Ryan Ortiz Named To USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Watch List

Feb. 17, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. - Oregon State junior catcher Ryan Ortiz has been named to USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.

Ortiz is one of 50 players named to the watch list, with the Pacific-10 and Southeastern Conferences leading the way with eight apiece.

Ortiz, a native of San Diego, Calif., batted .351 with five home runs and 55 RBI as a sophomore last season. He was subsequently named to the All-Pac-10 First Team.

It is the third such honor for Ortiz recently, as he was named to Baseball America's Preseason All-America and All-Pac-10 lists. The junior was named to the third team for the preseason All-America ballot.

The Golden Spikes Watch List is a 'rolling' list meaning players can play their way onto it. Thirty semifinalists will be named on May 26, with that list dwindled to five finalists on June 2. The winner will be announced from St. Louis on July 15.

Fans will be encouraged to begin voting for the award on May 26 when the semifinalists are officially announced. Fan voting can be done at www.goldenspikesaward.com and will help aid in the selection process. A voting body consisting of select professional baseball personnel, past USA Baseball National Team coaches, select members of the media, former USA Baseball Sports Information Directors and current USA Baseball staff will comprise the panel.

Ortiz and the Beavers are in or near the top 25 in each of the major polls this season. Oregon State is ranked 25th by Baseball America and 24th by Rivals.com. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) has OSU at No. 31, while Collegiate Baseball, the first poll to come out this season, puts the Beavers at No. 38 to open the season. The Sporting News, which does not have a weekly poll, placed Oregon State at No. 15 in its annual baseball yearbook.

Single-game tickets for the 2009 Oregon State baseball season are now on sale. Single-game seats in the grandstand areas of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field - the permanent seats down the right and left field lines - will cost $20 per ticket. Seats in the outfield bleachers - beyond the right-field fence - will cost $10.

Fans may purchase these single-game seats by visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com.

Available now are season tickets for the 2009 season. The season-ticket packages include 23 games at Goss Stadium and the three-game series against Missouri State go for $400 and can be obtained at the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or by visiting osubeavers.com. Single-game tickets for the 2009 season are also available now.

Additionally, tickets to the 2009 Papé Grand Slam are on sale now. The 2009 Slam will take place from March 13-15 and will feature Oregon State and perennial Midwest power Missouri State in a three-game series at PGE Park in Portland.

Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, and by calling (503) 224-4400. Tickets will also be made available at the PGE Park box office beginning Monday February 23rd.

Single-game tickets for the Papé Grand Slam are $10 for adults and $5 for youths (ages 3-18), with each seat being general admission. Oregon State students who present their ID on game day can also get seats for $5.

Those who have season tickets for the 2009 Oregon State baseball season will have a specific number of sections reserved for them on the Oregon State dugout side of PGE Park.

The 2009 season officially opens Friday when the Beavers start a three-game series against Tennessee in Knoxville. The game can be heard live on the Beaver Sports Network, Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and Yahoo! Sports.

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