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May 12, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

We trust everyone had a nice Mother's Day and a great weekend. The Beavers looked overpowering in sweeping UCLA, with the help of some former/future Knights to boot.

Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) won Friday's game, with alum Scott Schultz getting the save. Alum Jace Fry (2011) won on Sunday; alum Brandon Jackson (2012) didn't allow a run in two appearances and future Knight Logan Ice (2014) had four hits and an RBI on Sunday and the game-winning RBI on Friday night.

And now we are down to just 23 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Perhaps you've already the story on our home page but if you haven't, you can read all about new play-by-play broadcaster Alex Kuhn by by clicking here. We are thrilled to have Alex working for us this summer, and we will see him soon.

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Alum Brent Morel (2006-07) of Cal Poly was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, and the optioned back to triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. He was 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat.

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Alum Nick Akins (2007) has been released by the Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League. He was placed on the suspended list last week; he hit .302 for the Slammers in 2013, with 21 homers and 62 RBIs in 68 games.

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Three alums were nominated for Big West Conference Player or Pitcher of the Week honors for May 5-11, but none were selected.

Cal Poly junior Nick Torres (2012) and UC Santa Barbara junior Greg Mahle (2012) were nominated for Player of the Week honors. UC Riverside senior Dylan Stuart (2011-12) was nominated for Pitcher of the Week honors, but wasn't selected either.

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* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-4 with a homer, a double and four RBIs in a 6-3 win over Erie in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) designated hitter Dean Green (2008) was a combined 2-for-6 with a homer, a double, a run and an RBI in a doubleheader loss to Richmond.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have added two more Pacific-12 Conference players to their roster for the 2014 season. Here are more details, from the Bellingham website.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed pitcher Jeremy Newton of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds for 2014. click here for more details.

VICTORIA: New GM Jim Swanson previews the upcoming season in this video from the HarbourCats website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Armendariz named CCAA's Most Valuable Player

May 9, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Hope the weather cooperates for this weekend's big Oregon State series with defending NCAA-champion UCLA at Goss Stadium. Tonight doesn't look good, but it should be fine for Saturday and Sunday and since Saturday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m. they could probably play an afternoon game if tonight's scheduled 7:35 game is scrubbed.

Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) is tonight's scheduled starter for OSU; alum Jace Fry (2011) will go on Sunday.

Speaking of baseball at Goss Stadium, it's now just 26 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum David Armendariz (2011) of Cal Poly Pomona, the MVP of our 2011 West Coast League championship team, has been named the MVP of the California Collegiate Athletic Association after a great season. Here is more on that story, from the CCAA website.

Congrats to David, who was one of the most popular players from that club! He was 2-for-5 with two runs, a double and three RBIs on Thursday in a 9-4 win over Sonoma State in the first round of the CCAA tournament in Stockton.

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Alum Ben Wetzler (2011), a senior left-handed pitcher at Oregon State, is one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the country's top player. Here is more on that story from the OSU website. Congrats to Ben, who has always been a great ambassador for the Knights.

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A trio of alumni moves to announce.

* Arizona has promoted pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) to Mobile of the double-A Southern League from Visalia of the advanced-A California League.

* The Dodgers have assigned pitcher Nick Struck (2009) to Chattanooga in the double-A Southern League. They signed him as a free agent after he was released by the Cubs in spring training.

* Infielder Carter Bell (2009) of Oregon State has signed with the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League. He was recently released by Arizona after spending three seasons in their minor-league system.

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* Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) celebrated his activation from the disabled list by going 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a double in a 7-4 win over El Paso on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He had been sidelined with a concussion.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in a 6-5 loss to Erie.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 7-3 win over Jackson.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) third baseman Grant Fink (2011) hit two solo homers in a 5-1 win over Bowling Green.

Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs in a 9-2 win over Lakewood.

