His ridiculous and unfair suspension over, Oregon State Beavers pitcher Ben Wetzler shined in his 2014 season debut Sunday, allowing only four hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings of work as the Beavers walloped Wright State Raiders to the tune of 13-2.
69 of Wetzler’s 89 pitches were strikes, and he only walked one batter (two if you count the batter he hit). The win was the 25th of his illustrious Oregon State career, leaving him only six victories shy of Ken Noble for the school’s all-time record.
If you missed the story about Wetzler’s suspension, just know it was another example of the NCAA’s ludicrous restrictions on amateur athletes. After being drafted in the 5th round by the Philadelphia Phillies last summer, Wetzler made use of an agent while discussion his potential professional future. Not only is it common for players to ignore the NCAA’s “no-agent rule” in situations such as that, but it’s also common for MLB teams to eschew reporting the minor violation to the NCAA. However, after Wetzler decided to return to Oregon State for one more season, the Phillies found it pertinent to report his violation, thus causing the young pitcher to be suspended.
[Source: Oregon Live]