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Open Thread: OSU vs. UW, Game 1

After yesterdays rainout, it looks like the weather has cleared up enough to try and get a couple games in today.

On the Mound for the Beavers is... Mike Stutes. The 6’1" senior right hander out of Lake Oswego is 1-3 on the year, with a no decision to Pepperdine his last time out. He threw 52 pitches and recorded three strikeouts in four innings that game, and didn’t allow a hit. The game was called due to rain, causing the Beavers and Pepperdine to resume it the following morning. If Stutes were to continue on in the game he probably would have come away with a win, but the weather didn’t cooperate.

Mike is 21-9 in his Oregon State career with a 4.05 ERA. Against the Huskies, Mike is 1-1 all time in 13.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. At Goss Stadium, Mike is 11-2 in his career with a 2.03 ERA.

About the Huskies... The Huskies have won 11 straight games, but haven’t had much competition in the non-conference season. Washington has played fourteen straight games at home, and will return home to Husky Ballpark for eight more home games following the OSU series. The Huskies are 16-6 on the year, with their last 14 wins coming to Utah Valley State, Portland, Holy Cross, and Hawaii-Hilo.

Utility man Aaron Russell leads the Huskies at the plate with a .480 average. Outfielder Kyle Conley has a team-high four home runs, three of them in the last ten games, and carries a .304 average into the Oregon State series.

Washington’s Probably Starter... Nick Haughian will get the start for the Huskies today. The junior lefty is 2-1 so far this season with 5 starts and 28 innings of work. He’s recorded 29 strikeouts in those innings, and allowed 28 hits. He also has a near-team high with five hit batters. Add in a little rain, and things could get wet and wild.

All-time series... Oregon State leads the series 219-181-2. The Huskies won the season series last year with victories in the Friday and Saturday games. The series was highlighted by a Friday night game at Safeco field in which the Beavers dropped 2-6. Saturday’s game again went to the Huskies by the score of 6-9, but the Beavers won Sunday’s finale 8-2.

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