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Here is the latest installment of our "Knights in the Pros" update, a Friday feature throughout the minor-league season.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .200 (6-30) in 11 games, with no homers and one RBI.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .288 (19-66) in 21 games, with a homer and eight RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .296 (34-115) in 30 games, with 16 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .245 (27-110) in 31 games, with three homers and 13 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .143 (3-21) in eight games, with two RBIs.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .225 (20-89) in 25 games, with three homers and 12 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's) : The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .139 (5-36) in eight games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .284 (19-67) in 21 games, with one homer and 10 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .243 (28-115) in 32 games, with three homers and 16 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .300 (33-110) in 32 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER (AA Arkansas, Angels): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .323 (21-65) in 17 games, with two homers and 11 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .215 (20-93) in 25 games, with a homer and 11 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .277 (31-112) in 31 games, with four homers and 18 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Lancaster, Astros) : The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .139 (5-36) in 12 games, with no homers and five RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .310 (18-58) in 17 games, with two homers and 11 RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 3-1, 2.40 in six games, with 21 strikeouts in 30 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 1-3, 5.55 in seven games, with 31 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres) : The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (AA New Hampshire, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 0-0, 6.14 in two games, with 11 strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's) : The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians) : The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 1-2, 3.00 in 12 games, with three saves and 15 strikeouts in 15 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 1-4, 6.37 in six games, with 27 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-3, 3.90 in six games, with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (TBA, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

KYLE KRAUS (A Salem, Red Sox) : The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 1-0, 5.50 in five games, with 11 strikeouts in 18 innings. He was returned to high-A Salem of the Carolina League from double-A Portland of the Eastern League this week.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 2-2, 1.98 in seven games, with 28 strikeouts in 41 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AAA New Orleans, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-0, 5.40 in two games, with five strikeouts in five innings.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 6.59 in 13 games, with 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 2-1, 3.16 in five games, with 25 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 0-0, 0.00 in one game, with two strikeouts in one inning. He was promoted from single-A Visalia of the California League this week.

NICK STRUCK (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers) : The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) is 0-0, 7.71 in one game, with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have teamed up with Island Savings for two chances for a fan to win $25,000. Here are more details, from the Victoria website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is this week's installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a weekly feature on their website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins are partnering with Banner Bank; click here for more details. They will also broadcast their games in Spanish; for more on that story, click here. Both stories are from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Armendariz having great season for Cal Poly Pomona

May 8, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Stopped by the WWHQ yesterday and the place is hopping. New merchandise, pocket schedules, and tons of other boxes on site. We are getting closer!

In fact, we are down to only 27 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum David Armendariz (2011) of Cal Poly Pomona, the MVP of our 2011 West Coast League championship team, had a great senior season with the Broncos after transferring from Cal Poly. He led the California Collegiate Athletic Association in homers (9) and RBIs (50), while hitting .326 in 43 games. CPP finished fourth in the league standings and will play in the CCAA tournament in Stockton, starting today.

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Alum Scott Stone (2013) of Central Washington was named to the 2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference's Baseball Academic All-Conference Team. A senior from Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, he has a cumulative 3.44 GPA in Exercise Science. Congrats to Scott!

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You may have already seen it on our website. If not, please check out this story on 2012 alum Brandon Jackson, a quiet but key part of the bullpen for the No. 1-ranked Oregon State Beavers.

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Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli (2013-14) was the only 2014 Knight in action for his college team on Wednesday and he went 0-for-2 in a 3-2 loss to Oregon at UP. Second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-3 and third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) was 1-for-4 with a run for the Pilots.

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* Binghamton (AA Mets, Eastern) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) pitched a complete-game 2-hit shutout and has six strikeouts in a 6-0 win over New Hampshire on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 10-2 win over Akron.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 3-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and three runs in a 10-2 win over Lakewood.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells and Sport Restaurant will partner on a jersey auction fundraiser benefiting research for Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS). Here are more details, from the Bellingham website. Sounds like a great cause.

