OSU Selected As Site For NCAA Baseball Regional

May 29, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State learned Sunday that it has been selected as one of 16 host sites for the NCAA Baseball Regionals. The four-team, double-elimination tournament will be held June 3-6 at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field on the OSU campus.

'This is great news for everyone involved with Oregon State baseball,' OSU head coach Pat Casey said. 'For our team, our staff, and especially our fans because they're going to be able to watch us play in the postseason. They've given us a tremendous homefield advantage this season, and the level of support they've given us is a big reason that we'll be able to play at home next weekend.

'It's a tribute to both them and to what our team has accomplished on the field this season that the NCAA selected us to host a Regional, and we're looking forward to finding out who will be coming to town and then doing a great job as host.'

Oregon State (41-9 overall, 19-5 Pacific-10) won the Pac-10 championship, being assured sole possession of the title when California beat Arizona in the first game of their series this weekend. The Beavers are ranked No. 4 nationally in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, No. 3 in the Baseball America magazine and Collegiate Baseball newspaper rankings, and No. 4 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.

The field for the tournament - including the three teams that will join the Beavers in the Corvallis Regional - will be announced Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN. Fans are invited to join the OSU baseball team in watching the selections at the Hilton Garden Inn, adjacent to the Oregon State campus.

The Oregon State athletic ticket office will begin taking orders for full-tournament tickets on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. when it reopens after the Memorial Day weekend. Only full-tournament tickets will be sold in advance; all single-game tickets will be sold the day of game only.

Full-tournament reserved seats in the grandstand will be $60; bleacher general admission for adults will be $48; and bleacher general admission for students will be $36. The student admission prices are for OSU students, students from other schools in the tournament, and children ages 2 through 18.

The OSU athletic ticket office will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to take orders. Tickets can be purchased in person in Gill Coliseum Room 107 or by telephone at 1-800-GO BEAVS or 541-737-4455; there will be a $10 service charge for phone orders.

Fans ordering their full-tournament tickets by phone can pick them up Thursday at Gill Coliseum Room 107 or Friday at the ballpark's Will Call window.

Single-game tickets for the first game each day will go on sale at the ballpark two hours prior to the scheduled start time; single-game tickets for the second game each day will go on sale at the ballpark in the fifth inning of the first game. Game times will be announced early next week. Prices for single-game tickets are $12 for reserved seats in the grandstand; bleacher general admission for adults will be $10; and bleacher general admission for students will be $8.

Game times will be Friday at 12 noon and 5 p.m., then both Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.. If a seventh game is needed, it would be played on Monday at 2 p.m. The ballpark's capacity for the tournament will be approximately 2,600.

This will be the first time OSU has hosted postseason baseball since 1963, when the Beavers met eventual national champion Southern California in a best-of-three first-round series; Oregon State lost 6-5, won 8-6 and lost 7-5. The Beavers also hosted the NCAA Far West Regional series in 1952, with Oregon State sweeping Fresno State 2-1 and 8-4.

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