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NCAA Corvallis Regional – Game One
NM State vs. No. 3 Oregon State
Friday, June 3 | 8:00 p.m. MT | Goss Stadium at Coleman Field | Corvallis, Ore.
CORVALLIS, Ore. – For the second time in four seasons, the NM State baseball program is heading back to the NCAA Tournament. While the Aggies had made a pair of postseason appearances recently, it will be just the sixth time in school history that the Aggies are going dancing.
On Friday night, the Aggies will get underway with regional host and No. 3 Oregon State at 8:00 p.m. MT on ESPN U. Ian Mejia will get the ball for NM State, opposing top prospect Cooper Hjerpe who will throw for the Beavers.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS
The Beavers enter the 2022 Corvallis Regional as the third-overall seed across the country. The Beavers fell in the Pac-12 championship game to Stanford, 9-5. In conference play this season, Oregon State finished with a 20-10 record, winning the Pac-12 regular-season title.
In two games against Grand Canyon, the Beavers split the series. Oregon State was also slated to play Seattle U but the game was canceled.
The Beavers have lifted the trophy in Omaha three times before. In 2006 and 2007, Oregon State claimed back-to-back College World Series titles before once again reaching the mountain top in 2018. The Beavers have claimed 26 conference championships and made 20 NCAA Tournament Appearances, making it to Omaha seven times.
Mitch Canham is in his third season as the head coach of Oregon State baseball. Thus far, Canham has posted an 81-42 record. Legendary OSU head coach Pat Casey retired after the 2018 College World Series championship, winning 900 games in his career.
Former Beaver and top prospect Adley Rutschman made his MLB debut on May 21. Rutschman, a catcher and former number one overall pick, was the battery mate of former NM State pitcher Kyle Bradish in his first Major League game.
ABOUT THE COMMODORES
The Commodores head to Corvallis as the number two seed in the regional. Vanderbilt suffered back-to-back losses to Tennessee and Kentucky in the SEC Tournament to be eliminated. Nonetheless, the Commodores captured an at-large bid with a 36-21 record.
Vanderbilt hits the road for a regional for the first time since 2018. In 2019 and 2021, the Commodores won the Nashville Regional and the Nashville Super Regional, advancing to Omaha for the College World Series. In 2019, the Commodores were hoisting the trophy as College World Series champions.
In the last postseason trip to Corvallis, the Commodores were eliminated by the Beavers in the 2017 Corvallis Super Regional.
Throughout the 2022 regular season, Vanderbilt played ranked opponents 19 times and posted an 8-11 record.
Tim Corbin is in his 20th season as Vanderbilt's head coach. Under Corbin, the Commodores have produced top MLB talents such as Walker Buehler, David Price, Mike Yastremski, Dansby Swanson, and 2021 second overall pick Jack Leiter.
ABOUT THE TOREROS
San Diego posted a 36-18 record in the regular season, including a 17-10 record in the West Coast Conference.
The Toreros took two of three games over Grand Canyon and swept the two-game season series against California Baptist, posting a 4-1 record against WAC opponents.
The trip to Corvallis will be the ninth postseason trip in San Diego's history and the first trip since 2013 when future MLB Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Kris Bryant led the Toreros.
Much like NM State, the Toreros were considered a bid stealer in the NCAA Tournament after winning the WCC Tournament, upsetting nationally-ranked Gonzaga twice.
ABOUT THE CORVALLIS REGIONAL
The Corvallis Regional will begin with a game between No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 3 San Diego at 1 p.m. PT on Friday. The Aggies and Oregon State will meet at 7 p.m. PT with the game being televised on ESPN U.
John Schriffen and Kevin Stocker will have the call for ESPN while Adam Young will be on 99.5 FM Zia Country and ESPN Radio 101.7 FM The TEAM Albuquerque bringing the call back to fans in New Mexico. Fans can also find Young's call on The Varsity Network app.
For complete coverage of NM State baseball throughout the 2022 Corvallis Regional, visit NMStateSports.com - the official home of Aggie athletics - and follow the Aggies on Facebook (NM State Baseball), Twitter (@NMStateBaseball), and Instagram (@NMStateBaseball).