Baseball Open Thread: OSU @ Washington (Game 1)

#5 Oregon State (35-11, 14-4) @ Washington (13-30, 4-14) - 6:00 PM (PDT) - Safeco Field, Seattle, WA - 1240 KEJO/1550 KKOV/1550kkad.com

Oregon State and Washington meet at 6:00 PM west coast time tonight to begin the three game series between the Beavers and Huskies. After tonight's game, the two teams will meet again at 2:00 1:00 PM tomorrow.

Saturday's game has been moved up to a 1 PM start, and the teams will play a double header, with the third game of the series, originally scheduled for 1 PM Sunday, moved to 4:30 Saturday, due to the increasing threat of rain Saturday night and into Sunday.

Oregon State comes into tonight's game with a record of 35-11, 14-4 in the Pac-10. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Arizona State (3), Stanford (3), UCLA (2), and California (2). Oregon State has other solid victories against Gonzaga (2), Oregon, Long Beach State (2), and Arizona (2).

The Beavers are currently on a two game winning streak after defeating California on Sunday and Portland on Tuesday night. In Sunday's game, the Golden Bears took a 1-0 lead in the game on a leadoff home run by Tony Renda, but Oregon State answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs. Oregon State would eventually stretch the lead to 4-1, and the final was 4-2 after a Cal rally in the eighth fell short.

On Tuesday night, Beaver Ryan Dunn hit for the cycle en route to a 13-3 rout of the Pilots.

The Huskies come into the game with a record of 13-30, 4-14 in the Pac-10. The Pilots are currently on a three game losing streak after being swept at Stanford last weekend.

Washington is by far out of contention for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, and after last weekend's sweep in Stanford, the Huskies are officially out of contention for the Pac-10 title as well. However, that doesn't mean Washington won't want to play spoiler this weekend, especially against the rival Beavers.

Last weekend in Stanford, California, the Huskies were swept in three games against the Stanford Cardinal. After this weekend's series with the Beavers, the Huskies will return to action on Monday when they host the Pacific Tigers.

Josh Osich (6-2, 3.08) will take the mound for the Beavers tonight, while Tyler Kane (1-2, 4.18) gets the nod for Washington. In Osich's last start, Josh went 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (All earned) on 6 hits. In Kane's last appearance, Tyler picked up a save in 0.1 innings of work on May 1st against Washington State.

Go Beavers!

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