2018 Oregon State Beavers baseball team

The 2018 Oregon State Beavers baseball team represented Oregon State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Beavers played their home games at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field and were members of the Pac-12 Conference. The team was coached by Pat Casey in his 24th season at Oregon State. Coach Casey made this his final season as head coach, retiring on September 6, 2018. The Beavers began the season ranked #2 by Baseball America[1] and were unanimously selected by Pac-12 coaches to repeat as conference champions.[2]

2018 Oregon State Beavers baseball
Oregon State Beavers wordmark.svg
College World Series National Champions
Corvallis Super Regional champions
Corvallis Regional champions
ConferencePac-12 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
CBNo. 1
2018 record55–12–1 (20–9–1 Pac-12)
Head coachPat Casey (24th season)
Associate head coachPat Bailey (11th season)
Assistant coaches
  • Nate Yeskie (10th season)
  • Andy Jenkins (6th season)
Home stadiumGoss Stadium at Coleman Field
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Pac-12 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
No. 18 Stanford  ‍‍‍y 22 8 0   .733     46 12 0   .793
No. 1 Oregon State ‍‍‍y 20 9 1   .683     55 12 1   .816
No. 8 Washington ‍‍‍y 20 10 0   .667     35 26 0   .574
No. 25 UCLA  ‍‍‍y 19 11 0   .633     38 21 0   .644
California  ‍‍‍ 16 14 0   .533     32 22 0   .593
Arizona  ‍‍‍ 14 16 0   .467     34 22 0   .607
Arizona State  ‍‍‍ 13 17 0   .433     23 32 0   .418
Southern California  ‍‍‍ 12 18 0   .400     26 28 0   .481
Oregon  ‍‍‍ 12 18 0   .400     26 29 0   .473
Washington State  ‍‍‍ 8 21 1   .283     16 33 1   .330
Utah  ‍‍‍ 8 22 0   .267     16 39 0   .291
† – Conference champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 29, 2018; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

They won their third national championship by defeating Arkansas in the 2018 College World Series. It was only the second time in College World Series history that a team won the championship after losing their first game of the tournament and the first game of the championship series. The first team to do that was the 2006 Oregon State Beavers.[3]

SeasonEdit

On March 11th, head coach Pat Casey was suspended by the NCAA for 4 games as a result of contact made on March 9th with third base umpire Mark Buchanan while disputing a check-swing call against a Cal State Fullerton batter. Casey was ejected following the contact and the game resulted in the Beavers' first loss of the season 3–5. Associate head coach Pat Bailey led the team during Casey's suspension.[4]

Entering into the final game of the regular season against UCLA Oregon State found itself 1/2 game behind Stanford for the Pac-12 crown. A win against UCLA coupled with a Stanford loss to Washington, who was also in contention for the league championship, would have given the Beavers their second straight Pac-12 championship.[5] Oregon State would go on to lose against UCLA and Stanford rallied to win against Washington to give them their first Pac-12 championship since 2004.[6]

In the postseason tournament the Beavers were selected as the #3 overall national seed, which guaranteed home field advantage for both the Regionals and Super Regionals. Only defending national champion Florida (#1) and Pac-12 champion Stanford (#2) were seeded higher.[7]

Statistics and accomplishmentsEdit

Season

  • 1st team to lead NCAA in win/loss percentage (.864) in back-to-back seasons since Southern University (.820) in 2001 and 2002
  • Program best record over two seasons 111-17-1 (.864)
  • 16 PAC 12 series victories in a row - Began May 22, 2016, at USC, ended March 31, 2018, at Utah
  • Highest draft pick taken in school history - Rd 1 pick 4 - Nick Madrigal

