Beavers’ Dominance Rages OnColumns
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State was in total control of Yale throughout the Corvallis Regional title game, yet, head coach Pat Casey didn’t waltz into the postgame press conference with a smile on his face. Instead, he thought the Beavers could’ve played better and had more focus.
Some were perplexed with Casey’s somewhat unsatisfied attitude. However, as you’ve seen around the country over the past few days, perhaps Casey and the Beavers should just be glad to be moving forward. After all, three national seeds – Texas Tech, Stanford and North Carolina – failed to advance to the Super Regional round, and Tech dropped the regional final to No. 3 seeded Sam Houston State, while the biggest surprise was UNC’s loss to No. 4 seed Davidson.
No matter the situation, Casey wants to see his Beavers playing at a high level. He knows everyone is gunning for the No. 1 seeded Beavers, and to do what they’re expected to do – win the program’s third national title – it will take the pinpoint accuracy and impeccable focus that has gotten this team this far and to an astonishing 52-4 overall record.
“When you’re 52-4, you’re shooting for perfection all the time. I just thought last night [Saturday], we were much looser than tonight [Sunday], and I’m not sure how it got like that. Sometimes you start looking a little ahead, and you shouldn’t,” Casey said after OSU’s regional title game win over Yale. “We’re going to have to do a better job next week.
“We’re going to have to be better,” he continued. “It’s going to be a real club coming in here to Corvallis, and we’re going to have to be better. That’s all there is to it. Thoroughbreds get to Omaha, and we have to be better. We have to execute situations. I know our guys are ready to work. We need to be better, and we will be better.”
If Casey’s words are any indication of what to expect at practice in Corvallis this week, it might be a hectic week for the top-ranked Beavers, like a horse training for a big race. But while he was disappointed with how the team finished the weekend, there were plenty of positives to take away from a weekend where the Beavers outscored teams a whopping 27-3.
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