OSU-A&M: History Lesson

By Glenn Tanner - March 02, 2007

When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted, and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression...

If my history is correct, Texas is one of only two states in the US that used to be its own country. That paragraph above is the opening line of the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, signed on March 2, 1836 in the town of Washington, right down the road from College Station.

A&M is celebrating in style, welcoming the defending College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers to town. The Beavers made their own history last season, becoming the first northwest team to win the CWS, and the first northern team to dogpile at Rosenblatt since 1966.

Despite losing their stud arms, Oregon State is picking up nicely from last season. The Beavers are 11-2 despite having played all thirteen games on the road. They've made trips to Hilo, Hawaii and Athens, Georgia already, so in addition to being a damn good team, these guys also know their way around an airport. The Beavers will send lefty Joe Paterson to the hill. Paterson pitched only 30 innings out of the bullpen in 2006, but he has been the Beavers' best starter this season, with a 1.93 ERA and a .220 batting average against in four starts.

Though their strength of schedule has been weak outside of the Astros College Classic, A&M is off to a smoking 12-1 start, with their only loss being a 5-4 setback to Arizona State. Tonight's a big test, and juco transfer David Newmann gets the start. Newmann missed all of 2005 and 2006 with arm trouble, but has been relatively unhittable in three starts, allowing only nine hits in 17 innings.

The sun is setting, the breeze is blowing in, and we're ready to go. Maybe somebody can make history tonight...

Posted by Glenn Tanner at 07:16 PM on March 02, 2007

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