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Regional baseball team capsules

CORVALLIS REGIONAL

1. OREGON STATE (42-12, 23-7 Pac-12)

COACH: Pat Casey, 20th year

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Junior OF Michael Conforto (.364, 50 runs, seven home runs, 55 RBIs, .518 OB), junior OF Dylan Davis (.286, six home runs, 63 RBIs), sophomore OF Jeff Hendrix (.355, 41 runs, .451 OB).

TOP PITCHERS: Senior LH Ben Wetzler (11-1, 0.76, 45 hits in 95.0 innings, .144 opponents' batting average), junior LH Jace Fry (11-1, 1.43, .192 opponents' batting average), senior RH Scott Schultz (6-2, 1.88).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Beavers making sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance and ninth since 2005. … Won Pac-12 for second straight season and fourth time in 10 years. … Casey is 883-514 in 27 seasons at Oregon State and George Fox. … Conforto ranks among the top 10 in most OSU career offensive lists, including RBIs (first), home runs (third), hits (fifth), runs (sixth), doubles (fifth), walks (third). … Wetzler ranks first in career wins (35) and innings pitched (360 1/3) and is third in strikeouts, 18 behind Jonah Nickerson (299). … Wetzler's 0.76 ERA is ahead of the school's single-season record (1.07, Bill Oerding, 1960).

2. NEVADA-LAS VEGAS (35-23, 20-10 Mountain West)

COACH: Tim Chambers, fourth year

RECORD VS. PAC-12 OPPONENTS: 1-1, both against Arizona State

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Junior OF Morgan Stotts (.346), junior IF T.J. White (.327, .402, 45 runs, 38 RBIs), senior 1B Patrick Armstrong (.306, seven HRs, 45 RBIs).

TOP PITCHERS: junior RH Erick Fedde (8-2, 1.76, 21 walks, 82 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings)

junior RH John Richy (11-3, 2.78, 23 walks, 105 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings), sophomore left-hander Brayden Torres (2-1, 2.05, eight saves).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Rebels making first NCAA tournament appearance since 2005. … tied for third in Mountain West. … have won five of their last seven.

3. CAL IRVINE (35-22, 15-9) Big West)

COACH: Mike Gillespie, seventh year

RECORD VS. PAC-12 OPPONENTS: 4-0 (2-0 vs. Southern Cal, 1-0 vs. UCLA, Arizona State)

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Junior 1B Connor Spencer (.361, .453, 38 RBIs), junior C Jerry McClanahan (.319, .397), junior 3B Taylor Sparks (.290, 4 homers, 33 RBIs).

TOP PITCHERS: Senior RH Andrew Morales (9-2, 1.56, 71 hits, 24 walks, 119 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings, .183 opponents' batting average), sophomore LH Elliot Surrey (6-4, 2.12), junior RH Sam Moore (0-3, 1.90, 23 saves).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Anteaters are in NCAA tournament for fifth time in seven years, twice having reached a Super Regional during that span. … Have recorded seven straight 30-win seasons, including three 40-win campaigns. … Finished third in Big West. … come into tournament on six-game losing streak, four of losses by one run. Anteaters were swept in three-game series by Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State. … Gillespie was coach at Southern Cal for 20 years before coming to Cal Irvine in 2008.

4. NORTH DAKOTA STATE (25-24, 10-12 Summit)

COACH: Tod Brown, seventh year

RECORD VS. PAC-12 OPPONENTS: 0-0

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Senior OF Tim Colwell (.376, .435 OB), senior utility Wes Satzinger (.361, .465), senior 1B Kyle Kleinendorst (.311, 3 HRS, 40 RBIs in 49 games).

TOP PITCHERS: Junior LH Parker Trewin (7-2, 2.58 with 58 hits, 27 walks and 63 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings, .232 opponent's batting average), freshman RH Reed Pfannenstein (4-1, 2.86), junior RH Trevor Jaunich (1-3, .338, 30 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Bison making first NCAA tournament appearance since becoming Division I in 2004. … have won four in a row and eight of 10. … Won Summit League postseason tournament. …, Pfannenstein threw 8 1/3 innings of five-hit shutout ball in 9-0 win over Western Illinois in conference championship game. He was tournament MVP. … Brown pitched at Arizona under Jerry Kindall in early '90s.

