The Beavs had a near perfect start to the year, save for a lone loss to Ohio State in a two week stint in Arizona. Now, Oregon State is home for a few weeks to face some non-conference foes, beginning with middle-of-the-road-UC Davis on Friday.
How To Watch:
No TV, but you can catch the games streaming all weekend on OSUBeavers.com for free.
How To Listen:
The game will be broadcast on the Beaver Sports Network. For a complete list of stations around the state, check the bottom of the first page of OSU’s game notes for this week.
A 7-1 start (and outscoring opponents 43-16 thus far) has helped the Beavers keep or earn a spot in the top ten in every major poll leading up to this series. This includes D1Baseball (#7), NCBWA (#4), Baseball America (#8), USA Today (#7). It also helps that OSU pitchers have posted a collective 1.50 ERA with 66 Ks and just 22 walks.
They Beavers got a little bit of bad news last week with the loss of Kyle Nobach for the year, but otherwise are riding some positive momentum. Nick Madrigal has been extremely Nick Madrigal with 7 runs and 5 RBIs on the year, including a 3 run homer that came against Duke on opening day.
The 3-3 squad out of the Big West has had an up and down start to their year. They did manage to get a handy 8-3 win against UNLV in Vegas last week along with clinching their first home series of the year against Utah Valley, winning two out of those three contests. Their lone contest against a Pac-12 team (or any P5 team) was an 8-2 loss at the hands of then #22 Stanford.
However, the Aggies are actually pretty solid offensively as they head to Corvallis with a .418 slugging percentage and 5 home runs in their young season. Senior shortstop Jacob Thomas looks like their guy to lean on in that department, with 9 hits in 6 games and a .409 batting average.
From a pitching standpoint, junior left-hander and reigning Big West pitcher of the week Orlando Razo has the best chance to be a problem for OSU. He’ll most likely get the start on Saturday.
(Game times and projected starting pitchers are subject to change)
UPDATE: Games 1 and 2 will be played as a double header beginning at Noon PT on Saturday, March 4th.
Game 1: Friday March 3rd-5:35 PM PT
LHP Robert Garcia (0-0 4.22 ERA) vs Luke Heimlich (1-0 0.71 ERA)
Game 2: Saturday March 4th-1:35 PM PT
LHP Orlando Razo (2-0 2.08 ERA) vs Bryce Fehmel (1-1 4.09 ERA)
Game 3: Sunday March 5th-1:05 PM PT
RHP Justin Mullins (0-0 6.23 ERA) vs Sam Tweedt (2-0 1.64 ERA)
If the defense comes to play like it has through this first stretch of the season, we’re looking at a 10-1 team come Monday morning.