Baseball Open Thread: California @ OSU (Game 3)

Benny wishes Moms everywhere a happy Mothers' Day, and hope they enjoy a great baseball game. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

#21 California (28-15, 12-8) @ #6 Oregon State (33-11, 13-4) - 1:05 PM (PDT) - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - 1240 KEJO/860 KPAM/ - Live Video on BNO, for a fee

It's Mothers' Day baseball, as Oregon State and California meet at 1:05 PM west coast time today to conclude the three game series between the Beavers and Golden Bears. After today's game, the Beavers are off until Tuesday, when they will welcome the Portland Pilots into Corvallis for a quick mid-week game.

The Beavers and Golden Bears, not to mention BTD (& CaliforniaGoldenblogs), wish moms everywhere a very happy Mothers Day!

Oregon State comes into today's game with a record of 33-11, 13-4 in the Pac-10. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Arizona State (3), Stanford (3), UCLA (2), and California. Oregon State has other solid victories against Gonzaga (2), Oregon, Long Beach State (2), and Arizona (2).

The Beavers are currently on a one game losing streak after falling to California last night, though they have lost 3 of their last 4 games. In game one of yesterday's doubleheader, the Beavers prevailed 3-0 in a game dominated by good pitching on both sides. In the night-cap of the twin-bill, Oregon State gave back an early 1-0 lead and eventually fell to the Golden Bears by a final score of 6-2.

The Golden Bears come into the game with a record of 28-15, 12-8 in the Pac-10. California's good wins have came against Coastal Carolina, Rice, San Francisco, and Oregon State. The Golden Bears are currently on a one game winning streak after their victory last night, and have won 4 of their last 6 contests.

Oregon St. has won all 5 of their Pac-10 series so far, and California 4 of 5, so today's series deciding contest could go either way without being a surprise.

The Golden Bears won two of three games last weekend against Oregon, moving into fourth place in the Pac-10. After this weekend's series with the Beavers, the Golden Bears will return to action on Tuesday, May 17th when they face the UC Davis Aggies on the road.

Oregon State's starter for today's game is Ben Wetzler (5-2, 4.12), while California's starter is TBA. In Caifornia's last Sunday game, the Golden Bears threw Dixon Anderson (4-2, 4.28). Game day word is the the Golden Bears will go with senior right hander Kevin Miller (5-3, 2.10). In Wetzler's last start, Ben went 5.1 innings, giving up 3 runs (All earned) on 5 hits.

For Tuesday's game, the Beavers will most likely start James Nygren (7-2, 3.61). In Portland's last Tuesday game, the Pilots started Owen Jones (4-5, 5.37).

Go Beavers!

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