BEND: Bend's mascot, Homer, will retire on Aug. 9 after 15 years with the team. A special Homer Retirement Party is planned for that night; click here for more details. It is the first item on the menu.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have completed their 2014 coaching staff with the addition of two new assistants. Please click here for all the details, from the team website.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have completed their roster with the addition of four incoming college freshmen; click here for more details, from the Wenatchee website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Alum Scott Schultz gets big win for Beavers

May 7, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Even though it didn't count in the Pac-12 standings, it still was a big win for the Beavers in Eugene last night, 4-3 over Oregon in 12 innings. That's four in a row this season and six in a row overall in Civil War rivalry.

Alum Scott Schultz (2011) got the victory with 4.1 shutout innings of relief. He was one of numerous former/future Knights to play in the game, which drew a disappointing crowd of only 1,798 to PK Park.

For the Beavers, catcher Logan Ice (2014) was 1-for-5 and scored the winning run; first baseman Dan James (2014) was 0-for-4, and first baseman Gabe Clark (2013) was 0-for-1.

For the Ducks, losing pitcher Jordan Spencer (2014) allowed one run in 1.2 innings, with one strikeout. Starter Stephen Nogosek (2013-14) had six strikeouts and allowed one run in there innings.

The teams play for the final time in the regular season on May 20, again at PK Park.

In the meantime, we are down to 28 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet. That is four weeks from today.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Jace Fry (2011) of Oregon State was named national Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Tuesday for his one-hit shutout of California this past Sunday. Here is more, from the Oregon State website. Congrats to Jace!

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Two 2013 alums earned postseason honors from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Western Oregon pitcher Eric Huson (2013) was a second-team choice; infielder Scott Stone (2013) of Central Washington earned honorable mention.

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San Diego outfielder Grant Melker (2013-14) was the only other 2014 Knight in action on Tuesday and he went 0-for-1 in a 16-11 loss to UC Irvine. Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 2-for-5 with two runs for Irvine.

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* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 3-for-4 with a homer and an RBI in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 3-for-4 in a 5-1 loss to Harrisburg.

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Here are the updated stats (through Tuesday) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

KEVIN FARLEY (Portland): A 10-day infield signee, Kevin is hitting .203 (15-74) in 28 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .224 (28-125) in 43 games, with no homers and 15 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-6 in three games.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .167 (2-12) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .183 (24-131) with no homers and nine RBIs in 43 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .246 (16-65) with no homers and seven RBIs in 45 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .244 (20-82) with no homers and seven RBIs in 34 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 7-2, 3.92 in 12 games, with 59 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-1, 3.00 over 16 appearances, with 23 strikeouts in 24 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.26 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 3-2, 3.67 in 16 games, with 28 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-2, 5.81 in 13 games, with 33 strikeouts in 48 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.53 in 14 games, with 19 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 9.64 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 5.40 in nine appearances, with seven strikeouts in 8.1 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 1-1, 3.22 in 14 games, with 17 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-1, 2.27 in 16 games, with 24 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-1, 11.57 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: Here is the latest edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog, a great way to keep abreast of what is happening in Victoria.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Alum Jace Fry named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

May 6, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

There's a Civil War nonconference game at PK Park in Eugene tonight. It's nowhere near as important as the three Pac-12 games the Beavers won last month, but it should be interesting nonetheless. It is on the Pac-12 Network, so we will be watching.

It is now just 29 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Jace Fry (2011) of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 28-May 4 for the third time this season for his one-hit shutout of California this past Sunday. Here is more, from the Oregon State website. Congrats to Jace!

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Alum/2014 Knight Kevin Kline (2013-14) of Dixie State was named co-PacWest Player of the Week for April 28-May 4. Kline hit .429 (6-14) with four doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and five runs in a four-game series against Fresno Pacific that concluded DSU's regular season. He led the PacWest in RBI (54), was second in doubles (20) and third in total bases (104).

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Alums Casey Bloomquist (2013) of Cal Poly and Evan Brock (2010) of UC Irvine were nominated for Big West Pitcher of the Week honors, but were not selected.

Bloomquist allowed two runs and had three strikeouts in six innings and got the decision in a 7-2 win over UC Riverside on Sunday. Brock pitched seven shutout innings, had four strikeouts and got the win in a 7-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. UCSB's Greg Mahle had six innings of shutout relief in that game.