College World Series

  • CWS Record 5 doubles - Trevor Larnach
  • CWS Record 17 hits - Adley Rutchman
  • CWS Pitching Record 4-0 - Kevin Abel
  • CWS Pitching Record - 2–0 in Championship Series - Kevin Abel
  • CWS Pitching Record - 10 Innings 0 Runs in Championship Series - Kevin Abel
  • CWS Record Best Pitching Performance - Kevin Abel (Complete Game - 2 hits, 0 Runs)
  • CWS Record Best Hitting Duo - 32 Hits - Adley Rutchman (17), Trevor Larnach (15)
  • CWS Record - Best record in CWS Championship Matches 3-0 (Tied with Minnesota)
  • 2nd Team to lose first game of CWS and CWS Finals and win the tournament (2006 Oregon State Beavers first team to accomplish this)
  • Oregon State played 8 out of 16 games in CWS
  • Oregon State scored 35 of 59 runs with 2 outs
  • Oregon State scored 28 of 59 runs in the 7th inning or later
  • Oregon State scored go-ahead winning runs in the 7th inning or later during 3 games (Washington 7th inning, North Carolina 8th inning, Arkansas 9th inning)
  • Shutout Arkansas in Championship Game, which was the first shutout for Arkansas in the 2018 season and the first time in 99 games
CWS Runs Per Inning
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Total
6 6 10 2 6 1 10 11 7 59
CWS Runs Per Out
0 Outs 1 Out 2 Outs Total
6 18 35 59

College World SeriesEdit

Oregon State vs North Carolina (Game 1)

On June 16, 2018, Oregon State dropped the opening game of the CWS to North Carolina by a score of 8–6. Oregon State was first on the board when Trevor Larnach tripled in the bottom of the 1st to drive in leadoff batter Steven Kwan. The Tarheels matched the Beavers 1–1 in the 2nd, before taking a commanding 6–1 lead in the top of the 3rd. This marked the first time all season Oregon State gave up 6 runs in the first 3 innings. A controversial safe call at third base in the top of the 7th helped sustain The Tarheels inning, when Beavers' 3rd baseman Gretler appeared to tag Tarheels runner Martorano, but was ruled safe. Instant replay would say otherwise, but the call was non-reviewable. Martorano was driven in by the next batter, increasing the Tarheels lead to 7–4.

  • The game would go on record to be the longest game in CWS History at 4 hours, 21 minutes.
  • Only 10 previous teams have lost their opening game in the CWS and won the tournament.
  • This match-up was the third CWS where Oregon State and North Carolina have played each other. Oregon State eliminated North Carolina in all three match-ups, with a CWS record of 5–2.

Oregon State vs Washington (Game 5)

On June 18, 2018, Oregon State defeated the Washington Huskies in the first elimination game of the CWS by a score of 14–5. This marked the 4th meeting between the two conference rivals this season, with Oregon State leading the series 2–1. Washington took a 3–0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd, before giving up 4 runs and surrendering the lead in the top of the 5th. Washington was quick to respond, taking a 5–4 lead before a 4 1/2 hour rain delay in the top of the 6th. Washington walked in the tying run after play resumed in the 6th, and would be shutout for the remainder of the game. Lead-off hitter Steven Kwan injured his hamstring while at bat in the top of the 3rd inning. Kwan would sit out the majority of the College World Series, starting only the opening game of the finals against Arkansas.

  • This was the first ever CWS appearance for Washington.

Oregon State vs North Carolina (Game 9)

On June 20, 2018, Oregon State defeated the North Carolina Tarheels in an elimination game by a score of 11–6. The Beavers jumped out to an early 3–0 lead, before the Tarheels tied the game in the bottom of a 3rd with the assist of a controversial fair ball call. The hit drove in 2 runs and was deemed non-reviewable. Oregon State trailed 6–3 in the top of the 8th with 1 out, before Adley Rutchman crushed a base hit double to center field, driving in 3 runs to tie the game 6-6. The Beavers continued to pile on runs into the 8th inning, while shutting the Tarheels out for the remainder of the game.

  • This game marked the third time Oregon State eliminated North Carolina in the CWS. The previous two eliminations came in the championship series in 2006 and 2007.

Oregon State vs Mississippi St (Game 11) On June 22, 2018, Oregon State defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs by a score of 12–2. Mississippi State appeared to have the blessings of the College Baseball Gods throughout the tournament, staving off five elimination games before arriving in Omaha. Mississippi State quickly put up 1 run in the top of the 1st, and but failed to establish their presence for the remainder of the game. Oregon State went on a hitting frenzy with a barrage of runs in the 2nd and 7th inning. In the 7th inning, head coach Pat Casey sent his son, Joe Casey, to pinch hit for Tyler Malone. Casey dug a pitch out of the ground for a base hit over 2nd and his first CWS RBI.

