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Baseball Open Thread: Washington State @ OSU (Game 1)

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Washington State (14-17, 2-10) @ #9 Oregon State (27-7, 8-1) - 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 Washington State meet at 5:35 PM west coast time tonight to begin the three game series between the Beavers and Cougars. After tonight's game, the two teams will meet again tomorrow for another 5:35 PM first pitch.

Oregon State comes into tonight's game with a record of 27-7, 8-1 in the Pac-10. The Beavers have good wins against Gonzaga (2), Connecticut, Oregon, Long Beach State (2), Arizona (2), Arizona State (3), and Stanford (3). Their bad losses have came against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Seattle University, and UC Santa Barbara.

The Beavers are currently on a nine game winning streak with wins over Arizona (2), Portland, Arizona State (3), and Stanford (3). The streak began after the Beavers suffered their 4th worst loss in the history of the program, an 18-0 defeat at the hands of Arizona.

The Cougars come into the game with a record of 14-17, 2-10 in the Pac-10. Their good wins have came against Cal State Bakersfield (2), Gonzaga (3), Stanford, and UCLA. Their bad losses have came against Minnesota, South Alabama, and Dallas Baptist.

In Washington State's last game, Washington State fell 10-4 against Arizona State as the Sun Devils completed their sweep of the last-place Cougars. After this weekend's series, the Cougars will return to the diamond on Monday to begin a two game series against BYU.

Oregon State's starter for tonight's game is TBA, but Washington State will send out Adam Conley (4-4, 3.05). In Conley's last start, Adam went 8 innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits. So far this season, Sam Gaviglio (7-1, 1.19) has gotten the start in all of Oregon State's series openers. In Gaviglio's last start, Sam went 8 innings, giving up no runs on 4 hits.

Last year, Washington State went 37-22. Washington State made the NCAA Tournament, but the Cougars finished second in the Fayetteville Regional. The Cougars went 2-1 against the Beavers in 2010.

This season, the Cougars have been plagued by inconsistencies, both at the plate and in the field. They began their season with high hopes and expectations, but they come into Easter weekend in the cellar of the Pac-10 conference. In order to gain an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Cougars will need somewhere around a 19-5 record to close out the season in order to make the Field of 64.

The weather is is expected to be great for the duration of the game. The Weather Channel calls for 52° and mostly sunny at 5:35 PM, with the temperature dropping to 44° near the end of the game. The weather for the rest of the weekend looks great as well.

Go Beavers!