National title defense begins today in Arizona for the OSU Beavers!

 

The 2018 season was magical for the Oregon State Beavers. The incredible come from behind win over Arkansas to force another game and then the heroics of Kevin Abel. He is scheduled to start today against New Mexico.

The game can be heard on 103.7 in the Portland Area....11:30 the pregame coverage begins with Jon Warren on the call....here are some tidbits about the Beavs courtesy of the Beaver Athletic Department.

Last Season

Oregon State won the program's third National Championship in 2018 after taking two-of-three over Arkansas in the College World Series finals.Kevin Abel tossed a complete-game shutout and Adley Rutschman tallied three hits to propel the Beavers to a 5-0 win in the final game. OSU finished the season 55-12-1, including a 20-9-1 mark in Pac-12 Conference play.

Opening Day

Oregon State is 79-30 all-time in season openers. The Beavers are looking to stretch their winning streak to 10 games on opening day.

Against New Mexico

Oregon State is opening the season against New Mexico for the second consecutive year, defeating the Lobos, 5-2, in 2018. It's the first time since 1999 and 2000 that OSU has opened back-to-back years against the same team. The Beavers defeated Kansas State, 13-6, in 1999, and lost to the Wildcats, 7-6, the following year.

Rutschman On A Streak

Adley Rutschman, the Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series, is riding a 12-game hit streak into the 2019 season opener. He is 25-for-48 (.521) with six doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI during the streak. 

Close '18, Open '19

Oregon State was the last Pac-12 team standing in 2018, so it should be fitting that the Beavers will be one of the first to see action in 2019. The Beavers' 12 p.m. PT start matches Oregon's first pitch against Texas Tech in Lubbock.

In Surprise

Friday's game marks the fifth consecutive year Oregon State opens its season in Surprise, Ariz. The Beavers are 27-5 in Surprise over the past four seasons. OSU was 8-0 there last season.

Singles

• Oregon State is ranked in the top-10 to open the season for the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in the last seven.

Adley Rutschman,Kevin Abel,Jake Mulholland,Bryce Fehmel and Brandon Eisert have all been named preseason All-Americans by at least one publication.

Pat Bailey is opening his 13th season as a head coach at the collegiate level. He went 353-158 in 12 seasons at George Fox and won the 2004 Division III National Championship.

• OSU has won 111 games the last two years.

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