Baseball Regional News And Notes
May 26, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. -
Oregon State is a day away from its trip to the Fort Worth Regional. Take a look at some news and notes before the team's trip.
Beavers In A Regional Again
Oregon State will be making its fourth trip to an NCAA Regional in five years when the Beavers head to Fort Worth to play host TCU, Texas A&M and Wright State. In the Beavers’ three previous trips to an NCAA Regional, Oregon State eventually advanced to the College World Series and earned titles in 2006 and 2007.
Oregon State is making its 10th trip to an NCAA Regional dating back to 1952. The Beavers are 32-18 in NCAA Tournament games, including a mark of 15-11 (.577) in regional games. Head coach Pat Casey has a 27-6 record in NCAA games and has gone 10-1 in NCAA Regional contests.
Of the 35 players on the Oregon State active roster, just six have NCAA Regional experience, and only three have more than three innings of work or more than 15 at bats in a Regional contest. John Wallace leads all OSU hitters in NCAA Regional play with a .438 average, posting four RBI, a double and a triple.
Against The Other Clubs
Oregon State is most familiar with Texas A&M and will open its NCAA Regional against the Aggies. OSU is 2-4 all-time against A&M, and most recently split two games in College Station in 2007. Oregon State has played Wright State just once, winning 5-3, in the opening game of the 2006 Corvallis Regional. The Beavers played two games against TCU in 1993 and split them with the Horned Frogs.
On The Road
Oregon State has played 30 games away from its home ballpark, Goss Stadium, this season. The Beavers are 18-12 in such games this season, posting an 8-8 mark in true road games.
With Pacific-10 Conference play officially over and the NCAA Tournament at hand, it’s important to take a look at the Beavers’ non-conference record. Oregon State went 20-5 in non-conference games this season, winning its last 12. Coincidentally, or not, that enabled the Beavers to go 12-0 in mid-week games this season.
Keeping Opponents Down
Even though the Beavers played a tough schedule this season, the team’s pitchers were able to keep opponents at bay. OSU limited opponents to two runs or less 14 times and the Beavers finished the regular season a perfect 14-0 when doing so. When limiting teams to five runs or less, meanwhile, Oregon State was 29-9.
No Big Blowouts Here
Oregon State played relatively close games all season, with just 16 contests decided by five or more runs. Of course, in that situation, the Beavers went 15-1 through the regular season. OSU lost just one game by four or more runs this season.
And That Brings Us To One-Run Games
With so many games being close, it’s obvious that the Beavers would play a ton of one-and-two-run games. That was certainly the case. Of the team’s 52 games this season, 23 (44.2 percent) were decided by two runs or less. The Beavers went 10-13 in games decided by two runs or less. In fact, of the team’s 12 losses in Pac-10 play, seven came by one run.
Gaviglio Throws Excellence
Sam Gaviglio won nine games for the Beavers this season, setting what is believed to be a school record for the most wins by a freshman. He went 9-1, winning his last six decisions. Gaviglio’s 2.84 ERA was the best amongst the team’s starters during the regular season and he finished the campaign tied for second in wins.
Newcomers - Offense
OSU had a host of newcomers join the club this season and they played valauable roles. Offensively, Jared Norris finished second on the team with a .333 batting average and contributed three home runs and 32 RBI. Adalberto Santos was third on the club with a .317 batting average and also finished with four home runs and 43 RBI. Stefen Romero led OSU with 46 RBI.
Newcomers - Pitching
Outside of Gaviglio, Tyler Waldron proved to be OSU’s biggest addition, finishing the regular season with a 6-3 record, 3.84 ERA and 66 strikeouts in a team-leading 89 innings.