OSU shows off new team

By Casey Grogan OSU Daily Barometer

October 9, 2006

Corvallis, OR (CSTV U-WIRE) -- The National Champion OSU baseball team gave fans a taste of what to expect a season after the successful trip to Omaha.

Saturday at Goss Stadium the Beavers took to the field for an inter-squad scrimmage, complete with umpires and Beaver fans. Fans filled the seats in the main part of Goss to see returning players and new faces take on one another.

"It was nice to be out in front of Beaver fans again," pitcher Eddie Kunz said. "This is a lot more people then we had last year. I guess that is what happens when you win the National Championship."

The teams played a seven-inning ball game with the winner benefiting in a couple of ways after the game. The losing team must take care of the field after the scrimmage, and the loser of the series must participate in early morning running. The winners receive a nice dinner at the end of the series.

The Orange team was the more experienced of the two teams with only three new players joining Beaver veterans Darwin Barney and Daniel Turpen. The Black team started out the game with five returning players in the starting lineup, led by catcher Mitch Canham and outfielders Mike Lissman and John Wallace. On the hill was relief pitcher Joe Patterson.

Turpen and Patterson went head-to-head on the mound showing growth from last year as a pitching duel began the game. Pitcher Brian Budrow was the designated hitter for the Orange team and swung the bat well against Patterson except against a slow breaking ball.

The Black team struck first as infielder Lonnie Lechelt smacked an RBI single past Barney. The Black team raised the score after an RBI double by Lissman and a single to right by junior college-transfer first basemen Jordan Lennerton off of pitcher Alex Sogard.

The Orange team was rallied in the dugout by Kunz and managed two runs in the sixth off pitcher Jeff Keller. Keller began his career at Oregon State and transferred to a community college before returning this season. Both runs against Keller came off the bat of catcher Erik Ammon, as he doubled off the fence in left centerfield. At the end of it all, the Black team came out on top 4-2 over the Orange team.

The Beavers displayed that they have good team speed heading into the spring season, as well as a strong fielding team once again. Freshman infielder Joey Wong displayed his speed as he beat the throw on a drag bunt, a feat that sophomore outfielder John Wallace would complete later in the game as well.

The Black team's defense was strong up the middle with Wong at shortstop and sophomore transfer Jason Ogata at second base. Ogata was the 2005 Oregon State High School Player of the Year at Westview High School and played his freshman season at Louisiana State University.

"Our pitching is looking very strong," Kunz said. "We have a lot of good new players and a lot of hard work ahead of us."

The Beavers will scrimmage again this coming Saturday, at Vince Genna Stadium in Bend. OSU opens its season January 25 at University of Hawaii-Hilo.

(C) 2006 OSU Daily Barometer via CSTV U-WIRE

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