Baseball Open Thread: Creighton vs OSU (Corvallis Regional - Game 4)

Carter Bell sprints out of the batter's box after laying down a bunt. Bell had a single, a double, and scored a run in last night's 7-4 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock. (Photo by RVM)

#2 Creighton (45-14) vs #1 Oregon State (39-17) - 6:00 PM (PDT) - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - 1240 KEJO/860 KPAM/Kpam.com - ESPN3.com

Oregon State and Creighton meet at 6:00 PM west coast time tonight in Game 4 of the Corvallis Regional. The winner of tonight's game will play at 6:00 PM tomorrow against the winner of tomorrow's elimination game. The loser of tonight's game will play in that elimination game at 1:00 PM tomorrow afternoon.

Oregon State comes into tonight's game with a record of 39-17. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Arizona (2), Arizona State (3), Stanford (3), UCLA (2), California (2), and Arkansas-Little Rock. Oregon State has other solid victories against Gonzaga (2), Oregon, and Long Beach State (2).

The Beavers are currently on a one game winning streak after winning their first game of regional play last night against Arkansas-Little Rock. The Beavers could not get their bats going for the first four innings on Friday night, but a pair of runs in the fifth and three more runs in the sixth put Oregon State ahead 5-4. The Beavers would not relinquish the lead and cruised to a 7-4 win.

Oregon State was one of fourteen one seeds to win last night, with Georgia Tech and UCLA being the exceptions.

The Blue Jays come into the game with a record of 45-14. The Blue Jays are currently on a five game winning streak after defeating Southern Illinois, Missouri State (Twice), Wichita State, and Georgia.

Four of those wins were in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (Which they won), and the Georgia victory came in game one of the Corvallis Regional on Friday afternoon. The Blue Jays have been considered one of the weaker two seeds in the field of 64, but considering that 11 two seeds lost yesterday, I would say that's not the case.

In yesterday's 2-1 victory against Georgia, Scott Thornburg and Anthony Bemboom led the Blue Jays with one RBI each. Jonas Dufek went the distance on the mound for Creighton, giving up one run (Earned) on 5 hits.

Sam Gaviglio (11-2, 1.95) will get the start for the Beavers, while Creighton will send out Ty Blach (10-2, 2.72). In Gaviglio's last start, Sam went 6.2 innings, giving up 4 runs (All earned) on 4 hits. In Blach's last start, Ty went 2.2 innings, giving up 5 runs (All earned) on 6 hits.

I will be at Goss tonight and will be back with a recap and (hopefully) pictures either later tonight or tomorrow morning. 

Go Beavers!

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