Once again, Oregon State baseball looks to make history on the diamond. The 28-1 Beavers look to win their 24th straight game on Friday (which would tie the Pac-12 record) when they visit Montlake for a 3-night date with Washington.
How To Watch:
The series will be on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon and Pac-12 Washington.
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Earlier this week, Luke Heimlich and Nick Madrigal were named to the 40-man watch list for this year’s Golden Spikes Award. Over the weekend, they finished up a sweep of last season’s Pac-12 champion Utah. Really, there aren’t enough superlatives to describe the kind of success OSU has had up to this point in the year. Even Washington head coach Lindsay Meggs thinks so.
While Madrigal and KJ Harrison have been the offensive spark plugs for this team, Beavs' second baseman Cadyn Grenier has come alive in his last eight games with eight RBI, three homers, and a .645 slugging percentage. Look for him to continue that type of play this weekend.
On the mound, OSU still maintains the best team ERA in the country with a 1.81. Reliever Jake Mulholland has been a big part of that with a .56 individual ERA while getting credit for four wins and three saves with 29 strikeouts. Mulholland is also the reigning Pac-12 pitcher of the week.
The Huskies (19-12 overall, 6-3 Pac-12) are second in the Pac-12 standings with a .667 conference winning percentage. The Huskies are #53 in RPI and are ranked as high as #30 in other major polls. Most recently, UW took down Loyola-Marymount on Monday in an 8-7 thriller after taking a three game series from UCLA over the weekend.
They’ve been especially solid defensively with a league best .985 fielding percentage as well as a league low 17 errors. They actually haven’t committed an error in four games and haven’t had a multi-error game in 23 contests. On the mound, look out for Friday’s starter Noah Bremer. The junior is fourth in the league in strikeouts and seventh in ERA (2.19).
Offensively, outfielder MJ Hubbs has been their biggest weapon getting on base in 26 of 27 starts this year. Also of note, outfielder Jack Meggs has played in more games than any other active Pac-12 player.
(Game times and projected starting pitchers are subject to change)
Thursday April 13th - 6 PM PT
RHP Noah Bremer (3-2, 2.19 ERA) vs Luke Heimlich (5-0, 0.77 ERA)
Friday April 14th - 4 PM PT
LHP Chris Micheles (1-2, 3.67 ERA) vs Bryce Fehmel (3-1, 3.25 ERA)
Saturday April 15th - 2 PM PT
RHP Joe Demers (3-2, 3.44 ERA) vs Jake Thompson (7-0, 1.18 ERA)
UPDATE: Game 1 Start Time has been moved to 6:45 due to inclement weather in Seattle
Washington isn’t a bad team. They’ve had some solid wins against good competition, but the consistency isn’t quite there. With the kind of defensive efficiency they’ve shown though, it’s enough to wonder if the streak comes to a stop at some point this weekend. I do think OSU takes the series if they just play their game and the pitching staff continues their usual level of dominance.