Oregon State baseball climbs up national polls after hot start
The Oregon State Beavers’ dominant opening weekend did not go unnoticed by voters in college baseball’s national polls.
The Beavers on Tuesday climbed several spots in four of the six major national polls after slugging their way through four games in three days at the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz.
Oregon State (4-0) moved up to No. 14 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 and No. 12 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30, while also debuting at No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 and No. 20 in the Perfect Game Top 25.
The Beavers dropped one spot to No. 12 in the Baseball America Top 25 and the new USA Today Coaches Poll has not yet been released.
The recognition comes after an explosive weekend for the Beavers, who outscored opponents 56-14 and produced 57 hits. OSU ranks second in the nation in both hits and runs and its 56 runs are the program’s most since 1985, when it also produced 56.
The Beavers ended the weekend with a .396 batting average, .542 slugging percentage and .519 on-base percentage.
Oregon State will open a three-game series against Xavier in Arizona, before returning to play four home games at the beginning of March.