JP's Weekly Walk-Off: Corvallis Regional

Play opens today in the Corvallis Regional as Nebraska plays Yale and Oregon State hosts Holy Cross. Get ready for the action with JP's Weekly Walk-Off.

For the sixth time since the NCAA adopted its current tournament format in 1999, the Beavers will play host to a Regional tournament.  For the fourth time in school history the Beavers received one of the eight coveted national seeds, with this being the second time they were the top seed over-all.  Joining the festivities are teams from the Big Ten Conference, Ivy League, and Patriot League.

OSU (1)

Nebraska (2)

Yale (3)

Holy Cross (4)

Overall Record:

49 – 4

35 – 20 – 1

32 – 16

23 – 27

Conference Record:

27 – 3

16 – 7 – 1

16 – 4

12 – 8

Home:

26 – 1

17 – 6

11 – 3

13 – 8

Away/Neutral Sites:

23 – 3

18 – 14 – 1

21 – 13

10 – 19

Last 10 Games:

10 – 0

6 – 4

9 – 1

5 – 5

Last 5 Games:

5 – 0

3 – 2

5 – 0

3 – 2

Streak:

Won 16

Lost 2

Won 8

Lost 2

RPI:

1

44

48

210

SOS:

88

70

159

221

ISR:

1

42

83

230

Goss Stadium at Coleman Field

Seating Capacity: 3,248 (not including additional temporary seating in the outfield)
Field Dimensions:

  • Foul Lines: 330 ft.
  • Power Alleys: 365 ft.
  • Center: 400 ft. 

Height of Fence: 8 ft. in right and center field, 14 ft. in left field
Playing Surface: Field Turf

How They Got Here

Oregon State – The Beavers secured the Pac-12’s automatic bid, having lead the conference from start to finish, ultimately finishing 6 games ahead of second-place Stanford in the standings.

Nebraska – The Cornhuskers received an at-large bid after finishing the regular season atop the Big Ten standings, but failed to secure the conference’s automatic bid losing two of three games in the Big Ten Tournament.

Yale – The Bulldogs received the Ivy League’s automatic bid after winning the Red Rolfe division then defeating Penn (winner of the Lou Gherig division) in the Ivy League Tournament.

Holy Cross – The Crusaders finished the regular season in second place, but despite their sub-.500 record over-all, secured the Patriot League’s auto-bid via defeating Army in the semifinals, then Bucknell (who eliminated regular season champ Navy) in the tournament finals. 

The Season in a Nutshell

Oregon State – OSU was tabbed first in the Pac-12 pre-season coach’s poll, and certainly lived up to those expectations.  From the time they opened the conference schedule with a win over Arizona, the Beavers remained atop the Pac-12 standings the rest of the way on their way to setting several school and conference winning percentage records.   

Nebraska –  The Cornhuskers were the #3 pick in the Big Ten pre-season poll, and exceeded those projections, finishing a half game ahead of Michigan for the regular season title.  The season started slowly, as UN dropped 6 (two to OSU) of their first 9 games during the first three weekends of neutral-site contests, but subsequently they only lost back-to-back games twice the remainder of the season and avoided any additional prolonged slumps. 

Yale – Picked second in their division in most pre-season polls, the Bulldogs overcame a tough 3-9 start to open the season, winning 29 of their remaining 36 games.  Their current 8 game win streak is the 4th longest active streak in the country.

Holy Cross – Slow starts have become a theme here, and the Crusaders top both Nebraska and Yale in that department, dropping 14 of their first 18 games. A strong 12-4 stretch in April got them back on track and in position to make the conference tournament.

Coaching Notes

Oregon State – Pat Casey, 23rd year at OSU, 30th season as a head coach (7 at George Fox).  NCAA Tournament experience: 10 Regionals, 5 Super Regionals, 4 CWS appearances, 2 National Titles. Over-all 46-21 in NCAA Tournament play.

Nebraska – Darin Erstad, 6th year at Nebraska, 6th as a head coach.  NCAA Tournament experience: 2 regionals (2-seed in 2014, 3-seed 2016). Over-all 1-4 in NCAA Tournament play.

Yale – John Stuper, 25th season at Yale. Yale last appeared in the post season tournament in 1994 when they lost a play-in series to Ryder under the old bracket format.

Holy Cross – Greg Dicenzo, 10th season at Holy Cross.  Holy Cross is making their first tournament appearance since 1978.

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