#6 Oregon St. (23-4, 5-1) at #10 UCLA (18-7, 6-3) / 6 PM / Jackie Robinson Stadium, Los angeles / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM
Oregon St. and UCLA (the highest ranked teams in the conference) begin a Pac-12 series that will be pivotal to both top 10 teams' rankings and conference title hopes. The Beavers are second in the Pac-12, 1 1/2 games behind Oregon, though they do have 3 conference games in hand on the front-flying Ducks. The Bruins are only 1/2 game further back, in third place.
The Beavers bounced back from dropping 2 of 3 last weekend at San Diego with a 7-5 win Tuesday night at Goss Stadium over Portland, while the Bruins, who also lost 2 of 3 last weekend, to Arizona St. in Tempe, dropped a 9-6 decision to visiting fourth ranked Fullerton St. in their Tuesday game.
California, Stanford, and Washington St. could all overhaul at least one of these teams, or potentially at least catch both, depending on how the weekend goes. So the stakes are high all around. Also, Oregon is visiting Arizona St. this weekend.
The Beavers have taken 2 of 3 from the Bruins in each of the last 2 years, including Josh Osich's no-hitter the last time Oregon St. visited UCLA. If the Beavers can win the weekend series, it will mark the first time they have ever won 3 consecutive series against the Bruins.
There's no live stream for the game, and none of the games are scheduled to be on the Pac-12 channel. That's a real shame, given the standing nationally of the teams involved.