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Lafayette Preview

Oregon State has the possibility of playing the Leopards on either Saturday or Sunday, so here is a look at them.

Lafayette finished the regular season 33-18 overall, and they were 17-3 in the Patriot League. They only lost four games at home, twelve on the road, and 2 on neutral fields. If you want to play the home field advantage game, Lafyette is about the same distance from Virginia as Rutgers-- five and a half hours in a car.

Offensively, Lafayette is lead by senior outfielder James Conrad. He's hitting .351, and leads the team in hits and runs. Lafayette isn't going to beat you with the long ball, they've only had 16 homers all year, compared to Oregon State's 33, or Rutgers' 60. Sophomore third baseman Jeff Butler is also hitting a high average; he's at .350, just a point lower than Conrad.

Between the three regular starters, Lafayette has an ERA of 3.10, which is very low. Lafayette doesn't have anyone who looks like a closer, so they must spread the duties around as well.

The Leopards won the Patriot League with their pitching, and they will be a tough team to beat. They play Virginia in the opening game of the tournament, Friday at 1:00 Pacific.

Go Beavers!