Beavers Earn A Top-10 Spot In Baseball Rankings

April 18, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State moved into the top 10 in a national baseball ranking for the first time in over 30 years on Monday when the Beavers (27-7 overall, 6-3 Pacific-10) were ranked No. 9 by Baseball America magazine. OSU is ranked No. 16 in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper; the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association rankings will be released on Tuesday.

After winning one of three games over the weekend at Arizona, which is ranked in the top 10 in all four polls, OSU moved up two spots in the Baseball America rankings, held its position in the Collegiate Baseball poll and dropped one spot in the coaches poll. In the writers poll, OSU was ranked No. 15 last week.

The last time the Beavers were in the top 10 came at the end of the 1963 season, when OSU was ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball; that was the only set of college baseball rankings at the time. A check of Collegiate Baseball's records shows that Oregon State's highest-ever national ranking was at No. 5 in the poll published March 29, 1963; the Beavers also ranked No. 6 in the polls published May 11 and May 25, 1962, and April 12, 1963.

After winning a series at nationally-ranked Stanford and coming within an inning of winning last weekend's series at Arizona, the Beavers return home to Goss Stadium at Coleman Field for Pacific-10 series the next two weekends against Washington State and nationally-ranked Arizona State. The Beavers greet WSU for games Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.; all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

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