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More honors for alums Wetzler, Fry

May 21, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

We are down to two weeks and counting.

In just 14 days, the Knights will begin season No. 8 in Corvallis. Opening day is Wednesday, June 4, a nonconference contest 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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Big honors for two alums from the pitching staff of our 2011 West Coast League championship team.

Oregon State left-handers Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry were named as semifinalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Pitcher of the Year award, as they made the 18-player Watch. The award will be presented on June 28 at the College Baseball Hall of Fame's Night of Champions in Lubbock.

Fry leads the Pac-12 with 11 wins, with a 1.50 ERA in a team-leading 107.2 innings. He has 87 strikeouts and opponents are batting just .193 against him.

Wetzler is 10-1 and has the nation's lowest ERA (0.84) and batting average against (.146). He has 68 strikeouts in 86 innings and has allowed just 42 hits and eight earned runs.

Wetzler was also named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's National Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for his two-hit, 3-0 shutout of No. 5 Washington this past Sunday. He was named the Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

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Alum Jimmy Allen (2011), a senior third baseman at Cal Poly, was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week for May 12-18. He blasted three homers, drove in five runs and hit .429 (6-for-14) with seven runs scored as the Mustangs swept Cal State-Northridge to clinch their first conference title. Please click here for complete details, from the Big West Conference website.

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We said we'd have more on 2011 Knights' MVP David Armendariz of Cal Poly and Cal Poly Pomona, and we do. Please click here to read a story on David from our website.

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Remember, the popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis. Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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A smattering of 2014 Knights were in action for their respective college teams on Tuesday. Here's a roundup:

* Oregon State catcher Logan Ice was 0-for-1 in a 6-2 loss at Oregon. Kavin Keyes (2013) was 0-for-1, Nate Esposito (2012) was 0-for-2 and Gabe Clark (2013) was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Beavers.

* UC Riverside pitcher Angel Landazuri had five innings of scoreless relief, with three strikeouts, in an 8-6 win over Grand Canyon. David Andriese (2010-11) was 0-for-3 for the Highlanders. Starter Joey Wise Allowed four runs and had one strikeout in 1.1 innings; reliever Jorge Perez (2012-13) gave up three runs in .1 innings and was the loser.

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* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 3-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with a run and a double in a 10-3 loss to Hickory.

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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 hit .207 (17-82) in 34 games, with two homers and 15 RBIs. His season is over.

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .252 (337-147) in 51 games, with no homers and 18 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 .154 (2-13) in 11 games, with no homers or RBIs.

MIKE LUCARELLI (Portland): The junior shortstop, a returnee from 2013, hit .188 (29-154) with no homers and 10 RBIs in 51 games. His season is over.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .235 (16-68) with no homers and seven RBIs in 48 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .255 (26-102) with a homer and eight RBIs in 40 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-2 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 8-2, 3.50 in 14 games, with 65 strikeouts in 69.1 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 3-1, 2.63 over 18 appearances, with 23 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.38 in 11 games, with 11 strikeouts in 21.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 3-2, 3.75 in 19 games, with 32 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-2, 6.20 in 14 games, with 34 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty was 3-3, 5.41 in 15 games, with 25 strikeouts in 54.1 innings. His season is over.

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, 2.83 in 16 games, with 20 strikeouts in 28.2 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-1, 2.10 in 20 games, with 27 strikeouts in 34.1 innings.

JOEY WISE (Grand Canyon): The freshman lefty was 0-1, 15.00 in six games, with four strikeouts in six innings. His season is over.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM : The Bells and Peoples Bank will sponsor a team poster giveaway for Fan Appreciation Day on July 29. Click here for more details.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats and Baggins Shoes have teamed up to introduce a new line of HarbourCats footwear. Here are more details, from the Victoria website.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Alum Wetzler named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week

May 20, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

No. 1 Oregon State visits Oregon tonight for a nonconference encounter. OSU is 4-0 vs. Oregon this year and has won six straight over the past two seasons.

Then, it's off to USC for the final Pac-12 series. The 16 NCAA regional sites will be announced on Sunday night, and the pairings and national seeds will be released at 9 a.m. Monday.

And, it is just over two weeks until our season begins, as it is just 15 more days until our June 4 opener, a nonconference contest 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 popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. It was rescheduled to avoid a possible conflict with the new conference announcing the hiring of new OSU men's basketball coach Wayne Tinkle.

The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis. Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) of Oregon State was named the Pacific-12 Conference's Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his 2-hit shutout of Washington this past Sunday. Here are more details, from OSUbeavers.com. Wetzler is 10-1, 0.84 this season.

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Alum David Armendariz (2011), the MVP of our 2011 WCL championship team and a senior first baseman at Cal Poly Pomona, was named the Daktronics and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's NCAA Division II West Region Player of the Year after an outstanding season.

Armendariz hit .332 (64-193) in 48 games, with 10 homers, 19 doubles, two triples, 56 RBIs and 10 stolen bases for CPP, which ended its season last week by going 0-2 at the NCAA Division III UC San Diego Regional. The native of Granada Hills, Calif., was second in homers (5) and RBIs (36) in league games only.

Look for more on David shortly in the news portion of our website.

Dixie State designated hitter Kevin Kline (2013-14) was a second-team all-West Region choice by Daktronics and the NCBWA. Kevin hit .319 (65-204) in 53 games, with 20 doubles, seven homers and 54 RBIs.

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Three alums have started their seasons in the independent Frontier League.

* Third baseman Carter Bell (2009) is playing for the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things after being released by Arizona.

* First baseman Taylor Ard (2009), released by the Mariners in the offseason, is playing for the River City Rascals.

* Pitcher D.J. Johnson (2008-09), also released by Arizona, is with the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums.

Also, alum Kevin Burke (2012) is the play-by-play radio voice of the Beach Bums. Former Washington State infielder Tommy Richards, whose father, Jim, owns the Bend Elks, is playing for the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies.

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* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-5 with an RBI in an 18-9 loss to Birmingham on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run, a double and an RBI in a 10-6 loss to New Britain.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2007) was 1-for-3 with a triple, a run and two RBIs in a 4-3 win over Gwinnett.

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Almost all of our NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players have concluded their college seasons, so we will also conclude the weekly Tuesday update of their stats. The Division I regular season has one more weekend, so we will update those for the next two Wednesdays, then call it good.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed Stanford pitcher Gabe Kramer for the 2014 season. Please click here for more details.

KELOWNA: Alum Jace Conrad (2012) is having a big season for No. 2 Louisiana-Lafayette. Here are more details, from the Kelowna website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Knights name Skyler Riley new assistant coach

May 19, 2014

Happy Monday, everyone.

Great weekend for the Beavers at Goss Stadium as they moved to within one game of clinching a repeat Pac-12 title by winning their series over Washington. All three games were sellouts and the series attracted nearly 10,000 fans.

Alum Jace Fry 92011) shut out the Huskies 1-0 on Saturday; future Knight Logan Ice (2014) had the walk-off RBI in the bottom of the ninth. Alum Ben Wetzler (2011) blanked the Dawgs 3-0 on two hits on Sunday in a masterful performance.

Speaking of fun at Goss Stadium, only 16 more days until our June 4 opener, a nonconference contest 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 Knights have hired Skyler Riley as their new assistant coach for the 2014 season. He succeeds Billy Clontz, who is now the head coach at Kelowna. Skyler is the grandson of former Oregon State coach Jack Riley, and the son of the late Mickey Riley, a former OSU standout.

For more information on our newest coach, please click here.

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We have rescheduled the live remote broadcast of the popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM from Tuesday until Wednesday, May 28, to avoid a possible conflict with a press conference announcing the hiring of Wayne Tinkle as Oregon State's new men's basketball coach.

So, Mike Parker and Jon Warren of KEJO-AM 1240, the flagship station of the Knights, will visit the WWHQ at Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on May 28. The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis.

Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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Alums Ben Wetzler (2011) of Oregon State and Casey Bloomquist of Cal Poly were named semifinalists for the Dick Howser Award last week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). The award is given to the top player in collegiate baseball.

Wetzler is 10-1, 0.84 for Oregon State and Bloomquist is 12-1, 1.60 for Cal Poly this season.

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Future Knight Chris Haddeland (2014) of Linfield pitched two scoreless innings on Saturday to save a 4-2 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the championship game of the Linfield NCAA Division III regional at McMinnville. The Wildcats now advance to the Division III World Series in Appleton, Wis., where they begin the defense of their national title on Friday.

Haddeland pitched 11 shutout innings in the regional, as he won Wednesday's opening game 1-0 with a complete-game shutout of LeTourneau. Teammate Jackson Ruckert (2014), a 10-day signee, will also play for the national title.

However, designated hitter Kevin Kline (2013-14) of Dixie State wasn't as fortunate. DSU went 1-2 at the NCAA Division II West Regional and was eliminated from championship contention.

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The Houston Astros have moved catcher/alum Jake Rodriguez (2010) to Quad Cities in the low-A Midwest League from Lancaster of the high-A California League to get the former Oregon State standout more playing time. Jake was hitting .116 (5-43) with five RBIs in 15 games at Lancaster.

The San Francisco Giants have placed pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) of the Augusta GreenJackets and Cal Poly on the 7-day disabled list. Chase is 1-4, 4.63 in seven games with the South Atlantic League team, with 33 strikeouts in 45 innings. He was San Francisco's third-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Alum Chris Johnson (2011) of Portland has been assigned to the GreenJackets to fill that spot. He made his debut on Sunday and gave up two runs in two innings.

Alum Scott Lyman of the Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for May 12-18. He defeated Clearwater with a complete-game 5-hitter on May 14, striking out six and allowing one run.

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* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run, a double and three RBIs in an 8-2 win over Altoona on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Jacksonville (AA Southern, Marlins) outfielder Alex Burg (2008) had a solo homer in a 3-0 win over Pensacola.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 5-1 win over Birmingham.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 2-for-5 with an RBI in a 6-5 win over Hickory.

* Cedar Rapids (A Midwest, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 2-for-5 with a run in a 7-6 win over Burlington.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks are preparing Vince Genna Stadium for the upcoming season. Here are more details, from the Bend website; it's the first item on the menu.

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That is it for today. See you on Tuesday, hopefully at the WWHQ.


Joe Beaver Show at the WWHQ on Tuesday

May 16, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone.

Big baseball series at Goss Stadium this weekend as Washington comes to town to play the Beavers in a three-game set that could decide the Pacific-12 Conference championship. It should be a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun at Goss Stadium, only 19 more days until our June 4 opener, a nonconference contest 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 popular Joe Beaver Show on KEJO-AM, the flagship station of the Corvallis Knights, will hold its annual remote broadcast at the World Wide Headquarters in Madison Plaza from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The Madison Plaza building is located at the corner of 4th Street and Madison Avenue in downtown Corvallis.

Co-hosts Jon Warren and Mike Parker will be on hand. Should be a fun event, so please stop by and see us!

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Several 2014 Knights were in action for their college teams on Thursday. Here's a rundown:

* Portland shortstop Mike Lucarelli was 1-for-2 and third baseman Kevin Farley was 0-for-1 in an 11-1 loss to BYU. Also for the Pilots, Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-4; Cody Lenahan (2013) was 0-for-3 and Colin Feldtman (2013) gave up eight earned runs in six innings, had two strikeouts and took the loss.

* Dixie State designated hitter Kevin Kline was 0-for-3 with a run in a 5-4 loss to Chico State in the first round of an NCAA Division II regional game at UC San Diego.

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* Lehigh Valley (AAA International, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and two runs in a 7-1 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday 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 1-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 4-2 win over Trenton.

* Huntsville (AA Southern, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-3 and scored three times in an 8-12 win over Birmingham.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) outfielder Adam Melker was 2-for-3 with two runs in a 9-2 win over NW Arkansas.

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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 .283 (13-46) in 16 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

ALEX BURG (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The catcher/outfielder from Washington State (2008) is hitting .284 (21-74) in 24 games, with a homer and eight RBIs.

MATT DUFFY (AA Richmond, Giants) : The shortstop from Long Beach State (2010) is hitting .314 (43-137) in 36 games, with a homer and 23 RBIs.

GRANT FINK (A Lake County, Indians): The third baseman from Missouri Western (2011) is hitting .242 (31-128) in 36 games, with three homers and 16 RBIs.

ROCKY GALE (AAA El Paso, Padres): The catcher from Portland (2007, 2009) is hitting .154 (4-26) in 10 games, with five RBIs.

DREW GARCIA (AAA Colorado Springs, Rockies): The second baseman from UC Riverside (2007) is hitting .219 (21-96) in 27 games, with three homers and 13 RBIs.

RYAN GORTON (A Stockton, A's) : The catcher from Oregon State (2011) is hitting .139 (5-36) in 10 games, with no homers and one RBI.

DEAN GREEN (AA Erie, Tigers): The first baseman from Oklahoma State/Barry University (2008) is hitting .292 (26-89) in 27 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs.

MITCH HANIGER (AA Huntsville, Brewers): The outfielder from Cal Poly (2010) is hitting .226 (31-137) in 38 games, with three homers and 17 RBIs.

DANNY HAYES (A Kannapolis, White Sox): The first baseman from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .273 (35-128) in 37 games, with two homers and 18 RBIs.

ADAM MELKER (AA Arkansas, Angels): The outfielder from Cal Poly is hitting .287 (27-94) in 24 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs.

BRENT MOREL (AAA Indianapolis, Pirates): The third baseman from Cal Poly (2007) is hitting .208 (22-106) in 29 games, with a homer and 13 RBIs.

JIM MURPHY (AAA Lehigh Valley, Phillies): The first baseman from Washington State (2007) is hitting .259 (35-135) in 37 games, with five homers and 21 RBIs.

JAKE RODRIGUEZ (A Lancaster, Astros) : The catcher from Oregon State (2010) is hitting .116 (5-43) in 15 games, with no homers and five RBIs.

ANDREW SUSAC (AAA Fresno, Giants): The catcher from Oregon State (2009) is hitting .312 (24-74) in 22 games, with six homers and 18 RBIs.

TYLER ANDERSON (AA Tulsa, Rockies): The pitcher from Oregon (2009) is 3-1, 2.57 in seven games, with 28 strikeouts in 35 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (AAA Durham, Rays): The pitcher from UC Riverside (2009) is 2-3, 5.09 in eight games, with 35 strikeouts in 40.2 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, 10.00 in two games, with 12 strikeouts in 10 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, 2.82 in 13 games, with three saves and 15 strikeouts in 16 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (AA Springfield, Cardinals): The pitcher from Oregon State is 1-6, 6.55 in eight games, with 35 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.

CHASE JOHNSON (A Augusta, Giants): The pitcher from Cal Poly (2011) is 1-4, 4.63 in seven games, with 33 strikeouts in 45 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, 4.84 in six games, with 12 strikeouts in 22.1 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (A Jupiter, Marlins): The pitcher from UC Davis (2010) is 3-2, 1.80 in eight games, with 34 strikeouts in 50 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (AA Jacksonville, Marlins): The pitcher from Oregon State (2009) is 0-1, 3.65 in eight games, with 10 strikeouts in 12.1 innings. He was recently returned to Jacksonville from triple-A New Orleans.

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 3-1, 3.05 in six games, with 34 strikeouts in 38.1 innings.

JIMMIE SHERFY (AA Mobile, Diamondbacks): The pitcher from Oregon (2011) is 0-0, 0.00 in three games, with a save and five strikeouts in three innings.

NICK STRUCK (AA Chattanooga, Dodgers): The pitcher from Mt. Hood CC (2009) is 0-2, 5.28 in three games, with nine strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: Country entertainer Cort Carpenter will sing at Story Field after the Aug. 8 game with Bellingham. Here are more details, from the Cowlitz website.

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


Haddeland wins regional opener

May 15, 2014

Happy Thursday, everyone.

It is now less than three weeks until we start our 2014 season, our eighth in Corvallis. It's only 20 more days until our June 4 opener, a nonconference contest 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 ace Chris Haddeland (2014) blanked LeTourneau 1-0 on Wednesday in the opening game of the Linfield Regional in the NCAA Division III national tournament. He allowed four hits and had three strikeouts.

He is now 11-1 with an 0.99 ERA. The Wildcats are the defending national champs; they play Trinity, Texas, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in their next regional game.

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Dixie State junior Kevin Kline (2013-14) earned first-team PacWest all-conference honors this week. Kevin hit .325, with six homers and a team-high 20 doubles and 54 RBIs. Dixie State opens up postseason play on Thursday afternoon against Chico State in the NCAA Division II West Regional at UC San Diego.

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Alums Matt Duffy (2010) of Long Beach State and Greg Peavey (2007) of Oregon State earned double-A Eastern League honors for the week of May 5-11.

A shortstop for the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants), Duffy hit .556 (15-27) with a homer and 10 RBIs. A pitcher for Binghamton (Mets), Peavey pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts against New Hampshire on May 7.

And we missed it earlier this year, but OSU alum Matt Boyd (2010) of Dunedin (Blue Jays) was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for April 3-13 and for April 21-27. He has since been promoted from the advanced-A FSL to New Hampshire of the Eastern League.

Congrats to all three players!

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* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) closer Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out one in a scoreless inning and earned his first AA save in a 6-4 win over Jacksonville on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Cedar Rapids (A Midwest, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was a combined 3-for-8 and caught both ends of a doubleheader loss to Peoria.

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 3-1 win over Pawtucket.

* Binghamton (AA Eastern, Mets) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) gasve up two earned runs, had nine strikeouts and got the win in a 5-3 victory over Altoona.

* Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman (2010) pitched a complete-game 5-hitter and struck out six in a 5-1 win over Clearwater.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Former Kelowna coach Al Cantwell of LSU-Shreveport was named the Red River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Here are more details, from the Kelowna website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets and an local auto parts store are teaming up to sponsor Family Feast Sundays at Borleske Stadium this season. Please click here for full details, from the team website.

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That is it for today. See you on Friday.


A Knightsapalooza in Keizer

May 14, 2014

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Big 8-4 win for the Beavers over Portland at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer last night before a sellout crowd of more than 4,200. Lots of former/future Knights were involved on both sides.

Catcher Logan Ice (2014) was 1-for-4, first baseman Gabe Clark (2013) was 2-for-3 with a run and pitcher Scott Schultz gave up two unearned runs and had a strikeout in one inning for the Beavers.

Pinch-hitter Kevin Farley (2014) was 1-for-1, shortstop Mike Lucarelli (2013-14) was 0-for-3 and second baseman Caleb Whalen (2012) and third baseman Cody Lenahan (2013) were each 0-for-4 for the Pilots.

We open our 2014 season in 21 days, or three weeks from today, on June 4 with a nonconference contest 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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Knights' alums called and caught a no-hitter in the California League on Tuesday night when Lancaster defeated Bakersfield 1-0. Play-by-play announcer Jason Schwartz (2010) was on the mic and former Oregon State catcher Jake Rodriguez (2010) was behind the plate for Lancaster, Houston's affiliate in the high-A circuit. Congrats to both!

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Lots of other 2014 Knights were on action for their respective college teams on Tuesday. Here's a rundown.

* Cal Poly pitcher Slater Lee gave up three runs and had one strikeout in 1.1 innings in a 6-5 win over St. Mary's. Outfielder Nick Torres (2012) and third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) were each 0-for-4 with run, shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 0-for-3 with a run and pitcher Bryan Granger had one strikeout in .2 scoreless innings for the Mustangs.

* Washington pitcher Brandon Choate allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and got the win in a 6-0 victory over Seattle.

* UC Riverside pitcher Angel Landazuri allowed three unearned runs in two innings in a 9-6 win over Loyola Marymount. Pitcher Dylan Stuart (2011-12) allowed no runs in .2 innings and outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was 0-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

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* Fresno (AAA Pacific Coast, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) went 2-for-3 with two homers and three RBIs in a 7-4 win over Reno on Tuesday 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 2-for-4 with a run in a 5-1 win over Trenton.

* Kannapolis (A South Atlantic, White Sox) first baseman Danny Hayes (2010) was 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 3-1 loss to Hagerstown.

* Cedar Rapids (A Midwest, Twins) catcher Bo Altobelli (2010) was 3-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-4 loss to Peoria in the second game of a doubleheader.

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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 .213 (17-80) in 31 games, with two homers and 15 RBIs.

LOGAN ICE (Oregon State): The freshman catcher is hitting .248 (34-137) in 47 games, with no homers and 17 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 .190 (28-147) with no homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games.

GRANT MELKER (San Diego): The junior outfielder, another returnee from 2013, is hitting .235 (16-68) with no homers and seven RBIs in 48 games.

SCOTT QUINLAN (UC Santa Barbara) : The junior outfielder is hitting .239 (22-92) with no homers and seven RBIs in 37 games.

ALEC SMITH (Cal Poly): The freshman infielder is 0-for-2 with no homers or RBIs in three games.

JUSTIN CALOMENI (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 8-2, 3.56 in 13 games, with 65 strikeouts in 65.2 innings.

BRANDON CHOATE (Washington): A returnee from 2013, Brandon is 3-1, 2.63 over 18 appearances, with 23 strikeouts in 27.1 innings.

TED HAMMOND (Seattle): The sophomore righty is 2-1, 3.72 in nine games, with 11 strikeouts in 19.1 innings.

ANGEL LANDAZURI (UC Riverside): The freshman righty is 3-2, 4.17 in 18 games, with 29 strikeouts in 45.1 innings.

SLATER LEE (Cal Poly): The freshman righty is 3-2, 6.20 in 14 games, with 34 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.

JACKSON LOCKWOOD (Portland): The sophomore righty is 3-2, 5.29 in 15 games, with 23 strikeouts in 47.2 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, 3.20 in 15 games, with 17 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.

JORDAN SPENCER (Oregon): The junior lefty is 1-1, 2.20 in 18 games, with 25 strikeouts in 32.2 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:

BELLINGHAM: Single-game tickets for the 2014 season are now available. For more details, please click here and read how to buy them, from the Bellingham website.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats are sponsoring a bus trip to Kelowna for their June 6-7 games with the Falcons. Please click here for full details.

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That is it for today. See you on Thursday.


Alum James Nygren back at double-A Jacksonville

May 13, 2014

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Headed up to Volcanoes stadium in Keizer tonight for the Portland-Oregon State game. It should be a warm, beautiful night for baseball.

Speaking of beautiful baseball weather, it is only 22 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 Miami Marlins have returned pitcher James Nygren (2009) to Jacksonville of the double-A Southern League after a short stint with New Orleans in the triple-A Pacific Coast League (yes, a team that borders the Gulf of Mexico is in the PCL. Do not ask me why). James was 0-0, 5.40 in two appearances at New Orleans, with five strikeouts in five innings.

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Many of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and JC Knights have completed their college seasons. Here are the final numbers for those whose seasons are over, and updated stats for those still playing:

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. DSU made the Division II playoffs and starts regional action on Thursday.

JOSH LATTA (Tacoma CC): A 10-day signee, Josh is hitting .172 (10-58) in 21 games, with no homers and six RBIs. Tacoma starts play in the NWAACC playoffs shortly.

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 hit .250 (37-148) in 45 games, with six homers and 29 RBIs. His season is over.

JACKSON RUCKERT (Linfield): A 10-day signee from Albany, Jackson is hitting .083 (1-12) in 26 games, with no homers or RBIs. Linfield opens play in the Division III playoffs on Wednesday.

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

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

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

CHRIS HADDELAND (Linfield): Chris is 10-1, 1.08 in 13 games, with 74 strikeouts in 100 innings. Linfield opens play in the Division III playoffs on Wednesday.

MICHAEL KELLY (Clackamas CC): A 10-day signee, Michael is 1-6, 5.69 in eight games, with 14 strikeouts in 42.2 innings.

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

AUSTIN SODDERS (Riverside CC): Austin was 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, 2.51 in eight games, with 22 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. Tacoma starts the NWAACC playoffs shortly.

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* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out two in a scoreless inning of relief and got a hold in a 3-1 win over Jacksonville on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Otherwise, it was a pretty slow day down on the farm and there were no honorable mentions.

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Some news from around the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells will honor pitching coach Jim Clem with a Bobblehead Night on July 26.You can read all about it by clicking the link.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats have signed four more players for the 2014 season. Please click here for full details.

YAKIMA VALLEY: The Pippins have signed four players to 10-day contracts. Click here for full details, from the Our Sports Central website.

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That is it for today. See you on Wednesday.


Welcome new broadcaster Alex Kuhn!

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.