Ryan Ortiz Honored By Baseball America

Feb. 13, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State junior catcher Ryan Ortiz has been named a preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference First Team selection by the publication Baseball America.

As part of Baseball America's annual collegiate preview, Ortiz, who was named to the Pac-10's first team as a sophomore last year, was chosen to be the league's top catcher. He batted .351 last year with a team-leading 55 runs batted in. He also hit five home runs in his first year as a starter.

The publication also chose the Beavers to finish fourth in the Pac-10 this season, which is also how the league's coaches selected Oregon State last week. UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford round out the top three, according to Baseball America. The Beavers are one of the six teams from the Pac-10 projected to make the NCAA Tournament this season.

The publication also goes on to select the league's top 10 draft prospects for the 2009 season and the top five for 2010. The Beavers are represented well in both. Ortiz has been chosen as the No. 10 draft prospect in 2009.

In 2010, three of the top five are Oregon State players. Sophomore left-hander Josh Osich is the No. 1 2010 prospect, followed by right-handed reliever Kevin Rhoderick as the Pac-10's No. 2. Rhoderick was a freshman All-America last season by a number of publications.

Rounding out the top five in 2010 is sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Robles.

The Beavers are in or near the top 25 in each of the major polls this season. Oregon State is ranked 25th by Baseball America and 24th by Rivals.com. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has OSU at No. 31, while Collegiate Baseball, the first poll to come out this season, puts the Beavers at No. 38 to open the season. The Sporting News, which does not have a weekly poll, placed Oregon State at No. 15 in its annual baseball yearbook.

Available now are a number of season tickets for the 2009 season. The season-ticket packages include 23 games at Goss Stadium and the three-game series against Missouri State go for $400 and can be obtained at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com. Single-game tickets for the 2009 season will be made available to the public on Feb. 16.

Additionally, tickets to the 2009 Papé Grand Slam will go on sale on Feb. 11. The 2009 Slam will take place from March 13-15 and will feature Oregon State and perennial Midwest power Missouri State in a three-game series at PGE Park in Portland.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (503) 224-4400. Tickets will also be made available at the PGE Park box office beginning Monday February 23rd.

Single-game tickets for the Papé Grand Slam are $10 for adults and $5 for youths (ages 3-18), with each seat being general admission. Oregon State students who present their ID on game day can also get seats for $5.

Those who have season tickets for the 2009 Oregon State baseball season will have a specific number of sections reserved for them on the Oregon State dugout side of PGE Park.

The 2009 season officially opens Feb. 20 when the Beavers start a three-game series against Tennessee in Knoxville.

Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370. You can make an 'everyday champion.'

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