Baseball Beavers Back In Top 25 After 3-1 Week
March 30, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - After taking 2-of-3 from rival Oregon this past weekend and defeating Hawai'i to start the week last Monday, the Oregon State baseball team finds itself back in the top 25 in major collegiate polls this week.
Unranked in all five polls last weekend, the Beavers have moved into the top 25 in three rankings. Baseball America has the Beavers the highest at No. 19, while Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com have each ranked Oregon State 23rd.
In each of the three polls, the Beavers (15-6 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10 Conference) are one of two teams from the Pac-10 in the top 25. Arizona State is ranked in the top 10 in each. In terms of the Pac-10 standings, Oregon State's 2-1 conference record is tied for second and is just behind Arizona State, which is 5-1.
Over the past four games, the Beavers went 3-1 and limited their opponents to just nine runs while scoring 25 of their own. Defensively, Oregon State shined, recording just three errors for a .981 fielding percentage. OSU turned seven double plays to just three by Hawai'i and Oregon.
The Oregon State pitching staff excelled over the four games, limiting opponents to a .167 batting average while posting an earned run average of 1.98. That ERA was lowered to 3.64 for the season, which is ranked third in the Pac-10. It is just .02 runs behind No. 2 Oregon.
Over the four games, the Oregon State starters - consisting of Tyler Waldron, Greg Peavey and Jorge Reyes - allowed just four earned runs in a combined 26 2/3 innings of work, which amounts to an ERA of 1.35. Reyes had an especially good week, going 2-0 in victories over Hawai'i and Oregon. He allowed just six hits in 14 innings while striking out 17.
Offensively, the Beavers managed a batting average of .252, but had five hits apiece from Stefen Romero, John Wallace and John Tommasini. As a team, the Beavers out-scored their opponents by 16 runs and had 22 walks in a total of 36 innings of play. They struck out just 24 times.
Oregon State takes its top 25 rankings into its first weekend of home conference play. The Beavers host California Friday through Sunday, with the opener starting at 5 p.m. PT at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Each of the three games is available on the Beaver Sports Network and can be heard live on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) with a full webcast available.
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