Baseball: 2010 Season In Review
June 21, 2010
OREGON STATE BASEBALL
Season In Review
32-24 Overall • 12-15 Pac-10 (Tied-7th)
Oregon State At A Glance
56 Games • 32 Home • 18 Road • 6 Neutral
Overall Record: 32-24
Pac-10 Record: 12-15
Home Record: 21-11
Road Record: 7-11
Neutral Record: 4-2
Streak: Lost 2
Last 5 Games: 2-3
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Day Record: 17-14
Night Record: 15-10
Head Coach Pat Casey
16th Year At OSU: 537-337-4
23rd Year Overall: 708-450-5
Oregon State finished the season with a 32-24 overall record.
The Beavers went 12-15 in Pacific-10 Conference play, tying Arizona for seventh in the league. Oregon State was, however, just two games behind No. 4 Stanford. Eight of the 10 teams from the Pac-10 advanced to the postseason in 2010.
Another Year, More Postseason
The Beavers advanced to the Gainesville Regional, putting Oregon State in the postseason for the fifth time in the last six years. That is the single-best postseason stretch for the program.
Awards And More Awards
Oregon State had a big year on the awards trail. Adalberto Santos and Stefen Romero were both named to the All-Pac-10 Team. Matt Boyd earned Freshman All-America honors by Louisville Slugger and the NCBWA. On a week-by-week basis, the Beavers took home four Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, with Greg Peavey earning two and Tanner Robles and Sam Gaviglio earning one apiece.
Historic Draft Day
Eight OSU student-athletes were selected in the first 22 rounds of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, and six were taken in the top nine rounds. Tyler Waldron was the first selected, in the fifth round, while Adalberto Santos went to Pittsburgh in the 22nd round. Every OSU player selected either improved their draft status from the last time they were selected (or in Josh Osich and Stefen Romero’s cases, this was their first time to be selected).
Draft Day, Part 2
The six players selected in the first nine rounds of the MLB Draft set a school record for the Beavers. OSU had previously had five players selected in the first 10 rounds of the 2007 MLB Draft. And, the eight players selected overall is tied for the second most in school history.
Can You Say Ups And Downs?
The Beavers had two distinct streaks to the season. OSU rattled off a 10-game hit streak early on that left it at 16-3 on the year. A couple weeks later, OSU lost seven straight and then 10-of-11 before the Beavers righted the ship and ended the regular season with a 10-5 record, helping them to their fifth postseason appearance in six seasons. The 10-game win streak was the team’s longest since a 12-gamer in 2007. The seven-game losing streak was two off the school record.
Oregon State played a school-record 32 games at home (even though it was originally scheduled for 34). The Beavers went 21-11, marking the third time in school history OSU finished with 20 or more wins at what is now Goss Stadium. The school record of 27 was set in 2006.
Don’t Forget The 30-Win Plateau
Oregon State won 32 games in 2010, hitting the 30-win plateau for the second consecutive season and the sixth time in the last seven seasons. OSU has won 30 or more games in 11 of head coach Pat Casey’s 16 seasons in Corvallis, and OSU has posted winning seasons in all but two of his campaigns.
Casey Nearing No. 2
With 32 wins in 2010, head coach Pat Casey is creeping closer to Ralp Coleman for second-most victories at Oregon State. Casey has 537 wins at OSU, and needs just 25 wins to move into sole possession of second place. Jack Riley is the program’s record holder with 613 from 1973-94.
A Freshman Again?
Sam Gaviglio led the Beavers with 10 victories as a freshman in 2009, and this season, he witnessed Matt Boyd do the same thing, albeit with seven victories. Boyd also had an earned run average of 1.90 in 20 appearances, two of which were starts.
End Of A Great Career
Rob Folsom ended his career at OSU after a great four seasons - two interuppted by a mission - and capped it off with a an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honor this season.
Keeping Opponents Down
Oregon State played a number of close games this season, and limited opponents to five runs or less in 36 of its 56 games. The Beavers were 29-7 this season when opponents scored five or less. Comparatively, OSU was held to five or less in 33 games. The Beavers were 12-21 this season when that happened.
What About One-Run Games?
OSU was certainly disappointed in its 7-9 record in one-run games in 2009, and did everything it could to flip that number around this season. That it did. The Beavers were 11-3 in one-run games in 2010, and 7-1 at home.
Using The Long Ball
The Beavers hit 23 home runs as a club in 2009, finishing near the bottom of the Pac-10. Just like their one-run tally, that number changed dramatically this season as Oregon State finished with 44 in 2010, placing the Beavers fourth in the league.
Oregon State pitchers threw 16 quality starts in their first year under pitching coach Nate Yeskie, 2009, and they increased that tally to 21 in his second year. The Beavers went 17-4 when their starter finished with a quality start, including an 11-3 mark in games at Goss Stadium.
Don’t Run On Him
Andrew Susac made a pretty good impression on opposing basestealers in his first season at the Division I level. The catcher had just 30 stolen-base attempts against him in 42 games, 33 of which were starts. He threw out 12 of those 30, for a 40-percent clip. His predecessor, Ryan Ortiz, had 55 stolen-base attempts against him his senior season, throwing out 17 (31 percent). Susac had 13 attempts against him in Pac-10 play, and he threw out seven (53.8 percent).
Adalberto Santos certainly made the most of his senior season as the outfielder led the Beavers with four hit streaks of five or more games. He had a 12-gamer from May 8-May 28 where he batted .471 (23-for-53) with five home runs. That hit streak was sandwiched in an even bigger streak. The New York native reached base safely vi a hit or walk in his last 40 games of the season. All told, he reached base safely in 54 of the team’s 56 games in 2010.
As of June 21, the Beavers had an RPI of 25, ranking them fourth among all Pac-10 schools. The Beavers played 31 of their 56 games against teams with an RPI of 50 or better, going 12-19. Bettering that, OSU played 45 of its 56 games against teams in the top 100. OSU was 23-22 in such games.
Don’t Forget Strength Of Schedule
Also as of June 21, the computers had the Beavers with one of the nation’s strongest schedules. Playing 45 of your 56 games against the top 100 teams will do that. Oregon State’s strength of schedule was No. 6 according to boydsworld.com. The most amazing part of that is that’s just sixth among Pac-10 schools as all 10 ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Romero’s Streak, Too
Stefen Romero went on an absolute tear April 24 through May 18. The infielder posted an Oregon State season long hit streak of 14 games, where he batted .388 (21-for-54) with four home runs and 11 runs batted in. That marked a career-best during his two-year tenure at OSU, which ended when he signed a contract with Seattle after being a 12th-round selection in the 2010 draft.
Oregon State proved again it has one of the best followings on the West Coast as they Beavers had an average attendance of 2,090, good for 29th nationally and third in the Pacific-10 Conference. The average of 2,090 was second-best in school history, trailing only the 2,218 average in 2009. The total of 64,792 was far and away the best in school history, surpassing the previous high of 49,285 in 2006.
Against The Postseason
Oregon State played 29 games against teams that advanced to a regional in 2010, and went 12-17 in such games. The Beavers played eight games against teams that advanced to the College World Series, going 2-6.
Hold A Lead
Oregon State was great with a lead in 2010, going 29-1 when leading after eight innings.