Oregon State vs Mississippi St (Game 13) On June 23, 2018, Oregon State defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs by a score of 5–2. The Beavers scored all 5 runs with 2 outs in the top of the 3rd, the final three runs coming on DH Tyler Malone's home run. The Bulldogs appeared to have regained favor of the College Baseball Gods with a last minute rally brewing in the bottom of the 9th, as Oregon State pitcher, Jake Mulholland, loaded the bases with a 5–2 lead and Jordan Westburg at bat. Westburg was fresh off a CWS Grand Slam against North Carolina, and was looking to become the first player ever to hit 2 CWS Grand Slams. Westburg blasted a grounder to shortstop Cadyn Grenier, which appeared to be glued to the inside of Grenier's glove, before finding its way to 2nd baseman Nick Madrigal for the final out.

  • The loss was the final game for Mississippi State interim head coach Gary Henderson, who led the Bulldogs on an improbable run to the CWS Semifinals. Gary Henderson won the 2018 National College Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year and the 2018 Perfect Game/Rawlings Coach of the Year. Henderson gave a heartfelt speech in his final post game conference, as he appeared to know his days as a Bulldog were numbered. He was fired the next day, and replaced by Chris Lemonis out of Indiana.

Oregon State vs Arkansas (Game 14)

On June 26, 2018, the Arkansas Razorbacks defeated the Oregon State Beavers, 4–1, in the opening game of the CWS Finals. The CWS Finals were scheduled to begin on the previous day, but were delayed due to rain, giving Oregon State an extra day to rest their bullpen. This defeat marked Oregon State's first loss to an SEC team all season, and the first loss to an SEC team since losing game 2 of the CWS Semi Finals to LSU in 2017. The game was marred by a controversial interference call which lead to a double play and took a run off the board for the Beavers. Oregon State was unable to recover from the shift in momentum, going scoreless for the remainder of the game.

  • Oregon State is 1–2 in opening games of the CWS finals.
  • Trevor Larnach set the CWS Record for doubles in the tournament (5)

Oregon State vs Arkansas (Game 15)

On June 27, 2018, Oregon State defeated Arkansas 5–3 to even the series 1-1. Arkansas appeared in complete control of the game, and on their way to certain victory, when Arkansas missed a game winning pop-up foul ball off the bat of Cadyn Grenier in the top of the 9th. The ball fell between the first base line and the wall, with the first baseman, right fielder, and second baseman honing in on the game sealing pop-up. The second baseman, Carson Shaddy, bumped first baseman Jared Gates while running towards the ball, causing Gates to take his eye off the ball, Shaddy to overrun the ball, and right fielder Eric Cole to pull up. The ball landed foul between the 3 Arkansas players, giving Oregon State a second chance. Cadyn Grenier knocked in the game tying run 2 pitches later. Trevor Larnach came to the plate with Arkansas still in shock, boasting the most home runs of the season for the Beavers, and hit a two-run shot over the head of Cole to win the game, 5–3.

Oregon State vs Arkansas (Game 16)

On June 28, 2018, Oregon State defeated Arkansas, 5–0, to win their third College World Series championship. Oregon State pitcher Kevin Abel worked himself into a jam in the top of the 3rd, loading the bases with one out against the Razorbacks, before going on to retire 20 batters in a row. Abel became the first pitcher to win four games in the CWS, and two games in the CWS Finals. He pitched only the 4th complete game shutout in a championship game, with the lowest hit total of those games (2). Oregon State catcher Adley Rutchman set the CWS hits record during this game, with 17 hits. Rutchman won the CWS Most Outstanding Player Award.

