Oregon State advances to the College World Series

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BY THE NUMBERS

11 - For the eleventh-straight week Oregon State topped the national rankings in the USA Today poll, NCWBA poll, Collegiate Baseball poll, and the Baseball America poll.

8 - Eight Pac-12 baseball players appear on the 2017 NCBWA Division I All-America Teams, including four on the first team, three on the second, and one on the third.

41 - Oregon State leads the nation in ERA (1.78) and has the lowest team ERA in the NCAA in the last 41 years with the last being UConn in 1976, 1.71 ERA.

2 of 5 - Two of five NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalists are Pac-12 student-athletes: Colton Hock a junior from Stanford and Kenyon Yovan a freshman from Oregon.

3 - Three Pac-12 student-athletes appeared on the NCBWA’s 2017 Freshman All-American first: Andrew Vaughn, CAL; Kenyon Yovan, ORE; Jake Mulholland, OSU.

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WEEKLY RECAP: Oregon State hosted the Corvallis Super Regional, where they bested Vanderbilt in two games. The Beavs won their first game on Friday, June 9 8-4 and won their second game on June 10 9-2.

PREVIEWING THE WEEK: Oregon State advances on to the College World Series after winning its super regional. The Beavs play Cal State Fullerton at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 17th. LSU and Florida State play each other at 5 p.m. PT also on Saturday. The winners of the two games play on Monday, June 19th at 4 p.m. PT and the losers play on Monday at 11 a.m. PT. The final two teams will be determined in a double elimination with games going to June 24th if necessary.

NUMBERS GAME: Arizona is 10th in doubles (133) and in doubles per game (2.25). No. 1 Oregon State is first in ERA (1.80), hits allowed per nine innings (6.31), shutouts (14), WHIP (.98), and WL percent (.931). OSU is also seventh in sacrifice flies (35), second in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.30), and sixth in walks allowed per nine innings (2.50). Washington is third in fielding percentage (.982). UCLA is 11th in sacrifice bunts (56). Oregon is third in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.25).

INDIVIDUAL STATS LEADERS: UCLA’s Griffin Canning is ninth in complete games (4) and tied for second in games started (17). Oregon State’s Jake Thompson is tied in games start for second (4) with Canning. Arizona’s JJ Matijevic is first in doubles (30) and doubles per game (0.51). Matijevic is also tenth in hits (92).Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich is first in ERA (0.76) and sixth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.32). UCLA’s Nick Scheidler and Scott Burke are fifth (36) and eighth (35), respectively, in pitching appearances. Stanford’s Colton Hock is second in saves (16) and Oregon’s Kenyon Yovan is sixth (15). Oregon’s David Peterson is fourth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.33) and sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (12.56). UCLA’s Canning and Oregon’s Peterson are tied for second in strikeouts (140). Arizona State’s Gage Canning is second in triples (8) and fifth in triples per game (0.15). Oregon State’s Jake Thompson is first in victories (14). Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich is tied for third with Oregon’s Peterson in victories (11). OSU’s Heimlich is first in WHIP (0.78).

COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION FINALISTS: Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich is the final remaining Pac-12 student-athlete on the College Baseball Foundation Finalist list. The junior appears on the National Pitcher of the Year Finalist list and has helped the Beavs maintain a No. 1 ranking for the majority of the season.

Six Pac-12 baseball players appeared on the Brooks Wallace Award and National Pitcher of the Year semifinalist lists. Stanford’s Nico Hoerner and Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal appear on the Brooks Wallace Award semifinalist list. Arizona’s JC Cloney, Oregon State’s Luke Heimlich and Jake Thompson, and Oregon’s David Peterson appear on the National Pitcher of the Year semifinalist list.

STOPPER OF THE YEAR: Two of five finalists for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year award are Pac-12 student-athlete: Stanford’s Colton Hock and Oregon’s Kenyon Yovan.

The Pac-12 had four student-athletes from four different universities on the NCBWA Midseason Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List, the second most among all conferences: Stanford’s Colton Hock, California’s Erik Martinez, Oregon State’s Jake Mulholland, and Oregon’s Kenyon Yovan. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will be presenting the Stopper of the Year Award to the top relief pitcher in Division I baseball for the 13th straight year in 2017. 

ALL AMERICANS: Nine Pac-12 student-athletes appear on the Collegiate Baseball NCAA D1 All-American team. Nine Pac-12 freshman appear on the Collegiate Baseball 2017 Freshman All-American list. Three student-athletes appear on the NCBWA 2017 Freshman All-America first team.

The Pac-12 had eight different student-athletes from four different Pac-12 teams featured on Baseball America, NCBWA, and Collegiate Baseball preseason All-America teams.

GOLDEN SPIKES: The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist List features five Pac-12 student-athletes, two from Oregon State, and one from UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon: Oregon State’s junior pitcher Luke Heimlich and sophomore infielder Nick Madrigal, UCLA’s junior pitcher Griffin Canning, Arizona’s junior infielder J.J. Matijevic, and Oregon’s junior pitcher David Peterson.

The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List features 50 amateurs, seven of which are student-athletes from four different Pac-12 teams. With seven, the Pac-12 has the third-most representatives among all conferences. Stanford leads the way for most representatives by one team, with three Cardinal student-athletes featured, tying Florida and TCU. Now in its 39th year recognizing the top amateur baseball player in the country, seven former Pac-12 baseball players have won the award, most recently pitcher Trevor Bauer of UCLA in 2011. 

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