The Beavers are Back After Last Year’s Snub
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The Beavers are back with a vengeance.
Disappointed by last season's postseason snub, Oregon State made it a goal to return this season. And they did it in decisively, capturing the No. 1 national seed.
"It was much easier, I can tell you that," coach Pat Casey said after the brackets were revealed.
It was already announced Sunday night that the Beavers would host, and on Monday morning they learned their seeding and regional opponents. Oregon State will host fourth-seeded Holy Cross at Goss Stadium on Friday night, following a game between No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Yale.
"All the returners wanted to guarantee that wasn't gonna happen again," sophomore pitcher Drew Rasmussen said about the team's resolve following the snub. "At practice and in the weight room and in the classroom, everywhere we pushed a little bit more, a little bit harder every single day to insure that we wouldn't have that same feeling again."
It's been a record-setting season for the Beavers, who are 49-4 and ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Oregon St. No. 1 National Seed for NCAA Baseball Tournament
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Pac-12 champion Oregon State has been chosen the No. 1 overall seed for the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.
The NCAA announced the national seeds and 64-tournament field on Monday.
Oregon State (49-4) set a conference record with 27 league wins and was the nation's most dominant team all season.
North Carolina (47-12), which missed the national tournament the last two years, is No. 2 after winning 18 of its last 22 games. Florida (42-16), the top seed in 2016, is No. 3 and is followed by LSU (43-17).
The rest of the national seeds, in order, are Texas Tech (43-15), TCU (42-16), Louisville (47-10) and Stanford (40-14).
Play begins Friday in 16 regionals. Winners advance to eight, best-of-three super regionals. Those winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha.