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Tickets for the Corvallis Regional are sold out. However, any tickets returned by participating teams will be made available on a single-game basis each day.
(TUCSON, Ariz) - 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-American honors in three different seasons when Collegiate Baseball named him to its first team. Joining him on the first team are left-handed pitchers Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry.
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.
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. And for good reason. 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).
Wetzler and Fry are both etching their names into the All-American 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, and he was 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.
Corvallis Regional Tickets:
Tickets for the Corvallis Regional are sold out. However, any tickets returned by participating teams will be made available on a single-game basis each day. If any are returned, Oregon State will make an announcement at 10 a.m. each day via Twitter.com/Beaver_Baseball. Should they become available, tickets are $20 for infield reserved seats, $15 for outfield general admission and $12 for student outfield seats.
Any available tickets will be made available only at the Goss Stadium ticket office starting at noon.
Fans who attend the regional should note that the parking lot beyond the left field fence will be closed to the public each day, and other parking lots near Goss Stadium will require a fee.
Source: OSU Athletics
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