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Big West honors for Cal Poly's Mundell

March 18, 2013

Happy Monday, everyone. Once again the weekend went by way too fast, and we're back at the WWHQ with some good news to start the week.

Cal Poly freshman DH Brian Mundell was named the Big West Conference Field Player of the Week for March 11-17. He hit .500 (8-16) with two doubles, two home runs, four runs scored and four RBIs as the Mustangs went 2-2.

Mundell has five homers, all in the last two weeks, and is No. 4 on Cal Poly's chart for home runs by a freshman in the school's 19-year Division I history. He is batting .345 and has hit safely in seven of the last eight games. Here are complete details, from the Cal Poly website. Congrats to Brian!

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Our 2013 promotional schedule has been finalized. It should be a great summer at Goss Stadium!

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It was a big weekend for the hometown Oregon State Beavers, sweeping their Pac-12 opening series over defending national-champion Arizona at Tucson, and once again former or future Knights played a huge, huge role.

* On Friday, Matt Boyd (2010) was the winning pitcher and Brandon Jackson (2012) got the save.

* On Saturday, Andrew Moore (2013) got the win, Scott Schultz (2011) got the save, and Jake Rodriguez (2009) drove in two runs.

* And on Sunday, Rodriguez drove in five runs, Schultz got the save, Jackson pitched in relief and starter Ben Wetzler (2011) gave up only one run in 4.2 innings.

Another future Knight has been contrubuting as well, but we can't announce his identity yet.

So, a great weekend for OSU, and a great weekend for the Knights!

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We've mentioned possible WCL expansion to Redding and Chico, Calif., many times in the past. Now those cities are apparently planning on facility improvements that would make such a move possible. Here's more from Ballpark Digest, and here's even more from The Redding Searchlight newspaper.

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

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .345 (19-55) with five homers and 14 RBIs in 15 games. Freshman infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .321 (18-56) with no homers and one RBI in 19 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist is 0-0, 18.00 in one game, with one strikeout in two innings.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 5-0, 1.36 in five starts, with 24 strikeouts in 33 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .179 (5-28) in 10 games, with four RBIs.

OREGON: Freshmen pitcher Jared Priestley is 0-0, 0.00 in one game, with one strikeout in one inning. Freshman pitcher Sam Johnson is 0-0, 9.00 in one game, with one strikeout in one inning.

UC IRVINE: Utility man Chris Rabago is hitting .232 (16-69) in 20 games, with no homers and seven RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey is 1-0, 5.06 in seven games, with nine strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin is hitting .167 (1-6) in five games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-1, 0.75 in eight games, with 14 strikeouts in 12 innings.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan is hitting .288 (19-66) in 18 games, with no homers and six RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli is hitting .243 (9-37) in 15 games, with no homers and one RBI. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 0-0, 3.12 in 8.2 innings over four appearances, with seven strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Kody Watts is 0-2, 14.40 in three games, with two strikeouts in five innings.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt is 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance, with a strikeout in .1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Junior pitcher Kellen Camus is 2-0, 2.03 in 11 games, with a save and 17 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder is 0-0, 18.00 in three games, with no strikeouts in three innings.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig is 0-for-2 in three games, with no homers and no RBIs.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert is hitting .429 (9-21) in six games, with two RBIs.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund is hitting .174 (4-23) with no homers and an RBI in 10 games.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .000 (0-2) in 10 games, with two runs, no homers and no RBIs.

Remember, stats for our Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players will be updated tomorrow.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

KELOWNA: Here's an update on 2010 Falcon Cody Atkinson, a Corban University alum who is now coaching at Everett CC in Washington.

MEDFORD: The Rogues new mascot will be named "Rowdy." Here's more on the story, and a photo, from Ballpark Biz.com

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox will have a new concessionaire this season at Paul Thomas Sr. Field, where we open the West Coast League season on June 5-7. Here are more details, from the AppleSox website.

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


Another bomb for Cal Poly's Mundell

March 15, 2013

The Knights brass were very impressed with Cal Poly freshman Brian Mundell when they visited San Luis Obispo last fall to meet with Mustangs' coach Larry Lee to discuss Mundell and the other two players he'd be sending to Corvallis this summer.

Now, it's easy to see why.

Mundell hit his fifth homer in his last five games on Thursday, a three-run shot, as the Mustangs defeated Notre Dame 6-3 in the opener of a three-game series at SLO. The win improved Cal Poly to 15-2.

Mundell is now hitting .298 (14-47) in 13 games, with five homers and 14 RBIs.

He was one of five former or future Knights in the game. Junior third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 2-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs; freshman shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 2-for-3 with a run; junior first baseman David Armendariz (2011) was 1-for-4, and sophomore outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4.

We're really looking forward to having Brian, who could be our best power hitter since Taylor Ard in 2009.

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Several other 2013 Knights were in action on Thursday.

