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Moore named Pac-12's top frosh, and All-American

May 30, 2013

Big news to report this morning, so we'll get right after it.

Oregon State pitcher Andrew Moore, a 2013 Knight, was named a second-team ll-American by Collegiate Baseball on Thursday. Teammate Matt Boyd, a 2010 Knight, was a third-team All-American.

Moore led the Pac-12 with 12 victories, which places him in a tie for third nationally. He posted a 1.22 ERA, good for second in the league and finished with a 0.93 WHIP (walks plus hits per nine innings). He enters the postseason on a seven-game win streak and has allowed just two earned runs in his last 42 innings.

Boyd is 10-3, 2.09, with three complete games and 98 strikeouts. He was named the Pac-12's Pitcher of the Week twice and threw a one-hit shutout against Arizona State in March.

Moore was also named the Pacific-12 Conference Freshman of the Year, and a first-team all-star, on Wednesday. Boyd was also named a Pac-12 all-star.

They are two of six players with Knights connections to earn Pac-12 postseason honors. In addition to Moore and Boyd, Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler (2011) and catcher Jake Rodriguez (2009) and Oregon pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) were first-team selections, and OSU pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) was honorable mention.

Congrats to the all-stars!

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The Knights were also well-represented on the Big West Conference all-league team.

Outfielder Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly was a first-team selection. UC Riverside outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) and pitcher Trevor Frank (2012) and UC Santa Barbara pitcher Dylan Hecht (2013) were second-team selections, and UC Irvine shortstop Chris Rabago (2012-13) earned honorable mention.

Congrats!

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We're down to five more days until our June 4 Science and Art Day nonleague opener against the Portland Lobos at Goss Stadium. It's an 11 a.m. start to accommodate more than 1,700 area elementary school students, who will attend the game on field trips from their respective schools. The weather looks good so it should be a great day. Pacific University lefty Kyle Treadway, a 10-day signee, is our projected starter.

We begin the West Coast League season the following night with the opener of a three-game series at Wenatchee. Our starting rotation is Colin Feldtman, University of Portland, on June 5; Tom Zarosinski, George Fox, on June 6, and Jacob Schroeder, Washington State, on June 7. We then head to Cowlitz for three games on June 8-10.

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Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) remained red-hit and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 12-4 loss to Toledo on Wednesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .379 (11-29) during his ongoing seven-game hitting streak.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Reading (AA Easter, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-5 win over Bowie.

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All of our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and junior-college players have completed their seasons at their respective colleges. Here are their final stats:

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Junior infielder Scott Stone hit .291 (23-79) in 33 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs. CWU's season is over.

CONCORDIA: Sophomore outfielder Blake Drake hit .367 (84-229) in 55 games, with 27 RBIs. Concordia's season is over.

DIXIE STATE: Sophomore infielder Kevin Kline hit .349 (53-152) in 44 games, with six homers and 40 RBIs. His season is over.

GEORGE FOX: Junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski was 4-4, 3.18 in 12 games, with 66 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Sean Eberhardt was 3-0, 3.14 in 13 games, with 10 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. GFU has finished its season.

GRAND CANYON: Sophomore pitcher Jorge Perez is 8-4, 2.86 in 16 games, with 64 strikeouts in 107 innings. Freshman pitcher Andrew Naderer was 9-3, 2.38 in 16 games, with 87 strikeouts in 94.2 innings.

MT. HOOD CC: Sophomore pitcher Eric Huson was 7-1, 2.13 in 11 games, with 44 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Sophomore pitcher Kyle Treadway was 2-7, 3.91 in 11 games, with 23 strikeouts in 50.2 innings.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Junior pitcher Max Beatty was 7-5, 2.48 in 13 games, with 90 strikeouts in 87 innings. Sophomore pitcher Chris Bishop was 2-3, 4.89 in 16 games, with three saves and 37 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Jake Otness was 1-2, 8.04 in 18 games, with 26 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. PLU's season is over.

TACOMA CC: Sophomore pitcher Brandon Choate, a Washington signee, was 1-2, 1.92 in 15 games, with five saves and 32 strikeouts in 28 innings. Sophomore Chad Michaud hit .280 (26-93) in 27 games, with a homer and 23 RBIs as a catcher and was 0-0, 0.00 in six games as a pitcher, with a save and eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Knights' pitching coach Connor Lambert had the same job with TCC during the school year.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have announced their promotional schedule; click here for complete details. We visit Klamath Falls on Aug. 9-11 in our final regular-season series.

VICTORIA: TheHarbourCats hosted an exhibition game between two local teams at Royal Athletic Park on Wednesday night as a dry run for their season opener. All went well, according to this story in the HarbourCats Baseball Blog. We visit Victoria on July 27-29.

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That's it for today. See you tomorrow on a TGIF.


Knights sign OSU recruit Kevin Flemer

May 29, 2013

Happy dreary Wednesday, everyone. Hopefully all this rain will clear out by the weekend and we'll have a nice dry Corvallis Regional and a dry Science and Art Day on Tuesday, our season opener.

We're down to six more days until that 11 a.m. nonleague opener against the Portland Lobos, a U-19 all-star team from Portland. If you have season tickets, you can pick them up at our office in downtown Corvallis, or at will call the day of the game.

We've got lots of news to report today, so let's get after it.

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The Knights have signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Flemer, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, Calif. He's an Oregon State signee from El Cerrito, Calif.

He will be a four-year letter winner for coach John Nelson, and he was rated as the No. 384 high school player by Perfect Game USA before the 2013 season. He played in the 2012 Area Code Games for the Oakland Athletics squad.

Kevin was first-team all-state in 2012 and was a Contra Costa Times East Bay top 100 athlete in 2011-12. He was first-team Tri-County Athletic League all-star in 2013, 2012 and 2011, the TCAL pitcher of the year as a sophomore and junior and an honorable mention selection as a freshman.

As a junior, Kevin hit .495 with five doubles, one triple, six homers and 39 RBIs. As a pitcher, he was 10-0 with a 1.37 ERA in 14 games, with 114 strikeouts in 68.1 innings. He hit .307 (3-20) and was 3-4, 1.88 as a sophomore, and was 4-4, 2.33 as a freshman.

He also lettered four years in football and was a second-team all-league selection as a quarterback his junior season. An older brother, Matt Flemer, pitched at California and is now playing for Asheville of the Class A South Atlantic League in the Colorado Rockies organization.

Welcome to the team, Kevin!

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Knights alum Jorge Perez (2012-13) of Grand Canyon University pitched the Lobos to a 10-2 victory over Coker on Tuesday in an elimination game at the NCAA Division II World Series at Cary, N.C. Here are full details and a postgame interview with Jorge, from the GCU website.

The Antelopes play St. Edward's (Texas) today in an elimination game. St. Edward's edged GCU and 2013 Knights pitcher Andrew Naderer 1-0 in each team's tournament opener.

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Alum Jimmie Sherfy (2011) of Oregon was named one of 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday. It's given annually by USA Baseball to the nation's top amateur player. Here are more details, from the UP website.

Sherfy was also named a third-team All-American, and a first-team Pac-12 all-star, by the College Sports Madness website.

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Several other players with Knights ties earned postseason honors from College Sports Madness.

* Oregon State freshman pitcher Andrew Moore (2013) was second-team all-Pac-12, and the national Freshman of the Year.

* Cal Poly sophomore outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was first-team all-Big West Conference.

* UC Riverside senior outfielder David Andriese (2010-11) was also first-team all-Big West Conference.

Congrats to all the honorees!

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Seven Knights alums are listed in Baseball America's list of the Top 500 Prospects for the 2013 MLB draft, set for June 6-8.

They are 94, Oregon RHP Jimmie Sherfy (2011); 178, Oregon State LHP Matt Boyd (2010); 243, Oregon State LHP Ben Wetzler (2011); 294, UC Riverside RHP Trevor Frank (2012); 300, Cal Poly 3B Jimmy Allen (2011); 345, Cal Poly 1B David Armendariz (2011), and 394, Oregon State catcher Jake Rodriguez (2009).

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Tacoma Community College catcher Chad Michaud (2013) was the NWAACC Gold Glove Award winner for his position. And teammate Brandon Choate (2013), a pitcher who has signed with Washington, earned NWAACC all-academic honors with a 3.44 grade-point average.

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Dixie State sophomore first baseman Kevin Kline was named a second-team PacWest Conference all-star, a Daktronics Division II West Region second-team all-star, and an honorable mention NCBWA West Region all-star. He hit .349, with six homers and 40 RBIs, this season.

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The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the independent Frontier League have released alum Nick Akins (2007). He hit .273 (6-22) in six games, with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs. He was released by the Dodgers in the offseason after five years in their minor-league system.

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Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) homered twice and drove in three runs on Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to Frisco to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-4 with a run and a double in a 12-3 win over Toledo.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks will stream all of their home games online this season. Click here and read the first item on the main menu for complete details.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets will host the Battle of the Badge game between the police and firemen on Saturday. Click here for full details.

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That's it for today. See you on Thursday, with updated stats for our 2013 Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC Knights.


8 days and counting

May 28, 2013

Here's hoping everyone had an enjoyable Holiday weekend. We did at the Blog house, thank you very much.

The countdown is now in single digits. We're down to eight more days until our season opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium, set for 11 a.m. on June 4. It's exciting to be that close, but also a little nerve-wracking.

All season tickets have been printed, and are available for pickup at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis. We can also mail them to you if you prefer, or they can be picked up at the box office on game day. Just let us know your preference.

Also, single-game reserved and GA tickets are now on sale. You can secure the best seats now for the July 3 and Aug. 8 Fireworks Nights, the ZOOperstars! appearance on June 22, and other popular promotions by ordering online now.

You can also order tickets by calling 541-752-5656 or by visiting the WWHQ. Reserved seats are $10, except for Fireworks Nights, which are $11. All GA tickets are $5.

Now, on with the news.

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UC Irvine shortstop Chris Rabago (2012-13) and UC Santa Barbara pitcher Greg Mahle (2012) were nominated for Big West Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, but were not selected.

Rabago hit .389 (7-18) with a double, a triple, three runs and six RBIs as the Anteaters concluded their season by going 2-2 vs. USC and Long Beach State.

Mahle pitched nine scoreless innings in three games, had nine strikeouts and earned a win with 5.1 innings of relief in a 10-5 victory over UC Davis.

Oregon State freshman pitcher Andrew Moore (2013) was nominated for Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for his 4-0 shutout of Washington State on Saturday that clinched a Pac-12 title for the Beavers, but he was not selected.

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The Chicago White Sox traded alum Drew Garcia (2007) of UC Riverside to Colorado on Sunday for a player to be named later. Garcia was a 21st-round selection in the 2008 draft and hit .253 with 39 homers over his six years in the organization.

Garcia hit .222 over 24 games with triple-A Charlotte in the International League this season. He has been assigned to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

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Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run in a 4-0 win over Hickory on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks in a 13-2 win over Altoona.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 2-for-2 with two runs in a 10-8 loss to Midland.

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Several of the Division I teams we're partners with concluded their seasons over the weekend. Here are the updated stats for all of our 2013 D-I players, several of whom will continue their seasons in the NCAA tournament:

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .266 (51-192) with 10 homers and 38 RBIs in 52 games. Freshman infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .250 (42-168) with no homers and 12 RBIs in 56 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist is 6-2, 4.78 in 10 games, with 39 strikeouts in 49 innings. The Mustangs are playing at the UCLA/Los Angeles Regional this week.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig is hitting .313 (10-32) in 30 games, with no homers and three RBIs. The Lions are playing in the Cal State-Fullerton Regional this weekend.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert hit .345 (19-55) in 16 games, with eight RBIs. He was sidelined earlier this year with a broken hand but will be recovered in time to play this summer.

OREGON: Freshmen pitcher Jared Priestley is 0-0, 4.15 in seven games, with six strikeouts in 8.2 innings. The Ducks are playing in the Eugene Regional this weekend.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 12-1, 1.22 in 15 appearances, with a save and 55 strikeouts in 103 innings. Freshman pitcher Max Engelbrekt is 4-1, 1.46 in 19 appearances, with four saves and 17 strikeouts in 24.2 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .161 (5-31) in 15 games, with four RBIs. The Beavers host the Corvallis/Oregon State Regional this weekend.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan hit .300 (57-190) in 53 games, with no homers and 18 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli hit .195 (25-128) in 46 games, with no homers and 10 RBIs. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 2-2, 2.91 in 34 innings over 19 appearances, with two saves and 22 strikeouts. Portland's season is over.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .167 (1-6) in 27 games, with four runs, no homers and no RBIs. San Diego is playing in the UCLA/Los Angeles Regional this week.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund hit .241 (19-79) with a homer and eight RBIs in 32 games. San Jose State's season is over.

UC IRVINE: Utility man Chris Rabago hit .269 (59-219) in 55 games, with a homer and 27 RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey was 1-0, 3.95 in 11 games, with 10 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. Irvine's season is over.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joey Duffin is hitting .111 (1-9) in 11 games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-2, 1.93 in 27 games, with 42 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. The Gauchos are playing in the Corvallis/Oregon State Regional this weekend.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt was 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances, with a strikeout in 3.1 innings. Washington's season is over.

WASHINGTON STATE: Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder was 0-0, 5.59 in seven games, with seven strikeouts in 9.2 innings. WSU's season is over.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: The Falcons are still searching for a No. 1 starter according to their website.

VICTORIA: Cal Poly's Jordan Ellis is the HarbourCats Player of the Week. Click here for full details.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday.


Friday, Friday .... Friday is our favorite day

May 24, 2013

Yes, it's a TGIF here in CorVegas, where it has stopped raining (at least temporarily), perhaps in anticipation of this weekend's big series between Oregon State and the Washington State Cougars at Goss Stadium.

The Beavers can clinch their first Pac-12 championship since 2006 by winning twice. If they do alum/future Knights pitching arms will probably have a big say in it. Matt Boyd (2010) is tonight's starter; freshman sensation Andrew Moore (2013) goes on Saturday and Ben Wetzler (2011) starts on Sunday.

Closer Scott Schultz (2011) will be available to finish things off, and relievers Max Engelbrekt (2013), Brandon Jackson (2012) and Taylor Starr (2008, 2012) will be available if necessary.

The Cougars also have a future Knight, freshman reliever Jacob Schroeder (2013), ready to go if needed. At 6-foot-7, he's hard to miss.

So, let's hope the weather cooperates and we get nice days for some more great baseball at Goss Stadium.

Now, on to today's Knights-related news.

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Pitcher Andrew Naderer (2013) of Grand Canyon University was named the PacWest Conference Freshman of the Year, and a second-team all-star. He was 9-2 with a 2.52 ERA and had 80 strikeouts in 85.2 innings.

He also earned NCBWA All-West Region Honorable Mention honors. Among conference pitchers, he tied for second in wins, was fourth in strikeouts, tied for fourth in complete games, was eighth in innings pitched, and was one of just 13 PacWest pitchers with a complete-game shutout on the season.

Naderer and teammate Jorge Perez (2012-13) are at the Division II World Series in Cary, N.C. GCU plays St. Edward's of Texas on Sunday in its first game.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have promoted outfielder Mitch Haniger to Brevard County of the high-A Florida State League. He earned that promotion by hitting .297, with five homers and 25 RBIs, in 41 games at Wisconsin in the low-A Midwest League.

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San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) got a hold and threw 1.2 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts, in a 2-1 win over High Desert to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors for Thursday. Osich lowered his ERA to 0.77.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Rochester.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) first baseman Andrew Susac was 1-for-2 with an RBI and three walks in a 9-4 win over Trenton.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 1-for-2 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 6-5 win over Burlington.

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It's Friday, so here are the latest updated stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .211 (24-114) with two homers and 12 RBIs in 35 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .217 (10-46) with no homers and four RBIs in 13 games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .273 (12-44) with a homer and seven RBIs in 11 games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .295 (46-156) with three homers and 25 RBIs in 44 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .243 (8-36) with three RBIs in 11 games for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .221 (15-68) with 12 RBIs in 23 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .333 (25-75) with a homer and six RBIs in 18 games with Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He's currently on the DL.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .250 (1-4) with no homers or RBIs for Brevard County, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He was just promoted from Wisconsin of the Midwest League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .224 (26-116) with four homers and 10 RBIs in 35 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2006, 2007): Brent is hitting .238 (31-130) with two homers and 18 RBIs in 37 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .317 (52-164) with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 44 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .254 (31-122) with five homers and 21 RBIs in 40 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.80 in eight games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 39 strikeouts in 42.2 innings.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 5-1, 2.54 in nine appearances for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He has 41 strikeouts in 46 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 2-0, 1.29 with one save in 10 games for Greenville (S.C.), Boston's affiliate in the single-A South Atlantic League. He has 16 strikeouts in 14 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-3, 5.45 in nine games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 31 strikeouts in 38 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 2-2, 4.73 with two saves in 12 appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with 10 strikeouts in 13.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 2-2, 5.86 in 19 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 17 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 1-0, 0.77 with four saves in 19 games with San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League. He has 30 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 2-2, 5.14 in 12 appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has seven strikeouts in 21 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 2-3, 6.06 in seven games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 19 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.

