OREGON STATE shortstop Trever Morrison has been cleared to play in the Dallas Regional, Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said Thursday according to the Oregonian. But he might have some rust to shake off after not playing since April 26.
"We'll take it day by day," Casey told the newspaper. "He was able to take some ground balls and move around a little bit. He's been out for about (four) and a half weeks, so he's a little bit rusty. But we're excited to have him back."
Morrison fractured a bone in his left hand in an April 26 win over USC. The sophomore was batting .319 with 18 RBIs, one home run, 24 runs and two stolen bases in 40 games.
Morrison will be monitored by the team doctor to see how much he can play.
Sophomore Caleb Hamilton was moved from third base to shortstop after Morrison's injury and has played quite well in that spot. Freshman Michael Gretler took over at third and has done well. OSU is expected to move Hamilton back to third if Morrison can start.
The Beavers meet Texas at 11:30 a.m. PT Friday. The game is available as a live stream on espn3.com.
The weather could become an issue in the regional.
Thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday and Saturday and Dallas remains under a flash flood watch. That means the regional could continue into next week. (The current schedule calls for a seventh game on Monday, if necessary).
Many OSU games this season have been pitcher's duels, with neither team able to break through offensively. More might be in store when the Beavs and Texas meet. In their unexpected run to the Big 12 Championship, the Longhorns' pitching staff allowed just seven runs in four games and had three complete games plus a 1.75 ERA.
Projected Friday starter Andrew Moore has been named a second team All-American by Louisville Slugger, Collegiate Baseball announced Thursday.
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