Oregon St. In Search Of Series Win Against UCLA

Oregon St.'s young battery of sophomore Andrew Moore and freshman catcher Logan Ice will head to work against UCLA this evening. Nate Esposito will get the start behind the plate, but don't be surprised to see Ice at some point tonight.

UCLA (23-23-1, 10-12) at #2 Oregon St. (36-8, 18-4) / Goss Stadium / 7:00 PM PDT / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / No KPOJ 620 AM

Game Notes / UCLA Series Notes

After having come from behind to walk away with a 4-2 win after awful elements caught up with UCLA pitching last night, second ranked Oregon St. goes in search of its 6th consecutive Pac-12 conference series win tonight.

The conference co-leading Beavers, who have won 9 in a row, will be looking to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 in the W-L column at the expense of the (unsuccessfully) defending National Champion Bruins, who are unlikely to even return to the post-season, after suffering their 4th loss in a row which dropped them to .500 for the season, early in the gauntlet of a stretch schedule that still includes 2 games against the defending Pac-12 Champion Beavers, a visit to Big West leading UC-Irvine, and Pac-12 series against Oregon and Washington.

The elements aren't forecast to be as bad this evening as they were once the downpour struck mid-game last night, but its sure to be a cold affair that will still gradually challenge the southern California contingent more and more as the night progresses.

And the Bruins will also be challenged by Andrew Moore, the Beavers' sophomore RHP (4.83, 2.81 ERA) who will go to the mound first tonight. Last week, Moore worked 7 2/3 innings at California, but though he only allowed 6 hits and 1 walk, and had shut out the Bears into the 8th inning, he allowed the 2 base runners that would go on to score the game tieing runs that forced an extra inning.

But the Beavers put 7 runs across in the 10th inning to come away with the 9-3 win that Moore's earlier efforts made possible.

UCLA will counter with junior LHP Grant Watson (4-7, 3.81 ERA). Watson worked 8 innings last Saturday against Stanford, and allowed 8 hits and 4 walks, and 4 of the 5 runs in the Cardinal's 5-0 shutout of the offensively unsupportive Bruins, who haven't scored more than 2 runs in any of the 4 losses in their current losing streak.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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