RosterEdit

2018 Oregon State Beavers roster[8]
 

Pitchers

  • 12 Tweedt, Sam -   Junior
  • 15 Heimlich, Luke - Senior
  • 19 Donovan, Dakota -   Freshman
  • 22 Gambrell, Grant - Sophomore
  • 23 Abel, Kevin - Freshman
  • 24 Burns, Nathan - Freshman
  • 26 Fehmel, Bryce - Junior
  • 31 Britton, Jordan - Junior
  • 32 Verburg, Mitchell - Sophomore
  • 34 Chamberlain, Christian - Freshman
  • 37 Eisert, Brandon - Sophomore
  • 38 Mulholland, Jake - Sophomore
  • 45 Warren, Cade -   Freshman
  • 49 Pearce, Dylan - Junior
 

Catchers

  • 16 Taylor, Zak - Junior
  • 17 Claunch, Troy - Freshman
  • 35 Rutschman, Adley - Sophomore

Infielders

  • 1 McMahan, Kyler - Freshman
  • 2 Grenier, Cadyn - Junior
  • 3 Madrigal, Nick - Junior
  • 7 Malone, Tyler - Sophomore
  • 9 Armstrong, Andy - Sophomore
  • 10 Gretler, Michael - Senior
  • 18 Ober, Ryan - Freshman
  • 20 Clayton, Zach - Freshman
  • 30 Zalesky, Zack -   Freshman
  • 44 McGarry, Alex - Sophomore
 

Outfielders

  • 4 Kwan, Steven - Junior
  • 6 Casey, Joe -   Freshman
  • 11 Larnach, Trevor - Junior
  • 14 Willy, Elliot -   Freshman
  • 28 Nobach, Kyle -   Senior
  • 29 Anderson, Jack -   Senior
  • 33 Jones, Preston - Sophomore
 

Schedule and resultsEdit

Legend
  Oregon State win
  Oregon State loss
  Postponement/Tie
Bold Oregon State team member
2018 Oregon State Beavers Baseball Game Log[9]
Regular Season
Postseason
College World Series
Date Opponent Rank Site/Stadium Score Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record CWS Record
June 16 No. 5 (6) North Carolina No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade ParkOmaha, NE L 6–8 O'Brien (7–0) Heimlich (16–2) Criswell (1) 21,628 49–11–1 0–1
June 18 Washington No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE W 14–5 Abel (5–1) Hardy (5–4) None 16,881 50–11–1 1–1
June 20 No. 5 (6) North Carolina No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE W 11–6 Mulholland (2–2) Daniels (6–1) None 21,568 51–11–1 2–1
June 22 Mississippi State No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE W 12–2 Eisert (5–3) Billingsley (5–4) None 21,002 52–11–1 3–1
June 23 Mississippi State No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE W 5–2 Abel (6–1) Small (5–4) None 21,821 53–11–1 4–1
June 25 No. 4 (5) Arkansas No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
June 26 No. 4 (5) Arkansas No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE L 1-4 Knight (14–0) Heimlich (16–3) Cronin (14) 25,321 53–12–1 4–2
June 27 No. 4 (5) Arkansas No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE W 5–3 Abel (7–1) Cronin (2–2) Mulholland (16) 25,580 54–12–1 5–2
June 28 No. 4 (5) Arkansas No. 1 (3) TD Ameritrade Park • Omaha, NE W 5–0 Abel (8–1) Campbell (5–7) None 19,323 55–12–1 6–2

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
Coaches'[10] 2 2* 2* 2 1 1 1 4 7 6 5 3 3 2 1 2 2* 2* 2* 1 
Baseball America[11] 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 5 11 10 6 6 4 2 2 2 2* 2* 2* 1 
Collegiate Baseball^[12] 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 8 7 5 5 4 2 3 1 1 1 1* 1 
NCBWA[13] 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 4 7 6 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1* 1* 1 
D1Baseball

^ Collegiate Baseball ranks 40 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
NCBWA ranks 35 teams in their preseason poll, but only ranks 30 teams weekly during the season.
* New poll was not released for this week so for comparison purposes the previous week's ranking is inserted in this week's slot.