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Alum Austin Barr (2012), a sophomore catcher at Stanford from Camas, Wash., will play for the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League this summer. He hit .298 in 43 games, with three homers and 21 RBIs for us in 2012, with two grad slams. Here is more on that story, from the Summer Baseball Insider website.

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The Joliet Slammers of the independent Frontier League have placed former Knights' outfielder Nick Akins (2007) on the suspended list for undisclosed reasons. He hit .302 for the Slammers in 2013, with 21 homers and 62 RBIs in 68 games.

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* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 4-for-5 with three runs, two doubles and an RBI in an 8-2 win over Harrisburg on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 7-6 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 3-for-4 with a run, a homer and two RBIs in a 7-1 win over NW Arkansas.

* Salem (A Carolina, Red Sox) pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) gave up one run in four innings, had three strikeouts and got the win in a 2-1 victory over Wilmington. Kraus is back with Salem after a brief stay in AA Portland of the Eastern League.

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Here are the updated stats of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights.

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but starred for the JV. His season is complete.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe hit .336 (40-119) in 34 games, with five homers and 32 RBIs. His season is over.

MARC GALLEGOS (Corban): A returnee from 2012 who missed last summer with an injury, Marc hit .316 (65-206) in 53 games, with two homers and 19 RBIs. His season is over.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .325 (63-194) in 50 games, with seven homers and 54 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .170 (9-53) in 19 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil hit .267 (28-105) in 35 games, with no homers and 17 RBIs. His season is over.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .235 (32-136) in 42 games, with six homers and 27 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .083 (1-12) in 26 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .372 (58-156) in 46 games, with 10 homers and 48 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 5-5, 2.68 in 77.1 innings over 12 games, with 71 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-2, 4.50 in 22 innings over 16 games, with four saves and 13 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 10-1, 1.08 in 13 games, with 74 strikeouts in 100 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): A 10-day signee, Michael is 1-5, 5.75 in seven games, with 13 strikeouts in 36 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 7-3, 2.28 in 11 games, with 77 strikeouts in 71 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS (Riverside CC): Austin is 3-1, 2.81 in 11 games, with 13 strikeouts in 16 innings. His season is over.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.02 in seven games, with 20 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox will have lots of Northwest players this season. Here is more on that story, from the Wenatchee website.

YAKIMA VALLEY: Former major-league pitcher and Yakima native Bob Wells will be the Pippins pitching coach this season. Click here for complete details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Gotta, Haddeland, Drake named first-team all-stars

May 5, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend for the Beavers and for our OSU Knights alums during their sweep at California.

Three members of our 2011 pitching staff, Ben Wetzler, Scott Schultz and Jace Fry all picked up wins. Fry was especially impressive, as he threw his second straight one-hitter in Sunday's win. He has a no-hitter, a complete-game one-hitter, an eight-inning one-hitter and a seven-inning one-hitter this spring.

Meanwhile, we are down to 30 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Cade Gotta (2011) of San Diego Christian was named the Golden State Athletic Conference (NAIA) Player of the Week and was named to the All-GSAC Team. Here is more, from the Summer Baseball Insider website. Congrats to Cade!

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Linfield junior pitcher Chris Haddeland (2014) was named a first-team Northwest Conference all-star for the second year in a row on Monday.

Pacific Lutheran freshman pitcher Derrick Mahlum (2014) was a second-team choice. PLU junior pitcher Chris Bishop (2013-14) and George Fox junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) earned honorable mention.

Congrats to all four players. Here is the complete team, from the NWC website.

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Concordia junior center fielder Blake Drake (2013) was named to the 2014 NAIA West Group all-star team, and won a Gold Glove for his defensive work. Blake hit .320, with four homers and 27 RBIs. Here is the complete team, from the Cascade Conference website.

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Here is the Edition No. 2 of the "Post from the Coast" column from reporter Bruce Baskin. It's good reading, with tons of information about the WCL.

