Washington (16-8, 3-2) at #22 Oregon State (16-8, 5-3) at 1:05 PM Saturday PDT - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM - Video and Audio Stream on Beaver Nation Online, for a fee
Washington and Oregon St. wind up their Pac-12 series with a Sunday game at Goss Stadium.
The Beavers are looking for a win that would give them their third series win in a row against the Huskies, and have won 5 of the last 7.
Washington took Saturday's ROOT Sports NW televised opener 3-2 in 10 innings, in unexpectedly good playing conditions, but Oregon St. bounced back strong in miserable conditions to dominate the second game, winning 9-0.
The Beavers left numerous runners in scoring position in the first game, which squandered a strong 8 inning outing by Ben Wetzler, and opened the door for a similarly solid pitching effort by Aaron West and 3 relievers to earn the win. Tony Bryant came in with the game tied in the 9th, and when Oregon St. couldn't break the tie in their at bat, had to continue on, and eventually took the loss.
The inhospitable weather conditions seemed to bother Washington in the second game, but a key 5th inning stretch, where they loaded the bases with no one out, but couldn't score seemed to deflate them even more.
"Dan (Child) was tough all night, but that was outstanding," Oregon St. coach Pat Casey said of the pivotal shut down. "That definitely gave us the momentum."
Dan Child built on that pitching recovery to go on to throw 8 shutout innings before handing the ball over to Scott Schultz, and picked up his third win of the season.
Oregon St. got 2 runs in an at bat in 4 of their final 5 at bats to gradually but relentlessly pull away, as both Ryan Dunn and Michael Conforto homered, in the 4th and 8th innings. Conforto's 2 run shot gives him 5 by the end of March, as many as anyone hit for the Beavers all of last season.
LHP Jace Fry (1-1, 5.14) will start for Oregon St. today, while RHP Austin Voth (4-0, 4.18) will take the mound for Washington.
Fry carried a 3-2 lead into the 5th inning against Arizona last Sunday, but then got battered for 4 runs, and got the loss in the 'Cats' 7-5 series winning win. Fry gave up only 6 hits, but also 4 walks, and only 4 of the 6 runs were earned. Fry did strike out 5. But a leadoff double and a throwing error by Fry set himself up for the disastrous 5th.
Voth turned in 6 solid innings last Sunday against Cal-St. Bakersfield, and turned a 9-1 lead over to his bullpen, which grew to 10-1 before the first of 4 Washington relievers took the mound. The Huskies eventually extended the score to 13-1 by the end of the game. Voth allowed that 1 run in his last inning, and just 4 hits, and more importantly, walked no Roadrunners.