As last summer’s baseball season began, Caleb Hamilton had his plans fairly set. He would play alongside Oregon State-bound catcher Logan Ice and then walk-on at Washington.
Then came a phone call after a summer game. The Washington Nationals had drafted the Woodinville, Wash., product. Hamilton began to rethink his options and asked to meet with Oregon State head coach Pat Casey. Continue reading →
The Oregon State Beavers defeated the Portland Pilots last night by a score of 5-0 behind a strong pitching performance from freshmen pitchers Jake Thompson and Trent Shelton. Here is a photo gallery from the game. Continue reading →
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 →
I was a guest on Oregon Public Radio’s Think Out Loud program on Monday afternoon to discuss the Ben Wetzler situation. Wetzler made his first start of the season for Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. You can check out the full audio below. Continue reading →
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’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’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 →
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 →
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.
College 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 →