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Oregon St. will try to figure out how to beat those wily Oregon Ducks today in the first Civil War baseball game of the season.
Oregon St. will try to figure out how to beat those wily Oregon Ducks today in the first Civil War baseball game of the season.

#16 Oregon (23-8, 9-3) at #6 Oregon St. (25-5, 7-2) / 4:05 PM / Goss Stadium / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM

Game Notes / Gametracker / No Live Stream

#6 Oregon St. hosts #16 Oregon in the first of two non-conference battles in this year's baseball Civil War series this afternoon. The Pac-12 Channel is carrying the game, so there's no live stream, and the game was moved from an evening start to an afternoon game for tv.

The Beavers hold a 14-7 advantage since the Ducks reinstated baseball, but the last 10 games have been evenly split. Oregon St. won 4 of 5 last year, but dropped 4 of 5 the year before, and both teams are 4-1 at home in the last 2 seasons in the Civil War.

Neither team announced a starter in advance of game day, but junior RHP Dan Child (3-1, 3.04 ERA) has made a half-dozen starts for Oregon St., and is also an option for a long appearance out of the Beaver bullpen.

Oregon used 9 pitchers, none of whom went more than 1 1/3 innings, in their last mid-week game against Portland last week. Junior RHP Jeff Gold (3-0, 1.52 ERA) is the only Duck with more than 1 start outside their "weekend trio", having made 3 starts in 8 appearances this year, and last worked against Arizona St. last Saturday, facing only 5 batters, giving up 2 hits, a run, and a walk.

With both teams looking for an opportunity to host not just an NCAA regional, but also a super regional, something not likely to be awarded to both schools in such close proximity, non-conference games, especially ones against each other, as ranked opponents, could become the deciding factor if little else winds up separating the two.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com