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Oregon State's Arizona odyssey continues with the first game of the Pac-12 / Big 12 Challenge at noon Pacific.

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Live stats.

OSU Baseball Media Guide.

Official OSU game notes.

Oklahoma State's SB Nation affiliate, Cowboys Ride for Free, previews the game.

Here's today's Oregon St. starting lineup:

Oregon St Oklahoma St lineup

Radio broadcast stations:  KICE 940-AM in Bend, KEJO 1240-AM in Corvallis, KKNX 840-AM in Eugene, KLZS 1450-AM in Eugene, KLAD 960-AM in Klamath Falls, KPOJ 620-AM in Portland and KSKR 1490-AM in Roseburg.

Audio stream.

You might remember Oklahoma State as the team the Beavers were supposed to host in the 2014 Corvallis Super Regional.  Until UC Irvine, who had lost 6 games in a row, suddenly remembered how to play baseball, and ended up going on a tear that lasted them all the way to the College World Series, including sweeping Oklahoma State in two games in the Stillwater Super Regional.

19th ranked Oklahoma State (1-2) and Oregon State (2-2) each won their respective conferences last year, meaning this is the marquee matchup of the whole Big 12 / Pac 12 challenge.  This is good timing for Oregon State, who will send ace Andrew Moore (94.1 IP, 6-5, 2.77 ERA, 68K in 2014) up against projected Cowboy starter Tyler Nurdin (52.1 IP, 4-3, 6.54 ERA, 31K in 2014).  I wonder how many Fight Club jokes Nurdin hears in an average day.

Neither team is off to a particularly great start this year, though, with Oklahoma State dropping two out of three games on the road in Tempe to Arizona State last weekend.  While the Beavers' winning percentage is better, I'm not sure they're any happier about finishing their opening four game opening weekend with a split after a pair of three run losses to New Mexico.

The most notable baseball connection between the two schools is Marty Lees, who left Oregon State after the 2012 season to take a similar position with Oklahoma State, and still holds the position of Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.  He also is the primary infield coach, a position that he held at Oregon State from 2004 - 2012, meaning that both national championships came under his tutelage, and he helped guide such esteemed fielders as Darwin Barney, Chris Kunda, and Joey Wong.

OSU Baseball Orange

Oregon St. will be in Orange today, and will be the designated visitors.

The rest of the weekend continues with more day baseball for the Beavers, playing Kansas State Friday at noon, Oklahoma Saturday at noon, and Kansas Sunday at 10 AM.