O-State Ballaz Omaha Bound AgainAt The Ballpark
CORVALLIS, Ore. – It never gets old.
One thing about Oregon State’s many trips to Omaha, they aren’t getting to be routine. Nobody in orange and black is getting tired of them. No one is taking anything for granted.
“Almost 300 teams start this journey and only eight get to go to Omaha.” OSU coach Pat Casey said. “This is my sixth time there, which is crazy.”
When asked about the difference between this trip and some of the early ones, coach Casey’s reaction was, “I don’t remember. I really don’t.”
Then he gave it a little more thought.
“I remember the first time I stepped on that field in 2005, I thought I was in baseball heaven.” he said. “And the thing is, you never know if you’re going to get back.
“It’s crazy, but it’s still the same game,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to practice anything that will make us better. It’s still the same game; pick it up when they hit it to you and throw it across the diamond. When they throw it to you, hit it. It’s still baseball.”
The difference about tonight was that Oregon State was in a dogfight. This was a more inspired Minnesota Gopher squad they took on. But with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the ninth inning, OSU was able to finally break through and score three runs three runs and send the Beaver believers in the stands into a frenzy.
The Beavers rushed the field after the final strikeout by Jake Mulholland but they did not dog pile. They did, however, go on a victory lap around the stadium much to the delight of their adoring fans who set another attendance record with 4,035 jammed into the cozy confines in Corvallis.
“They’re all different and they’re all special,” Pat Casey said of teams going to Omaha. “I believe we’re prepared to go into battle. It’s a mentality and it’s a culture and we talk about that all the time. We have a strong group of young men that are going to Omaha.”