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Oregon St. ace Andrew Moore will be back on the mound tonight as the Beavers take on the Cougars.
Oregon St. ace Andrew Moore will be back on the mound tonight as the Beavers take on the Cougars.

Oregon St. (15-5, 1-2) starts this weekend's series against Washington St. (12-8, 1-2) tonight. It's a later start than usual for an Oregon St. Friday night home game, at 7 PM PDT, a change to fit into the Pac-12 Network schedule. The Pac-12 Oregon and Washington channels will show tonight's game and Sunday afternoon's, with only the Saturday game relegated to the internet stream.

Both teams are tied for the bottom 5 spots in the conference, as all of the Pac-12 campaign opening 5 series last weekend were 2-1 affairs (Stanford had their conference schedule bye), with all the home teams winning the series except Arizona, who saw Utah come into Tucson and take the last 2 games. So the winner of this series will stay close to the front of the Pac-12 race, but the loser will be in a position to need to play catchup very early in the conference campaign.

The Beavers got a walk-off 1-0 win Friday night in Tempe, but saw their bullpen let them down on the weekend, losing a 4-3 walkoff to the Sun Devils on Saturday, who scored 3 runs in the 8th & 9th inning, and then lost a 4-2 lead on Sunday, when Arizona St. scored 5 runs in their last 2 at bats to pull away for the 7-4 series deciding win.

The Cougars got clobbered 10-3 in their first game at then 6th ranked USC, but bounced back to upset the Trojans 4-2 on Saturday. At that point, it was only the 3rd loss of the season for USC, though the now 9th ranked Trojans have now lost 3 of their last 5, after a 14-7 loss on Tuesday to Fresno St. Beaver fans will recall Oregon St. sweeping the Bulldogs.

USC roared back to wallop Washington St. 11-0 on Sunday.

The Cougars stayed over in southern California for a game at San Diego on Tuesday, and the Toreros took a come from behind 5-4 win.

Last year in Pullman, the Beavers won 2 of 3, and have won the season series the last 4 years in a row, but the Cougars won the 2009 & 2010 series, and hold a 28 game all-time edge in the 427 game old series.

OSU Game Notes.


WSU Series Notes.


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OSU WSU Lineup Game 1

Oregon St. will start their usual Friday night starter, junior RHP Andrew Moore (1-0, 1.42 ERA). Moore was brilliant in the Beavers' lone win at Arizona St., shutting out the Sun Devils for 7 1/3 innings, but for the second time this season didn't figure in the decision because Oregon St. wound up winning in a walk-off.

Washington St. will decide close to game time who to counter with. Only their Saturday/2nd game starter, LHP Joe Pistorese (2-1, 3.08 ERA), appears in their weekend release. Cougars coach Donnie Marbut eventually settled on senior RHP Sean Hartnett (3-2, 4.44 ERA).

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo,com