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No. 2 Baseball Opens 2014 Season Friday

Photo By: Ethan Erickson/Oregon State Athletics   02-12-2014

Game 1: Oregon State (0-0) vs. Gonzaga (0-0)
February 14, 2014 | 3 p.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. | Tempe Diablo Stadium

Probable Starters: LHP Ben Wetzler (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Brandon Bailey (0-0, 0.00)

The Game
Oregon State opens its 2014 schedule Friday with a 3 p.m. PT (4 p.m. in Arizona) game against West Coast Conference foe Gonzaga.

The game will air live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For more information on catching the Beavers on the radio, check osubeavers.com. A full listing of stations for the game is also available at the bottom of these game notes.

The game will not be televised.

Live Video
There will be no live video of the game. There will be no live video available during the tournament.

Live stats for the game can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link located on the baseball schedule page on osubeavers.com.

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Last Season
Oregon State finished the 2013 season ranked fourth in the nation after tallying a 52-13 record, the best mark in school history. Oregon State advanced to its fifth-ever College World Series, and the fourth under head coach Pat Casey. The Beavers claimed their third conference title under Casey, and the team’s first since 2006, with a 24-6 Pac-12 record. It amounted to the most conference wins by a Pac-12 club in nearly two decades.

Opening Day
Oregon State is 74-30 all-time in season openers, and is 13-6 under head coach Pat Casey. The Beavers are looking to stretch their winning streak to five games on opening day, and have outscored their last four foes, 26-14.

Who Returns Offensively
Offensively, the Beavers lost two all-Pac-12 players from a year ago in Tyler Smith and Jake Rodriguez. However, the Beavers return two in Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto and two other offensive stalwarts in Andy Peterson and Kavin Keyes. The four also happened to finish with the top four batting averages on the club last season.

And Pitching
Oregon State returning pitchers accounted for 35 of the team’s 52 victories from a year ago, which amounts to 67.3 percent. All-Pac-12 performers Ben Wetzler and Andrew Moore return as does Scott Schultz, who was named a preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Early Rankings
Oregon State is ranked as high as No. 2 to open the year, by Baseball America, which represents the team’s best ever mark to open a season. Last year, the Beavers opened as the No. 6 club in the nation and finished the year fourth. OSU was also chosen to win the Pac-12, earning 98 of a possible 100 points in the opinion of the league’s coaches. The Beavers received nine out of 10 possible first-place votes.

Andrew Moore, Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto have all placed on at least two preseason All-America teams. Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz are on one apiece.
• The Beavers are 20-4 in neutral-site games dating back to 2011. Two of the four losses came to Mississippi State during the 2013 College World Series.
Pat Casey needs 19 victories to break into the top 10 all-time in the Pac-12.
• OSU plays its first four of 11 games in Arizona.