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Conforto, Wetzler Make Golden Spikes Cut

May 8, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. – Oregon State senior Ben Wetzler and junior Michael Conforto have made the cut to the 30-man watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top amateur player.

Both were on the preseason list and the 50-man midseason list, which was released last month. Now, they represent two of the three players from the Pac-12 Conference. Conforto is one of eight outfielders from across the nation while Wetzler is one of eight players who are listed as left-handed pitchers.

Wetzler, who is starting Friday night’s opener against UCLA, has been dominant this season. He is tops in the Pac-12 and the nation with a 0.78 earned run average and .140 batting average against. He is 8-1 on the year with six victories coming in Pac-12 play.

Conforto, meanwhile, is leading the nation with a .552 on-base percentage and is eighth with a .407 batting average. The junior has started 164 consecutive games for the Beavers and is two runs batted in shy of breaking Andy Jarvis’ school record for a career – Conforto has 172 for his career, including 49 in 2014.

Limited tickets remain for all three games of the Beavers’ upcoming series against UCLA, which starts Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the series at Goss Stadium can be purchased by visiting or calling 1-800-GOBEAVS. The Goss Stadium ticket office will open two hours before first pitch each day. Student tickets will be made available one hour prior to each game.

All three games of the series can be seen live on the Pac-12 Networks.

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