Beavers Climb In Baseball Rankings
March 21, 2005
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State attained its highest-ever spot in one baseball national ranking this week and may have attained its highest-ever in another. The Beavers (16-3 overall) climbed to No. 18 in the Baseball America magazine rankings, and OSU was No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.
Oregon State, which has won four straight games and seven of its last eight, goes to Portland (9-12) on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for a non-conference game at Joe Etzel Field. Freshman righthander Daniel Turpen (0-0 record, 0.00 earned run average) will get the pitching start for the Beavers, and the game can be heard on KEJO-AM (1240) and www.osubeavers.com.
The previous best showing for OSU in the Baseball America rankings had been No. 21 on three occasions, the latest being April 6, 1987. The ranking in the coaches poll could mark the first time Oregon State has cracked the top 25 on that list; it is OSU's highest ranking by the coaches since at least the start of the 1998 season. A complete list of the Beavers' appearances in the coaches poll prior to 1998 is not available.
OSU is also ranked No. 28 this week by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. A week ago, the Beavers were ranked No. 22 by Baseball America, No. 26 in the coaches poll, No. 30 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 25 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. This week's NCBWA poll will be released Tuesday.
Later this week, Oregon State hosts Dallas Baptist (16-10) in a non-league series at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Games will be Thursday at 4 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and all three games can be heard on www.osubeavers.com. It will be OSU Federal Weekend, with OSU Federal employees able to obtain up to four general admission tickets to any of the games for $2 each when they show their employee identification at the ticket window.
The series starts a stretch of eight straight home games for OSU. After meeting Dallas Baptist, the Beavers host Brigham Young from March 28-29 and California from April 1-3 to open the Pacific-10 season.
Season tickets for OSU's 19 remaining home games are on sale now. Season tickets give fans the same theater-style reserved seat for all home games for $100; there is an OSU Faculty/Staff rate of $80 and a Senior rate for fans age 62 and over for $80. Fans can also get the Pac-10 Package, which provides a reserved seat for all 12 Pac-10 home games, for $50. The Family Plan provides general admission seating for $20 per adult and $10 per child through high school, with a minimum of one adult ticket and one child ticket needing to be purchased to use the plan.
Those interested in season tickets can call 1-800-GO BEAVS or visit the OSU Athletic Ticket Office in Gill Coliseum.
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