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Oregon St. at Washington St. Friday Baseball Game Thread

#23 Oregon State (33-17, 13-11) at Washington St. (25-24, 10-14) at 5:30 PM PDT at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman - KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM - Audio Stream (no Video) on Beaver Nation Online, for a fee


There is a Washington St. video stream for a fee.

Oregon St. starts their last road trip of the regular season tonight, beginning a Pac-12 series at Washington St. Both teams are coming off Tuesday night home wins, as the Beavers beat Portland 12-4, and the Cougars conquered USC 3-1 in the makeup of a Pac-12 game rained out earlier in the season.

The Beavers are looking for their first series win in Pullman since 2006, with the Cougars having won 2 of 3 in both 2008 and 2010.

Outfielder Ryan Barnes, who missed Tuesday’s win over Portland due to a pulled hamstring, only the 2nd game he hasn't been in this season, will play this weekend, coach Pat Casey said. Outfielder Joey Matthews, who collided with Michael Conforto in Friday's game in Utah, also hopes to return to action this weekend, though it could be Saturday or Sunday, due to the length of the concussion evaluation cycle, before he gets back on the field.

Sophomore LHP Ben Wetzler (6-2, 3.38 ERA) will begin the game for the Beavers, and Freshman LSP Tanner Chleborad (4-2, 3.57 ERA) is the Cougars' Friday night guy.

Chleborad went the distance last Friday at Stanford, the first complete game by a Cougar this season, after getting the win against California the week before, his last outing in Pullman. Unfortunately for Washington St., the Cardinal still won 3-2, mostly due to a 10 strikeout performance by Stanford's star starter Mark Appel. Chleborad has 38 strikeouts on the season against only 18 extra base hits.

Wetzler worked the first 5 innings against Utah last Friday, and left with the Beavers up 11-4, only to watch the Utes rally within 1 run before losing 11-10, which preserved the "win" for Wetzler's record. Utah got 9 of their 18 hits against Wetzler, and all 4 runs came in the 4th inning, when a pair of doubles bracketed a walk and 3 singles.

Go Beavers!