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* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in an 11-7 win over Gwinnett on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run in an 8-3 win over Memphis.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have released their 2014 promotional schedule. Click here for complete details, from their website.

WALLA WALLA: Here is the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a weekly feature on their website.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday.


Alums Boyd, Nygren, Kraus promoted

May 2, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

The Beavers begin their weekend series against California tonight. Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will be their starting pitcher; Jace Fry (2011) gets the nod on Sunday.

The Knights are down to 33 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted alum Matt Boyd (2010) to New Hampshire of the double-A Eastern League from Dunedin of the high-A Florida State League. Matt made his debut last night and gave up two runs in four innings, with four strikeouts. He was 4-0, 0.29 in five starts at Dunedin, with 37 strikeouts in 31 innings.

The Miami Marlins have promoted alum James Nygren (2009) to New Orleans of the triple-A International League from Jacksonville of the double-A Southern League. He gave up one run in 1.1 innings last night in his first appearance. He was 0-0, 2.00 in seven appearances at Jacksonville, with nine strikeouts in nine innings.

Boston has promoted pitcher Kyle Kraus (2009-10) to Portland of the double-A Eastern League from Salem of the high-A Carolina League. Kraus was touched for four runs in 1.1 innings in his 2014 AA debut; he also played at Portland briefly in 2013.

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Cypress College sophomore designated hitter Joe Duffin, a 2013 Knight who will return this summer, was named a first-team Orange Empire Conference all-star. Duff hit .336 with 13 doubles, five homers, 32 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

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Only one 2014 Knight was in action for his college team on Thursday.

* Dixie State first baseman Kevin Kline, a returnee from 2013, was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 7-3 win over Fresno Pacific.

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Colorado Springs (AAA Pacific Coast, Rockies) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs and two runs in a 7-5 loss to Memphis on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 7-5 win over Gwinnett.

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had two strikeouts in one scoreless inning and was not involved in the decision in a 3-2 loss to Lake Elsinore.

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Here is the latest installment of our "Knights in the Pros" update, a Friday feature throughout the minor-league season.

BO ALTOBELLI (A Cedar Rapids, Twins): The catcher from Texas Tech (2010) is hitting .192 (5-26) in nine games, with no homers and one RBI.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .321 (17-53) in 18 games, with no homers and seven RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .258 (23-89) in 24 games, with 12 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .271 (23-85) in 24 games, with a homer and 11 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .059 (1-17) in seven games, with one RBI.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .231 (15-65) in 19 games, with three homers and 11 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's) : The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .143 (4-28) in eight games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .275 (14-51) in 16 games, with one homer and eight RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .198 (18-91) in 26 games, with three homers and 14 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .273 (24-88) in 26 games, with a homer and 15 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .230 (17-74) in 20 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .264 (23-87) in 24 games, with a homer and 10 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Lancaster, Astros) : The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .202 (5-28) in 10 games, with no homers and four RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .291 (16-55) in 16 games, with two homers and nine RBIs. He is presently on the 7-day DL.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 2-1, 2.16 in five games, with 18 strikeouts in 25 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 1-2, 4.22 in six games, with 30 strikeouts in 32 innings.

MAX BEATTY (TBA, Padres) : The pitcher from Pacific Lutheran (2010-12) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

MATT BOYD (AA Portland, Blue Jays): The pitcher from Oregon State (2010) is 0-0, 4.50 in one game, with four strikeouts in four innings. He was promoted from high-A Dunedin of the Florida State League this week.

A.J. BURKE (TBA, A's) : The pitcher from Western Oregon (2012) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

TREVOR FRANK (A Lake County, Indians) : The pitcher from UC Riverside (2012) is 0-2, 3.09 in nine games, with three saves and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 1-4, 7.23 in five games, with 22 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-2, 2.45 in five games, with 22 strikeouts in 25.2 innings.

