Baseball Open Thread: Washington State @ OSU (Game 2)

Oregon St. takes on Washington St. in the middle game of the series tonight. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Washington State (14-18, 2-11) @ #9 Oregon State (28-7, 9-1) - 5:35 PM (PDT) - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - 1240 KEJO/1550 KKOV/1550kkad.com - Live Video on BNO, for a fee

Oregon State and Washington State meet at 5:35 PM west coast time tonight to continue the three game series between the Beavers and Cougars. After tonight's game, the two teams will meet again tomorrow for a 2:05 PM first pitch.

Oregon State comes into tonight's game with a record of 28-7, 9-1 in the Pac-10. The Beavers have good wins against Gonzaga (2), Connecticut, Oregon, Long Beach State (2), Arizona (2), Arizona State (3), and Stanford (3). Their bad losses have came against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Seattle University, and UC Santa Barbara.

The Beavers are currently on a ten game winning streak with wins over Arizona (2), Portland, Arizona State (3), Stanford (3), and Washington State. The streak began after the Beavers suffered their 4th worst loss in the history of the program, an 18-0 defeat at the hands of Arizona.

The Cougars come into the game with a record of 14-18, 2-11 in the Pac-10. Their good wins have came against Cal State Bakersfield (2), Gonzaga (3), Stanford, and UCLA. Their bad losses have came against Minnesota, South Alabama, and Dallas Baptist.

Last night, the Beavers used a three-run 7th inning to put down Washington State by a final score of 4-2. After this weekend's series, the Cougars will return to the diamond on Monday to begin a two game series against BYU.

Oregon State's starter for tonight's game is Sam Gaviglio (7-1, 1.19), and the Cougars will send out Chad Arnold (0-3, 7.65). In Gaviglio's last start, Sam went 8 innings, giving up no runs on 4 hits. In Arnold's last start, Chad went 3.1 innings, giving up 7 runs (All earned) on 7 hits.

In tomorrow afternoon's series finale, the Beavers will start Josh Osich (5-0, 3.38), while James Wise (3-4, 4.91) will take the mound for Washington State.

Last year, Washington State went 37-22. Washington State made the NCAA Tournament, but the Cougars finished second in the Fayetteville Regional. The Cougars went 2-1 against the Beavers in 2010.

This season, the Cougars have been plagued by inconsistencies, both at the plate and in the field. They began their season with high hopes and expectations, but they come into Easter weekend in the cellar of the Pac-10 conference. In order to gain an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars will need somewhere around a 19-4 record to close out the season in order to make the Field of 64.

The weather is is expected to be great for the duration of the game. The Weather Channel calls for 57°and sunny at 5:35 PM, with the temperature dropping to 48° near the end of the game. The forecast for tomorrow looks great as well.

Go Beavers!

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