Ryan Ortiz Named To Preseason All-America Third Team By Baseball America

Feb. 16, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State junior catcher Ryan Ortiz has been named a preseason third-team All-American by the publication Baseball America, it was announced on Monday.

Ortiz had an outstanding sophomore campaign for the Beavers, batting .351 with five home runs and 55 runs batted in. He was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team last season.

In fact, it is the second such honor for Ortiz in the last week. Baseball America also had him selected to the preseason All-Pac-10 Team last week.

The San Diego native is one of eight Pacific-10 Conference players who were selected to one of the three teams. Additionally, five other players who play for Oregon State's 2009 non-conference opponents were honored by Baseball America.

Ortiz and 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 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 are also available now.

Additionally, tickets to the 2009 Papé Grand Slam are on sale now. 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 Friday when the Beavers start a three-game series against Tennessee in Knoxville. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network, Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and Yahoo! Sports.

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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