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Pat Casey couldn't believe a lot of what has happened this season, and he can add being omitted from the NCAA Tournament to that list.
Pat Casey couldn't believe a lot of what has happened this season, and he can add being omitted from the NCAA Tournament to that list.

The field for the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament, and the road to Omaha, is set, and it doesn't include Oregon State. This despite the Beavers having posted a 35-19 record, and as many wins as one Regional host, North Carolina State, and a 3 game sweep of shutouts of UCLA to wrap up the season.

Oregon State probably lost a bid when Utah won the Pac-12 conference with a 21-7 win over Washington, and got an automatic bid with a losing record, The Utes are headed to Oxford, MS, to take on Ole Miss.

Washington also received an invite, as the conference's 2nd place team, and is headed to Nashville, and Vanderbilt. The Huskies will first meet UC-Santa Barbara.

Oregon State finished in a 3 way tie with Arizona and Arizona State, and both the Wildcats and Sun Devils are also headed east (there are no regional sites in the west this season). The 'Cats got a 2 seed in the UL-Lafayette region, and will open against Sam Houston.

The Sun Devils, with an RPI just 1 better than Oregon State, are also a 2 seed, in the Fort Worth regional, hosted by TCU, where they will open against Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference.

"I'm not suggesting they should be in or out," Oregon State Head Coach Casey said. "I'm just questioning if they're in, how are we not in?"

Oregon State swept Arizona State, and took series wins against both Washington and Utah, but another contributing factor in being left out was getting swept in Tucson by Arizona, especially after also being swept earlier at California, and losing 2 of 3 at last place in the conference Washington State.

The Beavers, the 2nd team left out, weren't the only notable snub, as North Carolina, the first team out, was left home with an RPI of 19. West Virginia was the 3rd team out, this after the Mountaineers came within 1 run of earning an AQ bid in the Big XII Conference title game.

Florida is the #1 overall seed, despite not winning either the SEC regular season championship or the SEC Conference Tournament.

Other teams from the west headed east include St. Mary's, the 3 seed in the Raleigh, NC, North Carolina St. regional, New Mexico, the 3 seed in the Texas Tech regional in Lubbock, Cal-State Fullerton, the 2 seed in the Starkeville (Mississippi State) regional, and Long Beach State, the 3 seed in Miami, and Utah Valley St., the 4 seed in the Baton Rogue regional, where they will open against LSU.

Oregon State's failure to schedule any quality non-conference opponents except Utah Valley St, which beat them, Minnesota, the 2 seed in the College Station regional, hosted by Texas A&M, and Utah, who had a losing record for the season in part because the Beavers beat them in Surprise, AZ, also was a factor, doing serious damage to their RPI. The Beavers HAVE to quit scheduling the likes of Central Arkansas and San Francisco, instead of the likes of Fullerton, UCSB, or Gonazga.

UCLA's collapse, winding up 10th in the Pac-12, after being the preseason pick to finish second, didn't help, greatly diminishing the value of the Beavers' sweep of the Bruins this weekend.

The absence from the post season ends a run of 7 seasons in a row, and 10 trips in the last 11 seasons.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com