Notebook: Rivalry reignited, Gonzaga game postponed, team still chasing record


Mitchell Monge, Multimedia Contributor

Former Washington closer re-lit  the northwest rivalry fire between the Beavers and Huskies Tuesday night.

Troy Rallings, 2016 All-American pitcher, took to twitter to voice his opinions on Oregon State baseball. Rallings, who graduated from Washington in spring 2016, reacted in response to a tweet from Corvallis Gazette-Times OSU baseball beat reporter Bob Lundberg.

“Pat Casey said he’s not spoken to UW coach Lindsay Meggs since last year’s NCAA tournament snub #GoBeavs,” Lundberg tweeted.

Meggs was part of the NCAA  is the Pac-12 representative for the seven-person West Regional Advisory Committee. Last season, Oregon State was left out the NCAA tournament.

Here was Rallings’ response.


Rallings then replied again to another Lundberg tweet. Lundberg’s second tweet quoted Rallings’ original tweet, writing “Former Washington closer weighs in #GoBeavs.”

Rallings replied again to Lundberg:


Rallings was very active on twitter, responding to multiple Beaver fans who reacted as well. Later that night, Rallings wrote, “Beavs are no doubt the toughest competition I ever faced every year #respect.”

The Beavers are even tougher this year, and ranked No. 1 in the nation. However, Washington enters the series in sole position of second place in the Pac-12 after taking two of three games from UCLA last weekend.

All three games will be televised live on Pac-12 network. First pitch Thursday from Husky Ballpark is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

Gonzaga game rained out

After playing 34 innings of baseball last weekend, the Beavers got nine back Tuesday afternoon.

OSU’s scheduled matchup with Gonzaga was postponed due to rain. However nice the extra day of rest might be, Beavers’ head coach Pat Casey believes everyone wanted to play.

“I don’t think anybody was excited that we couldn’t play the game,” Casey said. “Hopefully it was the right decision.”

The game was called after forecasts for heavy rain were in the Corvallis area.

“Our national weather guy called and said, ‘hey, you’ve got about a 45-minute window, and then from about 6:45 to about 10:00, you’re going to get a quarter to a half-inch of rain,’” Casey said. “Are we gonna play three innings and sit in the rain for three hours, when they fly out in the morning, and we do too?”

The simple answer is no.

After having to cancel a previous game with Portland, OSU now has two games to try and reschedule.

“We’re down two games now, and we don’t like that,” Casey said.

Pac-12 record book error

Until Sunday, it was believed that OSU’s 23-game winning streak had tied the 1988 ASU team for longest ever in the conference. However, it was discovered that the 2010 ASU team won 24 consecutive games.


This tweet was sent out Tuesday afternoon prior to the Gonzaga game. After the rain-out, OSU is looking to tie the record this Thursday in Seattle.

KJ Harrison injury update

After being moved to designated hitter for nine games, junior KJ Harrison returned to the field Saturday. He started at his regular position, first base, after injuring his thumb playing catcher in the Arizona State series.

“I only missed one game because of it, so it’s great I’m able to be out there every day still,” Harrison said.

Harrison hit a solo home run in the game Sunday, so it’s apparent he’s feeling better.

“It’s feeling good,” Harrison said. “It’s getting better, so I’m just happy I’m able to still be out there and help the team win. It’s amazing. That’s the only reason I want to be in the lineup every day is to help the team win.”

Expect Harrison to be in the lineup and to make an impact both offensively and defensively in this weekend’s series.

On Twitter: @MitchMonge55

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