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Beaver Baseball Set To Face Big-10 Foes

The Beavs look to continue their hot start versus Nebraska and Ohio State

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Following an undefeated weekend the Beavers will stay in Surprise, Arizona to take on Nebraska and Ohio State in the Big-10/Pac-12 Spring Training College Baseball Challenge. Utah will also represent the Pac-12 in Surprise this weekend, but the Beavs and Utes will have to wait until April to face each other.

How To Watch:

Last second road trip (start now and drive real fast) or check Priceline for sweet airline deals cause you can’t watch any of the games on TV or online.

How To Listen:

For a full list of radio stations across the state that will carry the games, check the game notes provided by OSU athletics. For those in the Portland area 620 does not carry weekday games that begin before 5:30pm. OSUBeavers.com will also have the audio all weekend.

The Beavers:

A hot start from the Beaver pitching staff and lineup has the team off to the races with a perfect 4-0 start. The Beavers opened the season with 2 wins a piece over Duke and Indiana last weekend in Surprise, Arizona.

Luke Heimlich was selected as the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week following his opening day 11 strikeout performance against Indiana. Starting pitchers Bryce Fehmel, Sam Tweedt, and Jake Thompson also started the season strong as the staff combined to give up only three earned runs over the weekend.

Nick Madrigal led the offense, going 6 for 15 with a home run and 4 RBIs, while fellow sophomore Trevor Larnach went 4 for 10 with his first career home run. As a team the Beavers lineup hit a collective .270 over the 4 game set.

The Cornhuskers:

Nebraska, with former major league outfielder Darin Erstad at the helm, was picked to finish third in the conference by Big-10 coaches. The Cornhuskers sit at 1-1 after splitting an opening day doubleheader with UC Riverside in Tempe. The final two games of the series were rained out.

The Buckeyes:

Led by the bat of Senior first baseman Zach Ratcliff (.438, 2 HR, 6 RBI) the Buckeyes were able to split a 4 game set in Osceola, Florida taking the first two games versus Kansas State and Delaware before falling to Pitt and Kansas State in the final two games of the weekend.

If you want to learn all you need to know about the Buckeye roster you can listen to all of their walkup songs on the Ohio State website .

The Schedule:

Pitching probables have been updated (Game times and projected starting pitchers are subject to change)

Game 1: Thursday February 23rd Noon- vs Nebraska

Matt Waldron (0-1 0.00 ERA) vs Luke Heimlich (0-0 0.00 ERA 11Ks)

Game 2: Friday February 24th Noon- vs Ohio State

Yiannivs Pavlopoulos (0-1 23.14 ERA) vs. Bryce Fehmel (1-0 3.00 ERA)

Game 3: Saturday February 25th 3pm- vs Nebraska

Jake Meyers (1st start of the season) vs Sam Tweedt (1-0 0.00 ERA)

Game 4: Sunday February 26th 8am- vs Ohio State

Jake Post (0-0 3.00 ERA) vs Jake Thompson (2-0 1.59 ERA)

In Conclusion

The competition gets a little tougher for Oregon State this weekend, but if the pitching stays hot the Beavs have a good chance of being undefeated heading into next weekend’s home opener against UC Davis.