On The Hill With Tyler Waldron
March 12, 2010
Tyler Waldron takes a look back at the past few weeks of play, what the team does during a rainout, and how excited he is for this weekend.
The season has been underway for a few weeks now and we stand at 7-3 overall. We opened the season in gorgeous Hawaii to play University of Hawaii in a four-game set where we ended up taking 3-of-4.
The following weekend we welcomed SEC team, Tennessee, for the annual Papé Grand Slam. In years past, the Papé Grand Slam has been held in Portland at PGE Park, but this year, we held it here in Corvallis where we were caught by surprise to get the Friday night game in. It had rained the entire day but thanks to the field crew, the hard work of others, and Mother Nature, we were able to start on time.
We started the series out on a very strong note by driving in 17 runs in the first game alone. The second game we ran into a little trouble and dropped it in a 9-2 contest. However, the Sunday game is the reason why we play this sport. Greg Peavey was brilliant as he threw a complete game three-hit shutout. We scored the lone run in the seventh as Brandon Hayes doubled down the left field line and was followed by a single to center by Parker Berberet to score Hayes from second.
This last week we traveled to Surprise, Ariz., for the Surprise Tournament. We played UC Riverside in our first game of the tournament where we won 10-3 as Matt Boyd took command of the strike zone and kept the Riverside hitters off balance. Not only did Matt have his pitches working, but also his bat. He is a utility player; therefore, he was able to hit for himself and drove a ball to deep right for his first career collegiate home run. Going against all of our initial emotions of excitement, we decided to give Matt the “silent treatment” and not say a word to him as he came into the dugout. Nobody on the entire team did anything to congratulate Matt as he walked back into the dugout with a huge smile and placed his helmet in the helmet rack. It wasn’t until he finally sat down that the entire team burst into laughter as we gave Matt a hard time and came to congratulate him. He had no idea what was going on.
We ended the weekend 2-1 but with utter shock to say the least. Our game against Cal Poly was canceled due to rain. So the rest of the day, until our 6:30 p.m. flight out of Phoenix, we hung out at “The Mills Mall” where we all dispersed and went our separate ways to find food and try to entertain ourselves for three hours. Quite a few of the guys on the team went to a movie inside the mall and laid low while others walked through stores.
But now, back on campus, we have our sights set for two new teams: Utah and Portland. We are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday. The team has been preparing inside and outside when the weather permits. We are excited to be getting closer to the Pac-10 opener against USC where we will play at Dedeaux Field. The season is going fast already and before we know it we will be having senior day so it is time for us to be taking advantage of every game we play.
Don’t forget to watch the Beavers online (osubeavers.com) if you can’t make it out to our games or if we’re on the road. We also have the new baseball E-Mag up and running. It consists of interviews, videos, and short “skits” featuring our players.
Also, keep an eye out for Jared Norris’ blog on pingbaseball.com