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In spite of being one of the last teams to get into the NCAA baseball tournament Monday morning, there might not be a hotter team in America than the University of Oregon based on its play from the past month, including a weekend series win over UCLA.

That's the NCAA talking, too.

Oregon beat UCLA in extra innings on both Saturday and Sunday, which didn't stop the Bruins from moving up in the national rankings. So, if Oregon can beat the top-ranked team in the nation, what's stoping them from winning a national title.

That's a topic Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff and Derek take on in the 14th Episode this week.

Oregon State, a team with a lengthy history of postseason success, is also among the tournament picks.

There's more action on the diamond from the state as the Ducks are headed to the College Softball World Series this week in Oklahoma City.

The NBA gets some time, as does a rough weekend of soccer for Portland. Derek provides some insight on attending the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's plenty of discussion about the growing popularity of ... roofball.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

Oregon keeps up national prominence

The Ducks and Beavers keep up their success on the diamonds
May 26, 2015

In spite of being one of the last teams to get into the NCAA baseball tournament Monday morning, there might not be a hotter team in America than the University of Oregon based on its play from the past month, including a weekend series win over UCLA.

That's the NCAA talking, too.

Oregon beat UCLA in extra innings on both Saturday and Sunday, which didn't stop the Bruins from moving up in the national rankings. So, if Oregon can beat the top-ranked team in the nation, what's stoping them from winning a national title.

That's a topic Sportsland, Oregon co-hosts Cliff and Derek take on in the 14th Episode this week.

Oregon State, a team with a lengthy history of postseason success, is also among the tournament picks.

There's more action on the diamond from the state as the Ducks are headed to the College Softball World Series this week in Oklahoma City.

The NBA gets some time, as does a rough weekend of soccer for Portland. Derek provides some insight on attending the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's plenty of discussion about the growing popularity of ... roofball.

It's all recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

 

Beavers, Ducks headed for baseball tournament

OSU and Oregon will play in the Midwest this week
May 25, 2015 / Staff report

Oregon State and Oregon both played their way into the NCAA Baseball Tournament with the release of the 64-team field Monday.

Oregon State earned a No. 2 seed in the regional at Dallas Baptist, while Oregon earned a No. 3 seed in the regional set to be played at Missouri State.

Double elimination regional tournaments - each with four teams, will begin this weekend with the winners advancing to eight Super Regionals. Those eight winners will play in the College World Series.

OSU will play Texas Friday, with Dallas Baptist taking on Virginia Commonwealth in the second game.

Iowa and Canisius were also named to the Missouri State regional. Oregon will play Iowa Friday.

Oregon State will be making its school-record seventh consecutive postseason appearance and 10th in its last 11 seasons, all under head coach Pat Casey. All-time, the Beavers will be making their 16th NCAA postseason appearance.

The Beavers finished at 38-16-1, good for second in the Pac-12 with a 19-10-1 record. OSU finished 2.5 games behind league champion UCLA despite starting one of the nation’s youngest lineups. The Beavers regularly started eight or nine underclassmen.

The Ducks (37-23) won their final five series in Pac-12 play and nine of their last 10 games to fight their way onto the postseason bubble, following a midseason lull. They posted walk-off wins Saturday and Sunday over the Bruins, who were named as one of the 16 regional hosts Monday.

Oregon coach George Horton’s club will make its fourth straight postseason appearance, and its fifth in the last six years. The Ducks have advanced to Super Regionals once since the program’s 2009 reboot, in 2012.

Iowa (39-16) is in the postseason for the first time since 1990. The Hawkeyes boast the No. 29 RPI in the country while Oregon got in at No. 66, but Iowa has struggled of late, losing four of its last six.

Iowa’s starter to open the Big Ten Tournament was junior right-hander Tyler Peyton (6-4, 3.18), who allowed one earned run and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings to help the Hawkeyes beat Ohio State. Peyton struck out seven and walked none in the start.

For the season, Iowa has hit .273, led by Peyton’s .352 average in double duty at first base. Like the Ducks, the Hawkeyes don’t rely on power bats, having combined for just 14 home runs in 55 games.

Missouri State (45-10) was selected to host a regional for the first time in the program’s 33 years. The Bears won their third consecutive Missouri Valley Conference title this season. Canisius (34-28) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this spring.

Beavers start their countdown with first practice

OSU baseball again has its sight sets on a return to Omaha
Jan. 25, 2013 / By Aaron Yost

CORVALLIS – On the first official day of baseball practice, Oregon State found itself in the friendly confines of Goss Stadium working through a five-inning scrimmage with umpires.

For a veteran squad with aspirations of reaching Omaha, Neb., it was near perfection after a morning of threatening clouds.

“We have a certain number of hours we can work with before this, but this is the first official day we can get out here and do this,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said. “We tied it all in with the Diamond Dinner, we have a lot of family in town. We wanted to be short so they could go over and get themselves prepared.”

The annual Diamond Dinner allows the current Beavers to connect with the program’s past and spend time in a social setting with family members and supporters of the program.

For this year’s edition, it’s a welcome kickoff to a season of high expectations and hopes. OSU is missing four key members of the 2012 squad – second baseman John Tommasini, third baseman Ryan Dunn, catcher/designated hitter Ryan Gorton and pitcher Jace Fry – while bringing in a strong recruiting class.

Last season’s breakout freshman star Michael Conforto is a year older, a year wiser and every bit the leader he was as a rookie. A multiple pre-season all-American, Conforto is part of potentially the best offensive club since OSU won the College World Series in 2006 and 2007.

“We feel like we have experience in some positions we need to have experience and we have some positions we need to get better in,” Casey said. “We’re obviously going to have someone different playing second base. That’s a real important position for us.

“And we felt like Dunn was as good a third baseman as there was in the conference last year. We need to be as good defensively there, but we like our club. Offensively we can do some things if we get consistent.

If junior Kavin Keyes can recover his freshman swagger, the Beavers will likely be fine at second. Keyes played there much of his freshman year when Tommasini was out with an injury. Keyes was briefly at third and made appearances at first and DH before his struggles at the plate relegated him to a pinch-hitting role late in the season.

It seems he’s improved plenty in the eyes of his teammates.

“We’re all pretty pleased with the way guys came back,” Conforto said. “We had some guys that needed to lose some weight and they came back lighter and more athletic, and we had some guys who had surgery and they’re working their butts off to get better.

“Danny Hayes looks better and Kavin Keyes looks great at second base.”

In 21 days, the Beavers will have their first game under their belts at this time. They open the season against Utah Valley at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in Palm Springs, Calif. The home opener is March 1 against Bryant.

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