* San Diego outfielder Grant Melker was a pinch-runner but did not bat in a 7-5 win over BYU.

* Dixie State first baseman Kevin Kline was 0-for-4 in a 7-0 loss at Hawaii Pacific.

The rest of our 2013 players should be in action this weekend.

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Alum Brent Morel (2006-07) might be the odd-man out of the scramble for infield jobs on the Chicago White Sox, according to this story by reporter Adam Hoge of CBSChicago. The gist of the story is, Morel could be starting the season in triple-A Charlotte even though he's having a fine spring with the club.

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Nice story from KATU-TV reporter Carl Click on the revival of University of Portland pitcher J.R. Bunda, who collapsed after suffering a heart attack while working out at the Chiles Center this past winter. J.R. played for the Bend Elks in 2012 and at Bellingham in 2011.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets and Public House 124 are bringing $2 Tuesdays back to Borleske Stadium this summer. Click here for more details from the Sweets website.

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That's all for today. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you on Monday.


Some familiar names resurface

March 14, 2013

Happy Thursday everyone. Only one more work day left before the weekend!

As you know, we're retiring our gray road jerseys; No. 33 was sold on Wednesday and No. 20 went away today. So here's what's left: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35 and 40.

They're sized from L to 2XL, and cost $40 apiece. So you'd better act fast to get your favorite number, as they do sell quickly once they are displayed at the merchandise store during home games.

And remember, only 82 more days until our June 4 season opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium. It will be here before you know it, so renew those season tickets and purchase your 10-game punch cards at the Knights' WWHQ in the Madison Plaza building in downtown Corvallis.

Now, on with the news.

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Some familiar names to Knights fans surfaced yesterday while scrolling through the transactions of the various professional baseball leagues across the country.

Knights' alum Mike Koons (2007) has signed with the El Paso Diablos in the independent American Association. A San Diego State alum, Koons played with us for half a season in 2007 before signing with Houston over the all-star break. El Paso starts the 2013 season on May 16.

Mike played in the Houston farm system from 2007-2009 before being released. He subsequently played for the Orange County Flyers in the Golden Baseball League and for Na Koa Ikaika Maui in the North American Baseball League. The Castle Rock, Colo., native has also coached at the Lightning Baseball Academy in nearby Parker, Colo., during the past two offseasons.

Congrats to Mike, who was 3-1, 2.30, with 20 strikeouts in 31.1 innings over eight games, in 2007. He made the West Division all-star team before signing.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have assigned 2005 Knight Matt Hague (he's the Slider Guy in some of our promotional material) to their minor-league camp.

Matt had two stints with the Pirates in 2012 and was one of six Knights alums to play in the majors last season. A 2011 International League all-star with Indianapolis, he hit .229 (16-70) in 30 games with the Pirates, with no homers and seven RBIs, and .283 in 91 games at Indianapolis, with four homers and 54 RBIs.

Here's more from MLB.com:

"If the first batch of cuts included a surprise, it was Hague. The sensation of last spring - when he led the Pirates with seven homers and earned 'The Hit Collector' nickname from manager Clint Hurdle - was enjoying a similar run in exhibition play. Hague had six hits in his last seven at-bats and departed with a .364 average.

"It was tough to send him out in the middle of the stretch he's in," [Pirates' general manager] Neal Huntington said, "but we've got some guys ahead of him in the competition [for backup corner infielder]. He'll work a lot at third base. He worked so hard this offseason, is so much more mobile at third."

Hopefully Matt gets another chance, if not with Pittsburgh then in another organization. He's one of three players from our 2005 team to make the majors; pitchers Tommy Hanson of the Angels and Bud Norris of the Astros are also in the bigs (even though the Astros are more like a quadruple-A team these days).

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Several 2013 Knights were in action on Wednesday. Here's a roundup:

* Oregon State freshman DH Gabe Clark was 0-for-4 in a 6-5 win over San Francisco.

* Oregon freshmen pitchers Sam Johnson and Jared Priestley made their 2013 debuts in a 10-4 win over Texas State. Johnson gave up one run and had one strikeout in one inning; Priestley pitched one perfect inning, with a strikeout.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed USC freshman pitcher Marc Huberman and University of San Diego signee Ryan Kirby, a outfielder from Granada High School in Livermore, Calif., for the 2013 season. Here's more from the Bellingham website.

BEND: The Elks have signed Oregon State sophomorte pitcher Tyler Painton, incoming freshman catcher Mason Fishback of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and incoming JC infielder Justin Bohn of Feather River (Calif.) College for the upcoming season. More details are available by clicking here and reading the top item on the menu. The Elks are also making improvements to the infield at Vince Genna Stadium, welcome news to every infielder in the league. Click Item 2 on the menu for more information and photos on that topic.

COWLITZ: Black Bear 2013 signee Josh Rapacz of George Fox University was named the NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and the Northwest Conference Position Player of the Week. Here's more from the Cowlitz website.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets are overhauling their food and beverage menu and service options for the 2013 season, according to this story on their website. Unfortunately, we don't play inn Walla Walla this year so unless we both make the WCL Championship Series we won't be able to check it out.

VICTORIA: HarbourCats from UC Santa Barbara are profiled in this edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.


Happy Hump Day

March 13, 2013

Happy Hump Day, Knights Nation. We're halfway through the work week and down to 83 more days until the June 4 season opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium.

Well, you knew it had to end sometime and the Oregon State baseball team's 15-game winning streak was snapped last night, 5-1 by San Francisco at Goss Stadium.

Cold evening at the ballpark, but at least it was dry. We caught up with 2013 Knight Gabe Clark of the Beavers afterward and we'll have a story on him on the news portion of our website very soon.

One other reminder before we start the news portion of the blog: Remember, we're selling our retired gray road game jerseys down here at the WWHQ. We're down to 26 grays, and only a couple of the Cardinal uniforms we retired in 2012. Both cost $40 apiece, so if you're interested, you'd better hurry before they are all gone.

OK, now on to today's news.

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We try to keep you updated on all our current Knights, and on our alums, whenever possible. So we're letting you know that infielder Alex Foulon (2011-12), who transferred to New Mexico State after two seasons at Mt. Hood CC, is hitting .231 (6-26) in 12 games with the Aggies, with two RBIs. He was 1-for-3 yesterday in an 8-0 loss at Oklahoma.

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Several 2013 Knights were in action around the country on Tuesday. Here's a roundup:

* Cal Poly DH Brian Mundell (2013) homered for the fourth time in his last four games and scored twice in a 6-5 win over San Jose State. Shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 2-for-4 with a run; Jimmy Allen (2011) was 1-for-5 with two RBIs, Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with a run and David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-4 with a run for the Mustangs. Dane Lund (2011-13) did not play for SJSU.

* UC Santa Barbara pitcher Dylan Hecht (2013) pitched 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out both batters he faced in a 7-2 win over Notre Dame. Alum Greg Mahle (2012) got the decision; he allowed one hit in four innings and had six strikeouts.

* UC Irvine shortstop Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 1-for-4 in a 4-2 win over San Diego State. Alum Evan Brock (2010) allowed one unearned run and had four strikeouts in five innings as the 'Eaters' starter, but wasn't involved in the decision.

* And he's not a 2013 Knight, but 2011 alum Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon struck out the side in the ninth to get the save in Oregon's 4-3 win over Texas State.

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Here's a story from the Cal State Fullerton Daily Titan on freshman right-handed pitcher Thomas Eshelman, who played for the Klamath Falls Gems this past summer. He's having a great spring at Fullerton after being rated as the WCL's No. 5 prospect by Perfect Game and as the No. 10 prospect by Baseball America.

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It's Wednesday, and time for Installment 10 of our new feature, the Knights Top 10. Every Wednesday (for as long we we can find something to list), we'll list the Knights Top 10 in a certain category and post it in the Knights Daily Blog.

Today we list the Top 10 leaders in season on-base percentage for players with at least 75 at-bats (WCL games only):

1. .489, Taylor Ard (2009)

2. .454, D.J. Johnson (2009)

3. .446, Dylan Jones (2010)

4. .443, Logan Lotti (2008)

5. .440, Richie Jimenez (2009)

6. .429, Trent Oleszczuk (2011)

7. .427, Adam Melker (2008)

8. .426, Jim Murphy (2007)

9. .407, Cade Gotta (2011)

10. .406, Corey Davis (2011)

Honorable mention goes to 2009 teammates Mitch Haniger (.404), and Michael Blake (.403).

We'll be back next Wednesday with another Knights Top 10.

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News from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have added pitchers Jake Paulson and Jason Hager of Oakland University and infielder Ryan Yamane of Northern Colorado for their 2013 roster. Click here for full details.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have named the finalists for their 2013 Grand Onion Fan of the Year contest. The winner will receive a customized Sweets jersey, and will throw out the first pitch at a game during the 2013 season. Learn their identity by clicking here.

WENATCHEE: The AppleSox have added infielder Connor Spencer, infielder Grant Palmer, and right-handed pitcher Andrew Morales of UC Irvine for the 2013 season.

Spencer has been UCI's top hitter this season as a sophomore. The Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native has started every game and is hitting .426. As a freshman he had a .306 batting average and earned Big West Player of the Week honors.

Palmer, from El Segundo, Calif., is in his first season with UC Irvine and is hitting .316 in eleven games. He redshirted last year at El Camino Community College. As a prep at El Segundo High School he helped his team the Pioneer League Championship his junior season.

