Feb. 1, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State baseball head coach Pat Casey and selected players met with the media Tuesday morning to discuss the 2011 season, which is starts in less than weeks, on Feb. 19, when the Beavers take on Gonzaga in Fresno, Calif.
Casey spoke about expectations for the 2011 season and the strength of the Pacific-10 Conference, which sent a league-record eight teams to the postseason in 2010. He was joined by senior Dylan Jones, junior Carter Bell and sophomore Andrew Susac.
Fans who want to catch up on Casey's portion of the press conference can do so on the podcast page at osubeavers.com. A small selection of his press conference is available below.
After leaving the meeting with the media, Casey and the players began to prepare for Tuesday's practice, which began at 1:30 p.m. PT and is expected to last until approximately 4:30 p.m.
Note, single-game tickets for the 2011 Oregon State baseball season went on sale Monday morning. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum, calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting osubeavers.com.
Single-game tickets are $20 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission seats located in the outfield beyond the right-field fence.
Season tickets for the 2011 season are also still available. They can be purchased for $400 per seat. To purchase them, call 1-800-GOBEAVS, visit the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum or get them online at osubeavers.com.
On what he expects from the team ...
"Well I wish I had a good answer as to what I perceive to happen in the season but that's always a mystery. I know that I enjoy the way we have gone about our business as far as working toward the goal and that is to get ready for the first game. We will go down to Fresno and open with a tournament there and the following week we are in Texas."
On the team in general ...
It will be a challenge early because we have nine freshmen and sophomore pitchers on our staff. Therefore, there will be inexperience there but I expect us to be a club that's competitive at the plate to score runs. Defense is something that we've always emphasized and I think we will have to be a defensive club. We will have better team speed than we did last year. I think we will be better in the defensive outfield than last year, and we do have some familiar faces back defensively in the infield.
On the Pac-10 and how the team itself will determine its destiny ...
I think I put it on the shoulders of the players and what kind of club they want to have. I believe that you can talk all you want about how good the Pac-10 is but everybody knows that and we can't remove ourselves from that. It's the best conference in the country, bar none, and we just look forward to get going here February 19."
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