Beavers, Ducks in NCAA tourney

CORVALLIS — Monday was a good day for former Ashland High standout Sam Gaviglio.

The Oregon State pitcher and his teammates won an at-large bid to the postseason. On the same day, the right-handed sophomore was named the Pacific-10 pitcher of the week.

The Beavers, who won the back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006 and 2007 but were widely considered a bubble team for this year's tournament, will open on Friday at the Gainesville Regional against Florida Atlantic.

In Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Wildcats, Gaviglio notched a career-high 13 strikeouts in 72/3 innings of work. He walked just two batters and allowed five hits to improve to 3-3 this season and 13-4 lifetime at Oregon State.

Gaviglio dominated the Wildcat hitters as they were 1-for-14 with runners on base and 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Gaviglio finished the season with a 4.65 ERA, .257 opponent batting average and 44 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.

In Eugene, the Oregon Ducks earned a trip to the NCAA tournament in just the second season since the team's return from a 28-year hiatus.

The Ducks (38-22) will travel to the Norwich Regional and open against host Connecticut (47-14) on Friday.

Oregon State (31-22) is making their fifth postseason appearance in the past six seasons.

"Obviously, we are excited for the chance to extend our season," coach Pat Casey said in a statement. "This team fought hard to overcome a rough patch midway through the season. They deserve this opportunity."

The Beavers, who went 12-15 in Pac-10 play, went on a stretch when they lost of 11 of 12 games but they rebounded to go 10-5 to finish out the season.

The Beavers watched the NCAA selection show at Goss Stadium after wrapping up the season at Arizona. The Pac-10 sent a record eight teams to the tournament.

Oregon State is the No. 3 seed in Gainesville, joining top-seeded Florida, second-seeded Florida Atlantic and No. 4 seed Bethune Cookman.

The FAU Owls (35-22) finished second in the Sun Belt Conference. Host Florida was 42-15 and finished atop the Southeaster Conference, while Bethune-Cookman went 35-20 overall including a perfect 18-0 record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The Beavers have gone to the postseason 11 times since 1952. They've gone 34-20 in tournament games.

Oregon State senior outfielder Adalberto Santos was named the conference's player of the week. He was 8-for-15 last week, when the Beavers went 3-1.

The third-seeded Ducks and second-seeded Huskies are joined by top-seeded Florida State and No. 4 seed Central Connecticut.

In the early game on Friday at Dodd Stadium, Florida State (42-17), the ACC Tournament Champion, will take on Central Connecticut State University (33-21), who won the Northeast Conference tournament.

It is Oregon's first trip to the postseason since 1964, when the team went to the District VIII playoffs.

Oregon dropped baseball after the 1980-81 season because of budget constraints. For many years, the Ducks were the only Pac-10 school without baseball.

For its return the Ducks hired George Horton, who coached at Cal State Fullerton for 11 seasons and went to the College World Series six times. The Titans team won the national title in 2004, and he was twice the national coach of the year.

But the Ducks foundered in their first season back, going 14-42 overall and 4-23 in the Pac-10 last season.

Oregon made a dramatic turnaround in it second season, winning nine series on the season, including five in the touch Pac-10.

The 64-team NCAA baseball tournament is divided into 16 regionals, with the winners in double-elimination play going to super regionals June 11-14. The eight teams that are still standing advance to the College World Series.

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