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Oregon St. has had some pretty good pitching performances against UCLA, and the Beavers' Drew Rasmussen will try to add another tonight.
Oregon St. has had some pretty good pitching performances against UCLA, and the Beavers' Drew Rasmussen will try to add another tonight.

Fresh off last night's 3-2 upset win over 7th ranked UCLA, Oregon St. will be looking to take the series, with tonight's 7 PM PDT rematch at Jackie Robinson Stadium their first of 2 opportunities to do so.

It wouldn't be a huge surprise, as the Beavers have taken the series from the Bruins the last 4 years in a row, including sweeping last season. And Oregon St. (22-7, 5-2) would be solidly in the top 25, instead of sitting somewhere just outside of it, had they not had a couple of bad games against Cal-Poly last weekend.

But UCLA (21-6, 8-2) had won 8 in a row, and 10 of 11 before encountering Andrew Moore and Luke Heimlich last night, and still co-lead the Pac-12 conference with Arizona St.

It's a huge game in the tightening conference race, where Arizona and California trail by only 1 game, and Oregon St. and USC sit only 1 1/2 games back. All 6 teams atop the race have already attained the 20 win level this season.

The entire series will be seen on the Pac-12 National, Oregon, and Southern California channels.

Oregon St. Game Notes.

UCLA Series Notes.

Live stats.

Live streaming audio.

OSU UCLA Lineup Game 2

Oregon St. will go with freshman RHP Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 1.91 ERA) tonight. Rasmussen suffered his first loss of the season in 9 outings, and 5 starts last Saturday, giving up 6 hits and 4 walks, and 4 of Cal-Poly's runs in the Mustangs' 7-2 upset of the Beavers. He did work well into the 8th inning.

The week before, Rasmussen threw a perfect game at Washington St.

UCLA will counter with senior LHP Grant Wilson (4-2, 1.76 ERA). Wilson led the Pac-12 in ERA, at least until the Beavers Andrew Moore got through with throttling the Bruins last night, which moved his ERA down to 1.63.

Look for another pitching duel tonight!

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com