Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Oregon State set to visit White House

HILLSBORO, OREGON—September 17, 2007—The next grassy field the two-time NCAA Division I National Championship baseball team will march onto will be the famed south lawn of the White House. President George W. Bush has invited the Oregon State University Beavers to his home at the nation’s capital city, Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 21st. The President is expected to formally congratulate the team for its repeat win at the College World Series in June.

OSU Head Coach Pat Casey will present President Bush with a team jersey and a unique, commemorative championship baseball bat made by Wilson/DeMarini. The bat is painted in the Beavers’ colors, black and orange, with the OSU National Champion Team logo hand-painted on it alongside the DeMarini logo.

The gift is notable, since not only is DeMarini an Oregon company located not far from Oregon State University, DeMarini has played a major role in OSU’s success at the world-class plate. In the two years OSU has been exclusively swinging DeMarini bats, they have won national championships. In addition to OSU’s success, the NCAA Division II and III national championship teams also won swinging DeMarini, as did many top players at the Little League World Series.

Established in 1989, DeMarini Sports took the bat industry by storm with the world's first high-tech softball bat. Acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in 2000, DeMarini continues to research, design and build high-performance softball and baseball bats in its state-of-the-art Hillsboro, Oregon facility.

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