OSU 25-5 hosts Oregon 23-8, 4:05 PM, Pac-12 Networks
Starting pitchers: Jordan Spencer for Oregon, Taylor Starr for OSU
Just got off a call with Mike Parker, the Voice of OSU and my Talkin' Beavers co-host to preview tonight's game and here are a few things we know.
Yes, this is a non conference game , but it is very important not just because it's of bragging rights, but because of seeding purposes later. Last year Oregon got a national seed at home because they won more non-conference games, which counts in the team's RPI and weighs heavily in the selection committee's decision. Because of that, Oregon got to host in Eugene for the first and second round in 2012, while the Beavers had to travel way down to Baton Rouge.
The Beavers' goal this year is to host in Corvalls in the post season, as they feel it's the path to Omaha.
This year, the Ducks have one of best closers in college baseball: Jimmy Sherfy. Their offense didn't seem to find its way early this season, but it came to life against a very formidable ASU team this past weekend, even though lost 2 of the 3 games in the series. The Ducks hit .357 and had 45 hits over the weekend and beat ASU 16-3 on Sunday. So, they just might be coming in hotter, swinging bat better than they have been.
OSU hasn't been playing the greatest "Beaver" baseball lately, but the fact that they won the UCLA game on the road Sunday to win series makes them feel like they have momentum.
LAST YEAR: Beavers swept final 3 Civil War games to knock Oregon out of title contention.
YEAR BEFORE THAT: Oregon did the same to beavers
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