11.Mar.2011 Baseball: New Mexico State, VMI @ Oregon State
The Beavs continue their home stand with four games spanning Friday through Sunday. Game times and probable starters are listed below.
|Date||Opponent||Pitching Matchup||Time (PT)|
|03/11||New Mexico State||Sam Gaviglio (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ryan Beck (2-0, 5.79)||5:35 p.m.|
|03/12||VMI||Ben Wetzler (1-1, 4.40) vs. Jason Farley (0-3, 5.50)||4:30 p.m.|
|03/13||VMI||James Nygren (2-0, 1.72) vs. Sam Roberts (1-1, 4.26)||12:05 p.m.|
|03/13||New Mexico State||Josh Osich (1-0, 3.68) vs. Dan Reid (3-0, 2.84)||4:05 p.m.|
VMI stands for Virginia Military Institute. Not going to lie, I had to look that up. The "Keydets", as they are wittily known, play in the Big South Conference, and have posted a 7-6-1 record thus far. From what I could gather, this is their starting lineup:
C Alex Haitsuka Sr. .289 1 5
1B George Piccirilli Jr. .386 1 13
2B Justin Hess Sr. .220 0 0
3B Chase Worthington Jr. .205 1 8
SS Sam Roberts Sr. .440 1 7
LF Graham Sullivan Sr. .296 1 7
CF Rob Dickinson So. .195 0 1
RF Jacob Morley Jr. .275 0 2
DH Andrew Montague So. .143 0 1
They have a 1B and SS who can mash, but the rest of the team appears to be club-swinging cavemen. Much like the Beavers, they lack team pop. However, their team OBP is .400, so Wetzler and Nygren must avoid walks.
New Mexico State, meanwhile, sport an impressive 11-2 record, but their opponents combined mark is 27-46 (.37 winning percentage). They are 1-1 versus winning teams, and their best victory to date was over Cal State Northridge.
Parker Hipp is the Aggies best offensive player. He is hitting .555 with 4hrs and an outrageous .950 slugging percentage. As a team, New Mexico State is batting .372 with a .555 slugging percentage. Again, given the competition, take these (impressive) numbers with a grain of salt.
Sunday's nightcap versus Dan Reid will pose the biggest challenge. Reid, a 6"3 Oklahoman, went 6-3 last season, and is off to a 3-0/2.84 start this year. Like last weekend, expect the Beavers to take all four games, with the series finale being a tight contest that could swing either way.
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