It's game three against the Bobcats this afternoon, and the Beavers are coming off a 6-3 win. The Cats actually took a 1-0 lead over the Beavs before Michael Conforto, Kavin Keyes, and Jake Rodriguez all drove in a run in the fourth to give Oregon State a 3-1 advantage, and added another one in the fifth after two errors by TSU second-baseman J.D. Stinnett. The Bobcats didn't go quietly, however, chasing freshman starter Andrew Moore in the sixth after two more runs cut the Beaver lead to one. They would never climb all the way back, thankfully, and the Beavers moved to 14-0 to start the 2013 campaign.
The Beavers' probable starter is TBA, but we know it will either be Dan Child (3-0, 1.56) or Ben Wetzler (0-0, 0.00). Conference play starts on Friday, and while head coach Pat Casey would love to give Wetzler some more innings before the competition steps up, rest and full-healing is of priority. Warmups and even the early innings could dictate or change the plan. Game time word is it will be Wetzler to begin with.
Child's last appearance came against Bryant last Saturday, when he went seven innings and gave up two unearned runs on just three hits. He walked two and struck out five. In Wetzler's last and only appearance against Bryant last Sunday, he went 3.2 innings, giving up just one hit and no runs. He walked one and struck out three.
Scott Grist (0-0, 4.32), a 6'3" junior righty, will start on the mound for the Bobcats. Grist has given up 11 runs so far this season (eight of which were earned) in 16.2 innings of work. He's struck out 13, but has walked seven.
Today's game should be your typical Sunday college baseball madness, filled with sloppy play and bad pitching. But the Beavers have played well in series and tournament closing games (actually, we play well in all games!), so there's no reason to expect anything different this afternoon.