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Casey has big plans for Beavers ballfield

Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey is thinking even bigger. Part of a Goss Stadium project that now will cost $3.5 million - and includes a FieldTurf surface, new scoreboard anxd additional permanent seating - are a skybox above the stands on the third-base side, a study hall room for the players and an OSU baseball memorabilia area.

'If we get everything we want, we'll have the nicest place to play college baseball on the West Coast,' Casey says.

So far, $2.3 million has been raised for the NCAA champions. The scoreboard is up, the FieldTurf goes in this month and seating has been added. The rest of the project would begin next June and be ready for the 2008 season.

• Organizers of last week's Oregon Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Multnomah Athletic Club arranged weeks in advance for Murrayhill's Little League World Series baseball team to attend as special guests.

The plan was for OSU coach Casey to be the keynote speaker, and he was on board until realizing that school president Ed Ray was putting on a tribute dinner for the Beavers the same night in Corvallis.

Casey has invited Murrayhill's all-stars to spend a day with the Beavers in Corvallis, probably in February or March, says Murrayhill manager Jeff Keller.

The Murrayhill players' whirlwind post-World Series schedule continued Sunday with a day at Oaks Park. The team will be honored at halftime of the Nov. 4 Trail Blazer-Minnesota game.

Meanwhile, the players are involved in other sports, with ace pitcher Jace Fry playing running back and infielder-pitcher Derek Keller at quarterback on a Southridge youth football team, and infielder-pitcher Sam Albert starring in youth soccer.

- Tribune staff

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