It’s been a busy weekend in Beaver Nation, so in case you’ve missed anything, we’re here to help you catch up.
Former Beaver great Marie Gulich made her professional debut with the Phoenix Mercury last Friday. In Friday’s game, an 86-78 victory over the Dallas Wings, Gulich played 10 minutes and scored two points. In her second game, an 87-82 win over the Seattle Storm, Gulich saw less time, around 3 minutes, but still scored 2 points. It will be interesting to see how Gulich adapts her game to the pro style.
Gulich’s former teammate, Sydney Wiese, began her second season as a member of the LA Sparks this weekend. Wiese is the only other Beaver in the pros, and finished her rookie season with 2.3 points per game. Wiese saw only 2:26 worth of action in the Sparks’ season debut, an incredible 77-76 win over the Minnesota Lynx, and scored no points.
The men’s basketball team got a huge commitment this weekend. Point Guard Antoine Vernon, from Hamilton, Ontario, has committed to join Coach Wayne Tinkle’s squad next season. Vernon has been ranked as one of the best high school players in Canada, and should be a huge part of Beaver basketball for the next few seasons.
In baseball news, after the Beavers won their final road series against USC, and Florida lost their series against Mississippi State this weekend, the national polls are split. D1 Baseball still has the Gators on top, and Baseball America agreed with them. However, The National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association has the Beavers taking the top spot.
D! Baseball has also released their projections for the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament. They currently project Oregon State to take the third overall seed, behind Florida and Stanford, and welcoming Indiana, Texas A&M, and Nevada to Corvallis.
Golden Spikes has released their list of 25 semifinalists for this year’s Golden Spikes Award, given to the best amateur baseball player in the country. Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach both made the cut.
The softball team had an incredible weekend. After dropping their first game in the Tuscaloosa Regional in heartbreaking fasshion, the team bounced back and knocked out Middle Tennessee in the elimination game, 4-0. Then, in the rematch with Wisconsin, the Beavers triumphed 5-1, in a game that featured perhaps the greatest inside the park home run in the history of the sport.
Sadly the team could not complete their run against regional host Alabama, who won 6-0 to advance. Still, it’s been an impressive season for the Beavers, and there’s a lot to build on for next year.
Finally, the men’s rowing team will compete in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships for the sixth straight season. The Beavers will send three teams to the regata, which takes play from June 1st-3rd. Good luck to all the Beavers competing!