Now in the last month of the season, #3 Oregon State is still trying to overtake the Pac-12 standings from Stanford and UCLA. In an effort to achieve that goal, the Beavs took two out of three against Arizona State last weekend before defeating Oregon in a non-league game on Tuesday. Now at 33-7, Oregon State looks to pick up a few more wins against a Washington State team that’s turning in a pretty mediocre year.
At this point in series previews, I try to highlight a few individual notes/performances that have been huge for the Beavers lately. But frankly, the depth of this team has been on full display the last few weeks. So many different people have stepped up and gotten the job done.
Troy Claunch is riding a bit of an offensive hot streak with two runs in the win over Oregon. Trevor Larnach’s 13 homers this year are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in program history. Kevin Abel and the bullpen have improved drastically. OSU’s success over the last few weeks has been a definitive team effort.
Starting pitchers are subject to change.
How To Watch
All three games will be streamed online this week through Washington State University and the Pac-12 Conference 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.
Game 1: Friday, May 4th - 5:00 PM PT
Game 2: Saturday, May 5th - 5:00 PM PT
Game 3: Sunday, May 6th - 1:00 PM PT
The Cougs are 14-23 this year with a 6-12 conference record. They’ve actually won just two series all year. At the beginning of the year, I predicted they would probably end up with another ninth-place finish in the Pac-12. With a month left to play, that’s exactly where they find themselves.
Most recently, they had an unsuccessful trip to Seattle where they lost two of three against UW and lost a one-shot against Seattle University. Their series wins this year came with a sweep of Santa Clara and taking two out of three against Arizona State. The good news for the Cougs? They have this adorable web series where the son of head coach (and former Oregon State assistant) Marty Lees interviews players.
In this episode of Small Talks from the Dugout, Jake Lees is joined by @Cougbaseball senior, outfielder JJ Hancock!— WSU Cougars (@WSUCougars) May 2, 2018
The two battle it out in a #StarWars -themed competition, hosted by @CoachLeesWSU!
Cheer on the Cougs this weekend >> https://t.co/Nc6GRrOjfl #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/D3wTrK4wkQ
Washington State has not had much luck against the Beavers as of late with six series losses in seven tries against them. It stands to reason that this series will go in a similar direction. s
Keep an eye on the Cougars’ Blake Canton and Justin Harrer though, as they are their best offensive bet. Harrer has 23 RBIs and 10 home runs while Canton leads the team with a .336 batting average. Sunday starting pitcher Scotty Sunitsch has a no-hitter under his belt this year, so he may give the Beavs a challenge on the mound when he gets his shot.
Oregon State should definitely win this series and really can't afford to not do so if they want any chance of staying in the Pac-12 hunt.