After a baffling pair of midweek losses against Nevada, the Beavers will return to Corvallis for what should be a good tune up series against Washington State. The Cougars have struggled to build a team that can compete in one of the best conferences in the country.
Washington State has won just one game in conference play this year, an 8-7 victory over Washington. They also pulled off a 10-10 tie against USC in their latest game. That gives them a Pac-12 record of 1-13-1.
How’d they get there? Well, they score about 4.3 runs per game, and while the NCAA hasn’t updated their stats page in awhile, that’s still good enough to put them near the bottom of the nation. Compare that to the 7.2 runs they allow per game, and you can see where the problem is coming from.
This team doesn’t hit, and they don’t hit for power. They have the worst batting average and the worst slugging percentage in the Pac-12, .255 and .355. The Cougars can be a tough team to strike out, but they ground out and fly out at a pretty good clip.
None of the three primary starting pitchers Washington State has used this season have an ERA under 5. They’ve allowed their opponents to score double digits in 9 games so far this year, including 17 in 7 innings against UNLV and 21 against Oregon.
The Beavers should win this series handily, and a sweep is very likely. Washington State has failed to play competitively against even the other cellar dwellers in the Pac, and against top teams they’ve flounders.
Still, this has been a weird season for the Beavs. After losing two games against Nevada it seems like anything could happen. After all, thee Cougars managed to beat the Wolfpack twice this season.
- Game 1: Friday, April 26th - 5:35 PM PT
- Game 2: Saturday, April 27th - 1:35 PM PT
- Game 3: Sunday, April 28th - 1:05 PM PT
How to Watch
All three games will be streamed on Pac-12.com
How to Listen
Live Stats are available here.