We'll add other alums to the list as they are assigned to their respective teams.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have partnered with Industrial Credit Union to present "Family Fun Days" at Joe Martin Field this season. Click here for more information from Our Sports Central.

BEND: Kids 12 and under will be admitted free to the Elks' home opener, set for June 12 against the Cowlitz Black Bears. For more information, click here and check out the second item on the main menu.

KELOWNA: Kelowna signees Nolan Johnson and Stetson Olson of Minnesota State- Mankato (that's still Mankato State to us old foggies) may not make all of the Falcons' early games because they're playing in the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, N.C. Here's more from the Falcons' website.

That's all for today, and all for this week. Have a great holiday weekend and we'll see you on Tuesday.


Bad news: We lose Kody Watts

May 23, 2013

Happy TGIF Eve, everyone.

It's a pretty dismal day here at the WWHQ, and the gray, cloudy, rainy, gloomy weather that's returned to Corvallis since Monday, and the inevitable letdown following yesterday's appearance by the Joe Beaver Show, are just part of the reason why.

We learned yesterday that University of Portland sophomore right-handed pitcher Kody Watts, our projected opening-night starter at Wenatchee on June 5, will instead be shut down for the summer and thus can't play for us.

Watts was 1-2, 4.59 in 16 games, with 21 strikeouts in 33.1 innings, and had excelled over the final 2/3 of the season after recovering from some arm problems.

We're obviously sorry to lose Kody, who joins two other projected Knights, Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos and Washington State pitcher Kellen Camus, on the sidelines.

But that's how it often goes in summer ball. And we still have three other great Pilots (pitcher Colin Feldtman and infielders Michael Lucarelli and Cody Lenahan) and two other Cougs (outfielder Nate Blackham and pitcher Jacob Schroder) on the roster.

Now, on with the rest of the news!

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Speaking of Portland sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan (2013), he was named an honorable mention West Coast League all-star on Wednesday. Lenahan went 1-for-3 in Monday's season finale to raise his average to an even .300 (57-190), with no homers and 18 RBIs.

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We had a great turnout at the WWHQ on Wednesday for the aforementioned Joe Beaver Show remote broadcast on KEJO-AM 1240. Special thanks to co-hosts Mike Parker and Jon Warren; to Doug Blair, KEJO superstar and our PA announcer, for facilitating the broadcast, and to special guests Andy Jenkins, Josh Osich, Greg Hawk and our own El Presidente, Knights' president Dan Segel.

If you missed the broadcast, here's a podcast from KEJO.

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Three Knights alums are mentioned in Baseball America's list of the top 250 prospects for the upcoming MLB draft. Oregon reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) is No. 93, and Oregon State starters Matt Boyd (2010) is No. 176 and Ben Wetzler (2011) is No. 240. Click here for the complete list.

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Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-3 with a homer, a run and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Burlington to earn Corvallis Knights Player of the Day honors for Wednesday.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac (2009) was 1-for-3 with a double, two runs and a walk in a 5-4 win over Trenton.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) was 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 10-4 win over Frisco.

* Augusta (A South Atlantic, Giants) shortstop Matt Duffy (2010) was 3-for-5 with a double in a 12-6 win over Rome.

* Wisconsin (A Midwest, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-6 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 12-6 win over Quad Cities.

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Only one 2013 Knight was in action for his respective college team on Wednesday, but he had a good day even though his team got thumped.

* San Jose State catcher Dane Lund (2011-13) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double in an 11-3 loss to CSU-Bakersfield in the opening round of the WAC tournament.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KITSAP: The BlueJackets have signed left-handed pitcher Cole Volkers of the Nebraska-Omaha. He's a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder from Alta Loma High in Alta Loma, Calif. He's 1-2, 9.77 in 15.2 innings over eight games this season, with 13 strikeouts. Last year he was 1-2 with one save and a 3.16 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.

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That's it for today, so we'll sign off. See you tomorrow on a TGIF!


Good news from Dartmouth

May 22, 2013

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

We're almost halfway through the week and we're getting ready for a busy day at the WWHQ. The popular Joe Beaver Show, co-hosted by Knights' play-by-play voice Mike Parker and Jon Warren, visit the WWHQ later this morning for a live broadcast from 12-2 p.m. on KEJO-AM 1240.

We'll have some Knights' prize packages, some merchandise will be discounted, and pocket schedules and posters will be available. Make sure to stop by and join the fun.

And we have some good news from Dartmouth to report. Standout freshman center fielder Nick Ruppert, who missed most of the season with a broken wrist, will be ready to go for the June 8-10 Cowlitz series. He hit .345, with eight RBIs, in 16 games before being injured.

We're excited to have him that early, especially since our entire team usually doesn't report until mid-June at the earliest.

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All 2013 season tickets are available to be picked up at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis. Come and get 'em!

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Greensboro (A South Atlantic, Marlins) pitcher Scott Lyman allowed one run and had three strikeouts in five innings and got as no-decision in a 5-4 loss to Hagerstown on Tuesday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel was 1-for-2 with a double, two runs and two walks in an 8-7 loss at Buffalo.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Gonzaga pitcher Karl Myers will write a team blog this summer, according to this story on the Falcons' website.

MEDFORD: The Rogues are ramping up for their first season, according to this story in the Medford Mail-Tribune newspaper.

VICTORIA: Here's more about the HarbourCats first season from the HarbourCats Baseball Blog. And here's more about Read all about the HarbourCats new Kids Camps by clicking right here. The HarbourCats have also formed a Kids Club for their younger fans.

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That's all for today, as we have the Joe Beaver Show to prepare for!


Moore earns top Pac-12 honors

May 21, 2013

The rain has returned to our little slice of paradise; not especially thrilled about that.

But that's a good thing for local farmers who need the moisture, and besides, we've got lots of good news to report this morning so a little cloudburst isn't going to come even close to spoiling the day.

Future Knight Andrew Moore, a freshman at Oregon State, was named the Pacific-12 Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his 2-hit, 9-0 shutout of Oregon this past Saturday. He improved to 11-1 and lowered his already-microscopic ERA to 1.34 with the gem, his second two-hit shutout of a superb freshman season. Here are complete details, from the Pac-12 website.

Moore was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week by the College Sports Madness website, and was named one of two national Pitchers of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Congrats to Andrew.

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All 2013 season tickets are available to be picked up at the WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis. Come and get 'em!

And don't forget, the popular Joe Beaver Show, co-hosted by Knights' play-by-play voice Mike Parker and Jon Warren, visits the WWHQ on Wednesday for a live remote broadcast from 12-2 p.m. on KEJO-AM 1240. We'll have some Knights' prize packages, some merchandise will be discounted, and pocket schedules and posters will be available. Make sure to stop by and join the fun.

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More good news to report. Future/alum Knights Kramer Scott (2011), Caleb Whalen (2012) and Cody Lenahan (2013) of the University of Portland were named to the West Coast Conference's All-Academic team. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a significant contributor to his team.

Kramer, who has already graduated and is getting his MBA, has a 3.33 GPA in business administration. Whalen has a 3.29 GPA in business and Lenahan has a 3.21 GPA in business. Congrats to the guys for their accomplishment! Click here for full details.

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Cal Poly freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist (2013) won two games and was nominated for Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but was not selected. He allowed three runs in six innings of a 10-4 win over CSU-Bakersfield on May 14, and then allowed just two runs in 7.1 innings of a 7-2 win over CSU-Northridge on May 19. He combined for 11 strikeouts without a walk and improved his record to 6-1.

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Former Knights all-WCL outfielder Logan Lotti (2008) has signed with the Alpine (Texas) Cowboys in the independent Pecos League. He was recently released by the Rockford Aviators of the independent Frontier League. Lotti hit .340 in 42 games for us that summer, with five homers and 25 RBIs.

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Reading (AA Easter, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2007) was 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and his 10th homer on Monday in a 6-3 win over Altoona to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Antonio (AA Texas, Padres) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) gave up one run and had three strikeouts in five innings and got a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to Frisco.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) reliever Josh Osich (2008) lowered his ERA to 0.82 with an inning of scoreless relief in a 5-1 win over Inland Empire. He had two strikeouts.

* Clinton (A Midwest, Mariners) first baseman Taylor Ard (2009) was 2-for-4 with a run in an 11-8 loss to Peoria.

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A handful of Knights played for their respective college teams on Monday. Here's a roundup:

* Washington State's Jacob Schroeder (2013) had six strikeouts in four scoreless innings and got a no-decision in a 1-0 win over Portland. Kramer Scott (2011) was 1-for-4, Caleb Whalen (2012) was 0-for-4, Cody Lenahan (2013) was 1-for-3, Beau Fraser (2012) and Michael Lucarelli (2013) were 0-for-3 and Kody Watts pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Pilots in their final game of the season.

* Columbia outfielder Gus Craig (2013) was 1-for-1 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 7-2 win over Sacred Heart. The Lions won the Ivy League and will play in the NCAA tournament.

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It's Tuesday, so here is our weekly update of the 2013 college stats for our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and junior-college players.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Junior infielder Scott Stone hit .291 (23-79) in 33 games, with two homers and 12 RBIs. CWU's season is over.

CONCORDIA: Sophomore outfielder Blake Drake hit .367 (84-229) in 55 games, with 27 RBIs. Concordia's season is over.

DIXIE STATE: Sophomore infielder Kevin Kline hit .349 (53-152) in 44 games, with six homers and 40 RBIs. His season is over.

GEORGE FOX: Junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski was 4-4, 3.18 in 12 games, with 66 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Sean Eberhardt was 3-0, 3.14 in 13 games, with 10 strikeouts in 14.1 innings. GFU has finished its season.

GRAND CANYON: Sophomore pitcher Jorge Perez is 7-4, 3.12 in 15 games, with 58 strikeouts in 98 innings. Freshman pitcher Andrew Naderer is 9-2, 2.52 in 15 games, with 80 strikeouts in 85.2 innings. GCU will start play in the NCAA Division II national tournament in Cary, N.C., later this week.

MT. HOOD CC: Sophomore pitcher Eric Huson is 7-0, 2.26 in 10 games, with 41 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Sophomore pitcher Kyle Treadway is 2-7, 3.91 in 11 games, with 23 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. The Boxers' season is over.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Junior pitcher Max Beatty was 7-5, 2.48 in 13 games, with 90 strikeouts in 87 innings. Sophomore pitcher Chris Bishop was 2-3, 4.89 in 16 games, with three saves and 37 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. Sophomore pitcher Jake Otness was 1-2, 8.04 in 18 games, with 26 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. PLU's season is over.

TACOMA CC: Sophomore pitcher Brandon Choate, a Washington signee, is 1-2, 2.05 in 14 games, with four saves and 30 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Sophomore Chad Michaud is hitting .289 (26-90) in 26 games, with a homer and 23 RBIs as a catcher and is 0-0, 0.00 in five games as a pitcher, with a save and seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Knights' pitching coach Connor Lambert has the same job with TCC during the school year.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have added six more players to their 2013 roster. Here are complete details, from The Daily News newspaper of Kelso-Longview.

KITSAP: Signee Connor Jones of Villanova was named the Big East Player of the Week by the College Sports Madness website. He was also named the Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Week.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday, when we'll probably have an abbreviated blog because of the Joe Beaver Show broadcast.


Happy Monday in Corvallis

May 20, 2013

We said before the weekend that future/alum Corvallis Knights would play a major role in the weekend's crucial Oregon State-Oregon series, and how right we were.

* Oregon's Jimmie Sherfy (2011) got the save on Friday's 3-0 win, which also featured another solid outing from losing pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) of Oregon State.

* OSU's Andrew Moore (2013) completely stifled the Ducks with a stellar complete-game two-hitter in a 9-0 thrashing in Game 2 on Saturday to even the series.

* And on Sunday, OSU's Ben Wetzler (2011) went 6.1 innings for the victory and relievers Jace Fry (2011) and Scott Schultz (2011) combined to pitch the ninth in the 12-2 blowout that won the series.

That made for a happy weekend in Corvallis, of course.

They play again at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday in a nonconference game at Goss Stadium.

Now, on to the rest of the news.

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Big weekend as well for 2013 Knights pitchers Andrew Naderer and Jorge Perez of Grand Canyon University. They each earned all-tournament honors as the Antelopes won the NCAA Division II St. George Regional to advance to the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C.

Naderer and Perez each won a game to help GCU advanceto the finals against Chico State. They then combined and did not allow an earned run over seven innings in a 6-2 victory in the championship game.

GCU will play St. Edward's, the winner of the South Central Region, at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The tournament opens on Saturday, with Franklin Pierce facing Shippensburg and Minnesota State Mankato to face Grand Valley State. On the second day, Coker will faceoff against Tampa and GCU faces St. Edward's.

The double-elimination event runs through June 1, so their arrival in Corvallis could be delayed for a week or so. Still, they'll have plenty of time in Corvlalis this summer, and best of luck to them at nationals. Jorge, of course, also played for us in 2012.

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We're pleased to announce our new "Barber's Batter" partnership with The Barbers, on 9th Street. Check out this video, featuring alum/2013 Account Executive JK Dykes, and 2013 College of Business intern Davis Head for all the details.

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Don't forget the popular Joe Beaver Show, co-hosted by Knights' play-by-play voice Mike Parker and Jon Warren, visits the WWHQ on Wednesday for a live remote broadcast from 12-2 p.m. on KEJO-AM 1240. We'll have some Knights' prize packages, some merchandise will be discounted, and pocket schedules and posters will be available. Make sure to stop by and join the fun.

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Jupiter (A Florida State, Marlins) reliever James Nygren (2009) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, struck out one, and got the win on Sunday in a 1-0 victory over Palm Beach to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) third baseman Brent Morel was 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and an RBI in an 11-6 loss to Buffalo.

* Iowa (AAA Pacific Coast, Cubs) pitcher Nick Struck (2009) allowed two runs, had four strikeouts and got the win in a 7-3 victory over Tucson.

* Reading (AA Eastern, Phillies) first baseman Jim Murphy (2009) was 2-for-5 with an RBI in an 11-3 loss to Reading.

* South Bend (A Midwest, Diamondbacks) shortstop Carter Bell (2009) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 7-5 loss to Dayton.

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It's a Monday, so here are updated stats for our 2013 Division I players:

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .275 (49-178) with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 49 games. Freshman infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .259 (41-158) with no homers and 12 RBIs in 53 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist is 6-1, 4.24 in nine games, with 38 strikeouts in 46.2 innings.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig is hitting .313 (10-32) in 30 games, with no homers and three RBIs.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert hit .345 (19-55) in 16 games, with eight RBIs. He was sidelined earlier this year with a broken hand but will be recovered in time to play this summer.

OREGON: Freshmen pitcher Jared Priestley is 0-0, 4.15 in seven games, with six strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 11-1, 1.34 in 14 appearances, with a save and 48 strikeouts in 94 innings. Freshman pitcher Max Engelbrekt is 3-0, 1.69 in 17 appearances, with four saves and 15 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .161 (5-31) in 15 games, with four RBIs.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan is hitting .299 (56-187) in 52 games, with no homers and 18 RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli is hitting .200(25-125) in 46 games, with no homers and 10 RBIs. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 2-2, 2.91 in 34 innings over 19 appearances, with two saves and 22 strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Kody Watts is 1-2, 4.59 in 16 games, with 21 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .167 (1-6) in 27 games, with four runs, no homers and no RBIs.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund is hitting .219 (16-73) with a homer and five RBIs in 30 games.

UC IRVINE: Utility man Chris Rabago is hitting .259 (52-201) in 51 games, with a homer and 21 RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey is 1-0, 4.63 in 10 games, with nine strikeouts in 11.2 innings.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin is hitting .125 (1-8) in 10 games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-2, 1.99 in 26 games, with 42 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt is 0-0, 10.80 in three appearances, with a strikeout in 3.1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder is 0-0, 12.46 in five games, with one strikeout in 4.1 innings.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: Here's an update on a couple Elks' alums in the news. Just click on the top two menu items on the Elks' website for more information.

MEDFORD: If you're in the Medford area, and if you're a good singer, you might be interested in auditioning to sing the national anthem before a game. Here are more details, from the Rogues' website.

VICTORIA: Speaking of Grand Canyon and its advancement to the Division II World Series, GCU outfielder Brandon Smith is the HarbourCats Player of the Week for his performance at the regional. Click here for full details from the team's website. And here's an update on Victoria's Canadian players, from the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have completed their team with the signing of Washington State outfielder/left-handed pitcher Jason Monda; Gonzaga infielder Brock Slavin; Pomona-Pitzer infielder/right-handed pitcher Jake Bruml; Cisco College right-handed pitcher Stuart Patke; Edmonds College right-handed pitcher Kevin Sheets, and Palomar College left-handed pitcher Vaughn Berberet for the 2013 season. Here are the details, from Our Sports Central.

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That's all for today, see you on Tuesday.


It's a TGIF at the WWHQ

May 17, 2013

Finally, it's a TGIF here at the World Wide Headquarters of the Corvallis Knights. We're already ready for the weekend and the epic Civil War baseball series at PK Park in Eugene that will probably decide the Pacific-12 Conference championship.

Lots of future and former Knights, on both teams, will play major roles, so we have a stake in the outcome.

We also have a stake, of course, in our own season, which starts in just 18 more days when we host the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II, set for June 4 at Goss Stadium. We expect to host more than 1,700 area elementary school students at the ballpark, which will be a hub of activity with exhibits and demonstrations by OMSI; the Oregon State Colleges of Science and Engineering; The Drawing Board; the Arts Center in Corvallis; the Musicafe Rock School; Corvallis da Vinci Days, and PEAK Internet.

Now, here's today's news.

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Future Knights squared off against each other on Thursday at the NCAA Division II regional at St. George, Utah, where Grand Canyon defeated Dixie State 12-3 in an opening round game.

GCU pitcher Andrew Naderer (2013) gave up five hits and two runs in six innings, had nine strikeouts and got the win for the Antelopes, who face Sonoma State tonight.

First baseman Kevin Kline (2013) was 0-for-4 for Dixie State, which was 6-1 against GCU in the regular season heading into Thursday's game. Dixie State plays Chico State today in a loser-out game.

No other 2013 Knights were in action on Thursday.

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Former Knights all-WCL outfielder Logan Lotti (2008) was released by the Rockford Aviators of the independent Frontier League earlier this week. Lotti hit .340 in 42 games for us that summer, with five homers and 25 RBIs.

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Kane County (A Midwest, Cubs) pitcher Eddie Orozco (2008-09) had two scoreless innings of one-hit relief, had one strikeout and got the win in a 5-0 victory over Peoria on Thursday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Josh Osich (2008) pitched an inning of scoreless relief, had two strikeouts, got a hold and lowered his ERA to 0.86 in a 5-2 wn over Rancho Cucamonga.

* Wisconsin (A Midwest, Brewers) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-5 and raised his average to .299 in a 3-1 loss to Quad Cities.

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We've got another update on the renovation of Harry & David Stadium in Medford, from Rogues GM Chuck Heeman. The Knights will visit Medford, one of two expansion clubs this summer, on June 18-20; the Rogues visit Corvallis on July 24-26.

Reports Heeman:

"Our stadium construction is about 80 percent complete, and should be 90 percent done by Monday. All new seating areas will be completely installed by the end of the day Friday (the 17th). A new children's playground is being installed Saturday, and a 175-person party deck is to be constructed next week.

"After that it's last-minute things like railings, signage and gates, and the newly-renovated Harry & David Field will be ready for our May 31 preseason game against the Klamath Falls Gems. Seating capacity will then be nearly 2,100, including 700 grass berm seats. Our Facebook page will feature a lot of pictures once the smoke has cleared with the seating tomorrow."

Medford's a great market and the Rogues should be a big hit. They will be coached by one-time Knights' standout Josh Hogan (2007-09); Knights' alum Dylan Jones (2009-10), our 2010 MVP, is an assistant coach there.

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It's Friday, so here are the latest updated stats from your Corvallis Knights alums in affiliated minor-league baseball:

TAYLOR ARD (2009): Taylor is hitting .173 (17-98) with a homer and nine RBIs in 30 games with Clinton (Iowa), Seattle's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

CARTER BELL (2009): Carter is hitting .238 (5-21) with no homers and two RBIs in six games with South Bend, Arizona's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ALEX BURG (2008): Alex is hitting .360 (9-25) with no homers and four RBIs in six games with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League.

MATT DUFFY (2010): Matt is hitting .289 (39-135) with three homers and 25 RBIs in 39 games with Augusta (Ga.), San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League.

ROCKY GALE (2007, 2009): Rocky is hitting .211 (4-19) with two RBIs in six games for Tucson, San Diego's affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League.

DREW GARCIA (2007): Drew is hitting .221 (15-68) with 12 RBIs in 23 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

DEAN GREEN (2008): Dean is hitting .333 (25-75) with a homer and six RBIs in 18 games with Lakeland, Detroit's affiliate in the Class A Florida State League. He's currently on the DL.

MITCH HANIGER (2010): Mitch is hitting .299 (38-127) with four homers and 23 RBIs in 37 games for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Milwaukee's affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.

ADAM MELKER (2008, 2009): Adam is hitting .232 (23-99) with four homers and eight RBIs in 30 games for Springfield (Mo.), St. Louis's affiliate in the double-A Texas League.

BRENT MOREL (2006, 2007): Brent is hitting .239 (27-113) with two homers and 16 RBIs in 32 games for Charlotte, the Chicago White Sox's affiliate in the triple-A International League.

JIM MURPHY (2007): Jim is hitting .312 (44-141) with eight homers and 28 RBIs in 38 games for Reading (Pa.), Philadelphia's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

ANDREW SUSAC (2009): Andrew is hitting .276 (29-105) with five homers and 20 RBIs in 33 games for Richmond (Va.), San Francisco's affiliate in the double-A Eastern League.

TYLER ANDERSON (2009): Tyler is 0-1, 3.18 in seven games with Modesto, Colorado's affiliate in the single-A California League. He has 36 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. He is currently on the disabled list.

