2013 Corvallis Super Regional

(capsules compiled by Sean Ryan, Phil Stanton, Zachary Kerr)


3. Oregon State Beavers

Corvallis, Oregon

Automatic bid from the Pac-12

2013 record: 18-6, 44-10 (first in Big 12)

Head coach: Pat Casey (George Fox, 1990)

Record at school: 662-386-4, 19 years

Overall record: 833-499-5, 25 years

Assistant Coaches: Pat Bailey, Andy Jenkins, Nate Yeskie

Team offense: .290 BA, 337 R, 26 HR, .389 SLG%, .381 OBP%, 50-72 SB

Team pitching: 2.13 ERA, 524 IP, 389 H, 151 BB, 405 K

Top hitters: Dylan Davis (.349/4/55), Andy Peterson (.336/0/26/11-16 SB), Michael Conforto (.326/9/42), Kavin Keyes (.306/2/32), Tyler Smith (.301/2/24), Ryan Barnes (.298/2/23).

Top pitchers: Andrew Moore (13-1, 1.22 ERA, 111 IP, 72 H, 23 BB, 61 K), Max Engelbrekt (5-1, 5 SV, 1.32 ERA, 27.1 IP, 21 H, 8 BB, 19 K), Tony Bryant (1-0, 1.76 ERA, 30.2 IP, 15 H, 6 BB, 14 K), Ben Wetzler (8-1, 1.98 ERA, 82 IP, 66 H, 25 BB, 72 K), Scott Schultz (2-1, 10 SV, 2.09 ERA, 38.2 IP, 26 H, 8 BB, 32 K), Matt Boyd (10-3, 2.20 ERA, 114.1 IP, 79 H, 28 BB, 106 K).

Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 (2-2 in Baton Rouge Regional)

Notes: The Beavers allowed seven runs in three games in sweeping through the Corvallis Regional. Dylan Davis was the Regional’s Most Outstanding Player, hitting .429 with two doubles and two RBI, including the game-winner in the opener against UTSA. OSU is in the Super Regionals for the fifth time (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011). The Beavers have won 40 or more games six times in school history, all under Pat Casey, the school’s all-time wins leader. OSU is in the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year, and hosted a Regional for the fourth time since 2005. The Beavers won national titles in 2006 and 2007. Oregon State can flat out pitch, ranking second in the nation in WHIP (1.08) and ERA (2.18) and first in hits per nine innings (6.73) – opponents scored five or more runs 10 times all year (twice in the final weekend), and two or less 27 times (half their games). Andrew Moore makes batters put the ball in play and has limited them to a .192 average, and his WHIP (0.86) and ERA (1.22) are sixth and seventh, respectively, in the country. Matt Boyd has thrown three complete games and limited opponents to a .195 average. And Ben Wetzler limits hitters to .224. Overall, opponents hit .209 off the Beavers. Michael Conforto does a little of everything at the plate, leading the team in homers, slugging and on-base average, and Davis adds plenty of pop with a team-best 27 extra-base hits.


Kansas State Wildcats

Manhattan, Kansas

At-large bid from Big 12

2013 record: 16-8, 44-17 (first in Big 12)

Head coach: Brad Hill (Emporia State, 1985)

Record at school: 337-241, 10 years

Overall record: 755-332-3, 19 years

Assistant Coaches: Mike Clement, Josh Reynolds, Blake Kangas

Team offense: .324 BA, 399 R, 28 HR, .443 SLG%, .408 OBP%, 98-148 SB

Team pitching: 3.86 ERA, 541 IP, 535 H, 178 BB, 362 K

Top hitters: Austin Fisher (.363/2/37), Ross Kivett (.363/3/39/26-36 SB), Shane Conlon (.350/7/28/17-20 SB), Tanner Witt (.336/1/32), RJ Santigate (.327/0/29), Jared King (.327/0/29), Blair DeBord (.317/0/35), Jon Davis (.312/5/39).

Top pitchers: Jake Matthys (8-1, 9 SV, 1.96 ERA, 55 IP, 41 H, 8 BB, 38 K), Nate Williams (4-3, 2.98 ERA, 63.1 IP, 53 H, 30 BB, 52 K), Tanner Witt (0-0, 7 SV, 3.18 ERA, 17 IP, 15 H, 5 BB, 18 H), Jake Doller (2-3, 3.55 ERA, 38 IP, 29 H, 22 BB, 28 K), Joe Flattery (5-4, 3.87 ERA, 74.1 IP, 81 H, 18 BB, 49 K), Matt Wivinis (6-2, 4.84 ERA, 74.1 IP, 77 H, 20 BB, 48 K) .

Last NCAA Appearance: 2011 (0-2 in Fullerton Regional)

Notes: Kansas State won three in a row to capture the Manhattan Regional, the first time the Wildcats have hosted a Regional. Winners of 17 of 21 games, KSU is making its first Super Regional appearance. Ross Kivett, the Big 12 Player of the Year, went 6 for 12 with two homers and five RBI and was named the Regional’s Most Outstanding Player. The Wildcats won the Big 12’s regular season title for the first time in 80 years – they were picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll. Coach Brad Hill guided the Wildcats to their first NCAA appearance in school history in 2009 and has them in the tourney for the fourth time in five years. He previously coached Central Missouri State (now the University of Central Missouri) to a 418-91 record (.821, just two points behind Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn during his tenure there). K-State boasts one of the best offenses in the country. It ranks second in the nation in hitting (.324) and ninth in OBA (.408) – eight starters are hitting better than .312. It also is 11th in HBP with 94, or nearly two a game. In addition to leading the team in hitting, Kivett has made five errors at second base all season. On the mound, Kansas State isn’t flashy – it makes teams put the ball in play. The Wildcats are 33-3 when leading after 6. Part of the credit goes to Big 12 Freshman of the Year Jake Matthys, who has eight wins and nine saves. The Wildcats have only four seniors on their roster.