Fresh off their come from behind 8-2 win to complete their 2 game sweep of San Jose St., which improved 24th ranked Oregon St. to 5-0 in their spring break 8 game home stand, and 20-5 for the season, will look to remain unbeaten this season at Goss Stadium, and begin their quest for a 3rd consecutive series sweep, tonight against Cal-Poly at 5:35 PM PDT.
When the Mustangs were put on this year's schedule, the perennially solid team from the Big West, which was an NCAA Tournament team last season, looked like one of the top series of the season for the Beavers, conference contests included.
But Cal-Poly has had some struggles this season, and come to Corvallis only 7-14 for the year. And that's with a tough series at TCU wiped out by the weather.
The Mustangs come in on a 3 game losing skid, and also lost to San Jose St. 5-2, the same team the Beavers just swept fairly handily. Their last outing was a 7-1 loss to Dartmouth, the only win in a 9 game California road trip for the Ivy Leaguers.
But Cal-Poly also has a win over 9th ranked USC, so the Beavers must beware. Many of the Mustangs were on the teams that went to NCAA Regionals the last 2 years, including hosting one last season.
The Beavers and Mustangs have only met 9 times previously, and Oregon St. has won 7 of them, including the last 5. Cal-Poly has only won once, as there was a tie.
None of the games this weekend will be televised, but the Oregon St. internet stream will be skipping along.
Here is what is not tonight"s lineup:
KJ Harrison will actually be at first, with Logan Ice catching.
Junior RHP Andrew Moore (2-0, 1.54 ERA) will as usual start off the series for Oregon St., which has been riding solid pitching from up and down its staff of late (see perfect game, long relief win, and first career start and win outings all in the last week).
Cal-Poly will counter with Junior RHP Casey Bloomquist (1-2, 3.72 ERA), who picked up that first win of the season in the Mustang's 5-4 upset of USC last Friday night.
Bloomquist is intimately familiar with Goss Stadium, having spent a summer winning a league title with the Corvallis Knights college summer ball team. He was also a first-team All-American last season.