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Wetzler case on appeal

Oregon State will appeal pitcher Ben Wetzler's 11-game suspension to the NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee.

"We understand the soonest it will be heard is Thursday," says Steve Clark, OSU's vice president/university relations and marketing. "We would hope there would be an immediate decision."

Best-case scenario is that Wetzler -- now eligible to return to duty for Sunday's final game of the fourth-ranked Beavers' four-game homestand with Wright State -- would be cleared to throw as early as Friday's series opener. A double-header is scheduled for Saturday.

"We think it's important to establish that we're opposed to the ruling," Clark says. "We'd like (the suspension) to be as short as possible to give (coach) Pat Casey the options he deserves."