Oregon State’s Season
Oregon State finished the season with a 45-14 record and 23-7 mark in Pac-12 Conference play, winning the league’s title for the second consecutive year. The Beavers’ 45 wins put them at the 40-win plateau for the fourth conseuctive season and seventh all-time. Oregon State advanced to the postseason for a school-record sixth consecutive season.
Oregon State saw a league-best five players chosen as All-Pac-12 performers, including the entire outfield consisting of Michael Conforto, Jeff Hendrix and Dylan Davis. It’s the first time since Stanford in 2003 that all three outfielders on one club earned first-team honors. Conforto, meanwhile, was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and Jace Fry was named the Pitcher of the Year - OSU’s first since the then-Pac-10 unified prior to the 1999 season.
Michael Conforto (.345 avg., 7 HR, 56 RBI) became Oregon State’s first three-time All-American when he was named first team by numerous organizations. He was joined on All-America teams by Jace Fry (11-2, 1.80 ERA) and Ben Wetzler (12-1, 0.78 ERA), who both picked up their first career honors.
Best In The West
Oregon State made attendance history in 2014, setting a school-record for best single-game average at 2,931. That put the Beavers at No. 19 nationally, and No. 1 amongst schools west of Texas (excluding Hawai’i). Oregon State saw at least 2,000 fans at every home game, and had 14 crowds of 3,000 or more, including 10 straight to end the season.
Dominating Weekly Honors
The Beavers had a number of weekly honors during the regular season, pulling in six from the Pac-12 and two nationally. Jace Fry was the most honored, with three Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week awards. He was also named the NCBWA’s National Pitcher of the Week after throwing a one-hitter against California. Ben Wetzler earned his first Pac-12 weekly honor and was also named the NCBWA’s top pitcher after shutting down Washington. Rounding out Oregon State’s weekly honors were Players of the Week Michael Conforto and Jeff Hendrix.
Pat Casey Hits 700
Pat Casey reached a couple milestones this season. OSU’s head coach, who just finished his 20th year, reached 689 wins early in the season, which vaulted him into 10th place in the Pac-12 Conference record books. Later on, against Oregon, he won his 700th game at Oregon State.
The Beavers seem to have at least one win streak of 10 or more games every season. The 2014 season was no different. OSU won 11 straight from March 2 through March 21, then bettered that with a 12-gamer from April 22 through May 13.
Over The Last Two Seasons
The Beavers have had quite the two-year run. Since 2013, Oregon State is 97-27 (.782) overall and 47-13 (.783) in Pac-12 Conference play. No other Pac-12 team has more than 40 league victories over that stretch.
Talking About Zeroes
Oregon State set a school record with 12 shutouts during the 2013 season. Consider that record annihilated. The Beavers re-set the school record with 15 in 2014, buoyed by Jace Fry’s four. In fact, Fry, Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz combined for seven. That played a large role in OSU’s ability to keep its earned run average low, at 2.29, just 0.01 shy of the school record set in 2013.
Oregon State’s pitching staff, well, it was dominant in 2014, and we’ve alluded to that in previous notes above. The best way, however, to show how dominant comes via quality starts. OSU’s pitchers finished with 41 this season, and the Beavers were 37-4 when that happened, including a 21-2 mark at home.
Get More Hits ... Win
One of the more interesting statistics in 2014 comes in the form of offense. The Beavers were an amazing 35-0 in 2014 when collecting more hits than an opponent. By comparison, the Beavers were 10-14 when an opponent had more or the teams were tied.
Well, That’s Pretty Amazing
An overlooked note focues on the Beavers’ ability to hold opponents to two runs or less. Oregon State is 60-0 when holding an opponent to two runs or less dating back to the 2013 season. The Beavers have won 34 of those games at home. Conversely, Oregon State has been held to two runs or less 28 times during that stretch, and is 10-18 (.357) when it happens.