Baseball Headed To Gainesville Regional
May 31, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State baseball team is headed to the Gainesville, Fla., Regional.
The Beavers reconvened at Goss Stadium a day after concluding the regular season against Arizona, and while watching the NCAA selection show on ESPN in the Omaha Room, Oregon State found out it will be heading to its fifth postseason assignment in the last six seasons.
'Obviously, we are excited for the chance to extend our season,' Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. 'This team fought hard to overcome a rough patch midway through the season. They deserve this opportunity.'
The Beavers will head to the regional as the No. 3 seed, and will be joined by No. 1 and host Florida, No. 2 Florida Atlantic and No. 4 Bethune Cookman. Oregon State will open against Florida Atlantic.
Oregon State ended the season with a 31-22 overall record and 12-15 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. OSU had an unofficial RPI of 25 at the end of the season, and went 10-5 over its last 15 games.
Of those 10 victories, nine came against clubs with RPIs in the top 60. Seven were against teams in the top 30.
The regional berth is Oregon State's 11th all-time dating back to 1952. From 2005 to 2007, the Beavers advanced to the College World Series in Omaha where they won consecutive national titles, in '06 and '07. In doing so, Oregon State became just the fifth program in NCAA history to earn consecutive titles.
Oregon State has played 54 games all-time in the NCAA Tournament, earning a 34-20 (.629) mark. The Beavers are 17-13 in NCAA Regional games (.567) and are 12-3 (.800) in such games over their four three regional berths.
Casey is the program's all-time winningest coach in tournament games, going 29-8 (.783).
Florida, the host site, ended the regular season with a 42-15 overall record and topped the Southeastern Conference with a 22-8 mark in league play.
Florida Atlantic finished second in the Sun Belt Conference and is 35-22 overall this season. FAU ended the season with a 21-9 mark in league play.
Bethune-Cookman is the No. 4 seed and went 35-20 overall this season and went a perfect 18-0 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action.
Make sure to check osubeavers.com for more information on the Beavers trip to the postseason, including a schedule for the regional and ticket information as well as a postseason guide.
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