CHRIS JOHNSON (TBA, Giants): The pitcher from Portland (2011) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

KYLE KRAUS (AA Portland, Red Sox) : The pitcher from Portland (2009-10) is 0-0, 21.60 in one game, with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. He was promoted from high-A Salem of the Carolina League this week.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 2-1, 0.56 in five games, with 25 strikeouts in 32 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AAA New Orleans, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-0, 6.75 in one game, with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings He was promoted from double-A Jacksonville this week.

JOSH OSICH (AA Richmond, Giants): The pitcher from Oregon State (2008) is 0-0, 5.91 in 10 games, with 11 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (AA Binghamton, Mets): The pitcher from Oregon State (2007) is 0-1, 5.51 in three games, with 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (A Visalia, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 2-0, 2.70 in 10 games, with six saves and 22 strikeouts in 10 innings.

NICK STRUCK (TBA, Dodgers) : The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) has not yet been assigned a 2014 club.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

WENATCHEE: Former Knight Tom Zarosinski (2011, 2013) or George Fox is among the Northwest players signed by the AppleSox for the upcoming season. Click here for complete details, from the Our Sports Central website.

MEDFORD: Outfielder Ramon Laureano of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M is the Rogues Player of the Week. Click here for full details, from the team website.

VICTORIA: Peninsula Co-op will sponsor Victoria's Junior Cats Club this summer. . Click here for full details, from the team website.

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That is it for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Ivy League honors alum Gus Craig

May 1, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

The Beavers head down to Berkeley today for their weekend series against California. As usual, Knights alum Ben Wetzler (2011) will be Friday night's starting pitcher and Jace Fry (2011) gets the nod on Sunday afternoon.

It's an important weekend (aren't they all?) for the Beavers, who lead the Pacific-12 Conference. If they keep winning series, a repeat Pac-12 championship will be earned, and once again we'll have NCAA regional (and hopefully Super Regional) baseball at Goss Stadium.

In the meantime, it is a mere 34 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Alum Gus Craig (2013) of Columbia was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for April 21-27. He hit .632 (12-19) in five games, with three doubles, a homer, seven RBIs and four runs. Here is more on that story, from the Columbia website.

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Junior pitcher Chris Haddeland of Linfield, a 2014 signee, was named to the D3baseball.com National Team of the Week. He pitched a two-hit shutout against Lewis & Clark College this past Friday, with six strikeouts and no walks.

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Our story on 2013 alum Kavin Keyes of Oregon State now appears on our website. Click here to check it out.

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Only a couple 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Wednesday.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker, a returnee from 2013, was 2-for-5 with a run in a 9-6 win over San Diego Christian.

* Midland CC catcher Chris Shaw was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-3 win over New Mexico JC.

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Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09), Grant's older brother, was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a run, a double and two walks in an 8-3 win over Tulsa on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) was 2-for-3 with a walk in a 5-1 loss to Mississippi.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-2 with two RBIs in a 2-1 win over West Virginia in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He was 1-for-3 with a double in a 6-0 loss in the nightcap.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells will honor current and former members of the United States military before and during all Wednesday home games during the 2014 season. Click here for complete details. Also, Every Monday in July (7, 14, 28) will be "Momday Monday," filled with special recognition, offers and raffles for moms. For more on that promotion, Click here.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


Cowlitz picked to win North Division

April 30, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Beautiful morning in Corvallis, and our great weather is supposed to last all week. Can't beat that.

Opening day is just five weeks away. That's right, it's just 35 more days until our season opener, a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Reporter Jacob F. Garcia of the Best Coast Baseball website picks Cowlitz to win the North Division title in the third installment of his West Coast League preview series. You can read all about it by clicking here.

Earlier this month, Garcia picked the Knights to win the South Division, and chose Walla Walla to win the East Division.

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Tough day for two of our 2014 pitching signees on Tuesday. Here's a roundup:

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee gave up four runs and had one strikeout in one inning and got the loss in an 11-4 setback at Pepperdine. Reliever Bryan Granger (2012) allowed no earned runs and had two strikeouts in two innings; shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-5 with an RBI; outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 1-for-4 with a run, and third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI for the Mustangs.

