OSU senior pitcher can't play till March 2

The NCAA announced Friday that Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler will miss six more games — 11 in all — as his penalty for use of a financial adviser in negotiating a potential contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Oregon State denounced the governing body's decision.

"This is inexplicable," said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing.

Wetzler, from Clackamas High, will be eligible to play on Sunday, March 2, in the fourth game of a four-game home series against Wright State.

The penalty imposed wipes out 20 percent of his senior season.

Wetzler had an all-Pac-12 2013, going 10-1 with a 2.25 ERA. In June, the Phillies drafted him in round five. But he turned them down and chose to return to Oregon State.

“Oregon State University continues to support Ben in this matter,” athletic director Bob De Carolis said. “He is a great example of a student-athlete who turned down a significant sum of money from a professional baseball team to return to OSU to complete his academic degree and collegiate eligibility.”

OSU proposed a penalty of 10 percent of the Beavers' 2014 season, in a case that began in November.

“This is really a shame," Clark said. "To be clear, Ben received no money, nor did he enter into an agreement with the intent of hiring an agent to negotiate on his behalf. The violation was a technicality, and we strongly believe that it is overly harsh for him to lose 20 percent of his senior season because of that."

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