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Baseball Open Thread: OSU @ Oregon (Game 3)

Jake Rodriguez added fuel to the Civil War rivalry yesterday after knocking over Oregon third-basemen J.J. Altobelli. 
<em>(Photo by RVM)</em>
Jake Rodriguez added fuel to the Civil War rivalry yesterday after knocking over Oregon third-basemen J.J. Altobelli. (Photo by RVM)

#7 Oregon State (38-16, 17-9) @ Oregon (32-26, 10-16) - 1:00 PM (PDT) - PK Park, Eugene, OR - 1240 KEJO/860 KPAM/ - CSN

Oregon State and Oregon meet at 1:00 PM west coast time today to conclude the three game series between the Beavers and Ducks. After today's game, the two teams will await their postseason fate, which will be announced at 9:30 AM Pacific on Monday morning.

Oregon State comes into today's game with a record of 38-16, 17-9 in the Pac-10. The Beavers have good wins against Connecticut, Arizona State (3), Stanford (3), UCLA (2), and California (2). Oregon State has other solid victories against Gonzaga (2), Oregon, Long Beach State (2), and Arizona (2).

The Beavers are currently on a four game losing streak after back-to-back losses against USC last weekend and back-to-back losses to Oregon this weekend. The Beavers fell by a score of 8-3 last Saturday and 4-3 last Sunday against the Trojans, and Oregon has defeated the Beavers 4-1 in both games this weekend. On Friday night, the Ducks led the whole way, but the Beavers took a 1-0 lead in yesterday's game before giving up four unanswered runs to the Ducks.

Meanwhile, UCLA (33-21, 18-8) has defeated Arizona St. (38-16, 16-10) twice in dominating fashion, 10-3 & 7-0, to take over first place in the Pac-10. The Bruins will claim the Conference championship outright with another win, and a sweep of the Sun Devils, in Tempe, OR an Oregon win.

Should Oregon St. win today, and Arizona St. wins as well, the Beavers and Bruins will finish tied, and the Pac-10's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament will go to Oregon St., as the Beavers have the tie breaker over the Bruins, having taken 2 of 3 in their series in LA, highlighted by Josh Osich's no-hitter.

The Beavers came into this week ranked 7th in the Perfect Game USA Top 25.

The Ducks come into the game with a record of 32-26, 10-16 in the Pac-10. The Ducks are currently on a three game winning streak after defeating Portland on Tuesday and the Beavers twice.

After last weekend's series loss against Washington State, it seemed that there was no way for Oregon to make the NCAA Tournament. They are still keeping the faith though, and a win today could really get the committee thinking.

Aaron Jones led Oregon in yesterday's 4-1 victory with 3 RBI's These will be the final games of Oregon's 2011 regular season.

Oregon State's starter for today's game is listed as TBA, but the Ducks will send out Alex Keudell (6-3, 3.20). In Oregon State's last Sunday game, Josh Osich got the start for the Beavers. However, Osich took the mound yesterday for Oregon State, so it will likely be either James Nygren (8-2, 3.15) or Ben Wetzler (6-3, 4.70) for the Beavs.

In Keudell's last start, Alex went 3.2 innings, giving up 5 runs (All earned) on 6 hits.

Go Beavers!

(AndyPanda also contributed to this story.)