Ex-Knight pitcher Daniel Turpen earns win vs. Rice at CWS

Daniel Turpen of the 47-15 and #4 ranked Oregon State Beavers tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. the #1 ranked Rice Owls to lead the Pac-10 champions to a 5-0 College World Series victory. The win sets up a second game with Rice Thursday, June 22 to determine who faces North Carolina in the CWS Championship Series. The sophomore right-hander from McMinnville, Oregon stymied the Owls in his first post-season start and only his second start of the season. Turpen earned the win before a record CWS crowd of 30,335. Daniel allowed only 5 hits while walking one and striking out 3.

Turpen played last summer for the Aloha Knights of the WCCBL where he posted a 2.91 ERA and went 1-1 over 14 appearances. His Aloha teammate Bill Rowe was also instrumental in the Beavers big win over the Owls. The 2005 second-team All-WCCBLer first sacker went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI. Rowe leads the Beavers in post-season RBI with 14.

Ex-Bend Elk Tyler Graham also came up huge for the Beavs. The senior centerfielder continued to flash gold glove leather in Omaha as he made two spectacular catches robbing Rice of sure hits.

The Beavers feature 14 student-athletes with experience playing on WCCBL clubs including starters junior leftfielder and Pac-10 Player of the Year Cole Gillespie (Wenatchee, 2004), senior centerfielder Tyler Graham (Bend Elks, 2004), senior first baseman Bill Rowe (Aloha Knights, 2005), senior second baseman and 2006 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kunda (Bend Elks, 2004), sophomore setup man Eddie Kunz (Bellingham Bells, 2005) and junior closer and two-time All-Pac-10 selection Kevin Gunderson (Aloha Knights, 2004); and reserves junior catcher Erik Ammon (Aloha Knights, 2005), junior pitcher Greg Keim (Bend Elks, 2004), sophomore infielder Lonnie Lechelt (Kelowna Falcons, 2005), junior pitcher Jake McCormick (Bend Elks, 2005), sophomore catcher Casey Priseman (Bellingham Bells, 2004-2005), redshirt freshman pitcher Rob Summers (Kelowna Falcons, 2005), sophomore pitcher Daniel Turpen (Aloha Knights, 2005) and senior outfielder Geoff Wagner (Bend Elks, 2002-2005).

Gillespie, Gunderson, Graham and Kunda were all selected in the 2006 MLB draft. Gillespie in the 3rd round by Milwaukee, Gunderson in the 5th round by Atlanta, Graham in the 19th round by San Francisco and Kunda in the 19th round by the New York Yankees.