Baseball Open Thread: OSU @ Arizona (Game 1)

Oregon State (18-6, 0-0) @ Arizona (19-7, 1-2) - 6:00 PM (PDT) - Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium, Tucson, AZ - 1240 KEJO/1550 KKOV/ 1550kkad.com

Oregon State and Arizona meet at 6:00 PM west coast time tonight to begin the three game series between the Beavers and Wildcats. After today's game, the Beavers and Wildcats will meet again at 1:00 PM tomorrow and 12:00 PM on Sunday.

Oregon State comes into the series with an overall record of 18-6. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Oregon, and Long Beach State (2). Their bad losses have came against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Seattle University, and UC Santa Barbara. The Beavers are currently on a one game losing streak after falling to the Gauchos on Sunday. Oregon State is currently ranked 19th in the nation.

The Wildcats come into the series with a record of 19-7, 1-2 in Pac-10 play. Their good wins have came against Long Beach State (2), Rice, and Arizona State. Last weekend, Arizona dropped a series to rival Arizona State in Tempe. Arizona is currently ranked 18th in the nation. After the series with the Beavers, the Wildcats are off until Tuesday, when they will again face the rival Sun Devils.

Oregon State's starter for tonight's game is Sam Gaviglio (5-0, 0.39), and Arizona will send out Kurt Heyer (4-1, 1.33). In Heyer's last start, he went 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Last year, Arizona went 34-24. The Wildcats went 1-2 against the Beavers in 2010.

The weather is is expected to be great for the duration of the game. The Weather Channel calls for 92° and sun at 6:00 PM, with the temperature dropping to 81° near the end of the game. The hot weather is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

After tonight's game, the Beavers and Wildcats will continue their series tomorrow at 1:00 PM Pacific. The series will conclude on Sunday with a 12:00 PM first pitch.

Go Beavers!

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