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Baseball Open Thread: UC Santa Barbara @ OSU (Game 1)

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UC Santa Barbara (10-6) @ Oregon State (16-5) - 5:35 PM (PDT) - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - 1240 KEJO/1550 KKOV / 1550kkad.com - Live Video on BNO, for a fee

Oregon State and UC Santa Barbara meet at 5:35 PM west coast time today to begin the three game series between the Beavers and Gauchos. After today's meeting, the series will continue tomorrow with a 2:05 PM first pitch, followed by a 1:05 PM start time for the series finale on Sunday.

Oregon State comes into today with an overall record of 16-5. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Oregon, and Long Beach State (2). Their bad losses have came against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Seattle University. The Beavers are currently on a one game winning streak after beating Seattle University on Wednesday. Oregon State is currently ranked 23rd in the nation.

The Gauchos come into the series with an overall record of 10-6. Their wins have came against LaSalle (2), Westmont, Sacramento State (2), USC (2), Louisiana-Lafayette, and Nevada (2). Their losses have came against Washington State (2), Pepperdine, Sacramento State, San Francisco, and Rice. Three of their games, against LaSalle, Washington State, and Nevada, have been cancelled due to field conditions, snow, and rain. After the series with the Beavers, the Gauchos are off until Wednesday when they visit Loyola Marymount.

Oregon State will start Sam Gaviglio (4-0, 0.00), while UC Santa Barbara will send out Jesse Meaux (2-1, 3.58). Gaviglio is 10 innings away from breaking Tennessee's Todd Helton's record of consecutive scoreless innings record in a single season.

Last year, UC Santa Barbara went 24-30. The Gauchos went 2-5 against Pac-10 opponents in 2010, and are currently 2-2 against the Pac-10 this season.

The weather is is expected to be wet for the duration of the game. The Weather Channel calls for 48° and rain at 5:35 PM, with the rain continuing through the end of the game and the temperature dropping to 46°. The rain is expected to continue throughout the weekend, with temperatures not getting much higher.

After tonight's meeting, the Beavers will continue their three game series with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos at 2:05 PM on Saturday. The series will conclude with a 1:05 PM first pitch on Sunday.

Go Beavers!