday’s series finale. Continue reading

Sunday Roundup (2/23)

Sunday’s action saw Cal Poly get a pivotal series-clinching win in the rubber game over UCLA 9-1. The victory was huge for the Mustangs, who dropped the first game on Friday only to show a lot of character and bounce back with two straight wins on the road to take the series. Offensively Nick Torres and Brian Mundell continued to be the story as the duo combined for five hits and five RBI on the day. Mundell homered in all three games of the series and raised his average to a red-hot .455 on the season. Continue reading

Saturday Roundup (2/22)

Saturday’s roundup takes us to the PAC 12/Big 10 Challenge in Surprise, AZ where Michigan State pulled off a comeback win late against #1 Oregon State. Down 7-6 entering the top of the 9th, the Spartans pushed across two runs to take the 8-7 lead and held on for the win. Michigan State has been very impressive thus far in 2014, taking the first two games against the PAC 12 this weekend to improve to 4-1 overall and a chance to go 3-0 in the challenge if they can beat Washington on Sunday. Next weekend they will have another opportunity to pick up some quality wins as they face Mississippi State twice in the Diamond Classic in Starkville. Continue reading

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CBD Opinion: NCAA needs to get with the times regarding MLB draftees

Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler’s senior season is on hold for what appear to be the weakest of reasons.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2013 by Philadelphia, Wetzler could not come to an agreement with the Phillies and opted to return to the Beavers for one more shot at a College World Series title. Reportedly, he left a mid-six-figure signing bonus in making that decision. Continue reading

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Phillies turn in Oregon State’s Ben Wetzler leading to Suspension

OregonLive.com writer Connor Letourneau has been leading the reporting on the situation around Oregon State number 1 starter Ben Wetzler who has been suspended indefinitely by the school. According to reports,  the Philadelphia Phillies turned in Ben Wetzler for using an agent after Wetzler failed to sign with the Phillies after the 2013 MLB Draft. The full report from OregonLive.com is available by clicking here.

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2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 13. Michael Conforto (Oregon State)

ConfortoSmallCollege Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!

Number 13 on our countdown is Oregon State junior outfielder Michael Conforto. The Woodinville, WA native attended Redmond High School where he batted .400 and was named All-State and All-League as a senior. Continue reading

2014 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll

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Pac12LogoWALNUT CREEK, Calif. — In a polling of the Pac-12’s baseball coaches, defending Conference champion OREGON STATE has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the conference title again this season. The Cardinal received nine of 10 possible first-place votes and 98 points. Oregon State finished the 2013 campaign with a 52-12 record and advanced to the College World Series where they finished the year tied for third. The Beavers, led by preseason All-Americans Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis, Andrew Moore, Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz, enter the season as a consensus top-5 team in the national rankings. Continue reading

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2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 17. Ben Wentzler (Oregon State)

WetzlerOregonStateCollege Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!

Number 17 on our countdown is Oregon State senior Ben Wentzler from Clackamas, Oregon where he attended Clackamas High School. He had a career high school record of 28-3 with five saves, 342 strikeouts, 53 walks, 25 earned runs and a 0.87 ERA in 201 1/3 innings pitched. He went 12-0 his senior year, finishing with four saves and a 0.32 ERA. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year and selected as the Louisville Slugger Player of the Year, was an All-American and participated in the Oregon 6A-5A All-Star series. Continue reading