Baseball Gets Back To Business
Sept. 19, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State baseball team spent two-and-a-half hours on the field at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Monday afternoon to open up its slate of fall workouts.
The Beavers spent the afternoon working on positional drills and situational hitting while the pitching staff split off and practiced pitchers' fielding drills.
It was the first time the club practiced since the Beavers traveled to Nashville in June for the NCAA Super Regional against Vanderbilt.
"It's good to see the team back on the field," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "Everyone is excited to back and we're looking forward to seeing how the newcomers mesh with the veterans. The players were happy to be on the field at home."
Oregon State welcomed nine players to the field who were named as one of the top prospects of their respective summer leagues, including newcomer Jace Fry who was named the top incoming collegiate freshman from summer baseball by Perfect Game - 21 leagues in all.
Fry, a left-handed pitcher, is also one of five Beavers who was taken by a Major League club in June but elected to come to school. He was a ninth rounder by Oakland and is joined by Jordan Dunatov (14th round, Pittsburgh), left-handed pitcher Carlos Rodriguez (20th round, Atlanta), Cole Brocker (39th round, Detroit) and catcher/infielder Nate Esposito (46th round, Oakland).
Oregon State has two returning all-league players on the fall roster in the form of designated hitter Kavin Keyes and right-handed pitcher Tony Bryant. All-League honorable mention selections who are returning include left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd, shortstop Ryan Dunn and second baseman Tyler Smith.
After the practice completed, the team reconvened at the Valley Football Center for its annual head shot day. The team will practice through the end of October before taking a couple months off. The 2012 season opens in February; no non-conference schedule has been officially announced. OSU is slated to play its Pac-12 Conference opener March 16 at California.
The Beavers are scheduled to work out through the rest of the week at Goss Stadium. Practices are open to the public unless otherwise noted. For up-to-date info regarding practices and the club, make sure and follow Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball.
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