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Oregon State Baseball: OSU Hosts Arizona State For Friday-Sunday Series

The Beavs begin the home stretch of the regular season with the Sun Devils.

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The Beavers spent last weekend sweeping the Oregon Ducks at home, then took a midweek trip to Hillsboro to beat down Portland, improving their overall record to 30-6. #5 OSU still sit in third in the Pac-12 race but have plenty of opportunities to get to the top before the end of the season.

Steven Kwan is getting on a bit of a hot streak after being just a double shy of a cycle in that Portland game. Although missing the cycle because you hit two triples instead of a double isn’t exactly a bad thing. Plus the weekend rotation has been showing some gradual improvement, and Nick Madrigal looks as strong as ever after returning from injury. It’s genuinely tough to say who the MVP is on this team this year because someone different seems to step up every week.

So whose turn is it to shine this time, Beaver Nation?

Starting pitchers are subject to change

How To Watch

All three games will be streamed online this week through Pac-12.com, and you can find those streams 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. They also have a TuneIn station.

Schedule

Game 1: Friday, April 27th - 5:35 PM PT

Game 2: Saturday, April 28th - 3:05 PM PT

Game 3: Sunday, April 29th - 1:05 PM PT

Opponent Outlook

The Sun Devils are not in the bottom of the league but are still dealing with a lot of the same issues that they were last year. They once again have the worst fielding percentage in the league at .962 and have committed the most errors in the league with 56. That’s easily the biggest reason why they’re just 17-23 overall and 9-9 in the Pac-12 up to this point and have a good chance of missing the postseason again.

Most recently, they lost an 8-7 nailbiter with New Mexico State on Wednesday at home after sweeping Utah over the weekend. That and a sweep of Oregon in early March have been their only conference series wins this year.

Gage Canning has remained ASU’s best player with a .387 batting average and a Pac-12 leading 65 hits. As a result, he’s made it on to the Golden Spikes watch list, along with fellow Sun Devil and freshman infielder Spencer Torkelson. Torkelson has also been a great offensive weapon for ASU with a league-leading 20 home runs, 41 RBIs, and 39 runs scored.

Eli Lingos, the projected Sunday starting pitcher, has had another notable year with an impressive 60 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched. The lefty looks like he has the best chance of putting ASU in position for a win against the Beavs.

In Conclusion

Arizona State is a struggling team that Oregon State should absolutely beat. This has sweep potential and would put OSU in great shape heading into their next series. If the offense keeps playing the way that it has, that’s exactly what will happen.