The Oregon State Beavers have nine seniors on their roster, most of whom know what it feels like to go to Omaha and to win a National Championship. That is, except for Daniel Robertson.
Jim Beseda of the Oregonian has the story.
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Robertson left Concordia University, an NAIA school in Irvine, Calif., and walked on as a senior for the Beavers, hoping OSU would get to Omaha for another College World Series appearance.
"The biggest players always want to play on the biggest stage, because it's going to bring out the best in them," Robertson said. "I think that was one of the reasons why I came out here, too.
"You never mean to hold anything back, but when you step in the batter's box and you have 3,000 people cheering for you here, or you imagine 22,000 people cheering for you in Omaha . . . that's just something you can't shy away from, something you don't want to miss."
Robertson has definitely made a name for himself in Corvallis. Along with Ryan Ortiz, Jason Ogata, and Joey Wong, Robertson has played in every game this season. He's batting .328 with 60 hits and 41 runs scored. He's third on the team in doubles with 12, has one triple, and has two home runs on the season.
If there's one thing Beaver Nation will remember Daniel for, it's his hustle. He's always going hard, even if it's running to first base on a walk or taking the field before games. He's the kind of guy who loves to play the game, and plays the game right.
For more on Daniel, head over to OregonLive and check out Beseda's full article.