Oregon (20-16, 3-8) hosts Oregon St. (23-10, 6-5) this afternoon at PK Park in Eugene at 2 PM. It will be the rubber game of the conference portion of the Civil War series, after the Beavers bounced back from the Ducks' 3-2 walk-off (literally) win Friday night to take a 4-2 win last night.
Oregon St will be looking to keep their streak of winning the last 3 conference series against Oregon alive, and break their streak of having lost their last 2 series.
The afternoon start will be a welcome change after back to back very late night games, more in the seemingly unending series of such events the Pac-12 has become.
Unlike Friday night, when the game came down to the last pitch, if the fanbases didn't stick it out to the end, they didn't miss that much action, as the scoring was complete in the top of the second, after K.J. Harrison's 3 RBI double that brought the Beavers from behind, and provided the final score.
What they did miss was a good job by the Oregon staff, but a better 1-2 effort by Oregon St.'s Drew Rasmussen, and notably the best outing of his collegiate career by Mak Fox, who allowed only 1 walk, with 3 strikeouts, over the last 2 2/3 innings to collect his first save.
The series has been anything but an offensive show for the most part, but if either team can come up with some timely hitting, it probably leads to claiming the series.
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Oregon St. will open with junior RHP Travis Eckert (3-0, 3.26 ERA)on the mound, while Oregon will also go with a junior, RHP Conor Harber (3-1, 4.06 ERA).
Beavers head coach Pat Casey continues to shake things up in search of some offense, and moved Jeff Hendrix down into the cleanup spot in the order, the first time Hendrix has ever batted cleanup in his college career.