Five From OSU Earn First-Team Honors
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Oregon State’s entire starting outfield and 2/3 of its weekend rotation were named to the Pac-12 Conference’s First-Team, the league announced Wednesday. OSU’s five selections were the most of any Pac-12 club.
Outfielders Jeff Hendrix, Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis picked up first team honors, as did left-handed pitchers Jace Fry and Ben Wetzler. In addition, Conforto was named the Pac-12’s Player of the Year while Fry was named its Pitcher of the Year.
Scott Schultz and Logan Ice were given honorable mention selections, while Fry and Hendrix were also both named to the All-Defensive team.
For Conforto, it’s his third consecutive first-team honor, the first Oregon State player to get such a distinction since Joe Gerber from 1998-2000. Conforto batted a Pac-12 leading .364 during the regular season, while hitting seven home runs and driving in 55, which placed him second only to teammate Dylan Davis.
Davis finished the regular season with a .286 average and earned his second consecutive first-team selection. The junior also hit six home runs, second only on Oregon State to Conforto, and tallied 13 doubles.
For Hendrix, it’s his first career Pac-12 honor and comes for good reason. The sophomore finished the regular season third in the Pac-12 with a .355 batting average, accumulating eight doubles, two home runs and 28 RBI.
Fry also earned his first career Pac-12 postseason honor, and picked it up after tying Wetzler for the league lead in wins with 11. Fry posted a 1.43 earned run average and 94 strikeouts in 113 2/3 innings. Opponents batted just .192 against him.
Wetzler, meanwhile, enters the postseason with the nation’s lowest ERA at 0.76. He struck out 73 in 95 innings and allowed just 45 hits while opponents batted .144 against him. A senior, he is 21-2 over his last two seasons.
Schultz, who earned his second consecutive honorable mention selection, went 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA. He picked up five saves and held opponents to a .213 batting average in 57 1/3 innings.
Ice has been stellar behind the plate for the Beavers, picking up a perfect fielding percentage while throwing out 17-of-32 baserunners attempting to steal for a 53-percent success rate. He’s also drawn 37 walks, which is second only to Conforto’s 50.
Corvallis Regional Tickets
Oregon State opens play at the Corvallis Regional Friday at 8 p.m. PT versus North Dakota State. The Beavers and Bison can be seen live on ESPNU.
All-session tickets will be made available to the general public beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday (online only until 9 a.m.). Infield reserved tickets are $100 while outfield general admission seats are $75 and student outfield seats cost $56. All-session tickets guarantee the holder to all six games of the regional, and a seventh if necessary game.
Single-game tickets will be made available on each day – pending availability - and cost $20 for infield reserved seats, $15 for outfield general admission and $12 for student outfield seats. The ticket office at Goss Stadium will open two hours prior to the first game’s first pitch.
Fans can purchase the all-session tickets by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, going online at BeaverTickets.com or in person at Gill Coliseum, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.
Any single-game tickets that are available can be purchased on the day of the game only and only at the Goss Stadium ticket office starting at noon each day.
Fans who attend the regional should note that the parking lot beyond the left field fence will be closed to the public each day, and other parking lots near Goss Stadium will require a fee. A parking map will be made available on the Corvallis Regional Tournament page.
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