The Dam Links 2/14/2014: First Pitch

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I've been waiting for this since the last out in Omaha last June...

0 days until first pitch. How 'bout them apples?

197 days until kickoff vs. Portland State.

The Oregonian's Connor Letourneau has a great feature on incoming Oregon State offensive line recruit Drew Clarkson, whose senior year was made far more difficult by a fight with testicular cancer. If you like that story, here are some leftoversthat cut due to space limitations in the newspaper.

Former OSU Beaver Esera Tuaolo, one of a very small number of former NFL players who have come out of the closet after leaving the NFL, discusses Michael Sam's decision to come out while eligible for the NFL draft.

The Civil War basketball rematch is this weekend, and the Beavers are looking for only their second sweep over the Ducks in the last 20 years. OSUBeavers.com has a preview of the game, which is on Sunday at noon at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

In the long week between basketball games, Connor Letourneau looks at Angus Brandt, who is working on rediscovering his 3-point shot. The Gazette Times' Jesse Sowa also has a feature on Brandt.

He also believes the Beavers need to replicate their defensive success this weekend, if they are going to have similar success to their last game against the Ducks. Roberto Nelson sees on the court trash talk as motivation, not something to get mad about. Andrew Greif of the Oregonian draws some comparisons between Roberto Nelson and Oregon's Joseph Young, the Ducks' leading scorer.

In the wake of the Marcus Smart incident last weekend in Stillwater, and Duck coaches getting spit on by Sun Devil fans last weekend, Coach Robinson has some input on what exactly is over the line when it comes to fan behavior.

Over on Rush the Court.net, BtD's own Conor Pelton (@ConnorPelton28) put together the best Youtube basketball moments at Oregon State. Head over there to watch the highlights and vote.

OSU's Athletic Department has put together its game preview for Friday night's baseball opener against Gonzaga, in the first game of the Husker Classic in Tempe, Arizona. Ben Wetzler is the probable starter for the Beavers. The Beavers play Saturday against tournament host Nebraska, then Pacific on both Sunday and Monday. They'll be back in Arizona against next weekend for the Pac 12-Big 10 tournament, which includes an additional game against Nebraska, then games against Michigan State, #4 ranked Indiana, and a non-conference tilt against the UW Huskies.

Perfect Game puts together a college baseball season preview, and although most of it is behind a pay wall, they predict Oregon State to win the Pac-12 again this year, which is public. Baseball America projects its field of 64, and predicts Oregon State as the #2 overall seed. They predict UCLA and Oregon hosting regionals, but neither of them as national seeds. They do project two OSU non-conference opponents fairly highly -- Indiana as the #3 overall seed, and Nebraska as a #2 seed.

The Pac-12's official website also has a baseball preview.

Baseball single game tickets go on sale Monday.

The womens' basketball team completed a snow-delayed weekend sweep of the mountain schools, defeating Utah 60-47 on Monday night. Just over 500 fans turned out for each of the rescheduled games.

The Lady Beavs are now fifth in the conference at 7-5, which includes a perfect 5-0 home record. Their overall record is 15-9. A women's NIT berth seems likely, with an outside shot at an NCAA berth if they can finish strong. The team continues play Friday night at home against UCLA; OSUBeavers.com has a preview. The Daily Barometer points out that the most surprising thing about the Lady Beavers' recent success is that their leading scorer, Jamie Weissner, has missed three games (and counting) with a wrist injury.

The softball team is playing five games this weekend, starting Friday at 10:15 am against Tulsa, immediately followed by a game against host and #8/11 Texas A&M. That comes on the heels of splitting six games last weekend in Tempe, Arizona. They defeated NC State, Penn State, and Appalachin State, and lost to San Diego State, Cal State Northridge, and Colorado State. Good lord, softball teams play a lot of games.

The NCAA wrestling national duals start Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Oregon State starts off against Virginia Tech, the winner taking on Cornell.

Former OSU wrestling coach Joe Wells is going to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame by the Oregon Chapter on March 3rd. Also inducted in Corvallis High School coach Ron Sather, who was a wrestler at OSU in the 70's, and has been the Spartans' head coach for 23 years. Unrelated side note: in addition to being the head wrestling coach, and he was also my finance teacher when I was at Corvallis High School.

Although last weekend's snowed out meet against Cal will not be rescheduled, the Beavers' gymnastics team will back in action this weekend, hosting a 4-team meet -- the Comfort Suites Invitational. Boise State, Utah State and Seattle Pacific will be the opposing squads.

And in your unrelated video of the day, this is what it looks like when a videocamera falls out of an airplane. Recommended to watch until the end.

Don't forget to vote in the poll below, and seeing as how it's the first day of the sport Oregon State is best at, It's a Great Day to be a Beaver!

P.S. As a public service reminder, it's Valentine's Day, so don't forget about that just in case there's someone in your life who might be mad if you forgot about such things.

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