* Washington pitcher Brandon Choate, a returnee from 2013, gave up five runs in three innings and was the loser in a 6-3 defeat against Seattle. Reliever Alex Nesbitt, another 2013 returnee, had a strikeout in 1.2 scoreless innings for the Huskies.

* UC Santa Barbara infielder Dalton Kelly was 2-for-4 and outfielder Scott Quinlan was 0-for-2 in a 5-5, 12-inning tie with UCLA. Greg Mahle (2012) had one strikeout in two scoreless innings for the host Gauchos, who do not have lights at their stadium so the game was halted by darkness.

* UC Riverside pitcher Angel Landazuri had one strikeout in three shutout innings and got the win in an 8-2 victory over UNLV. Outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-4 with a run for UCR.

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Lancaster (A California, Astros) catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-3 win over High Desert on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) got a hold and struck out one in a scoreless inning of relief in a 3-1 win over Bowie.

* Durham (AAA International, Rays) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed four runs and had six strikeouts in six innings and got a no-decision in a 6-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Here are the updated stats (through Tuesday) of our 2014 NCAA Division I Knights:

KEVIN FARLEY (Portland): A 10-day infield signee, Kevin is hitting .203 (15-74) in 28 games, with two homers and 14 RBIs.

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .239 (27-113) in 39 games, with no homers and 14 RBIs.

DAN JAMES (Oregon State): The freshman infielder is 0-for-2 in two games.

DALTON KELLY (UC Santa Barbara): The sophomore outfielder is hitting .250 (2-8) in eight games, with no homers or RBIs.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, is hitting .183 (24-131) with no homers and nine RBIs in 43 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .259 (14-54) with no homers and six RBIs in 40 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .250 (19-76) with no homers and seven RBIs in 31 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-1 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 7-2, 3.67 in 11 games, with 57 strikeouts in 56.1 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 2-1, 3.27 over 14 appearances, with 21 strikeouts in 22 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.26 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 3-2, 3.69 in 15 games, with 26 strikeouts in 39 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-2, 5.81 in 13 games, with 33 strikeouts in 48 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.53 in 14 games, with 19 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

MICHAEL MARTIN (UC Irvine): The freshman righty is 0-1, 9.64 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

ALEX NESBITT (Washington): The sophomore righty, a returnee from 2013, is 0-0, 6.14 in eight appearances, with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

STEPHEN NOGOSEK (Oregon): The freshman righty is 1-1, 2.84 in 12 games, with 11 strikeouts in 19 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-0, 1.91 in 13 games, with 23 strikeouts in 28.1 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty is 0-1, 11.57 in five games, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: The Harbour Cats training team for the 2014 season is in place. Click here for complete details.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Lindfield's Haddeland earns Pitcher of the Week honors

April 29, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

The sunshine has finally returned to Corvallis and we are expecting a great week of weather. Of course the Beavers are out of town (at California this weekend) but at least the local high school teams should be able to reschedule all the games postponed last week.

Speaking of beautiful weather (brilliant transition, huh?), we should have it all summer long at Goss Stadium, where we start our season in just 36 more days with a June 4 nonconference game against the independent Portland Sea Dogs on Science, Engineering & Arts Day, presented by PEAK Internet.

The Sea Dogs are a team of former college players from the Portland metropolitan area and former Oregon State star Kevin Gunderson, who played for the old Aloha Knights in 2004, is their projected starting pitcher.

It should be a great day, so get your tickets now. You can read about all our ticket offerings, and our 2014 promotional schedule, on our website.

Here is some more Knights news, and a few items from elsewhere in the West Coast League.

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Linfield junior right-hander Chris Haddeland (2014) earned Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this season on Tuesday. He rebounded from his first loss in more than a year this past Friday with a two-hit, complete-game shutout in top-ranked Linfield's 2-0 victory over Lewis & Clark. He had six strikeouts, no walks and lowered his ERA to 1.09 with his third shutout and fifth complete game of the year.

