After taking an incredibly important series from Stanford over the weekend, OSU turns it around immediately with the USD Toreros in Corvallis on Monday and Tuesday. The Beavs have been on a roll lately with wins in 14 of their last 16 games. Now just a few short weeks away from the postseason, the Beavs can get over the 40 win mark once again during this series.
FINAL: @BeaverBaseball crushes Stanford 10-0 to win this big Pac-12 showdown series. Beavs out-hit the Cardinal 11-4. That was a tour de force performance... When OSU plays like that, it looks like a team nobody's gonna beat. Nonstop offensive pressure, smothering defense.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) May 12, 2018
With a team batting average of .321, OSU has reached the #4 spot in the nation in that category. The offense continues to be what drives this team as Trevor Larnach’s 56 RBIs are the second most in the Pac-12 with Adley Rutschman not far behind with 52 RBIs. The pitching has been great in spots as well with Luke Heimlich leading the league in strikeouts with 115.
Kevin Abel is coming into his own as a midweek starter also. With a 3-0 record after two starts and 14 total appearances so far, he gives the Beavs reason to be confident coming into these games.
Starting pitchers are subject to change.
How To Watch
Monday’s game will be a Pac-12 Plus live stream, which can be viewed here. Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
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.
Game 1: Monday, May 14th - 5:35 PM PT
Game 2: Tuesday, May 15th - 5:30 PM PT
This season, the Toreros haven’t quite proved to be back to their winning form they were in at the beginning of this decade. As of Sunday morning, USD is 23-29 overall in 2018. You can’t say they haven’t been trying though, as their schedule has included most of the better programs on the west coast including Stanford, San Diego State, Cal, and Arizona State amongst others.
As the Beavers wrap up their series with Stanford, USD is just up the road in Portland finishing a three-game set with UP. Portland took the first two games of that series. Prior to that, USD finished a five-game homestand where they lost four of the five: two of three against Gonzaga and losses to UC Riverside and Arizona State. Additionally, the Toreros are 2-3 against Pac-12 competition this year.
USD leads the all-time series with Oregon State 9-5 but lost both of their contests last year in San Diego. Coach Rich Hill has shown he knows how to build winning teams in his time at USD, but hasn’t turned in a postseason appearance since 2013.
This season, their pitching seems to have been their downfall with a team ERA of 5.53 and 299 total runs allowed. Both of those categories are the worst in the WCC. Offensively though, they actually have the best team batting average in their league with .282 and the most runs scored with 256. Jay Schuyler has led the attack on that front with 64 hits and a .335 average.
Once again, Oregon State should win this. They’ve had decent luck (or whatever you want to call it) with midweek pitching recently and the offense is red hot. But a great offense against a mediocre at best pitching team, things will probably go your way.