04.Mar.2011 Baseball: Hartford @ Oregon State
Tonight's game was rained out. Monday's game was moved to Sunday as part of a second double header. Here is the updated start times for the weekend:
|03/04||Hartford (Rained out)||Corvallis, Ore.||————–|
|03/05||Hartford (Double Header)||Corvallis, Ore.||12:05 p.m.|
|03/05||Hartford (Double Header)||Corvallis, Ore.||1:05 p.m.|
|03/06||Hartford (Canceled)||Corvallis, Ore.||————–|
Hartford has yet to play a game this season, but they aren't projected to be good. They're a young team comprised of 11 freshman (offset somewhat by 7 seniors). Their most experienced pitchers are sophomore Anthony Mannuccia and junior Mike Thatcher, who are slated to start games 1 and 2 versus Oregon State.
Expect the Beavers to take all 4 games. Hartford has been battling the elements and playing mostly indoor scrimmages. The Beavers, meanwhile, have competed in 8 meaningful games and have been practicing outdoors for months. That is a big advantage. Hartford also has to deal with the fatigue of cross country travel.
What I am looking for are some easy wins. The Beavs have been grinding games out, but at some point they need to put weak opponents away early. Anything less than a sweep should be considered a disappointment.