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Two alum left-handers were nominated for Pitcher of the Week honors on their respective conference this week, but were not selected. Here is a roundup:

* UC Riverside senior Dylan Stuart (2011-12) pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief on Sunday and got the win in a 7-3 triumph over UC Santa Barbara. He struck out three and allowed two hits. He plays in the Big West Conference.

* Oregon State junior Jace Fry (2011) one-hit Oregon over eight innings on Sunday in a 7-1 victory that gave the Beavers the sweep of the Civil War series. Fry had a career-high 11 strikeouts. He plays in the Pac-12.

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Alum Peter Van Gansen (2013) of Cal Poly, the first-team All-WCL shortstop last season, is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the country's top shortstop. Please click here to read all about it.

We mentioned alum Casey Bloomquist's (2013) nomination to the Pitcher of the Year watch list last week. He also plays for Cal Poly.

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Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 3-for-4 with an RBI on Monday in a 7-5 win over Springfield to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Alum Sam Gaviglio (2009) was the losing pitcher.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-2 loss to Bowie.

* Lake County (A Midwest, Indians) pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) struck out one in one inning and got his third save in a 5-4 win over West Michigan.

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Here are the updated stats of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights.

JIMMIE CLEARY (Linfield): The 10-day signee from Corvallis has not yet appeared in a varsity game but is starring for the JV.

JOE DUFFIN (Cypress CC): A transfer from UC Santa Barbara who also played for us in 2013, Joe is hitting .336 (40-119) in 34 games, with five homers and 32 RBIs.

MARC GALLEGOS (Corban): A returnee from 2012 who missed last summer with an injury, Marc is hitting .320 (62-194) in 50 games, with two homers and 17 RBIs.

KEVIN KLINE (Dixie State): Another returnee from 2013, Kevin is hitting .317 (57-180) in 46 games, with six homers and 46 RBIs.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .184 (9-49) in 18 games, with no homers and six RBIs.

PHILLIP LEOPOLD (Bellarmine): A 10-day signee, Phil is hitting .272 (28-103) in 33 games, with no homers and 16 RBIs.

TIM RAUSCH (Western Oregon): Tim is hitting .242 (32-132) in 41 games, with six homers and 27 RBIs.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .083 (1-12) in 24 games, with no homers or RBIs.

CHRIS SHAW (Midland CC): Chris is hitting .338 (46-136) in 41 games, with 10 homers and 41 RBIs.

CHRIS BISHOP (PLU): A two-time returnee, Chris is 5-5, 2.68 in 77.1 innings over 12 games, with 71 strikeouts.

SEAN EBERHARDT (George Fox): Another returning vet, Sean is 2-2, 4.50 in 22 innings over 16 games, with four saves and 13 strikeouts.

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 9-1, 1.08 in 12 games, with 69 strikeouts in 91 innings.

ZACH KAYSER (WOU): Zach is 1-0, 3.65 in 15 appearances, with four strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): A 10-day signee, Michael is 1-2, 5.02 in five games, with 12 strikeouts in 34 innings.

DERRICK MAHLUM (PLU): Derrick is 7-3, 2.28 in 11 games, with 77 strikeouts in 71 innings.

AUSTIN SODDERS (Riverside CC): Austin is 3-1, 2.81 in 11 games, with 13 strikeouts in 16 innings.

STEPHEN WHITE (Tacoma CC): Stephen is 2-1, 2.32 in six games, with 17 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The player with the best name in the West Coast League, Weatherford College infielder Scotland Church, will return for another season with the Falcons. Here is more on that story, from the Kelowna website.

The Falcons have also signed four players from Oregon State, including 2013 Knights pitcher Kevin Flemer, no doubt thanks to their connection to former Knights' standout Dylan Jones. The OSU volunteer assistant will assist at Kelowna this summer, joining new head coach Billy Clontz and assistant Richie Jimenez, two more Corvallis alums. All three were teammates on the 2009 Knights. Here are full details on that story.

VICTORIA: In keeping with our all-Canada theme, here is the latest edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog, in which we get an update on their Canadian players.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.