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OSU baseball player can pitch this weekend following arrest

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An Oregon State University baseball player arrested last weekend on charges including misdemeanor trespassing is eligible to pitch for the Beavers this weekend.

Ben Wetzler, 22, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. last Saturday.

Police said he tried to get into a home on Northwest 14th Street and after being told by the people inside that he was at the wrong place, he smashed the glass pane on the door.

Officers said alcohol was a factor in the case. Wetzler did not get inside the home. He was booked in jail on charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

According to an OSU Athletic Department spokesman, Wetzler is available to play in this weekend's matchup against the University of Washington.

Coach Pat Casey released a statement Friday saying, "Although this incident may not rise to the level of suspension per OSU student-athlete code of conduct policies, I have decided Ben will serve a five-game suspension effective last Saturday."

That makes him available to pitch in Sunday's game. Casey said Wetzler will also serve community service.

An OSU spokesman told Fox 12 that players accused of misdemeanor crimes can typically continue playing, while a felony charge would be treated differently.

The Beavers sit atop the Pac-12 standings and are ranked second in the country by Baseball America. Washington is second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the country.

Wetzler also released a written statement Friday, apologizing to the team, coaches, university and community.

"There is no excuse for what I did," Wetzler said. "I plan on reaching out to the owners of the house to apologize to rectify the situation the best I can."

Wetzler has a record of 9-1 for the season. He is scheduled to be in court for an arraignment on May 29.

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