Editor’s Note: From time to time, we will run roundups of OSU-related odds and bits. These posts will contain quick thoughts on news that don’t warrant an entire blog post, or honestly, we don’t know enough about to write.
Women’s Hoops: Losing to UCONN didn’t hurt the Beavers too much in the eyes of the voters — they finished the season ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches’ Poll! It eclipses the program’s previous high of No. 6 prior to the NCAA Tournament. It’s the exclamation on a fantastic season and a springboard to next year. Also, this can only help in recruiting, hopefully, a lot with a certain prospect from California…
Football: Hey! We beat the Ducks at something finally. Jaydon Grant, son of former Blazers star Brian Grant, flipped from UO to the Beavers on Monday night. He’s a 6-2, 170 pound cornerback out of West Linn. While he’s walking on, if he has the heart, toughness, and determination that his father had, Jaydon will earn a scholarship quickly. He appears to be a good athlete and it must be noted last year was his only year playing high school football.
Baseball: Tough break losing ace Drew Rasmussen for the season, especially in a conference as loaded as the Pac-12. It appears Jake Thompson, Travis Eckert, and Luke Heimlich will make up the Beavers’ rotation. Eckert is coming off a Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week performance against UW during which he struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings. If the offense can step up and take pressure off, I think the Beavers can survive the loss of their ace.
Dam City Showcase: In my previous blog post, I lamented not feeling connected to the OSU football program. Saturday’s event in Hillsboro is a step in the right direction, combining a football scrimmage, BBQ, and OSU baseball game. Here’s all the details. Coach Andersen and several of his assistants are scheduled to speak during the BBQ. This event will also help engage Portland-Metro area fans more, hopefully.