Top-seeded Beavers were motivated by last season's disappointment

Beavers host NCAA Regional in Corvallis

CORVALLIS – There was little drama for Oregon State when the field was announced earlier this week for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

The Beavers (49-4) have been the nation’s premier team most of the season and they were rewarded with the No. 1 national seed when the field was announced Monday.

“We are honored to be the No. 1 seed in the country,” OSU coach Pat Casey said. “We’re also well aware that right now there are 64 teams in the country all at the same level.”

The 64-team field includes 16, four-team double-elimination regionals with the winners advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend. The eight Super Regional winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 17-28.

CORVALLIS REGIONAL

  • When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (if necessary)
  • Where: Goss Stadium
  • Teams: No. 1 seed OSU (49-4), No. 2 seed Nebraska (35-20), No. 3 seed Yale (32-16), No. 4 seed Holy Cross (23-27)
  • Friday games: 1 p.m., Nebraska vs. Yale (ESPN3); 8 p.m., OSU vs. Holy Cross (ESPNU)
  • Tickets: It is not anticipated that tickets will be available for public purchase throughout the regional.

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The Corvallis Regional includes OSU, No. 2 seed Nebraska (35-20), an at-large selection from the Big Ten; No. 3 seed Yale (32-16), the Ivy League champions, and No. 4 seed Holy Cross (23-27), the Patriot League tournament champs.

The Pac-12 champion Beavers open against Holy Cross at 8 p.m. Friday at Goss Stadium. Nebraska and Yale meet at 1 p.m. Friday. Both games will be televised on ESPNU.

After the disappointment of last year’s Selection Show when OSU was denied a bid for the first time since 2008, Monday’s gathering was a festive occasion.

OSU was named one of 16 host schools Sunday, with the eight national seeds and entire field announced Monday. As Pac-12 champions, the Beavers received an automatic tournament bid and were expected to receive the No. 1 seed.

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“Last year’s now in the past and we’ve kind of rectified what happened last year,” sophomore shortstop Cadyn Greiner said.

That’s a fact.

Being left out of the 2016 tournament provided a source of motivation this season.

"All the returners wanted to guarantee that wasn’t gonna happen again," said redshirt sophomore pitcher Drew Rasmussen, who has made a successful return from Tommy John surgery.

"At practice and in the weight room and in the classroom, everywhere we pushed a little bit more, a little bit harder every single day to ensure that we wouldn’t have that same feeling again."

OSU opened the 2017 campaign strong and never let up. The season included a 23-game winning streak -- the second longest in conference history -- and a 27-3 mark in the Pac-12. The Beavers won every series and their dominance was rewarded by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

VIDEO: Nick Madrigal speaks about playing at home in the Corvallis Regional

The other national seeds include No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Texas Tech, No. 6 TCU, No. 7 Louisville and No. 8 Stanford.

“It’s nice to have the recognition of the No. 1 seed, but it doesn’t really mean a lot at this point,” sophomore second baseman Nick Madrigal said.

As the No. 1 national seed in 2014 OSU was eliminated by UC Irvine in the Corvallis Regional.

The Beavers, who are 26-1 this season at Goss Stadium, are guaranteed to be playing all of their games at home on the road to Omaha.

OSU has made four CWS series appearances under Casey -- the last one coming in 2013 -- with back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007.

Contact Gary Horowitz at ghorowitz@StatesmanJournal.com or Twitter.com/ghorowitz

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