Baseball Ranked As No. 10 Program Of 2000 Decade

Sept. 28, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State baseball team has been rated as the nation's No. 10 most successful program of the 2000 decade by the online Web Site College Baseball Today.

The site's writer, Eric Sorenson, rated the programs across the nation based on national titles, College World Series appearances, No. 1 seedings in postseason play and other various factors, including impact on their area. The Beavers finished the 2000s with two national titles - tied with Texas and LSU for most in the nation - and three College World Series appearances. The Beavers were also rated as the No. 1 seed in their postseason bracket twice.

Oregon State won two Pacific-10 Conference Championships during the decade, the program's first since the league merged prior to the 1999 season.

Starting with the 2000 season, head coach Pat Casey led the Beavers to winning seasons nine times, while leading them into the postseason four times, most recently in 2009. Oregon State set a school record with 46 wins in 2005, then bettered it a year later with 50. In 2007, the next season, Oregon State nearly tied that mark with 49 wins. And then the Beavers won their second straight national title, becoming just the fifth program in NCAA history to do so.

Texas was rated as the No. 1 program, followed by Cal State Fullerton and LSU. Miami came at No. 4, with Rice at No. 5 and North Carolina sixth. Stanford was placed as the No. 7 team, then No. 8 Florida State and No. 9 Arizona State.

The Beavers certainly held their own in the postseason against the other nine teams on the list. In facing those clubs in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Oregon State went 11-2, including a 4-1 mark over two years against North Carolina.

The Beavers actually finished the decade with 29 victories in the postseason, with the most recent two coming against Texas A&M in the 2009 Fort Worth Regional.

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