June 11, 2007

Corvallis: Sights and Sounds

It is indescribable what happened to the Michigan pitching staff in today's match-up at Goss Stadium. After Zach Putnam threw a gem in a 1-0 loss, Michigan's staff could not find the plate against the Beavers of Oregon State. The Wolverine staff combined for 10 walks and a hit batter including four from starter Mike Wilson who went 1.1 innings.

Oregon State struck early as plating four runs in the second thanks to Wolverine pitchers offering free passes. OSU was able to benefit from a 3 hit 3 RBI day by shortstop Darwin Barney, whose double in the fifth plated one of three runs that inning.

OSU starting pitcher Mike Stutes was lights out on the hill racking up nine strikeouts against the Wolverine bats. Stutes gave up only four hits to UM including two solo shots over the left field wall by Michigan center fielder Eric Rose.

As the game ended, OSU lined up and celebrated with hand shakes to each other and then with the Wolverines. OSU players revealed later, that you get one dog pile a year and they did not want to waste it.

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Corvallis: Back to Back to Back to Omaha

After a pitchers duel in Game One, it was an indescribable Game Two that sent Oregon State back to Omaha with an 8-2 victory over the Wolverines. I will have more for you after the post game press conference, including details on scoring, a fan recap and quotes.

Corvallis: Mike and Mike on the Mound

We are about to get going here in Corvallis, Oregon. It is a beautiful Monday afternoon during finals week as the Beavers and the Wolverines get ready to tangle in Game Two of a Best of Three Super Regional. Oregon State is the home team today and is wearing their off white uniforms with Beavers on the chest in old-school lettering, black hats with the traditional OSU baseball logo. Michigan is on the road in grey uniforms with blue lettering across the chest, blue hats with a yellow M.

Michigan looks to get revenge from the 1-0 loss yesterday in a Zach Putnam one hitter. OSU who has not lost a series this season after winning Game 1, looks to get back to Omaha for the third straight season.

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June 10, 2007

Corvallis: Note on Game Two

Forgot to mention in my previous entries the time for game two.

Game two in Corvallis depends on the outcome of Arizona State and Ole Miss. If ASU wins then the Beavers and Wolverines meet at 4; Pacific. If ASU loses the teams tangle at 1; Pacific.

I for one am hoping for a 4 o'clock start time, because I have a final tomorrow. Stupid Intro to Visual Arts.

Corvallis: Info and Quotes

Not one runner for either team reached base until the bottom of the fourth when Michigan lead-off hitter Jason Christian rapped a base hit before OSU starter Jorge Reyes sat down the next three Wolverines he faced. On the other side of things, Michigan starter Zach Putnam had a perfect game going until surrendering a walk to Scott Santschi in the top of the sixth. He did however keep his no hitter until the ninth. In as much of a pitchers duel as you get in college baseball, Putnam began the ninth having already thrown 111 pitches. He began the inning walking Santschi for the second time in the game. OSU coach Pat Casey went with the quick and aggressive Braden Wells as a pinch runner and had Lonnie Lechelt bunt him to second. Lead-off batter Chris Hopkins went down on strikes before freshman Joey Wong hit a hard ground ball through the infield scoring Wells from second.

Below are quotes from the press conference's. Michigan, coach Rich Maloney and starting pitcher Zach Putnam. Oregon State, coach Pat Casey, second baseman Joey Wong, starting pitcher Jorge Reyes and pinch runner Braden Wells.

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Corvallis: Didn't realize Goss could rock like that

Goss Stadium was rockin' as 3,284 fans packed into the stadium and into temporary bleachers in the outfield. The crowd was obviously very orange and black with a contingent of blue and yellow in the stands down the first baseline. Fans packed the walkways outside Goss, standing on buckets and make shift risers. In the parking garage across the street fans stood against the walls to catch a glimpse of the action. Center field has become home to "Scaffolding Land" as fans build structures to view the game free of charge.

Every time an OSU pitcher got two strikes on a Wolverine, Beaver Nation was on its feet clapping and stomping. Of course as Joey Wong slapped the ball past the shortstop and third baseman scoring Braden Wells, OSU fans exploded, I have expected to see a re-enactment of Beaver Nation pouring onto the field at Reser Stadium after the Beaver football team knocked off USC.

Corvallis: I can not believe that was a college game

Michigan starting pitcher Zach Putnam took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and began the inning with a walk of Beaver outfielder Scott Santschi. Braden Wells entered as a pinch runner and advanced to second on a Lechelt sac bunt. After Chris Hopkins struck out, freshman Joey Wong got the first hit of the game for OSU an RBI single into left field through the infield giving the Beavers the 1-0 victory against the Wolverines.

More to come after I get back to my room, and quotes from the press conference to come.

OSU 1- UM 0

Corvallis: Looks like we might get some baseball

Mother Nature is trying her hardest to delay this series once again. It looked like the clouds would pass but they opened up and it is starting to sprinkle again. It should stop soon though. We have the same pitching match-up that was set to to take place yesterday as Beaver freshmen Jorge Reyes takes the hill against Michigan's Zach Putnam.

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June 09, 2007

Corvallis: We Play Tommorow

Game called, tommorow at 1 p.m. Pacific.

Corvallis: Guess What? It is raining!

Go figure it is pouring right now with an hour to the start of the game. Even with the FieldTurf in the infield it is looking sketchy as to whether or not this game is going to be played today. If it does however Michigan is the home team and is in the third base dugout while the host Beavers are in the visitors position down the first base line. The starting pitchers are slated to be Zach Putnam for the Wolverines. Putnam has eight wins with four losses coupled with a 4.13 ERA. Slated to start on the bump for the Beavers is freshman Jorge Reyes who earned starting spot midway through the season allowing him to collect five wins on three losses with a 3.48 ERA. I will keep you updated until the start of the game. Oh, and I just met Barry Larkin that was pretty cool.

Rain note-
It is expected to keep on raining throughout the day so keep your fingers crossed the stero-typical weather passes.

June 07, 2007

Corvallis: Beavers Welcome Super Regionals Back

Welcome back to Corn-valley, Super Regionals. For the third straight season Super Regional’s are at home at Goss Stadium as the No. 16 Beavers welcome the No. 15 Michigan Wolverines.

After Michigan knocked off No. 1 Vanderbilt in the Nashville Regional it was announced that regardless of who the Wolverines met in Super’s they would be traveling away from Ann Arbor. Oregon State knocked off Virginia to clinch the Charlottesville Regional title. Michigan whose stadium is under renovation did not put in a bid to host, leaving the NCAA no choice but to send them traveling.

“I saw a lot of energy and a lot of fun,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. “You could see the magic late in the game. Hopefully they carry it into the series against Michigan.”

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