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Oregon St. looks to continue their run of dominance over California this afternoon, possibly earning an NCAA Hosting seed in the process.
Oregon St. looks to continue their run of dominance over California this afternoon, possibly earning an NCAA Hosting seed in the process.
(Image by Andy Wooldridge)

The Beavers and Bears go at it again this afternoon at 4 PM at Goss Stadium. 18th ranked Oregon St. (37-15-1, 18-9-1) took the series opener 4-0 last night, behind a 2 run home run by Caleb Hamilton, and a dominant pitching performance by Andrew Moore, who threw a complete game shutout, throwing 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes, which translated to 13 strikeout, only 2 hits, and no walks. Only 1 Bear batter made it as far as second base, and he was thrown out at third by Beaver right fielder Elliott Carey.

It was the 11th win in a row for Oregon St. over California, and maintained control of the battle for second place in the Pac-12 for the Beavers. If the Beavers win this afternoon and USC downs Arizona St., Oregon St. will lock up second place in the conference, after winning it the last 2 years, one last addition to their resume in their drive to claim a NCAA Tournament hosting site next week.

Even if Oregon St. doesn't secure a #1, its also possible they could host as a top #2 with UC-Santa Barbara the visiting 1-seed (Since the Gauchos facility lacks lights and can't host), a rare but not unheardof move.

25th ranked California (33-18, 17-11) shouldn't be counted out just yet, though. The Bears bounced back from series opening setbacks each of the last 3 weekends to claim series over Arizona St., Campbell, and USC.

Indeed, the Bears can still also claim second in the Pac-12 race, if they can take the remaining 2 games of the series and have the Trojans defeat the Sun Devils today or tomorrow.

Oregon St. will also be looking at taking their 4th series in a row against California, and 6th in a row at Goss.

The odds are against shutting out the team that leads the conference in home runs again, though. California hasn't scored less than 4 runs in the middle game of a series since UCLA, in mid-April.

The Pac-12 Network will have the tv coverage.

Oregon St. Game Notes

California Series Notes

Live Stats

Live Streaming Audio

California OSU Lineup Game 2

Another pitching duel could be in order, as tonight matches a pair of 6 game winners.

Oregon St. will send freshman RHP Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 2.72 ERA). The Beavers eventually defeated Stanford 7-5 last Saturday, after Rasmussen's 6 inning outing had staked them to a 5-1 lead.

California will counter with junior RHP Ryan Mason (6-2, 3.19 ERA). Mason only made it through 3 innings last Sunday against USC, allowing 8 hits, and a run in each inning, though the Bears went on to pull out a 7-5 win. Mason did have a complete game win at Campbell.

It's also senior day at Oregon St., as Clay Bauer, Michael Howard, Dane Lund, and Zach Reser are honored.

Baseball Senior Day 2015

(Image via Oregon St. Athletics)

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