Papé Grand Slam On Tap For Oregon State Baseball
March 10, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - With tournaments in Palm Springs, Calif., and Tempe, Ariz., complete, the Oregon State baseball team can turn its attention to the state of Oregon. The Beavers are scheduled to play their next 14 games in the state of Oregon.
Up first is the 2009 Papé Grand Slam in Portland. The Beavers are slated to host perennial Midwest power Missouri State in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. PT. The Grand Slam is in its second year of existence at picturesque PGE Park, home to the Triple-A Portland Beavers.
Tickets for the 2009 Papé Grand Slam are available for purchase at PGE Park. The box office at PGE Park is located at 20th and Morrison entrance to PGE Park and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.
Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (503) 224-4400.
The Papé Grand Slam returns to PGE Park after a successful first year last season. Oregon State took the series from Georgia, which lost in the College World Series Championship, 2-1, and in the process, drew 29,332 fans to the Triple-A ballpark. The series finale between Oregon State and Georgia attracted 11,166 fans, which stands as the largest crowd to watch an Oregon State contest not played in Omaha.
The first game of the series starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 2 p.m. game on Saturday. Sunday's series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Oregon State enters the weekend with a 7-3 overall record and No. 23 ranking in Baseball America. The Beavers are also ranked 17th in the nation by Rivals.com. Over the last eight games, the Beavers are 6-2, and have defeated No. 15 Missouri and narrowly lost to No. 5 Arizona State and No. 12 Oklahoma State. Recently, boydsworld.com rated the Beavers as having the nation's 30th-toughest schedule.
Missouri State finished the 2008 campaign with a 40-17 record, including an 18-6 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference, and sits at 4-7 overall this year as of Tuesday morning. In 2003, the Bears, then known as Southwest Missouri State, advanced to their first College World Series after winning both the NCAA Lincoln Regional and the NCAA Columbus Super Regional. Missouri State lost both of their games in Omaha, against Rice and Miami, but by just a combined four runs.
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