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Oregon State University Baseball

Guest Author | 03/19/2019 | Oregon State University, Sports, Spring

OSU Baseball: A Diamond to Discover

The billboard along Highway 34 leading into Corvallis drives home its message like a deep drive over the centerfield wall. There’s great baseball played here.

There are 20 Oregon State University home games after April 1 and all of them are played at Goss Stadium, an on-campus field that feels much like many minor league ballparks across the country. There’s a big difference here, however. A bold, powerful statement spans across the top of the left field wall: Home of the National Champions.

The Beavers won the NCAA Division I baseball title in a dramatic come-from-behind fashion last summer, marking the school’s third championship in 12 years. And while most people may not link Oregon with the national pastime, the loyalty and expectation among fans inside Goss Stadium are strong and demanding. These diamond-smart spectators are just as comfortable offering constructive criticism as encouragement to a group of players who rarely let them down.

Don’t underrate the Beavers or their fans. This is baseball country. At the time of this posting, the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll ranks Oregon State as the No. 2 team in the nation.

Watching a First-Round Pick

I sat along the first base line during a recent game and studied Adley Rutschman’s smooth, level batting swing. It’s rare, I thought, to watch a young man at this level who many experts predict could be a Major League star someday. The junior catcher/first baseman is projected as a first-round draft pick in the Major League draft this June. Some observers go so far as to think the Baltimore Orioles will select him as the very first player in the entire draft.

Rutschman wouldn’t be the first Beaver to make The Show. In all, 12 Oregon State players have played in the Major Leagues since the school won its first national championship in 2006 and repeated a year later. Jacoby Ellsbury, a Yankee and a Red Sox player at different stages of his career, is perhaps the best known. Michael Conforto is expected to continue roaming in the New York Mets’ outfield this season.

That pipeline may continue. Six of Rutschman’s championship teammates last year were drafted and now play in the minor leagues.

Trophy Room Tributes

Walk around the outside of the stadium and enter the Trophy Room. There you will find a pictorial history of Beavers baseball and a tribute to recently retired head coach Pat Casey, architect of the current program. All-American players and professional draft picks get a tip of the cap as well.

Center stage is dedicated to three large trophies. Three national championships. They look right at home.

How to Get Tickets

It’s no surprise that all reserved seats for the 2019 season are sold out. There are plenty of general admission seats available and, as any baseball fan knows, there’s no bad seat in an intimate park such as Goss Stadium.

There are three ways to get tickets. You can purchase them online by visiting OSUBeavers.com. You also can walk up to the ticket window and get your $10 seat beginning an hour before each game.

Not sure if tickets will be available? Call ahead to the ticket office at 541-737-2050 and talk with a representative. Ask your questions and then take yourself out to the ball game.

Article and photo by Dan Shryock. Keep up with Corvallis news, events and happenings by signing up for our email newsletter.

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