Washington St. (22-30, 9-19) at #4 Oregon St. (43-10, 22-6) / 1:05 PM / Goss Stadium / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM & KPOJ 620 AM
It's not the last home game of the regular season, but it is Senior Day at Oregon St. today. Beaver Nation will get to see more of the 9, but today is the day when they are acknowledged for what has been a pretty good run.
Pitching coach Nate Yeski will have his work cut out for him in replacing the arms leaving the staff, starting with the "Killer Bs". Matt Boyd has at some point handled every role possible on the pitching staff, and Tony Bryant leaves with more saves than anyone else on the team. Cole Brocker is also leaving after this year, as is a "non-B" pitcher, Taylor Starr.
The infield will also look a lot different next year, with short stop Tyler Smith and first baseman Danny Hayes moving on, and Beaver Nation will also miss departing outfielders Max Gordon and Joey Matthews, and do-everything Ryan Barnes, who has made numerous starts in both the outfield and infield, and as the designated hitter.
One player who won't be leaving any time soon though is today's starting pitcher, freshman RHP Andrew Moore (11-1, 1.34), the reigning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and the Co-National Pitcher of the Week, after his complete game 2 hit 9-0 shutout at Oregon last Saturday. After Oregon St. used 5 pitchers out of the bullpen in last night's extra inning loss, it will be up to Moore to turn in a full day, and turn the weekend around, again.
will may decided not to counter with sophomore RHP Scott Simon (3-4, 3.68). Simon, who suffered the loss as the Cougars fell to Washington 3-1 last Saturday in Pasco, even though only 1 of the 3 Huskies runs was earned, scattered 8 hits in 8 innings, against only 1 walk, and was announced as today's starter earlier in the week. But Cougars coach Donny Marbut shook things up yesterday, changing starters.
After pulling out a come from 7 runs down 10-9 win in 11 innings, expect the embolden Cougs to pull out some more surprises today to try to steal a series win. The first one was going with sophomore LHP Joe Pistorese (5-4, 2.59), Washington St.'s usual Friday night starter, today.
The game is earlier than usual for Saturday games, due to the Pac-12 Channel broadcast schedule, with coverage of the Arizona St.-Washington, and then the UCLA-Stanford, games to follow. And being on the Pac-12 Channel means no free video stream.
Despite the late inning debacle last night, there's no change in the lineup for today, but Oregon St. Pat Casey did move Ryan Barnes up to spots in the batting order: