Oregon St., fresh off a 2-0 start as a result of back to back walk-off 1 run wins over B1G opponent in the first 2 days of the Surprise, AZ, Tournament, starts a pair of games against New Mexico this afternoon.
Yesterday, it took an extra inning, but the Beavers beat Michigan St. 4-3 in 10 innings on Kyle Nobach's bases loaded 2 out single up the middle that drove in Logan Ice to ice the win, and avenge an 8-7 loss last year to the Spartans in Surprise.
This after winning on a walk-off bases loaded balk call Friday to edge Northwestern 2-1.
The Lobos (1-1) split their pair of games with the same Big 10 teams.
Michigan St. broke open a 3-3 contest on opening day with 6 runs in the 8th and 9th innings to take the 9-3 win.
But New Mexico was able to bounce back and beat Northwestern 5-3 last evening, overcoming an early 2-0 deficit, and then staving off a 9th inning Wildcat rally.
New Mexico is a frequent participant in the NCAA Tournament, and are at least around the top of the Mt. West most of the time, though a tie for the conference title last season wasn't enough to earn an NCAA invite. The Lobos are the preseason pick by conference coaches to win the Mt. West again this year.
Oregon St. will send LHP Luke Heimlich out for his first start, which by all rights should be to start his high school season. The reining Washington St. player of the year from Puyallup, where he went 11-0, with an 0.66 ERA and 106 strikeouts in in 78 innings, is a Gatorade High School All-American after his junior season, and enrolled at Oregon St. early rather than stay and graduate with his class, aka Kavin Keyes.
New Mexico will counter with junior RHP Drew Bridge, who made 8 starts and went 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA, striking out 24 in 39.1 innings, and holding opponents to a .245 batting average, despite missing the middle of his season with a shoulder problem.
Game notes can be found here.
Live stats can be found here.
There is no tv or video stream, but the audio stream can be found here.