Morales transferred to UC Irvine after playing the last two seasons at Rio Hondo Community College. The junior out of Covina, Calif., compiled a 21-1 overall record and was named the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the Year. He is 5-0 this season with a 2.66 ERA.

VICTORIA: The college exploits of more 2013 Victoria players are detailed in this edition of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

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That's it for today. We'll be back on Thursday with another edition of the Knights Daily Update.


It's game day in Corvallis

March 12, 2013

We're still 84 days away from our June 4 opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium.

But it's still Baseball Day in Corvallis, as the undefeated and nationally-ranked Oregon State Beavers take on the University of San Francisco Dons at Goss. The weather looks decent so we'll be there to see if the Beavers can preserve their perfect record by winning their 16th consecutive game.

As we noted yesterday, former/future Knights Matt Boyd, Ben Wetzler, Scott Schultz, Andrew Moore, Danny Hayes, Jake Rodriguez, Taylor Starr, Nate Esposito, Brandon Jackson and Gabe Clark have played a big role in that 15-game unbeaten streak. The pitchers in that group have combined for 10 wins and three saves, and the position players have teamed up for a homer and 26 RBIs.

So, go Beavers! And maybe we'll see you at the ballpark tonight.

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Several former or current Knights were in contention for Player of the Week honors in their respective conferences, but were not selected.

* Cal Poly junior third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was nominated for the Big West Conference POW award after hitting .455 (10-22) with seven runs, five RBIs, a homer and a double in five games.

* Corban shortstop Marc Gallegos (2012-13) was nominated for Cascade Collegiate Conference POW honors after hitting .556 (10-18) with five RBIs and four runs in four games.

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New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart, a 2001 Knights alum and one of two special guests at Hot Stove Night II this past January, is set to make the Yankees' opening-day 25-man roster with the team's decision to farm out prospect Austin Romine to triple-A. Here's more on that story from the Yankees 101 website.

Four Knights alums should make opening-day MLB rosters: Stewart; L.A. Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson (2005); Houston pitcher Bud Norris (2005), and St. Louis pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (2006). Third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) has a good shot of making the White Sox roster; first baseman Matt Hague (2005) is a longshot with the Pirates. All six played in MLB in 2012.

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An update on three former Knights pitchers:

* Oregon State junior Brandon Jackson (2012) will play for the Eau Claire (Wisc.) Express in the Northwoods League this summer.

* Former Mt. Hood star Nick Struck (2009) has been assigned to minor league camp by the Chicago Cubs. He played at double-A Tennessee in 2012.

* Former Oregon standout Tyler Anderson (2009), the first Corvallis Knight to be drafted in the first round, was assigned to minor league camp by the Colorado Rockies. He was a Sally League all-star at low-A Asheville in 2012.

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Here's our weekly update of the 2013 college stats for our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and junior-college players. We'll do this every Tuesday throughout the college season; stats for our NCAA Division I players are updated on Mondays.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Junior infielder Eddie Malone Jr. is hitting .333 (6-18) in seven games, with three RBIs. Junior infielder Scott Stone is hitting .200 (2-10) in five games, with one RBI.

DIXIE STATE: Sophomore infielder Kevin Kline is hitting .412 (14-34) in 11 games, with a homer and nine RBIs.

GRAND CANYON: Sophomore pitcher Jorge Perez is 3-2, 3.03 in five games, with 27 strikeouts in 32.2 innings. Freshman pitcher Andrew Naderer is 3-1, 2.43 in five games, with 27 strikeouts in 29.2 innings.

CORBAN: Sophomore infielder Marc Gallegos is hitting .376 (32-85) in 19 games, with 13 RBIs.

GEORGE FOX: Junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski is 1-3, 3.82 in five games, with 28 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Sophomore pitcher Sean Eberhardt is 0-0, 6.14 in nine games, with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Sophomore pitcher Kyle Treadway is 0-4, 3.86 in four games, with 10 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Sophomore pitcher Chris Bishop is 1-2, 3.79 in eight games, with two saves and 21 strikeouts in 19 innings. Sophomore pitcher Jake Otness is 1-1, 10.80 in six games, with eight strikeouts in 10 innings.

MT. HOOD CC: Sophomore pitcher Eric Huson is 0-0, 9.64 in one game, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

TACOMA CC: Sophomore pitcher Brandon Choate, a Washington signee, is 0-0, 0.00 in three games, with a save and six strikeouts in three innings. Sophomore catcher Chad Michaud is hitting .400 (2-5) in two games, with two RBIs. 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:

MEDFORD: Rogues' 2013 signee Joe Chavez, a second baseman/outfielder from UC Riverside, was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Monday. He had five straight multi-hit games, scored eight runs, drove in nine and was 4-for-4 in stolen bases. In a weekend series against New Mexico in Albuquerque, Chavez went 11-14 with eight RBIs.

VICTORIA: The weekend college results of several of the 2013 HarbourCats are detailed here on the HarbourCats Baseball Blog.

WALLA WALLA: Here's the latest installment of "10 Things to Know About Sweets Baseball," a regular feature on the team's website.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday with another edition of a Knights Top 10.


Monday already?

March 11, 2013

It's Monday already? Where did the weekend go? I'm not ready to go back to work!

Gone or not, it was a good weekend in Corvallis for alums of the Corvallis Knights as the Oregon State Beavers stayed undefeated by sweeping a three-game series from Texas State at Goss Stadium.

* Senior pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) won Friday's game, and senior Danny Hayes (2009) had a three-run homer.

* Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore (2013) won Saturday's game, aided by 3.1 inings of scoreless relief by junior Brandon Jackson (2012).

* Senior pitcher Scott Schultz (2011) won Sunday's finale in relief of starter Ben Wetzler (2011). Scott had four strikeouts in 2.1 scoreless innings.

And with the weekend out of the way, we're down to 85 more days until our June 4 season opener against the Portland Lobos, on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium. Lots of elementary-school students from Benton and Linn counties will be visiting the ballpark and learning more about science and the arts through our partnership with da Vinci Days.

Now, on to the news.

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Knights general manager Bre Kerkvliet was named Albany Junior First Citizen this past Saturday night at the Albany Chamber of Commerce's 68th annual Distinguished Service Awards banquet at the Albany Boys and Girls Club. Here's more on Bre's award from the news section of our website.

Congrats to Bre.

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Former Knight Jake Rodriguez (2009) of Oregon State was named to the initial Johnny Bench Award watch list on Monday by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. The Johnny Bench Award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate catcher.

Forty-eight catchers are on the initial watch list. The list will be updated on May 6. Semifinalists will then be announced May 16 and three finalists will be pared down on June 4. The winner is scheduled to be announced June 27. Here's more on the story from OSUbeavers.com.

In other MLB news involving ex-Knights, the San Francisco Giants returned catcher Andrew Susac (2009) and pitcher Josh Osich (2008) to their minor-league camp this past Friday. The former Oregon State stars both played for San Jose in the Class A California League in 2012.

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Knights' alum Brent Morel (2006-07) of Cal Poly is fighting for a spot with the Chicago White Sox and he helped himself yesterday with a homer and two hits in a win over Seattle. Here's a story from MLB.com on Morel's bid to make the 25-man roster.

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

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .282 (11-39) with three homers and 10 RBIs in 11 games. Freshman infielder Peter Van Gansen is hitting .268 (11-41) with no homers or RBIs in 15 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist is 0-0, 18.00 in one game, with one strikeout in two innings.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 4-0, 0.99 in four starts, with 21 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .211 (4-19) in seven games, with four RBIs.

OREGON: Freshmen pitchers Jared Priestley and Sam Johnson have not played yet.

UC IRVINE: Utility man Chris Rabago is hitting .264 (14-53) in 15 games, with no homers and seven RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey is 1-0, 5.06 in seven games, with nine strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin is hitting .167 (1-6) in five games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-1, 0.96 in five games, with 10 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan is hitting .296 (16-54) in 15 games, with no homers and six RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli is hitting .267 (8-30) in 12 games, with no homers one RBI. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 0-0, 4.05 in 6.2 innings over three appearances, with four strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Kody Watts is 0-2, 14.40 in three games, with two strikeouts in five innings.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt is 0-0, 0.00 in one appearance, with a strikeout in .1 innings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Junior pitcher Kellen Camus is 2-0, 0.80 in nine games, with a save and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings. Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder is 0-0, 18.00 in three games, with no strikeouts in three innings.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig has played in one game but not batted.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert is hitting .455 (5-11) in three games, with an RBI.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund is hitting .150 (3-20) with no homers and an RBI in eight games.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .000 (0-2) in eight games, with two runs, no homers and no RBIs.

Remember, stats for our Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players will be updated tomorrow.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks have signed three players from the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference for the upcoming season. Click here and read the second item on the menu for more information on that story, and check out the lead menu item for more on two Elks playing in the World Baseball Classic.

COWLITZ: The Black Bears have signed a number of players for the 2013 season, according to this story in The Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

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


TGIF, baby!

March 8, 2013

We are back, after taking a day off from the blog to work on another Knights-related project, specifically the copy for the trading cards of our 2012 team.

They should be available in time for the upcoming season, so look for them at the merchandise stand this summer! And BTW, it's only 88 more days until our June 4 season opener, a nonconference game against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium.

And, remember that we're selling our retired gray road game jerseys down here at the WWHQ; another one went out the door yesterday. We're down to 26 grays, and only a couple of the Cardinal uniforms we retired in 2012. Both cost $40 apiece, so if you're interested, you'd better hurry before they are all gone.

Now, on with today's news.

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Lots of former and future Knights in action on Wednesday.

