It’s been a productive first two weeks of the season for Oregon State. In addition to winning their first eight games of the season, they also moved into the #1 spot in Collegiate Baseball’s rankings. While it’s a bummer that Nick Madrigal looks like he’ll be out for about a month with a broken wrist, the Beavs have shown that they have plenty of depth to keep getting the job done. This week they welcome the 1-3 Hartford Hawks to Corvallis in what should theoretically be easy wins.
Projected starting pitchers are subject to change.
How To Watch
Each game this weekend will be streamed on the Oregon State Livestream via the Pac-12 Network.
How To Listen
Game 1: Friday, Mar. 2 - 4:05 PM PT
Game 2: Saturday, Mar. 3 - 1:05 PM PT
Game 3: Saturday, Mar. 3 - 4:05 PM PT
Game 4: Sunday, Mar. 4 - 12:05 PM PT
The Hawks have had a slow start to their season dropping their first three games of the year to a nationally ranked South Alabama team before a 13-11 win over Fairfield this week. College Baseball Daily picked Hartford to finish last in the America East conference this season and time will tell if they exceed those expectations come time for conference play. Last season, Hartford managed a 20-30 record and missed the postseason.
Offensively, senior outfielder Nick Campana has been relatively consistent for them at the plate with 10 hits in 19 at-bats. He’s also had four RBIs and a home run. Junior Chris Sullivan is also looking primed for another solid individual year with seven hits, two RBIs, and a .500 batting average this .season
As a team, the Hawks are hitting just .291 on the year. The pitching staff hasn’t turned in anything impressive enough to warrant worry from Beaver fans either. Hartford’s team ERA is 10.97 right now and they have allowed 43 runs through their first four games. Freshman Nicholas Domkowski, who could get the start against the Beavs on Saturday, turned in their best performance of the season with five hits and just one earned run against South Alabama. The other starters look like righty Jake Regula (18.00 ERA, 0-1) on (probably) Friday and RHP Nathan Florence (15.00 ERA, 0-1) on Sunday or the other game on Saturday with James Judenis (3.00 ERA, 0-0) in there as well.
Oregon State hasn’t lost a home opener since 2004 and they don’t look poised to do it this year either. Provided that the weather holds up, this should be a pretty great opening day in Corvallis.