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Preview: Oregon State Baseball Heads to USC for Final Road Series

The new #2 team in the nation heads south to take on a struggling USC team.

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After winning a huge series over Stanford and absolutely demolishing the University of San Diego, Oregon State has established itself as the consensus #2 team in the nation. Only two series remain for the Beavers, this weekend’s at USC, and next weekend’s homestand against UCLA.

The Beavers’ run scoring has been phenomenal lately. They’re now 2nd in the nation in Team Batting Average at .327, 3rd in On Base Percentage, and 4th in Slugging Percentage. Trevor Larnach has led the way, and is now tied for ninth in the nation in RBIs, with 63. Adley Rutschman is right behind him, in 13th place with 62. It hasn’t just been the two of them, Nick Madrigal is of course amazing, Michael Gretler has been fantastic, and Steven Kwan makes us all Dancing Queens. We’ll see what they have in store for us this weekend.

How to Watch

All of this weekend’s games will be on the Pac 12 Networks.

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, May 18th, 7:00 PM PT

Game 2: Saturday, May 19th, 1:30 PM PT

Game 3: Sunday, May 20th, 12:00 PM PT

Opponent Outlook

The Trojans are coming off a midweek victory over UC Irvine, and a 2-1 series win over Washington State, but overall the season has been been mixed for USC. With an 11-16 Pac 12 record (24-23 overall) they’re currently ninth in the conference.

USC’s batting has found itself near the bottom of most conference stats. They’re currently ninth in team batting average, tenth in team slugging percentage, and tenth in on base percentage.

The pitching has not been much better. The team ERA is 5.2 is ninth in the Pac 12, and eigth in runs allowed. Solomon Bates is the team’s top pitcher, with a 4-3 record and a 3.55 ERA.

Conclusion

The Trojans are capable of pulling off wins against top teams in the conference. They’ve grabbed wins from Washington and won a series over California. However, they have been swept previously by Stanford and UCLA, and with Oregon State on fire in the past week, it’s going to be tough to get results. I think the Beavers should definitely get the series win, but the team can’t take their opponent too lightly, or we could have another Washington State situation on our hands.

If you’re going to be in the area and are having trouble deciding which game to get tickets too, there’s only one correct answer.