Beavers, Ducks earn Pac-12 honors

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — A school-record seven Oregon State baseball players were named to the Pac-12 Conference's first-team, as announced by the league Wednesday when its 25-man first team was announced.

Meanwhile, four Oregon players were named to the list.

The Beavers' entire starting staff, Matt Boyd, Andrew Moore and Ben Wetzler, were named to the first team as were outfielders Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis, infielder Tyler Smith and catcher Jake Rodriguez. Conforto and Smith are back-to-back selections after being named first team in 2012.

Conforto was also named the Pac-12's Player of the Year and Moore was named its Freshman Of The Year.

Shortstop J.J. Altobelli, first baseman Ryon Healy, closer Jimmie Sherfy and starting pitcher Tommy Thorpe all made the team for the Ducks.

The seven selections surpasses the 2005 Oregon State team for most in school history as that club tallied six.

Boyd went 10-3 during the regular season and accumulated a 2.09 earned run average, three complete games and 98 strikeouts. He was named the Pac-12's Pitcher of the Week twice and threw a one-hit shutout against Arizona State in March. It was the first time in 30 years the Sun Devils had been one-hit.

Moore, meanwhile, enters the postseason with a Pac-12 leading 12 victories and is second in the league with a 1.22 ERA. He threw three shutouts, including two consecutive to end the regular season. Opponents have scored just two earned runs in his last 42 innings of work. He is on a seven-game win streak.

Wetzler carries a 7-1 mark into the postseason, and is on a seven-game win streak over his last eight starts. He has a 2.10 ERA in 73 innings, and has posted one shutout. The lefty has earned his second league honor after being named honorable mention last season.

Conforto has a .332 batting average and was just one of two Oregon State players to play in all 55 games during the regular season. He leads Oregon State with nine home runs and is second on the club with 42 runs batted in, which is tied for eighth in the Pac-12. He also leads the league with 37 walks.

Davis is the Pac-12's RBI leader with 53, including 34 in conference games. He also leads the Pac-12 with 20 doubles — which places him in the top 10 in OSU single-season history — and his .344 batting average is good for sixth. He is also 8-for-10 in stolen bases and has just one error in 95 chances.

Smith played in 46 games at short for the Beavers, batting .306 with seven doubles, two home runs and 23 RBIs. He missed 12 games midway through the season due to injury, and the Beavers went 7-5 in his absence but OSU was 38-5 with him in the lineup.

Rodriguez and fellow catcher Nate Esposito kept opponents from stealing a base in 20 straight games. Rodriguez had thrown out 13 straight. Opponents were just 11-for-30 (36.6 percent) in stolen-base attempts against him this season. Rodriguez also batted .272 with nine doubles, two home runs and 32 RBI.

For the Ducks, Altobelli, a senior from Newport Beach, Calif., earned a spot on the team after finishing the regular season with a .290 batting average with 24 RBI and eight stolen bases. He was spectacular on defense, committing just five errors and finishing with the top fielding percentage (.982) among the conference's shortstops. Altobelli, who has started 58 of Oregon's 59 games, is one of 14 players on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year watch list.

Healy, a junior from West Hills, Calif., finished the regular season among the Pac-12 leaders in six separate categories. He led the league in home runs (10) while ranking third in both RBIs (50) and slugging percentage (.548).

Sherfy, a junior from Camarillo, Calif., is a two-time first-team honoree, also earning Pac-12 All-Conference accolades last season. The Ducks right-hander enters postseason play second in the country in saves with 20 after leading the Pac-12 during the regular season. He posted a 2-0 record with a 1.67 ERA during the regular season and is the active career leader in strikeouts. He also ranks second among active players in career saves with 39.

Thorpe, a sophomore from Vancouver, Wash., led the Ducks' starters with a 2.22 ERA while finishing the regular season with a 7-4 record with a team-high 83 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched. He was among the Pac-12 leaders in six separate categories finishing fourth in batters struck out and batters struck out looking (25), while ranking sixth in opposing batting average (.221) and seventh in ERA.

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