Three Beavs Collegiate Baseball All-America

MICHAEL CONFORTO has been making history since he stepped on the Oregon State campus prior to the 2012 season. On Thursday, he made another dent in the record books. The Oregon State junior became the first Beaver to earn All-America honors in three different seasons when Collegiate Baseball named him to its first team. Joining him on the first team are LHP's Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry.

Michael Conforto, who leads the Pac-12 Conference with a .364 batting average, became the first true freshman to be named an All-American in 2012. Then in 2013, he followed that up and was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.

One mock draft, should Conforto turn pro early, has him going with the fourth pick to the Cubs. Virtually every mock draft out there has Conforto going in the first round.

Now, in 2014, he's picked up a first-team honor by Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, just a day after being named the Pac-12's Player of the Year, again. He leads the Pac-12 in slugging percentage (.578), on-base percentage (.518), runs scored (50) and walks (50). He was second during the regular season in runs batted in (55) and total bases (108), third in home runs (seven), fifth in doubles (15) and seventh in hits (68).

Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry are both etching their names into the All-America record books for the first time.

Wetzler carries an 11-1 record into this weekend's regional, and leads the nation with a 0.76 earned run average and .144 batting average against. The senior has allowed only 45 hits in 95 innings.

Most of Wetzler's games have been against Pac-12 foes having been suspended the first part of the season after the Phillies alleged he took advice from an agent, a move that was roundly criticized throughout baseball and one that may have damaged Philadelphia in the years to come. Meanwhile, Wetzler was more than solid against conference foes, posting a 9-1 record and 0.80 ERA with 40 hits allowed in 78 2/3 innings.

Fry ended the regular season with an 11-1 record, tying Wetzler for the Pac-12 lead. Fry, a junior, has a 1.43 ERA entering the Corvallis Regional, has kept opponents to a .192 batting average against this season.

He was 8-1 with a 0.92 ERA against Pac-12 clubs, and capped off the regular season by allowing 17 hits and two earned runs in his last 40 innings of Pac-12 play (0.45), a stretch of five games.

It's the second consecutive season the Beavers have had three All-Americans. Wetzler and Fry are the 24th and 25th All-Americans in Oregon State history, 15 of whom have played for head coach Pat Casey since he took over the program prior to the 1995 season.

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