NASHVILLE REGIONAL

1. Vanderbilt (41-18, 17-13 SEC)

COACH: Tim Corbin, 12th year

RECORD VS. PAC-12 OPPONENTS: 3-0 (Stanford)

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Sophomore 2B Dansby Swanson (.336, 47 runs, .414 OB), freshman OF Bryan Reynolds (.323, 43 runs, four home runs, 44 RBIs), junior SS Vince Conde (.306, four home runs, 43 RBIs, .407 OB).

TOP PITCHERS: Sophomore RH Walker Buehler (10-2, 2.30, 89 strikeouts in 82.0 innings), sophomore RH Tyler Ferguson (7-3, 2.60, .199 opponents' batting average), sophomore RH Carson Fulmer (5-1, 1.31, 10 saves, .184 opponents' batting average).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Commodores making ninth straight NCAA tournament appearance. … Finished third in SEC East. … won two of three at Oregon in the regular season in 2013 after being swept by the Ducks in Nashville in 2012.

2. Oregon (42-18, 18-12 Pac-12)

COACH: George Horton, sixth year

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Junior C Shaun Chase (.281, 12 home runs, 30 RBIs), sophomore 1B Mitchell Tolman (.315, 46 RBIs, .441 OB), senior OF Tyler Baumgartner (.287, 40 RBIs).

TOP PITCHERS: Junior LH Tommy Thorpe (10-4, 2.20, 86 strikeouts in 98 innings), senior RH Jeff Gold (10-2, 3.14), junior RH Jake Reed (3.1, 2.08, 13 saves).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Ducks making third straight postseason appearance and fourth since program was restored in 2009. … Finished fourth in Pac-12. … Ducks are ranked in three of five national polls, as high as 15th (National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, USA Today/Coaches). … Horton is 896-390 in 27 seasons at Cerritos (Calif.) College, Cal State Fullerton and Oregon … Ducks are 2-9 vs. ranked opponents… Chase ranks second nationally in home runs per at-bat (one in 10.67).

3. Clemson (36-23, 15-14 ACC)

COACH: Jack Leggett, 21st year

RECORD VS. PAC-12 OPPONENTS: 0-0

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Sophomore DH Tyler Krieger (.330, 47 runs, .405 OB), senior 2B Steve Wilkerson (.318, five home runs, 39 RBIs), junior OF Garrett Boulware (.303, four home runs, 35 RBIs).

TOP PITCHERS: Junior RH Daniel Gossett (7-1, 1.78, 102 strikeouts in 101.1 innings, .191 opponents' batting average), sophomore LH Matthew Crownover (8-5, 2.26), senior RH Matt Campbell (4-0, 0.87, 42 strikeouts in 31 innings, .148 opponents' batting average).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Tigers making their sixth straight NCAA tournament appearance. … Finished tied for second in ACC Atlantic. … Crownover is the scheduled starter against Oregon. … Wilkerson has reached base in 24 straight games. … Leggett is 923-449 at Clemson.

4. Xavier (29-27, 8-10 Big East)

COACH: Scott Googins, seventh year

RECORD VS. PAC-12 OPPONENTS: 0-0

TOP POSITION PLAYERS: Junior DH Derek Hasenbeck (.307, six home runs), sophomore C Daniel Rizzle (.301, 38 runs, 33 RBIs, .393 OB), senior 3B Stephen Schoettmer (.281, five home runs).

TOP PITCHERS: senior RH Vinny Nittoli (6-3, 1.98, 63 strikeouts in 67.0 innings), senior RH Scott Klever (6-6, 4.03), freshman LH Brad Kirschner (1-2, 4.21, six saves).

THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Musketeers won Big East postseason tournament … senior OF Mitch Elliot was the most outstanding player at the Big East Tournament, going 8 for 18.

-- Kerry Eggers