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WALNUT 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
We continue the countdown today with number 41 with Stanford junior infielder Alex Blandino. The Palo Alto, California native attended St. Francis High School where he was a four year letter winner. He won several awards as a senior including being named as the Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year, San Jose Mercury News Baseball Player of the Year, Palo Alto Daily News Baseball Player of the Year, Rawlings Golden Glove, and an all-state performer. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 38th round but decided to stay home and go to Stanford. Continue reading
STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford baseball schedule was released Tuesday, featuring some of the top traditional powers in college baseball. The 54-game slate, which begins Feb. 14, includes 27 contests at Sunken Diamond.
College Baseball Daily kicks off 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 providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today at number 90 with Stanford infielder Drew Jackson. As a freshman, Jackson made only 24 starts for the Cardinals and posted a .207 BA with 17 hits and 4 RBI. He singled in his first career game at Rice and proved to be a key role in wins against Texas and Arizona. Continue reading
Washington State at Oregon State
The final series of the Pac-12 for Oregon State and Washington State takes place at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. The Beavers hold a two game lead atop the conference with a three-game series against the Cougars left on the schedule. Washington State comes into the weekend with a 22-30 record. They are 8-19 in the Pac-12. The Cougars were swept by rival Washington last weekend, and then defeated Portland 1-0 during the midweek game. Oregon State, ranked No. 3 by the NCWBA, holds a 43-9 overall record. They are 22-5 in the Pac-12. The Beavers are coming off winning the series at Oregon last weekend. The Beavers and Ducks were also slated to play a midweek game, but it was cancelled due to the weather. With the win last weekend, the Beavers pretty much wrapped up a national seed and put themselves in perfect position to win the Pac-12.
Series Prediction: Oregon State sweeps Washington State.
Oregon State at Stanford
Oregon State traveled to Stanford over the weekend and delivered a knockout blow to the Cardinal’s chances of playing in the postseason. In game one on Friday, Oregon State defeated Stanford 7-3. The Beavers tagged Appel to the tune of five earned runs in five innings. Appel also had five walks. Beaver starter Matt Boyd picked up his 10th win of the year after pitching 6 and 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Right fielder Dylan Davis knocked in three RBI, while second baseman Andy Peterson had three hits to lead the Beavers.
Oregon State at Stanford
The series this weekend for Stanford has to be considered a must-win, if the Cardinal has any dreams about playing in the postseason. Stanford enters the weekend 26-17 overall and 11-10 in Pac-12 play. They are currently in fifth place in the Pac-12 and ranked No. 21 in the latest NCWBA poll. The Cardinal were able to take two out of three from Arizona State last weekend, but followed up the series with a midweek lost to San Francisco. The latest RPI ranking has Stanford sitting at 76, which means the Cardinal could really use a win over the Beavers. Oregon State, on the other hand, comes into the weekend ranked No. 5 in the NCWBA poll. They are 38-8 overall and 17-4 in the Pac-12. Winners of nine in a row, Oregon State swept California last weekend and beat Portland during their midweek game. The Beavers rank sixth in the RPI ranking and are in perfect position to claim one of the national seeds. Continue reading
Stanford starter Mark Appel has everything you’d expect from a potential number one overall pick.
An intimidating force on the mound, Appel stands 6’5 and weighs 215 pounds.
He is a polished pitcher with an arsenal that includes a fastball consistently clocked between 93-95 mph. At times, he has the ability to reach back and find that extra velocity that can make a pitcher special. Reports suggest Appel has reached 98-99 mph on occasion. In his start against Oregon last weekend, the radar gun had his top speed at 97. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Appel was still registering 93 mph. Continue reading
California at Oregon State
The Beavers swept California over the weekend and have now won eight in a row. In game one on Friday night, Matt Boyd set a new career high with 12 strikeouts in the 6-1 Beaver victory. Boyd went 8 and 1/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. The lefty is now 9-2 on the year. Designated hitter Ryan Barnes led the Beavers with three RBI. Continue reading
California at Oregon State
The Bears travel to Corvallis this weekend to take on the Beavers at Goss Stadium. California comes into the weekend 21-23 overall and 9-12 in the Pac-12. They are coming off a 13-2 victory against Pacific on Tuesday, and a series victory last weekend against Washington. Oregon State is 34-8 and 14-4 in the Pac-12. Ranked No. 5 in the latest NCWBA poll, the Beavers are coming off a series sweep last weekend against USC. Look for Oregon State to continue their winning ways, especially at home. The Beavers are 17-3 this season at Goss Stadium, while California is 10-13 on the road. Continue reading