Palm Springs Baseball Tournament Getting Closer

Jan. 6, 2009


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Oregon State baseball's trip to Palm Springs in early March is inching closer, and fans have the opportunity to watch the two-time national champions play a challenging schedule under palm trees and sunny skies.

The tournament is scheduled to run March 5-8. A tournament pass will cost $50, and will allow fans to see all 12 games at the tournament. All-day passes are also available for $20, and are good for any tournament date.

To order tickets, call 760-778-HITS (4487).

'We are excited to come down to Palm Springs,' head coach Pat Casey said. 'We've gotten five other great teams to come to Palm Springs to provide some fantastic baseball. We look forward to working with Palm Springs to put on a great event.'

More information on the tournament can be found by visiting and clicking the 'Palm Springs' link on the baseball site.

The Beavers will be one of the six teams at the tournament, which will also include Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Gonzaga, San Francisco and UC-Riverside. Each team is scheduled to play four games over the four days. The Beavers will open with San Francisco on March 5 at 2 p.m. PT. Oklahoma State is Oregon State's March 6 opponent, with that game also starting at 2 p.m.

The Beavers will play UC-Riverside on March 7 at 2 p.m. before concluding the tournament on March 8 against Texas Tech at 10 a.m. The Red Raiders are coached by former Oregon State associate head coach Dan Spencer.

Four of the six teams at the tournament posted winning records in 2008, with Oklahoma State going 44-18 and hosting its own regional. The Beavers finished the 2008 campaign with a 28-24 record and return Ryan Ortiz, who batted .351 and was named to the All-Pac-10 First-Team, and Kevin Rhoderick, who saved 12 games as a freshman and was selected to three Freshman All-America lists.

Gonzaga and San Francisco, meanwhile, battled in the West Coast Conference, with the Bulldogs 30-23 overall and 10-10 in league play. The Dons finished a game and a half ahead of Gonzaga with a 12-9 WCC record and 31-26 overall mark.

Palm Springs Stadium was built in 1949 and is the former Spring Training home of the California Angels and San Diego Padres. It has also hosted Kansas City Royals tryouts and is the current home to the Palm Springs Power of the Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association.

'The city of Palm Springs is very excited to welcome these elite collegiate programs to the historic Palm Springs Stadium, the former spring training home of the Los Angels of Anaheim,' said Andrew Starke, president of Palm Springs Power Baseball. 'With day-time temperatures expected in the mid-70s throughout the tournament, fans can expect perfect weather for watching a ballgame or hitting the links for a round of golf on one of the valley's world-renowned courses.'

For more information on Oregon State baseball, visit Available online are archived game notes, a 2008 season in review, final statistics, player biographies and photo galleries.

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