#3 Oregon St. (18-1) at #20 Arizona (15-7) / 12 NOON MST (12 NOON PDT) / Hi Corbett Field, Tucson, AZ / KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM
Oregon St. and Arizona conclude their series with a showdown at high noon in Tucson, and the Beavers will be going for the sweep, after assuring a series win with last night's 4-3 comeback win over the 'Cats, who want to see anything but a broom.
Dylan Davis' 2 RBI double, which extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and a pair of sacrifice flys for RBI's by Jake Rodriguez provided the Oregon St. offense, but it was another sound performance by the Beaver bullpen in support of a less than perfect, but good enough starting effort by Andrew Moore, who became the first pitcher in the conference to be 5-0 this season.
Arizona will open with freshman LHP Cody Moffett (2-0, 2.00) on the mound.
Oregon St. head coach Pat Casey made a game morning decision about who to counter with, sticking with junior LHP Ben Wetzler (0-0, 2.70). It will be Wetzler's 3rd outing of the year, after experiencing some back stiffness at the start of the season, so the 41 pitch count he was held to initially should be higher, so effectiveness could become the driving factor today.
With a long conference race ahead, and post-season seeding crucial to the ultimate goals of the team, the days of being satisfied with winning a series are long gone, as every game could wind up being "the difference" down the line. Expect both teams to be hunting for something they didn't find the first 2 nights.
The Beavers have made a sizable shakeup in the lineup today. Jake Rodriguez gets the day off at catcher, as expected, with Nate Esposito getting the start today. But with Rodriguez's bat out of the lineup, Andy Peterson has been moved to the top of the order.
Curiously, Kavin Keyes, who has been hitting and playing well, is out of the starting lineup as well. Joey Matthews gets the start in center field today.
Here's the lineup: