Former Klamath Falls and Bend infielder Tyler Smith of OSU earns Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the #3 ranked Beavers

#3 ranked and undefeated Oregon State looked to extend its 15-game win streak versus University of San Francisco of the West Coast Conference yesterday at Goss Stadium. But the Dons would have nothing of it, and handed OSU its first loss of the season beating the Beavers 5-1.

Earlier on Tuesday, ex-Klamath Falls Gems and Bend Elks shortstop Tyler Smith (pictured) of Oregon State University was named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

Smith is hitting .338 with a home run and 13 RBIs on the young season, and he leads OSU in steals with 6.

Tyler played for Klamath Falls last summer where he hit .367 for the Gems. Smith hit .252 with 8 doubles for the Bend Elks in 2010.

Oregon State started the season 15-0 and entered the week ranked #3 in the nation. The Beavers are excelling with a roster full of WCL alums including Smith, starting catcher Jake Rodriguez (Corvallis), starting first baseman Danny Hayes (Corvallis), starting pitcher Ben Wetzler (Corvallis), starting pitcher Matt Boyd (Corvallis), reliever Tony Bryant (Bellingham, Wenatchee), reliever Scott Schultz (Corvallis), third baseman Jerad Casper (Kitsap), pitcher Taylor Starr (Corvallis), utility man Ryan Barnes (Wenatchee), outfielder Joey Matthews (Bend), outfielder Nick Rulli (Wenatchee, Klamath Falls), outfielder Zane Yanzick (Bend), catcher Nate Esposito (Corvallis), pitcher Clay Bauer (Bend), reliever Brandon Jackson (Corvallis), outfielder Ryan Howell (Wenatchee), pitcher Carlos Rodriguez (Corvallis) and pitcher Jace Fry (Corvallis).

Ex-WCLers had much to do about breaking the Beavs’ streak as former Kitsap BlueJacket pitcher Adam Cimber closed out yesterday’s game for the Dons. And ex-Bend Elks outfielder Justin Maffei of USF collected a hit and Cowlitz Black Bears alum Jason Mahood recorded 5 assists at second base and scored a run for the Dons.

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