Ben Wetzler suspended for five games by Oregon State
Oregon State senior pitcher Ben Wetzler has been suspended for five games in the wake of his arrest last weekend, the school announced Friday.
The suspension, which is retroactive to May 11, comes nearly a week after Wetzler was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and trespassing. The Oregonian reports that Wetzler broke the window of a Corvallis home that he thought was his.
"I am very remorseful for my actions that took place last Saturday," Wetzler said in a statement. "There is no excuse for what i did."
By nature of the discipline being effective last Saturday, the senior pitcher has already served three games of his suspension. He'll be unable to participate in Oregon State's Friday and Saturday games against No. 11 Washington.
OSU head coach Pat Casey said in a statement that his pitcher would be disappointed in him if he wasn't held to a higher degree of accountability. He said that the Beavers are unified behind Ben and will continue to support him.
"I truly believe in Ben and choose to define his character by the nearly 1,300 days he has been at Oregon State, and not just on one night," Casey said. He added that Wetzler would participate in community service as well.
All three of Oregon State's games against Washington will be televised on Pac-12 Networks starting Friday afternoon.