Baseball Open Thread: UC Santa Barbara @ OSU (Game 3)

UC Santa Barbara (10-8) @ Oregon State (18-5) - 1:05 PM (PDT) - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - 1240 KEJO/860 KPAM/ kpam.com - Live Video on BNO, for a fee

Oregon State and UC Santa Barbara meet at 1:05 PM west coast time today to conclude the three game series between the Beavers and Gauchos. After today's game, the Beavers will begin preparations for the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, beginning next Friday at Arizona.

Oregon State comes into today with an overall record of 18-5. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Oregon, and Long Beach State (2). Their bad losses have came against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Seattle University. The Beavers are currently on a three game winning streak after beating Seattle University on Wednesday and UC Santa Barbara on Friday and Saturday. Oregon State is currently ranked 23rd in the nation.

The Gauchos come into today's game with an overall record of 10-8. Their wins have came against LaSalle (2), Westmont, Sacramento State (2), USC (2), Louisiana-Lafayette, and Nevada (2). Their losses have came against Washington State (2), Pepperdine, Sacramento State, San Francisco, Rice, and Oregon State (2). Three of their games, against LaSalle, Washington State, and Nevada, have been cancelled due to field conditions, snow, and rain. After today's meeting with the Beavers, the Gauchos are off until Wednesday when they visit Loyola Marymount.

Oregon State's starter for today's game is James Nygren (3-0, 2.92), and UC Santa Barbara will send out Greg Davis (2-0, 2.52). In Davis' last start, he went 7.1 innings giving up 1 run on 9 hits against the Rice Owls.

Last year, UC Santa Barbara went 24-30. The Gauchos went 2-5 against Pac-10 opponents in 2010, and are currently 2-4 against the Pac-10 this season.

The weather is is expected to be nasty for the duration of the game. The Weather Channel calls for 49° and rain at 1:05 PM, with thunderstorms beginning and the temperature dropping to 48° at 3:00 PM. After the thunderstorms finish, it is expected to rain for the rest of the game.

After today's game, the Beavers will begin Pac-10 play against the Arizona Wildcats next Friday at 6:00 PM Pacific in Tucson, Arizona. The series will continue on Saturday with a 1:00 PM first pitch, and will finish on Sunday with a 12:00 PM first pitch.

Go Beavers!

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