Following a sweep at Stanford and a close win in Portland, the OSU baseball team returns to the friendly confines of Goss stadium this weekend to host the defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes. OSU will be honoring the 2007 national champion squad this weekend and the first 250 fans each game will take home some 2007 championship swag.
How To Watch:
No TV for this one, but the Pac-12 will have a live broadcast which you can find here.
How To Listen:
The game will be broadcast on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online.
Find the radio station carrying the game in your area here.
I probably don’t need to tell you this, but OSU Baseball is very good. The Beavs have swept 3 straight Pac-12 opponents to start the season, are the consensus #1 team in the nation, projected #1 overall seed, have the mid-season pitcher of the year (Luke Heimlich) according to Perfect Game Baseball, and they are already a mile ahead in the Pac-12 standings.
The OSU pitching staff again leads the nation in ERA at 1.73 (UCF is second at 2.23) led by Luke Heimlich’s absurdly low 0.52. Heimlich tossed a complete game against Stanford last Friday to lead the Beavs to a 3-1 victory. Saturday starter Bryce Fehmel struggled versus Stanford this last week, I would expect a rebound performance for the sophomore this weekend in front of the home crowd. Jake Thompson went 7 scoreless innings against Stanford to lead the Beavs to a 7-0 win on Sunday. Tuesday’s win against Portland was highlighted by electric performances from Brandon Eisert and Jake Mulholland out of the bullpen. Eisert, Mulholland, and starter Sam Tweedt combined to strike out 18 Pilot batters, which tied an OSU record.
The offensive numbers have been steadily climbing for OSU as of late, posting 25 hits in a Saturday win against Stanford. Sophomore second baseman Cadyn Grenier has been on fire lately with home runs in his past two games while taking over the team lead in RBI’s with 18. Freshman Adley Rutschman’s bat has also come around lately, as the catcher hit his first home run on Sunday and came up with a clutch two out 2-RBI single against Portland that gave the Beavs a 4-3 lead. Shortstop Nick Madrigal was selected as the Pac-12 player of the week after his performance against Stanford, though he did see his 17 game hit streak come to an end on Tuesday.
For more on the Beavs, check out our mid-season report.
Last year’s surprise Pac-12 champs are fresh off a series win versus Oregon, which saw the Utes pitchers shutdown the Oregon offense aside from a 10 run 6th inning on Friday against Utah starter Jayson Rose. The Utes are 12-13 on the season while going 3-6 in the Pac-12.
The Utes are hitting .290 as a team on the season led by senior third baseman Dallas Carrol, who is hitting .404 with 10 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs while leading the Utes with 24 RBI’s. Outfielder and Ute lead-off man DaShawn Keirsey Jr has been hitting well since the Utes began Pac-12 play, going 14 for 38 with 2 home runs in 9 conference games.
In the last match-up between these two squads the Beavs took 2 of 3 from the Utes in Salt Lake.
(Game times and projected starting pitchers are subject to change)
Friday April 7th - 5:35 PM PT
RHP Jayson Rose (3-2, 5.09 ERA) vs Luke Heimlich (5-0, 0.52 ERA)
First 250 fans receive a free commemorative patch
Saturday April 8th - 1:35 PM PT
RHP Riley Otteson (4-1, 3.15 ERA) vs Bryce Fehmel (3-1, 3.32 ERA)
First 250 fans receive a free commemorative T-Shirt
Sunday April 9th - 1:05 PM PT
LHP Josh Lapiana (2-3, 3.41 ERA) vs Jake Thompson (6-0, 1.20 ERA)
First 250 fans receive a free commemorative pin
As we learned from the Portland game this week you can never look past any opponent, but OSU is the superior team and should be in line for another series win, and have a very good chance at yet another sweep.