Pat Casey, Darwin Barney Nominated For CWS Legends Team; Fans Can Vote Now
March 11, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Oregon State head coach Pat Casey and former shortstop Darwin Barney guided the Beavers to three straight trips to the College World Series – winning national championships in 2006 and 2007.
The two participated in 15 games at Rosenblatt Stadium over the three years, going 11-4 in the process.
In 2010, Rosenblatt will hold its final College World Series, and the NCAA is celebrating its last season by recognizing some of college baseball’s greats with a College World Series Legends Team. Both Casey and Barney have been nominated for the team, and it’s up to the fans to vote for that honor.
To vote, go to http://www.ncaa.com/cwslegends/index.html
Fan voting will take place until April 16, 2010. Fans can vote for the all-time players at each position, and the results will be combined with votes from representatives from the National Baseball Writers Association and all NCAA Division I head baseball coaches.
Casey is one of eight coaches nominated for the All-Legends Team, of which there will be three selected. He’s in his 16th season at Oregon State, and is one of just three coaches in school history with 500 or more victories.
Casey’s 29-8 record in the postseason is by far the best by an OSU head coach, and his 11 wins in Omaha are in the top eight among all Pacific-10 Conference coaches. The Pac-10 has the most College World Series titles with 26 among its 10 members.
Casey has posted a .733 winning percentage in his 15 games in Omaha; that’s the third-best winning percentage amongst coaches who have appeared in 10 or more games at Rosenblatt Stadium.
By winning the World Series in both 2006 and 2007, he made Oregon State just the fifth program in NCAA history to win consecutive titles. The Beavers, in winning their first title in 2006, were the first program to become national champions from the Pacific Northwest. Oregon State was also the first Northern school to win the title in 40 years.
Most recently, before the start of the 2010 season, Casey was recognized as the most successful head coach of the past decade in a vote of collegiate Division I coaches undertaken by Baseball America. His program, meanwhile, was named the No. 2 program of the decade.
Barney was a big part of Casey’s and the program’s success and is one of 10 shortstops honored, of which two will be selected for the team.
A native of Portland, Barney collected 52 assists during his three trips to Omaha, and that mark is the second-most among all players who have appeared at Rosenblatt Stadium in the College World Series. Barney was selected to the All-College World Series Team in 2007 after he batted .350 with a double, home run and five RBI while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
In his three years at Rosenblatt, he batted .298 (17-for-57) with two doubles, a home run and eight RBI. But as indicated above, with his 52 assists, Barney symbolizes the Oregon State defense that played nearly flawless during its three trips to Omaha.
As a team, the Beavers committed just 10 errors over those 15 games in Omaha, finishing with a fielding percentage of .983. Barney, meanwhile, manned shortstop for all 15 of those games and posted a fielding percentage of .963.
Again, make sure and vote for Casey and Barney for the College World Series Legends Team by visiting http://www.ncaa.com/cwslegends/index.html.
Voting ends April 16.
Each person selected to the team will be invited to the 2010 College World Series and will be honored during the CWS Opening Ceremonies on June 18.
Casey and Oregon State open up the Spring Tournament this weekend by playing Utah Friday night at 6 p.m. PT. Tickets for the game are available in person at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting osubeavers.com.
For fans who can’t make it to the game, and any of the four all weekend at Goss Stadium, each can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Radio Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).
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