The Beaver baseball team has won ten consecutive games, averaging nearly ten runs per contest over that stretch. One player using his experience from a different sport to help him on the diamond is Jordan Poyer who gives the Beavers speed around the bags and athleticism in the outfield.
At the plate, the Astoria native is always looking for a hit.
"It's not easy, but it's a good experience," said Poyer during a hitting drill at OSU practice. "I've always wanted to do that growing up."
Poyer is batting near .200 this season after spending a couple of years away from the game. But he say's baseball is in his blood.
"Hitting a home run, it's just that feeling of alright - of yea, I did that," said Poyer.
Poyer spent those two years away from the diamond making different kinds of hits, on the football field. Against USC, Poyer returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown in the Beavers' 36-7 victory in Corvallis.
"That's a play I'll never forget," said Poyer. "It's my second interception of the year and taking it to the house is a great feeling. It's something I'll never forget."
Poyer had two interceptions last year and as a special teamer, he returned 33 kickoffs for an average of 28 yards.
But Poyer admits, playing both sports is a grind. Even now that it's baseball season, the 19-year-old still wakes up every Wednesday for 6:30am circuit runs with the football team.
"It's two grinds that are rewarding. At the end of the year, I'm going to look back at both seasons and I'm going to be proud of what I did and what I accomplished."
While looking for hits, Poyer plans to contribute as much as he can to the baseball team before getting back to making hits on the football field.