Basketball headed to the Big Dance
For the first time since 1996, the Oregon State women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA tournament.
During a celebration at Reser Stadium Monday night, the team, fans and supporters watched ESPN’s selection show, which drew the Beavers the No. 9 seed, facing Middle Tennessee, an 8-seed, 5 p.m. Sunday in Seattle.
Oregon State Athletics created an awesome video that replays the moment the team learned its post-season destination.
The Beavers are being rewarded for their second-place finish in the Pac-12 standings, as well as their runner-up finish in the conference tournament.
Led by freshman phenom, Sydney Wiese, and sophomores Jamie Weisner and Ruth Hamblin, the 2014 team has become one of the best in school history. The Beavers (23-10 overall) won 23 games for only the third time in program history, and first since 1983. They also set a school record of 13-5 in conference play.
Senior Alyssa Martin is the squad’s lone senior and the only player to have been with head coach Scott Rueck since he took over the job in 2010.
“This is everything we’ve been looking for,” Martin told the Oregonian. “We can’t wait to go out and show the world who Oregon State is.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game at Alaska Airlines Arena are on sale now.
Baseball continues to roll
It’s still a good time to be a baseball fan at Oregon State.
Having returned stars like Ryan Moore, Michael Conforto and Ben Wetzler — to name a few — the 2014 Beavers have picked up right where they left off: winning.
Through 21 games, Pat Casey’s club is 18-3 overall and 3-0 in the Pac-12 after sweeping Utah in Salt Lake City last weekend. The Beavers are a consensus Top 5 ranked team in every major college baseball poll.
Timely hitting has been beneficial to the Beavers’ success, but the real dominance lies with the pitching staff, whose 1.83 ERA is fourth in the country. Paced by Wetzler, Moore, Scott Schultz and Jace Fry, the Oregon State defense has recorded seven shutouts this year, quickly gaining traction on last year’s 12 shutout season, which was tied for best in the country.
In fact, Fry raised a number of eyebrows when he tossed a no-hitter against Northern Illinois on March 8.
Beaver Nation got its first glimpse of the team on Feb. 28 when Oregon State opened up a 10-game, one-loss home stand before heading to Utah for the conference opener.
Moving forward in their run for yet another College World Series berth, the Beavers will host Arizona State this weekend. The series begins at 7 p.m. Friday in Corvallis. Interested in attending? Check out ticket availability at beavertickets.com.