* Cal Poly, a hotbed for Knights, whipped Holy Cross 11-6. For our 2013 Knights, DH Brian Mundell was 1-for-4 with an RBI; shortstop Peter Van Gensen was 1-for-1, and pitcher Casey Bloomquist allowed five hits and four runs in two innings, with one strikeout, in his 2013 debut. For our alums, third baseman Jimmy Allen (2011) was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs; outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and first baseman David Armendariz (2011) was 0-for-4 with a run.

* San Diego edged Seton Hall 2-1. USD outfielder Grant Melker (2013) played as a defensive replacement but did not get an at-bat.

* Tacoma CC opened its season splitting a doubleheader with Shoreline CC, losing 3-2 and winning 8-2. In the nightcap, catcher Chad Michaud (2013) was 0-for-2 with an RBI and pitcher Brandon Choate (2013) worked a scoreless inning, with one walk and two strikeouts.

* On Thursday, UC Irvine's Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 1-for-4 and pitcher Elliot Surrey (2013) allowed one hit and one run in no innings in a 6-3 loss to BYU.

* Grand Canyon pitcher Jorge Perez (2012-13) had a rare bad outing and gave up seven runs on 12 hits in 6.2 innings in a 7-4 home loss to Point Loma. He struck out four.

Almost all of our 2013 players will be in action this weekend.

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Lots of news today from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: The Elks have signed three more players for the 2013 season. More information is available on the Elks' website, the second menu item on the home page.

BELLINGHAM: The Bells have signed pitcher/catcher Mike Connolly and infielder Alex Calbick of the University of Maine for the 2013 season. Click here for more details, from the Bells' website.

COWLITZ: Here's a story on Cowlitz's signings from The Daily News of Kelso-Longview.

KELOWNA: The Falcons have signed catcher AJ Young and infielders Cody Scaggari and Trey Nielsen of the University of Utah. Full details can be found here, in a story from the Kelowna website.

MEDFORD: The Rogues have signed Oklahoma Baptist slugger Matt Page, a junior corner infielder from Redwood City, Calif. More info is available right here.

WALLA WALLA: The Sweets have hired award-winning radio talent Howard Hoffman as their play-by-play broadcaster for the 2013 season. He succeeds Tristan Hobbes, who will work in the New England Collegiate Summer League in 2013 after spending 2011 and 2012 with the Sweets. Here's more on Hoffman, from the Sweets' website. And here's even more, from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin newspaper.

VICTORIA: Finally, here's the latest installment of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog, with an update on sophomore catcher Alex Real of New Mexico, who is supposed to be one of Victoria's top players this summer.

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That's plenty for today, and that's all for the week. Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Monday!


Good news to brighten a dreary day

March 6, 2013

Another cold, wet, dreary morning in CorVegas.

But the weatherman tells us better things are on the way for the weekend, when we'll get our baseball fix watching the Oregon State Beavers host Texas State at Goss Stadium. Former Knight Matt Boyd (2010) is scheduled to pitch on Friday and future Knight Andrew Moore (2013) is set to go on Sunday.

And we're happy to report there's one less of the gray game jerseys we're retiring to sell here at the WWHQ. No. 37 flew out the door yesterday afternoon, so we're down to 27 grays, and only a couple of the Cardinal uniforms we retired in 2012. Both cost $40 apiece, so if you're interested, you'd better hurry.

Now, on with the news.

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Pacific Lutheran junior pitcher Max Beatty was nominated for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, but he was not selected. Max threw eight shutout innings on March 2 in a 1-0 win over Willamette in the Lutes' Northwest Conference opener. Beatty scattered three hits, struck out five, and did not walk a batter. Max did win the award earlier this year, however, and we bet he wins it again at some point this spring.

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Lots of 2013 Knights in action on Tuesday for their respective college teams. Here's a roundup:

* UC Irvine sophomore Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 0-for-3 and starting pitcher Elliot Surrey (2013) allowed one run and had three strikeouts in two innings of a 6-1 victory over CSU Bakersfield. Reliever Evan Brock (2010) got the win with three scoreless innings; he gave up one hit and had three strikeouts.

* Cal Poly shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-3 in a 6-1 win over Holy Cross. Jimmy Allen (2011) was 0-for-4; Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run; Alex Michaels (2012) was 0-for-2 with a run; David Armendariz (2011) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs, and Chase Johnson (2011) struck out one in a perfect inning of relief for the Mustangs.

* San Jose State catcher Dane Lund (2011-13) had a bases-loaded walk in his only plate appearance in a 10-3 win over Fresno State.

* Central Washington DH Eddie Malone Jr. (2013) was 1-for-2 in a 7-2 win over Whitworth.

* We don't have any UC Riverside players yet, but alum David Andriese (2010-11) was 1-for-5 with an RBI and Trevor Frank (2012) got his second save in a 6-4 win over Loyola Marymount. Mitch Patito (2010-12) started for the Highlanders and gave up two runs in three innings.

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Alum Eric Massingham (2006-07) of Cal Poly spent the winter pitching for the champion Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball league. Upon his return, he was traded from the Fargo (N.D.) RedHawks of the American Association to the Rockland (N.Y.) Boulders of the Can-Am League in a five-player deal. Here's more on the trade.

Massingham pitched for Evansville in the Frontier League and for Fargo in 2012. He's a former Philadelphia farmhand who has played independent baseball since being released by the Phillies after the 2010 season.

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It's Wednesday, and time for Installment 9 of our new feature, the Knights Top 10. Every Wednesday (for as long we we can find something to list), we'll list the Knights Top 10 in a certain category and post it in the Knights Daily Blog.

Today we list the Top 10 leaders in season stolen bases (WCL games only):

1. 21, Marc Gallegos (2012)

2. 19, Connor Hofmann (2012)

3. 13, Matt Nylen (2011)

3. 13, Daniel Dillard (2010)

5. 12, Nate Blackham (2012)

6. 11, Mitch Haniger (2010)

6. 11, Adam Melker (2008)

8. 10, David Armendariz (2011)

8. 10, Michael Blake (2010)

10. 9, Corey Moore (2011)

10. 9, Connor Hofmann (2011)

10. 9, Dylan Jones (2010)

We'll be back next Wednesday with another Knights Top 10.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

VICTORIA: Here's the latest installment of the HarbourCats Baseball Blog, detailing the stats of some 2013 'Cats at their respective colleges.

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We're done here. See you on Thursday.


Knights alums Torres, Beatty honored

March 5, 2013

Today's a stark reminder that it's still March and we're still in Oregon, just in case you'd forgotten during the past two days of sunshine.

But we're not going to let the rain and chilly weather dampen our spirits. We're down to 91 more days until our June 4 opener against the Portland Lobos on Science and Art Day II at Goss Stadium, and the simple fact that the season is getting closer and closer is reason enough to be happy on an otherwise dreary day in beautiful downtown CorVegas.

And don't forget, our gray road jerseys are being replaced this season, so they're for sale at the WWHQ for just $40. Another one (# 38) flew out the door on Monday, so you'd better act fast if you want your favorite number. We sold off our old cardinal jerseys last summer and they went like hotcakes, so much so that just a few of the original 39 remain.

So, enough about that. Now, on with the news.

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Knights alum Nick Torres (2012) of Cal Poly was named the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. The sophomore outfielder from Lakewood, Calif., hit .417 (5-12) as the Mustangs won a weekend series at Washington 2-1, and all five hits went for extra bases.

Torres had three homers, two doubles, seven RBIs, three runs, and a 1.333 slugging percentage in the series. Full details can be found here, on the Big West Conference website.

Pacific Lutheran junior pitcher Max Beatty (2010-12) was named to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week for pitching eight innings of a 1-0 win over Willamette on March 2 to open the Northwest Conference season. Beatty scattered three hits, struck out five, and did not walk a batter.

Max should be in the running for Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors, which are announced Wednesday.

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Several 2013 Knights were in action on Monday for their respective college teams.

* UC Santa Barbara freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin was 0-for-1 in a 10-1 rout of St. Mary's.

* Dixie State first baseman Kevin Kline was a combined 2-for-6 with an RBI in a 16-3, 3-2 doubleheader loss to Pt. Loma Nazarene in DSU's opening Pacific West Conference series.

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Here's our weekly update of the 2013 college stats for our NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and junior-college players. We'll do this every Tuesday throughout the college season; stats for our NCAA Division I players are updated on Mondays.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Junior infielder Eddie Malone Jr. is hitting .313 (5-16) in six games, with three RBIs. Junior infielder Scott Stone is hitting .200 (2-10) in five games, with one RBI.

DIXIE STATE: Sophomore infielder Kevin Kline is hitting .381 (8-21) in seven games, with a homer and seven RBIs.

GRAND CANYON: Sophomore pitcher Jorge Perez is 3-1, 1.38 in four games, with 23 strikeouts in 26 innings. Freshman pitcher Andrew Naderer is 2-1, 2.78 in four games, with 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings.

CORBAN: Sophomore infielder Marc Gallegos is hitting .328 (22-67) in 15 games, with eight RBIs.

GEORGE FOX: Junior pitcher Tom Zarosinski is 1-2, 5.16 in four games, with 21 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. Sophomore pitcher Sean Eberhardt is 0-0, 6.14 in nine games, with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

PACIFIC: Sophomore pitcher Kyle Treadway is 0-2, 3.75 in two games, with three strikeouts in 12 innings.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN: Sophomore pitcher Chris Bishop is 1-1, 3.38 in seven games, with two saves and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings. Sophomore pitcher Jake Otness is 1-1, 12.00 in five games, with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

MT. HOOD CC: Sophomore pitcher Eric Huson is 0-0, 9.64 in one game, with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.

TACOMA CC: Sophomore pitcher Brandon Choate, a Washington signee, and sophomore catcher Chad Michaud start their season on Wednesday, when the Tigers host Shoreline CC. 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:

KLAMATH FALLS: The Gems have signed infielder Peter Maris, outfielder Cameron Newell and catcher Dempsey Grover of UC Santa Barbara for the 2013 season. Here's more on the signings from the Our Sports Central website.

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That's all for today. See you on Wednesday, with another edition of the Knights Top 10.


Meet our 2013 interns

March 4, 2013

Monday already?

Yes it is, another back-to-work Monday at the WWHQ of the Corvallis Knights after a weekend of great baseball at Goss Stadium. The Beavers swept four games from Bryant University, aided on Sunday by a monsterous homer over the scoreboard by Michael Conforto.

We also reconnected with former Walla Walla broadcaster (2011-12) Tristan Hobbes, a Bryant sports information director who will be working in the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer. Tristan still hasn't seen a team he covers win at Goss; the Sweets were 0-7 in two seasons, and Bryant's 0-4 weekend left him 0-for-11 in Corvallis.

OK, now on to the news.

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Dartmouth freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert, a 2013 Knight from La Mesa, Calif., was named to the all-tournament team at this past weekend's Dairy Queen Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Metrodome. Ruppert went 5-for-11 (.455) in three games, with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in the Big Green's first three games of the season.

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You may have already read about our 2013 Oregon State College of Business and Merchandise interns elsewhere on our website. Here's a video that will familiarize you even more with some of the men and women who will enhance your experience at every Knights home game this summer.

We'll also have some other interns handling other aspects of the operation; they're presently attending college elsewhere. Some of them you may already know from last year, and others you'll meet in June, at the ballpark.

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The WCL will go to three-man umpiring crews this season, an addition of one umpire from years past. Here are the details, from the league's website.

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Here are updated stats for our 2013 Division I players:

CAL POLY: Freshman catcher/DH Brian Mundell is hitting .250 (6-24) with two RBIs in seven games. Freshman infielder Brian Van Gansen is hitting .296 (8-27) with no homers or RBIs in 10 games. Freshman pitcher Casey Bloomquist has not appeared yet.

OREGON STATE: Freshman pitcher Andrew Moore is 3-0, 0.42 in three starts, with 15 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. Freshman infielder Gabe Clark is hitting .200 (3-15) in five games, with three RBIs.

OREGON: Freshmen pitchers Jared Priestley and Sam Johnson have not played yet.

UC IRVINE: Utility Chris Rabago is hitting .310 (13-42) in 12 games, with no homers and seven RBIs. Freshman pitcher Elliot Surrey is 1-0, 4.15 in five games, with seven strikeouts in 8.2 innings.

UC SANTA BARBARA: Freshman outfielder Joseph DeRoche-Duffin is hitting .250 (1-4) in three games, with no homers or RBIs. Freshman pitcher Dylan Hecht is 0-0, 0.00 in four games, with nine strikeouts in eight innings.

PORTLAND: Sophomore infielder Cody Lenahan is hitting .295 (13-44) in 12 games, with no homers and six RBIs. Sophomore infielder Michael Lucarelli is hitting .227 (5-22) in nine games, with no homers one RBI. Junior pitcher Colin Feldtman is 0-0, 5.40 in five innings over two appearances, with three strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher Kody Watts is 0-2, 14.40 in three games, with two strikeouts in five innings.

WASHINGTON: Freshman pitcher Alex Nesbitt has not played.

WASHINGTON STATE: Junior pitcher Kellen Camus is 2-0, 1.08 in seven games, with a save and nine strikeouts in 8.1 innings. Freshman pitcher Jacob Schroeder is 0-0, 10.14 in two games, with no strikeouts in 2.2 innings.

COLUMBIA: Sophomore outfielder Gus Craig has not played yet.

DARTMOUTH: Freshman outfielder Nick Ruppert is hitting .455 (5-11) in three games, with an RBI.

SAN JOSE STATE: Junior catcher Dane Lund is hitting .214 (3-14) with no homers and no RBIs in four games.

SAN DIEGO: Sophomore outfielder Grant Melker is hitting .000 (0-2) in six games, with two runs, no homers and no RBIs.

Remember, stats for our Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC players will be updated tomorrow.

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Some news from elsewhere in the West Coast League:

BEND: Corner infielder/catcher Grant Newton, a Bend native, and outfielder Landon Cray and pitcher Garrett Anderson of Seattle University have signed to play in Bend for the 2013 season. For more details, click the second item on the menu of the Elks' homepage.

WALLA WALLA: Sunday will be "Kids Day" at Borleske Stadium this summer. Click here for more information from the Sweets' website.

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