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Preview: Oregon State Baseball Looks To Rebound Against Nevada

Can the Beavs get it back on track with the Wolfpack in town?

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Deep breaths, folks. Oregon State’s had a tough go of it recently with three of their four losses this season coming in the last seven days. Utah had their number in this last series taking two out of the three games, meaning OSU lost their first Pac-12 series since May of 2016. But with a record of 21-4 and being just one game behind Stanford in the Pac-12 race, things could certainly be a lot worse for the Beavs.

The biggest thing for Oregon State right now is to get the pitching back on track. Kevin Abel, Luke Heimlich, and Bryce Fehmel made starts this past weekend. So for these games, we’ll probably see Christian Chamberlain make a start as he barely saw any action this weekend. The other will likely be Grant Gambrell or Sam Tweedt, unless they decide to give a reliever with no starting experience (like Brandon Eisert) a chance. It’s a move that could pay off, as recent history shows there are a few tweaks needed.

Projected starting pitchers are subject to change.

How To Watch

Both games will be live-streamed here.

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. OSUBeavers.com will also have the audio all weekend.

Schedule

Game 1: Monday, April 2nd - 6:35 PM PT

Game 2: Tuesday, April 3rd - 5:35 PM PT

Opponent Outlook

Nevada currently sits atop the Mountain West Conference with a 15-9 overall record and a 9-3 league record. They’re coming off of a series win over UNLV where they won both of the first two games of the series by one run but dropped the series finale on Saturday 7-3. They’ve obviously fared well against conference opponents with a few wins against UC Riverside, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Oral Roberts.

Statistically, nothing really jumps out about this Nevada team, at least on paper. Out of the seven teams in the Mountain West, they have the fifth-highest team batting average (.281), the third-lowest ERA (4.57), and the second-lowest fielding percentage (.969). They’ve simply found ways to win games late along. Take a look at this play to clinch the series against a very good UNLV team.

Keep an eye on senior Grant Fennell, who can play first and third base. He leads the team in batting average (.357), runs (19), hits (30) and RBIs (19). On the pitching side, Jordan Jackson is a particularly effective reliever with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings of work. As far as starters go, their rotation is a bit out of wack from the Easter schedule as well. But we may see some of their less experienced guys like Weston Hatten or Grant Ford in these games.

In Conclusion

Oregon State’s tired. But so is Nevada at this point. It will be a battle of endurance and pitching depth. I think that Nevada will take a game based on their admirable play as of late, but their road struggles should leave room for skepticism from the Wolfpack faithful.