Two great turnouts by Oregon State pitchers and a slew of great offense lifted the Beavers over the weekend allowing for them to make another trip to Omaha. The Beavers met the Commodores of Vanderbilt on Friday through a cloud of controversy surrounding starting pitcher Luke Heimlich. After a report in the Oregonian that cast a cloud around Heimlich he decided to recuse himself from the pitching rotation forcing Coach Casey to start Thompson in his place. Thompson pitched 7 and 2/3rds innings allowing 7 hits and 4 runs adding 7 strikeouts and throwing 120 pitches. The Beavers went up 1 game to nil with an 8-4 victory.
Saturday night it was Bryce Fehmel’s chance to shine as he went the full 9 allowing 5 hits and 2 runs on 104 pitches. With red hot bats from Kwan, Madrigal, and Ruschman, the Beavers eliminated the Commodores winning 9-2. Next Stop…Omaha.
Lady Ducks Take Triple Crown
The UO Lady Ducks made history over the weekend as the first female track and field team Triple Crown winners. At the NCAA National Track and Field Championships the Lady Ducks Made a triumphant bid for the win even after a critical fall in the 200 meters by the 2016 Olympian Deajah Stevens. Stevens was in contention for the win when she fell in the final meters of the event and failed to score a single point.
Today is Draft Day for Major League Baseball. It all begins with First round coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific time. The MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 players to go in the draft and the rest will be streamed on MLB.com. Former Siuslaw High Star and current Beaver, Jake Thompson is projected to go in the 2nd or third round and it could be a hefty pay day for him. There are two other Beavers that are expected to go in the first two rounds: KJ Harrison and Drew Rasmussen. Luke Heimlich has dropped from the top 500 hundred prospects in the nation. Rounds 3 through 10 will be on Tuesday and rounds 11 through 40 will be on Wednesday.