Portland (16-6, 3-3) at #22 Oregon State (17-8, 6-3) at 5:35 PM PDT - Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, Corvallis, OR - KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM - Video and Audio Stream on Beaver Nation Online, for a fee
The University of Portland Pilots come to Corvallis for a non-conference contest with Oregon St. Tuesday night. It's the first meeting of the season between the teams, after last Tuesday's game in Portland was rained out. It's also the last home game for the Beavers before they embark on a week long 5 game road trip to Arizona St. and Nevada.
The Pilots took 2 of 3 at Santa Clara over the weekend, and the Beavers also won 2 of 3 over visiting Washington.
Portland does have a win over the Huskies, the only common opponent the teams have so far. The Pilots won 4-1 up at Husky Ballpark back on March 13.
Portland also had their first meeting of the season with Oregon rained out back in February.
Oregon St. has won their last 12 games against Portland.
The Pilots will go with junior RHP Matt McCallister (3-0, 1.80 ERA) on the mound. McCallister has appeared in 4 games, and this will be his second start of the season. McCallister's first 2 wins were against Concordia, an NAIA program, but he also got the win over the Huskies, after allowing 4 hits but only 1 run in 5 innings of middle relief. The Washington game was his last outing.
Portland is not a powerful hitting team, batting overall just .284, with only 2 regular players with an average above .300, Gill Turner, who is hitting .304, and Kris Kauppila, at .302.
However, their opponents have only hit .200 against them. Oregon St. will need to get good production out of the hits they do get, because there probably won't be all that many.
The Beavers haven't played a midweek game yet, and haven't had any consistency from their middle relievers, where midweek starters are usually gleaned from, so Coach Pat Casey hasn't settled on a starter. [Update as of 5:00pm: Looks as if the call is going to Riley Wilkerson for the start.-RVM]
Oregon St. will go with freshman RHP Riley Wilkerson, but he didn't last as long as it took to type in his name, before being replaced by Scott Schultz.