AwardsEdit

 

College World Series

  • Adley Rutschman -College World Series Most Outstanding Player[14]

Baseball America

  • Kevin Abel - Freshman of the Year[15]

College Baseball Foundation

  • Pat Casey - Coach of the Year[16]
  • Luke Heimlich - National Pitcher of the Year[17]
  • Cadyn Grenier - College Baseball Shortstop of the Year[18]

American Baseball Coaches Association

  • Pat Casey - Coach of the Year[19]

D1 Baseball

  • Kevin Abel - National Freshman of the Year[20]

Pac-12 Player of the Year[21]

  • Luke Heimlich - Pitcher of the Year (also won 2017 PiOY)
  • Cadyn Grenier - Defensive Player of the Year
 

Pac-12 All Conference First Team

  • Bryce Fehmel
  • Cadyn Grenier (Also named to All-Defensive Team)
  • Luke Heimlich
  • Steven Kwan
  • Trevor Larnach
  • Nick Madrigal (Also named to All-Defensive Team)
  • Adley Rutschman (Also named to All-Defensive Team)
  • Michael Gretler (All-Defensive Team and Honorable Mention only)

Major League Baseball DraftEdit

In the 2018 Major League Baseball draft Nick Madrigal became the highest draft pick in Oregon State history when the Chicago White Sox selected him with the 4th pick of the 1st Round. The previous record holder was Michael Conforto, who was selected 10th overall by the New York Mets in the 2014 MLB draft.[22]

Pitcher Drew Rasmussen, who missed the entire 2018 season due to undergoing his second Tommy John surgery, was originally selected 31st overall in the 2017 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays but was unable to come to terms with the team before the July 7th deadline. He was later denied free agency by Major League Baseball.[23]

Two-time Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, Luke Heimlich, went undrafted for the second straight year. The Texas Rangers announced a month before the draft that they would not select the winningest pitcher in Oregon State history after it was revealed Heimlich pled guilty to sexually molesting a family member when he was 15.[24] Heimlich has since denied the allegations to which he pled guilty as a juvenile saying the guilty plea was "a decision me and my parents thought was the best option to move forward as a family."[25]


2018 MLB Draft results
Player Position Round Overall MLB Team
Nick Madrigal 2B 1st 4th Chicago White Sox
Trevor Larnach RF 1st 20th Minnesota Twins
Cadyn Grenier SS 1st 37th Baltimore Orioles
Steven Kwan OF 5th 163rd Cleveland Indians
Drew Rasmussen RHP 6th 185th Milwaukee Brewers
Michael Gretler 3B 10th 294th Pittsburgh Pirates

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Oregon State claims College World Series with 5-0 win over Arkansas". espn.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Oregon State Beavers baseball unanimous pick by coaches to win Pac-12". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ "NCAA suspends Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey for 4 games". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Kyle Nobach, Bryce Fehmel help No. 2 Oregon State baseball clinch series win over No. 16 UCLA". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Oregon State baseball loses finale to UCLA, now awaits NCAA tournament fate". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Oregon State Beavers earn No. 3 national seed for NCAA baseball tournament". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  8. ^ "2018 Baseball Roster". Oregon State Beavers. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Baseball Schedule". Oregon State Beavers. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  10. ^ USA Today Coaches Poll
  11. ^ Baseball America Poll
  12. ^ Collegiate Baseball Poll
  13. ^ NCBWA Poll
  14. ^ "Oregon State's Adley Rutchman wins 2018 College World Series Most Outstanding Player". ncaa.com. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 Freshmen All-American Teams". Baseball America. Retrieved 17 Jul 2018.
  16. ^ "Collegiate Baseball names Oregon State's Pat Casey National Coach of the Year". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 2 Jul 2018.
  17. ^ "Hemlich Named National Pitcher of the Year". osubeavers.com. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Oregon State SS Cadyn Grenier earns National Baseball Honor". diehards.com. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Pat Casey Recognized Nationally by ABCA". osubeavers.com. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  20. ^ "2018 D1Baseball Freshman All-Americans]work=d1baseball.com". Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Pac-12 announces baseball All-Conference honors". Pac-12.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  22. ^ "MLB draft: Oregon State's Nick Madrigal selected No. 4 overall by Chicago White Sox". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  23. ^ "MLB draft: Oregon State's Drew Rasmussen selected by Milwaukee Brewers in 6th round". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich not selected in 2018 MLB draft". Oregonlive.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  25. ^ "He Was Convicted of Molesting a 6-Year Old. Should He Have a Future in Baseball?". New York Times. Retrieved 7 June 2018.