MATT ANDRIESE (2009): Matt is 5-1, 2.63 in eight appearances for San Antonio, San Diego's affiliate in the double-A Texas League. He has 38 strikeouts in 41 innings.

SAM GAVIGLIO (2009): Sam is 3-1, 3.67 in five games with Palm Beach, St. Louis's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has 21 strikeouts in 27 innings. He is presently on the DL.

KYLE KRAUS (2009, 2010): Kyle is 1-0, 1.64 with one save in nine games for Greenville (S.C.), Boston's affiliate in the single-A South Atlantic League. He has 13 strikeouts in 11 innings.

SCOTT LYMAN (2010): Scott is 1-3, 6.00 in eight games for Greensboro (N.C.), Miami's affiliate in the Class A South Atlantic League, with 28 strikeouts in 33 innings.

EDDIE OROZCO (2008, 2009): Eddie is 2-2, 3.65 with two saves in 10 appearances with Kane County (Ill.), the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, with nine strikeouts in 12.1 innings.

GREG PEAVEY (2007): Greg is 2-2, 6.85 in 16 appearances with Las Vegas, the New York Mets' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 14 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

JOSH OSICH (2008): Josh is 1-0, 0.86 with four saves in 17 games with San Jose, San Francisco's affiliate in the Class A California League. He has 25 strikeouts in 21 innings.

JAMES NYGREN (2009): James is 1-2, 5.00 in nine appearances with Jupiter, Miami's affiliate in the single-A Florida State League. He has six strikeouts in 18 innings.

NICK STRUCK (2009): Nick is 0-3, 6.67 in six games with Iowa, the Chicago Cubs' affiliate in the triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has 15 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

We'll add other alums to the list as they are assigned to their respective teams.

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Some news from elsewhere in the WCL:

MEDFORD: The Rogues have signed second baseman Caleb Palensky, a junior from Nebraska-Omaha, and right-handed pitchers Chad Hockin, an incoming freshman at Cal State Fullerton, and Aaron Moore, a sophomore at Texas-Pan American.

Moore takes the place of right-handed pitcher Reza Aleaziz, who de-committed from the University of Oregon, and Palensky takes the place of third baseman Austin Byler of Nevada, a 2012 Klamath Falls standout who is out for the summer due to injury.


Thursday already?

May 16, 2013

Wow, it's Thursday already. The week is just flying along and the big Civil War baseball series in Eugene is now just one day away. Former and future Knights should play a major role, as there are impact players on both teams who have played, or who will play, with the Knights.

Either way, good luck to both teams, who are on target to host regionals and even Super Regionals if both teams continue to play well and if neither team sweeps.

We're down to 19 more days until our June 4 season opener, a nonconference matchup with the Portland Lobos, a U-19 travel team, on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium. The number of elementary school students coming to the game continues to grow daily and we expect more than 1,700 kids from the Mid-Valley to join the fun.

And it's just 27 more days until our June 12 West Coast League home opener against the Kitsap BlueJackets.

OK, now on with the news.

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It's just six days until the popular Joe Beaver Show, co-hosted by Knights' play-by-play voice Mike Parker and Jon Warren, visits the WWHQ. They'll be here on Wednesday, May 22, for a live remote broadcast from 12-2 p.m. Some merchandise will be discounted, and pocket schedules and posters will be available. Make sure to stop by and join the fun.

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Dartmouth outfielder Nick Ruppert (2013) had the cast removed from his broken hand this week; he continues to mend and now can begin his rehab. We expect him to join the club sometime in mid-June.

He'll be a welcome addition. He hit .345 with eight RBIs and started 16 games in center field for the Big Green before being injured. He's from La Mesa, Calif., and will be the first Dartmouth player in Knights history.

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When it rains, it pours.

We usually just have one Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day. But the big bats were out all across minor-league baseball on Wednesday night, so for the first time I can remember we'll have multiple winners of this major prize.

Today's co-winners are:

* Charlotte (AAA International, White Sox) second baseman Drew Garcia (2007) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in a 9-6 loss to Louisville.

* Richmond (AA Eastern, Giants) catcher Andrew Susac was 2-for-4 with a double, a three-run homer and four RBIs in a 7-6 win at Harrisburg.

* Springfield (AA Texas, Cardinals) outfielder Adam Melker (2008-09) homered twice, singled, scored three times and drove in three runs in a 5-3 victory over Tulsa.

Honorable mention goes to San Jose (A California, Giants) reliever Josh Osich. He pitched a scoreless inning, lowered his ERA to a microscopic 0.90 and was credited with a hold in a 4-3 win over Rancho Cucamonga.

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Pretty quiet day Wednesday in college baseball, but a few future/alum Knights were in action for the respective college teams.

* Oregon pitcher Jared Priestley (2013) threw a scoreless inning of relief and had a strikeout in a 4-1 win over Gonzaga. Jimmie Sherfy (2011) struck out two in one inning for his 19th save and outfielder Connor Hofmann (2011-12) played but did not bat.

* UC Irvine shortstop Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 0-for-4 with a run and Elliot Surrey (2013) pitched a scoreless inning of relief in a 7-3 loss to San Diego. Evan Brock (2010) struck out two in two relief innings for the Anteaters; outfielder Grant Melker (2013) played but did not bat for USD.

* Mt. Hood pitcher Eric Huson (2013) gave up two runs, had three strikeouts in four innings and got the win in a 6-5 victory over Clackamas CC on Tuesday.

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News from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: Speaking of Ivy Leaguers, the Elks finalized their roster with the addition of Princeton catcher Tyler Servais, a sophomore from Larkspur, Colo. Click here and check out the second item on the main menu for more details.

VICTORIA: The HarbourCats announce another partnership, this one with Sopranos Bar & Grill. Click here for full details, from Our Sports Central.

That's it for today. See you on Friday.