#5 Washington (38-11-1, 20-5) at #2 Oregon St. (39-9, 20-5) / Goss Stadium / 4:00 PM PDT / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KPOJ 620 AM
Oregon St. and Washington continue their showdown series with control of the Pac-12 title chase at stake this afternoon/evening at Goss Stadium.
And even though tomorrow's game is the final regular season home game for the Beavers, today is "Senior Day".
Yesterday, the Huskies out-pitched, out-played, and out-coached the Beavers, and beat them 4-2 to pull into a tie for 1st place in the Pac-12 race, and pick up the tie-breaker, at least for now.
The decisive damage came in the second inning, when, after giving up a pair of singles, Oregon St. starter Andrew Moore issued a walk and then hit a batter to walk in a run. A passed ball and a fielder's choice yielded 2 more runs, which is all Washington needed.
Another win today or tomorrow will extend the Huskies' series win streak to 15, dating back to the beginning of May of last year, including 13 consecutive in the conference.
The Huskies will send junior RHP Tyler Davis (10-1, 1.77 ERA) to the mound today. Davis will be looking to avenge his only loss of the season, which came at the hands of the Beavers back on Feb. 24, in the Monday getaway game from the Big 10-Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, AZ. Davis only had one difficult inning, but Logan Ice got to him for a 2 out 2 RBI double in the 4th inning, with Kavin Keyes and Michael Hamilton on base, and went on to score what turned out to be the winning run in the 3-2 game when Billy King, making 1 of only 7 appearances this season, put his bat on the ball to score Ice.
Davis didn't get a decision last Saturday, in the first game of a double header Husky sweep of Bethune-Cookman, but he did go 8 innings, giving up 10 hits, but striking out 7, and with no walks. Davis did give up 4 runs, and handed a tie over to the Washington bullpen. The Huskies went on to pull out a 5-4 win in 11 innings.
The Beavers will counter with junior LHP Jace (10-1, 1.64 ERA). Fry also went 8 innings, allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs, and struck out 7, on his way to the win in Oregon St.'s 11-2 romp over UCLA.
It could turn out to be the pitcher's duel of the season, given the sterling won loss records and ERAs of both starting pitchers.