Beavers Climb In Baseball Polls

April 25, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State jumped to No. 11 in this week's USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Beavers are ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation by Baseball America magazine in ratings issued Monday. OSU (30-7 overall, 9-3 Pacific-10) also moved up to No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings.

The Beavers are tied for second in the Pacific-10 standings with Arizona State, one game behind Arizona. ASU visits Oregon State this weekend, with games set for Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. ASU (28-15, 9-3) is ranked No. 20 in the coaches poll and No. 17 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, and all three games can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.

The Baseball America ranking matches OSU's second-best ever. The Beavers were also ranked No. 6 by Collegiate Baseball - the only poll at the time - in the polls published May 11 and May 25, 1962, and April 12, 1963. OSU's highest-ever ranking in a national poll was No. 5 in the Collegiate Baseball poll published March 29, 1963.

Oregon State's rankings this week represent a jump of five places in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, three spots in the Baseball America rankings and two spots in the Collegiate Baseball rankings. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll will be issued on Tuesday; OSU was 12th in that poll last week.

OSU is coming off a series sweep of Washington State that gave the Beavers their seventh 30-win season in head coach Pat Casey's 11 years at the school; it's the 17th time in school history that OSU has reached 30 wins. The 37 games are the fewest that it has ever taken OSU to reach the 30-win mark; the previous best was 39 games by the 1986 Beavers, who started 30-9. That was the most recent OSU team to advance to the NCAA Regionals, finishing with a 39-15 record.

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