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Beavers, Ducks headed for baseball tournament

OSU and Oregon will play in the Midwest this week
May 25, 2015 / Staff report

Oregon State and Oregon both played their way into the NCAA Baseball Tournament with the release of the 64-team field Monday.

Oregon State earned a No. 2 seed in the regional at Dallas Baptist, while Oregon earned a No. 3 seed in the regional set to be played at Missouri State.

Double elimination regional tournaments - each with four teams, will begin this weekend with the winners advancing to eight Super Regionals. Those eight winners will play in the College World Series.

OSU will play Texas Friday, with Dallas Baptist taking on Virginia Commonwealth in the second game.

Iowa and Canisius were also named to the Missouri State regional. Oregon will play Iowa Friday.

Oregon State will be making its school-record seventh consecutive postseason appearance and 10th in its last 11 seasons, all under head coach Pat Casey. All-time, the Beavers will be making their 16th NCAA postseason appearance.

The Beavers finished at 38-16-1, good for second in the Pac-12 with a 19-10-1 record. OSU finished 2.5 games behind league champion UCLA despite starting one of the nation’s youngest lineups. The Beavers regularly started eight or nine underclassmen.

The Ducks (37-23) won their final five series in Pac-12 play and nine of their last 10 games to fight their way onto the postseason bubble, following a midseason lull. They posted walk-off wins Saturday and Sunday over the Bruins, who were named as one of the 16 regional hosts Monday.

Oregon coach George Horton’s club will make its fourth straight postseason appearance, and its fifth in the last six years. The Ducks have advanced to Super Regionals once since the program’s 2009 reboot, in 2012.

Iowa (39-16) is in the postseason for the first time since 1990. The Hawkeyes boast the No. 29 RPI in the country while Oregon got in at No. 66, but Iowa has struggled of late, losing four of its last six.

Iowa’s starter to open the Big Ten Tournament was junior right-hander Tyler Peyton (6-4, 3.18), who allowed one earned run and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings to help the Hawkeyes beat Ohio State. Peyton struck out seven and walked none in the start.

For the season, Iowa has hit .273, led by Peyton’s .352 average in double duty at first base. Like the Ducks, the Hawkeyes don’t rely on power bats, having combined for just 14 home runs in 55 games.

Missouri State (45-10) was selected to host a regional for the first time in the program’s 33 years. The Bears won their third consecutive Missouri Valley Conference title this season. Canisius (34-28) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this spring.

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