OSU Baseball: Defending Champs ready for another title chase!

 
 

In about three weeks the defending National Champions from Oregon State will begin the 2019 quest. February 15th in Surprise, Arizona the Beavers will take on New Mexico. It will be the first of eight games in the Arizona desert. Four of them will be against Nebraska. 

Friday March First the Beavers host West Virginia at Goss in a three-game series.  The Beavers held their annual Media Day Tuesday. Interim head coach Pat Bailey at the helm of the gathering. Adley Rutchsman, Bryce Fehmel and Zac Taylor met with the local media. Rutchsman of course talked about as a potential first round draft pick in June.

Here is additional info from the OSU Athletic Department about the baseball team.

Catcher Adley Rutschman and pitchers Kevin Abel and Brandon Eisert have been named preseason All-Americans by D1Baseball.com on Monday. 

Rutschman and Abel are first-team selections while Eisert was named to the third team. 

For Rutschman and Abel, it's their third preseason recognition each, following Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. It is Eisert's first of 2019. Rutschman, a junior in 2019, earned preseason honors after batting .408 with a school-record 102 hits and 83 runs batted in last season. He hit nine home runs, tallied 22 doubles and walked 53 times. The Sherwood, Ore., native was selected as the projected preseason player of the year by Collegiate Baseball in December. 

Abel, meanwhile, became the first pitcher to win four games at the College World Series, claiming the last victory thanks to a two-hit shutout of Arkansas in the championship finale. The San Diego native ended the year 8-1 overall with a 2.88 earned run average in 23 games. He was the only freshman in the nation with more than 100 strikeouts, tallying 108. Eisert, from Aloha, Ore., helped anchor the Oregon State bullpen in 2018, going 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA and five saves in 27 appearances. The lefty struck out 14 over three games at the 2018 College World Series, scattering 11 hits and four runs in 14 1/3 innings. In 48 appearances with the Beavers, he is 10-3 with a 2.43 ERA. Both Rutschman (finance) and Eisert (marketing) earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors last season. Abel (speech communication) was not eligible due to being in his first year at Oregon State. 

Beavers In Top 10, Again Baseball America released its top-10 rankings on Monday as well, and the Beavers find themselves at No. 10 entering the 2019 season. It's the fourth top-10 ranking for Oregon State, following a No. 2 spot by Perfect Game, No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 8 by D1Baseball.com. The Beavers have now been ranked in the top-10 to open a season for the fourth consecutive year. OSU was top-10 in all six major rankings in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Follow Us On SocialFor more information on the Oregon State baseball team, follow the club's official Twitter account at Twitter.com/BeaverBaseball, by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateBaseball or on Instagram at Instagram.com/BeaverBaseball.

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