The Clackamas High graduate is the all-time winningest pitcher at OSU

by: ETHAN ERICKSON - OREGON STATE LEFT-HANDER BEN WETZLERClackamas High School graduate Ben Wetzler on April 25 set an Oregon State University baseball record for career wins, striking out seven, walking one and scattering five hits in 8-1/3 innings of work in a 3-1 win over Oregon.

It was the 31st career win for the senior left-hander, breaking the record set by Ken Noble, at 30 games, between 1975 and 1978.

Wetzler added to the record last Friday, bringing his career record at OSU to 32-7 with a 10-4 win at California. He pitched 7-2/3 innings in that game, striking out six and walking two, while allowing five hits and one earned run.

Wetzler this season has an 8-1 record, with a 0.78 ERA, having allowed 32 hits, 23 walks and six earned runs, while striking out 51 in 69 innings.

As a junior, Wetzler went 10-1 with a 2.25 ERA; as a sophomore he went 8-2 with a 3.10 ERA; and as a freshman he went 6-3 with a 4.66 ERA.

Wetzler was taken by Philadelphia in the fifth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Player Draft, but declined the offer so that he could play out his senior year with the Beavers.

Wetzler told freelance writer Jon Fuccillo during a recent interview: “Honestly... being a senior now, I have my routine pretty much down [off and on the field]. I know these teams in the Pac-12 pretty well and I attack them....”

“It was really, really special,” Wetzler told Fuccillo, when asked what the career win record means to him. “To do it with my home crowd, who stuck it out with the terrible weather. Plus, against our biggest rival. That was special.”

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