Wetzler set to pitch this weekend for OSU
CORVALLIS — According to a report by Kendall Rodgers of Perfect Game, Oregon State senior left-handed pitcher Ben Wetzler will pitch this weekend when the No. 2 Beavers host No. 5 Washington in a three-game Pac-12 series that could determine the conference title.
Wetzler was arrested early Saturday morning when he was reported to have broken a window of a residence while heavily intoxicated. He reportedly thought the residence was his own, and broke the window to try to unlock the door, despite a resident attempting to tell him that he was in the wrong place.
He was arrested shortly afterward for first degree criminal trespass and second degree criminal mischief. He was released later Saturday on a bail of $37,000.
"With Ben, we take this matter really seriously, as all matters that deal with our student athletes," OSU coach Pat Casey said on Tuesday. "Myself as a coach, the athletic department, the university, we deal with them immediately upon finding out all the details of what's going on."
Casey also said "There's certainly high degrees of trouble, lower level degrees of trouble and all those kinds of things. Like I said, at the end of the day being a coach and parent you want what's best for them."
If Wetzler does pitch this weekend, it doesn't necessarily mean he won't be disciplined at a later date. Those involved in the decision may be waiting for more information on the situation.
The series begins today at 4 p.m., continues at 4 p.m. Saturday and wraps up at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Wetlzer is Oregon State's all-time career wins leader and has been the Friday night starter most of the season after working back into the rotation following an 11-game suspension by the NCAA at the start of the season for his dealings with an "adviser" in connection with negotiating a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies after they drafted him in the fifth round last June.
Wetzler is 9-1 overall with a nation-best 0.94 ERA.
The Beavers, at 20-4 in the conference, hold a one-game lead over the Huskies, 19-5.