2009 Baseball Season In Review
June 15, 2009
Oregon State (37-19)
2009 Season In Review
37-19 Overall 15-12 Pac-10 Tied-Third Pac-10
Oregon State finished the 2009 season with a 37-19 overall record and 15-12 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Beavers were 22-7 in non-conference games, including a 20-5 mark during the regular season.
The Beavers started Pac-10 play 5-1 and then went 10-11 the rest of the way to finish it 15-12. The 15 victories is the most since OSU went 16-7 in 2006. It also marked Oregon State's first winning Pac-10 season since 2006.
Back To The Postseason
Oregon State made it to the Fort Worth Regional, ending a one-year absence from postseason play. The Beavers went 2-2 at the regional, defeating Texas A&M twice and losing to TCU twice. Texas A&M was ranked 18th and TCU 13th during the regional. The Beavers were ranked 25th.
Casey Gets To 500
With a 2-0 win over Oregon on May 19, head coach Pat Casey became the 19th coach in Pac-10 history to reach 500 wins with his school. He ended the year with five more victories, and is now 56 behind Ralph Coleman, who has the second-most at Oregon State with 561.
Speaking Of Rankings
The Beavers were ranked for nearly the entire season and posted a ranking as high as 14th in Baseball America's Top 25 on April 13. The Beavers were ranked in each of the five major polls for three straight weeks in April and a week in May after taking 2-of-3 from then-No. 3 Arizona State.
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 season a perfect 14-0 when doing so. When limiting teams to five runs or less, meanwhile, Oregon State was 30-10.
No Big Blowouts Here
Oregon State played relatively close games all season, with just 18 contests decided by five or more runs. Of course, in that situation, the Beavers went 16-2. OSU lost just two games by four or more runs this season, with only one occurring during Pac-10 play.
Oregon State won 17 games at Goss Stadium this season, marking the fifth straight season in which the Beavers won double figures at home.
Call Him Sammie
Sam Gaviglio won 10 games for the Beavers this season, setting what is believed to be a school record for the most wins by a freshman. He went 10-1, winning his last seven decisions, including the opener of the Fort Worth Regional. Gaviglio's 2.73 ERA was the best amongst the team's starters during the season.
Sam Gaviglio was certainly rewarded for his stellar season. He was named to the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention squad and earned Freshman All-America First-Team by Louisville Slugger, the NCBWA and Ping! Baseball.
Ortiz Does It Again
Ryan Ortiz managed to raise his average one point this season, to .352, while driving in 45 runs to go with five home runs. He was named the All-Pac-10 First Team for the second straight season. He also earned All-Academic Second Team honors after placing in honorable mention last year.
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 .331 batting average and contributed three home runs and 36 RBI. Adalberto Santos was third on the club with a .320 batting average and also finished with four home runs and 43 RBI. Stefen Romero led OSU with 51 RBI while batting .291.
Oregon State had six players drafted by Major League clubs after the season. Oregon State has now had at least one player selected in the last 17 years, which includes all 15 years under head coach Pat Casey. The last year not to see an OSU player selected was 1992. The Beavers have had at least one player selected in every year of the draft except 1992, 1985, 1979, 1978, 1976, 1973 and 1972. The Beavers have had multiple draft selections in each of the last nine seasons Ryan Ortiz going in the sixth round gave Oregon State 22 players selected in the top nine rounds under head coach Pat Casey.
The players selected were:
Ryan Ortiz, sixth round, Oakland
Jorge Reyes, 17th round, San Diego
Kraig Sitton, 17th round, Boston
Joey Wong, 24th round, Colorado
Greg Peavey, 32nd round, Houston
Adalberto Santos, 35th round, San Diego
Against The 2009 Postseason Field
Oregon State played a tough schedule in 2009, and went 5-5 in the regular season against teams that qualified for the postseason.
Against The Ranked
The Beavers also played nine games against teams that were ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game, and went 4-5. That included taking 2-of-3 from then-No. 3 Arizona State in early May.
Check Out That ERA
Under the guidance of first-year pitching coach Nate Yeskie, the Beavers, with nearly an identical pitching staff, lowered their earned run average nearly a run and a half. OSU saw its ERA end the season at 3.93, with only one of the team's 15 pitchers posting an ERA above 5.00. OSU finished the conference season with an ERA of 3.78, more than a run and a half lower than the 5.47 from a year ago.
Those Are Some Pitching Numbers
The aforementioned ERA placed the Beavers eighth nationally entering the College World Series, with five of the eight Omaha-bound clubs finishing ahead of Oregon State. The Beavers also allowed only 8.2 hits per game, good for sixth nationally, and struck out 7.8 on average, placing them 58th.
Some More National Statistics
Oregon State players drew 304 walks this season, placing them ninth nationally. OSU players also got down 63 sacrifice bunts, placing the Beavers eigth. Defensively, Oregon State lived up to its annual billing, posting a fielding percentage of .977, good for eighth nationally. Oregon State has now finished in the top 15 nationally in fielding percentage in each of the last four years, and in the top 10 in three of the last four.
Quick Note On Sammie Nationally
Sam Gaviglio's 10 victories this season placed him in a tie for 20th nationally, just one win away from tying for ninth. Entering play in Omaha, the 10 wins also put Gaviglio in second place in the Pac-10, behind Arizona State's Mike Leake.
Coming Up On A Milestone
Fans who watch the Beavers in 2010 will have an opportunity to see a milestone that is reached very few times in collegiate baseball. The Beavers' 37 wins in 2009 gave the program 1,989 all-time, meaning the Beavers need just 11 for 2,000 all-time. Of the 1,989 wins, 1,021 have come at what is now Goss Stadium (51.3 percent).
What Ryan Ortiz May Leave With
It is widely assumed that Ryan Ortiz has played his last game in an Oregon State uniform after being drafted in the sixth round by Oakland. He'll leave behind a very impressive career. In three seasons with OSU, and two as the team's starting catcher, he racked up 142 hits, 33 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 100 runs batted in. His .348 batting average nearly cracks the Oregon State top 10; he is two percentage points behind Dave Brundage and Mike Leone, who both batted .350 for their careers.