On The Hill With Tyler Waldron - February 12, 2010

Feb. 12, 2010

Oregon State starting pitcher Tyler Waldron will be composing a blog called 'On The Hill' during the 2010 season. A native of Pilot Hill, Calif., he is in his second season with the Beavers after transferring from Pacific prior to the 2009 campaign. He'll be weighing in with details as the season goes along and will give OSU baseball fans a view into the program from a student-athlete's perspective.

Make sure to check osubeavers.com as he'll be posting his blog approximately every 10 days.

Beaver baseball is back in action for the 2010 season. Official team practice started on February 1, and ever since that day, our team has been going all out. Team chemistry at this point is closer than ever as we approach our opening series vs. University of Hawaii from Feb. 19-22. Our practices have consisted of mostly scrimmages to begin with to get those game-like reactions we all need.

We have had to fight Mother Nature at times, even though it has been mostly great, sunny weather. But, on those days, we head over to the Truax indoor facility where we run bunt defenses, first and third plays, pickoffs, and rundowns. Many of the pitchers have bullpens and conditioning to get in as well. There are four cages inside that our hitters are able to see live pitching or batting practice off one of the coaches.

The annual Diamond Dinner fundraiser was held a couple weeks ago in the Alumni Center. This was my second year to experience the dinner and its always a lot of fun to meet and talk with alumni, fans, and boosters that all give so much to our program. Last year being a 'new guy,' I only had to wear a polo and say hi to those in attendance, but this year was way different. All returnees wore black and orange tuxedos where we were busing everyone's tables.

So far since the beginning of practices, our team has made giant leaps in the right direction. Defensively, we look stronger than ever. John Tomasini, at second base, is looking flawless, along with his teammate up the middle, on the other side, at shortstop, Carter Bell. These guys have the communication and instincts to make those hard plays look easy.

The offense is getting their work in on the cages and by facing live pitching in scrimmages. Stefen Romero, Brandon Hayes, Adalberto Santos, and Brent Warren are all looking very good for the season.

Our pitching staff is getting their work in as well. Starting rotations and jobs have not been sealed as of yet so every day, it's healthy competition between all of us as we try to win and cement jobs.

That, in a nutshell, is what's going on right now, around your Oregon State baseball team. I am going to try to post these blogs about every 10 days as we travel to different places and play different teams every week. Make sure to keep a look out for Jared Norris' baseball blog all season long on pingbaseball.com as well.

Go Beavs!Tyler Waldron

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