Steven Kwan, Oregon State

Fall Report: Oregon State

Fall Report

It wasn’t easy being Oregon State entering the College World Series this past summer.

To say the Beavers had an impressive regular season would be quite an understatement. The Beavs lost just four regular season games. Yes, just four. They also stormed through the Corvallis Regional and dominated Vanderbilt in the Corvallis Super Regional.

OSU headed to the CWS as the clear-cut favorite to win the national title, but that didn’t happen. The Beavs lost their best pitcher before they even got on a plane to go to Omaha, while despite a dominant performance the first go-round against LSU at the CWS, those same Tigers sent the Beavers packing to end the season with an astonishing 56-6 overall record.

The bad news? The Beavers didn’t win their third national title. The good news? OSU returns several key components from a team that made one of the more historic runs in college baseball history.

That fact set the stage for a competitive fall in the Willamette Valley.

“You would hope that the team would have something they want to come back and talk about. We certainly have enough guys back that didn’t get it done last season, so there’s a passion to get back here and get better,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. “We’ll see what happens. Right now, we’re in a stage where it’s about development and things like that, and we’ll have another phase coming up.

“It’ll be interesting, because we have a lot of guys returning and some experience at some key positions. But you also lose guys like KJ Harrison and Christian Donahue, who were mainstays for us,” he continued. “They were big parts of the offense, and then you take out a guy like Jake Thompson, who won 14 games for us last season.”

Despite losing Thompson and righthander Drew Rasmussen, who will miss the season after having Tommy John surgery, the Beavers will welcome back lefty Luke Heimlich and a host of other talented arms. Meanwhile, they also welcome back two of the top position players in college baseball in Cadyn Grenier and Nick Madrigal, while Trevor Larnach and others also provide a punch.

What’s the scoop on the Beavs this fall? Let’s dive into OSU.


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