University of California-Santa Barbara (35-23, 17-10 in the Big West) at #3 Oregon St. (46-10, 24-6 in the Pac-12) / 5 PM / Goss Stadium / ESPN3 / KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM
Pac-12 Champion Oregon St. continues NCAA Regional play against UC-Santa Barbara tonight, with a spot in the Corvallis Regional Finals on the line. Tonight's winner will be in position to advance to next weekend's Super Regional with one more win, and 2 chances to get that win if necessary. The loser faces an elimination game tomorrow at noon, against Texas A&M. The Aggies won today's all-Texas noon elimination game against UT_San Antonio 6-1.
Texas A&M opened the game with 3 consecutive extra base hits, and 2 runs, and added a 3 run 5th inning, which began with 3 consecutive singles, and then a 2 RBI double by Daniel Mengden pretty much put the Roadrunners away, as junior RHP Parker Ray allowed only 5 hits, and came up just one out short of his first career complete game, which came at a very convenient time for the Aggies.
The team that survives that game will have to defeat tonight's winner tomorrow evening at 5 PM, and then do it again Monday evening.
If Oregon St. wins the Corvallis Regional, they are guaranteed to host their NCAA SuperRegional, against the winner of the Manhattan, KS, Regional.
The Gauchos, the third seed in the regional, advanced yesterday with a 6-4 upset win over Texas A&M.
The Beavers, the third seed nationally, avoided an upset when Dylan Davis drove a 2 RBI walk-off double in the 9th inning to bring Oregon St. from behind for a 5-4 win over UT-San Antonio.
Oregon St. head coach Pat Casey and pitching coach Nate Yeski conferred and reviewed game video of UTSB before settling on a starter, considering both Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, RHP Andrew Moore (12-1, 1.22), and junior LHP Ben Wetzler (7-1, 2.10), with the other to get the Sunday start for the Beavers.
UPDATE 4:15 PM: Andrew Moore will be starting today for the Beavers.
"We've prepared it so they are both ready to go," Casey said.
The Beavers will also be the designated visiting team for today's game, an NCAA oddity that diminishes the value of the higher seed, and could play into strategy late in the game.
The Gauchos' are likely to go with a left-hander against Oregon's St.'s predominantly right handed batting order, and freshman LHP Justin Jacome (5-4, 3.86) is a likely choice.
Oregon St. and UCSB last met in a 4 game opening weekend series last year, with the Beavers taking 3 of 4 contests, though the Gauchos got a 13-12 win in 12 innings that had to be spread across a couple of days, before Oregon St. recovered to split Sunday, and win the weekend.
There's no change to the normal starting lineup or batting order tonight: