Three Beavers Taken In Baseball Draft

June 4, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State had three players selected in the Major League Baseball draft that was held Tuesday and Wednesday, and for the ninth time in the past 11 years a Beaver was selected in the top 10 rounds. Outfielder Seth Pietsch was selected in the eighth round by the New York Mets, while righthanded pitcher Ben Rowe was selected in the 24th round by the Texas Rangers and first baseman/designated hitter Levi Webber was taken in the 26th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

All three recently completed their junior season at OSU. Each can either sign with the team that drafted them, or return to Oregon State for their senior season and have the chance to be drafted again in 2004.

Pietsch (Wilderville, Ore./Hidden Valley HS) was the 229th player taken overall. This season, Pietsch batted .348 with 12 homers, four triples, 11 doubles and 40 runs batted in; for his career, he's batted .324 with 22 homers, 10 triples, 38 doubles and 79 RBIs.

Pietsch holds OSU's single-season record for total bases with 133 in 2003 and shares the single-season school record for doubles with 24 in 2002. He ranks in OSU's career top-10s in triples (second with 10), doubles (sixth with 38), homers (eighth with 22) and total bases (eighth with 274).

Rowe (Perth, Australia/Greenwood HS) was the 706th player taken overall. This season, he had a 4-7 record and 6.56 earned run average; for his career, he has a 13-13 record and 6.20 ERA.

Webber (Glide, Ore./Glide HS) was the 785th player taken overall. This season, he batted .292 with two homers, two triples, six doubles and 14 RBIs; in his career, he's batted .281 with five homers, two tripoles, eight doubles and 22 RBIs.

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