Beavers' Ortiz on all-Pac-10 team
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Oregon State sophomore catcher Ryan Ortiz has been named to the all-Pac-10 Conference team.
Three other Beavers — senior outfielder Daniel Robertson, junior outfielder John Wallace and freshman closer Kevin Rhoderick — received honorable mention.
Ortiz played in all 52 games, appearing mainly at catcher. He batted a team-leading .351 with 16 doubles and five home runs.
Ortiz drove in 55 runs, which led OSU and was just one shy of tying him for 10th-most in an Oregon State single season. His 10-game hit streak from March 9-29 not only helped him earn conference player of the week honors, but it was also Oregon State's longest of the season.
Defensively, Ortiz maintained a .988 fielding percentage at both catcher and first base. As a catcher, he threw out 14 of 40 runners attempting to steal, for a 35-percent clip.
Robertson played just one season for the Beavers, starting in 50 of the team's 52 games, mostly in right field. He was second to Ortiz in batting average at .327 and led OSU with 44 runs. His 64 hits ranked him second on the club, and he finished with 12 doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Wallace hit .326 in 46 games with five doubles, three triples and 20 RBI.
Rhoderick held on to the closer spot from Day 1 for the Beavers, going 0-1 with a 2.39 ERA and 12 saves. The save total is third-best for a season in school history.
Opponents hit just .131 against the right-hander.
Ortiz and Rhoderick have been invited to the trials for the USA Baseball National Team in June.
Arizona State's Brett Wallace was named player of the year, and teammate Mike Leake was pitcher of the year.
Voting was done by Pac-10 coaches.