The Oregon State Beavers (25-13, 8-8 Pac-12) will again match up against #10 USC (30-10, 11-5 Pac-12) needing to tie up the series after the Trojans came and walked all over the Beavers last night.
USC came out and shellacked Oregon State starter Andrew Moore for one of his worst performances of the year with a 9 hit, 6 runs, over 6 1/3 innings. They hung a couple crooked numbers on the normally fantastic Beaver ace, and the bullpen was unable to stop the bleeding when Moore left the game.
The Trojans executed well and just beat up on the Beavers, getting leadoff hits, advancing those runners and then getting the clutch base hit to bring the runners home. Oregon State got only three runs in the game, the only meaningful one coming in the 3rd when Caleb Hamilton launched a ball over the left field wall.
Tyler Gilbert started on the mound for the Trojans and was nearly unstoppable against the Beavers, racking up 10 strikeouts, and getting most of those in the first few innings. The Beavers were dominated by an opponent that beat them soundly in every phase of the game.
Mike Parker had it as the worst Friday night performance for the Beavers since former ace Sam Gaviglio was crushed in Arizona to the tune of 18-0. He also pointed out that the Beavers came back to win that series, as nothing is certain in sports.
First Pitch: 1:35 pm.
Probable Starters: RHP Drew Rasmussen (4-3, 2.45) vs. LHP Kyle Twomey (6-2, 2.05)
Drew Rasmussen gets the start and is matched up with another solid Trojan pitcher in Kyle Twomey. Rasmussen took the loss last week, only allowing two runs on three hits but the Beaver offense gave him little support with only a Logan Ice home run. Twomey is also looking to rebound after earning the loss last week with a 5 hit, 7 run performance over 1 2/3 innings against the Ducks.
The notable lineup move of the day in the insertion by Oregon St. head coach Pat Casey of Dane Lund at catcher and in the #2 spot in the batting order.
All this assuming the game is not rained out.