The first pitch of the 2011 baseball season will be thrown 2pm at Beiden Field in Fresno, California. Here's the weekend schedule:
|02/19/11||vs. Gonzaga||Fresno, Calif.||2:00 p.m. PT|
|02/20/11||vs. Gonzaga||Fresno, Calif.||1:00 p.m. PT|
|at Fresno State||Fresno, Calif.||6:05 p.m. PT|
|02/21/11||at Fresno State||Fresno, Calif.||1:00 p.m. PT|
Gonzaga will throw Ryan Carpenter in game 1 on Saturday. His stats last year were: 4-4, 5.67 ERA, 60.1 IP, 53 K
And this is his 2010 bio:
Started all 12 appearances…posted a 4-4 record and a 5.67 ERA…recorded 53 strikeouts in 60.1 innings…held opponents batting average to .273 for 10th-best in the West Coast Conference…recorded the fewest hits allowed on the team with 65…allowed a career-low two home runs…matched career-low of one triple allowed…recorded a no-decision in season debut against the University of Washington Feb. 21, pitched six innings and allowed four runs on four hits, struck out three and walked one…matched career-high of seven innings pitched and earned first win of the season at Centenary College of Louisiana Mar. 6…threw five innings, struck out seven batters, allowed two runs on four hits to earn the win at the University of Hawai`i April 3…earned third win May 15 at Saint Mary's College, pitching six innings, struck out seven and allowed four runs on four hits…recorded fourth win against Loyola Marymount University May 22 after throwing six innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits…struck out nine in 6.2 innings, allowed four hits and one earned run against the University of Portland May 29.
Sam Gaviglio (3-4, 5.60 ERA, 62.2 IP, 45 K) will get the opening day start for the Beavs. Freshman phenom Ben Wetzler will go in game 2.
Last year Gonzaga finished 20-36 overall and 8-13 in the West Coast Conference, however, they've received some votes in the 2011 Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. Oregon State leads the all time series 56-33.
With regard to Fresno State, the Bulldogs have an all-time mark of 23-8 against the Beavers and have been picked to win the WAC. Collegiate Baseball has ranked them #29 in their top 40 poll. The NCBWA has the Bullodogs ranked #35 in their top 35 poll.
The Preseason All-WAC team included seven Fresno State players: junior outfielder Brennan Gowens, junior outfielder Dusty Robinson, senior first baseman Jordan Ribera, senior shortstop Garrett Weber, senior third baseman Danny Muno, junior catcher Trent Garrison and senior starting pitcher Greg Gonzalez.
Fresno State has not determined their starters for either game. The Beavers will throw Cam Booser on Sunday, and most likely Matt Boyd on Monday.
Due to injury and suspensions, the Beavers bullpen is understaffed to begin the year, and it will probably hurt them this weekend. Expect a split versus both squads, and a 2-2 mark heading back to Corvallis. Not exactly what we're all hoping for, but it is the likely scenario. Sam Gaviglio should win game 1, which makes Ben Wetzler the wild card. If he wins game 2, the Beavs could come out of this 3-1. Anything less than 2-2 would be a disaster.