Ryan Ortiz Named To All-Pac-10 First Team

May 28, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon State catcher Ryan Ortiz has been named to the Pacific-10 Conference's First Team for the second consecutive season, the league announced.

Additionally, five other Beavers were named honorable mention. They are: Adalberto Santos, Sam Gaviglio, Tyler Waldron, Jared Norris and Kevin Rhoderick.

Ortiz batted .343 through the regular season, collecting 17 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 42 runs batted in. In 27 Pac-10 games, Ortiz, who earned his first Pac-10 honor last season, batted a team-leading .374 with nine doubles, one triple and four home runs.

In the month of April alone, Ortiz batted .517, playing in all 15 of the Beavers' games, helping guide them to a 10-5 record. He hit nine doubles and a home run to post a .750 slugging percentage in the month.

The honor is the fourth bestowed upon Ortiz by the Pac-10 since he joined the Beavers prior to the 2007 season. Last year, he earned his first All-Pac-10 honor and was also named a Player of the Year. This year, on April 6 - after beating Cal with a game-winning hit in extra innings - he was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week.

The five honorable mention selections for the Beavers are the most since 2005.

Gaviglio led Oregon State with nine wins, which is a school record for a freshman. He posted a 2.84 ERA and won his last six starts. He walked just seven in 57 innings. Opponents also batted just .192 against him.

Waldron was second on the club with six wins, finishing the regular season with a 3.84 ERA. A native of Pilot Hill, Calif., Waldron threw a team-leading 89 innings and struck out 66. He capped off the regular season by holding Stanford to two runs over 6 2/3 innings to defeat the Cardinal, 5-2.

Rhoderick finished the regular season with nine saves, which ranked him tied for second in the Pac-10. Rhoderick posted a 2.95 ERA with a 3-2 record. Opponents batted just .213 against him and finished with one extra base hit - a double by Washington State.

Santos impressed in his first season with the Beavers, finishing third on the team with a .317 batting average. He belted three home runs and finished with a .441 slugging percentage. He swiped a team-leading 13 stolen bases, with eight coming in league games.

Norris posted a .333 batting average, which was second on the club through the regular season. The first baseman hit three home runs and drove in 32. He manned first base for most of the season and posted a .989 fielding percentage.

Oregon State and Texas A&M square off in the first game of the Fort Worth Regional Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. PT. Make sure to listen live by tuning into the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

The game will also have a free live webcast run by the host institution, TCU. The webcast can be viewed by visiting osubeavers.com.

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