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Baseball Open Thread: Oregon @ OSU

Josh Osich will be honored before the start of tonight's game for his no-hitter Saturday.

<em>(Photo by Andy Wooldridge)</em>
Josh Osich will be honored before the start of tonight's game for his no-hitter Saturday. (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon (22-20) @ #6 Oregon State (32-9) - 5:35 PM (PDT) - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - 1240 KEJO/1550 KKOV/ - Live Video on BNO, for a fee

Oregon State and Oregon meet at 5:35 PM west coast time tonight for a quick mid-week game between the two rivals. After today's game, the Beavers are off until Friday, when they begin a three game series with the California Golen Bears.

Approximately 10 minutes before the first pitch, there will be a brief ceremony honoring Josh Osich, who threw the first no-hitter in Pac-10 action in 17 years, and only the fourth ever in Oregon St. history, in the Beavers' 2-0 win Saturday over UCLA.

Oregon State comes into tonight's game with a record of 32-9. The Beavers have good wins against Gonzaga (2), Connecticut, Arizona (2), Arizona State (3), Stanford (3), and UCLA (2). Oregon State has other solid victories against Oregon and Long Beach State (2). The Beavers are looking to go 2-0 against the Ducks so far this season tonight in Corvallis.

The Beavers (32-9) are currently on a one game losing streak after falling to UCLA on Sunday. The 5-2 loss snapped a three game winning streak for the Beavers, but Oregon State still remains at the top of the Pac-10 standings, with a 12-3 conference mark after the weekend. The Beavers have a half game lead over Arizona St., but also hold the tie-breaker, and have 3 games in hand.

The Ducks come into the game with a record of 22-20. Oregon's good wins have came against San Francisco (2), Arizona (2), and California. The Ducks are also on a one game losing streak after falling to California, 5-4, on Sunday in Berkeley.

It's an interestingly diverse path the teams have taken, given that the Ducks' pitching staff ERA is ever so slightly better than the Beavers, 2.81 to 2.82. The leading cause of the difference is Oregon's Pac-10 worst .242 team batting average.

In the first meeting between these two teams earlier this season, the Beavers prevailed with a 4-1 victory. The combination of Scott Schultz, Tony Bryant, and Matt Boyd on the mound for the Beavers flustered the Ducks at the plate. After today's Civil War meeting, the two clubs won't meet again until the end of May for the three game series that counts in the Pac-10 standings.

The Ducks dropped two of three games last weekend at California, dropping to eighth place in the Pac-10. After today's game with the Beavers, the Ducks will return to action on Friday when they host the UCLA Bruins.

Both starters for tonight's game are TBA. In Oregon State's last Tuesday game, James Nygren (7-1, 2.88) got the start for the Beavers, and is the probable starter for the Beavers. In Oregon's last Tuesday game, Christian Jones (3-2, 4.22) got the start for the Ducks. 

In Oregon State's next game against California on Friday, Sam Gaviglio (8-1, 2.00) will likely get the start for Oregon State.

Last year, Oregon went 40-24. The Ducks went 1-4 against the Beavers in 2010.

This season, Oregon was ranked in the top 15 in almost every college baseball preseason poll. However, the Ducks have fallen well short of those expectations, and they were even called this year's "Most Disappointing Team" by Perfect Game USA's Kendall Rogers. Since having more than 20 losses almost insures you are out of contention for an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Ducks would need an 18-0 record down the stretch 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 59° and partly cloudy at 5:35 PM, with the temperature dropping to 51° near the end of the game. However, this weekend's forecast doesn't look as great, with showers expected the entire weekend.

Go Beavers!

(AndyPanda also contributed to this article.)