Oregon State Is Seeded No. 8 Nationally In Baseball

May 30, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State is the No. 8 seed in the 64-team field for the NCAA baseball championships, it was announced Monday. The Beavers will meet Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Baseball Regionals on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Beavers' Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. The other teams in the Corvallis Regional will be St. John's and Virginia.

Oregon State is the No. 1 seed in the Corvallis Regional followed by Virginia, St. John's and Ohio State. The double-elimination tournament runs Friday through Sunday or Monday, depending on whether a seventh game is needed to determine a winner.

Oregon State (41-9 overall, 19-5 Pacific-10), which won the Pacific-10 championship, is ranked second nationally in this week's Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll and by Baseball America magazine and third by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Ohio State (39-18, 17-12 Big Ten), St. John's (39-16, 19-4 Big East) and Virginia (41-18, 14-14 Atlantic Coast) are all unranked but the Buckeyes and Cavaliers received votes in the coaches poll.

The 64-team field has eight national seeds; no team that is nationally seeded would meet another nationally seeded team until the College World Series.

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.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 5-12 in NCAA postseason games - 5-10 in Regionals and 0-2 in the College World Series. This is OSU's seventh appearance in the NCAA postseason, following trips in 1952, 1962, 1963, 1983, 1985 and 1986.

OSU's last trip to the NCAAs in 1986 saw the Beavers place third at the Midwest Regional at Oklahoma State, going 2-2. OSU lost to Arkansas 4-3, beat Richmond 7-1, beat Arkansas 1-0 and lost to Stanford 10-7.

This is the first time OSU has hosted NCAA postseason play since 1963, when the Beavers fell to eventual national champion Southern California in a best-of-3 series, losing 6-5, winning 8-6 and losing 7-5. OSU also hosted NCAA play in 1952, beating Fresno State 2-1 and 8-4 to qualify for the College World Series.

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