17.Mar.2011 Baseball: Oregon State @ Long Beach State
The Beavers travel to take on Long Beach State for three games this weekend. The game times and starting pitchers are listed below.
|03/18||Long Beach State||Sam Gaviglio (3-0, 0.00) vs Andrew Gagnon (2-2 1.30)||6:30 p.m.|
|03/19||Long Beach State||
Ben Wetzler (2-1. 3.98) vs Brenden Pinder (0-2 6.38)
Josh Osich (2-0, 2.92) vs Shawn Stewart (2-1 3.63)
|03/20||Double Header on Saturday||Canceled|
Long Beach State leads the all-time series 8-2, including winning 2 of 3 in Corvallis last year. The Beavers never play well versus California ball clubs. We already saw what Fresno did to them earlier this year. The Dirtbags are tough. They're 7-2 in one run games and 2-0 in walk-off games. Their record is only 9-7, but they boast one of the strongest strengths of schedule (#3) in the country. Somehow Oregon State is #15 in that department. This can only be explained by other schools (see Oklahoma) playing even weaker OOC schedules.
Meanwhile, the Beavers have won ten in a row, albeit against weak competition, but it was enough to snag the #23 spot in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
Below is the projected lineup for Long Beach State.
Position-Player AVG HR RBI NOTES
C-Mike Marjama .250 0 3 Started every game in 2011
1B-Jeff Yamaguchi .275 0 3 Hit game-winning RBI in 12th vs. Oregon
2B-Matt Duffy .219 0 11 Leads team with 11 RBI
3B-Michael Hill .333 0 4 First full weekend back at Cal Classic
SS-Kirk Singer .176 0 1 Doubled as part of two hits against Cal
LF-Jeff McNeil .147 0 3 Tripled last week at AT&T Park
CF-Brennan Metzger .296 0 2 Five doubles leads team
RF-Matt Hibbert .290 0 3 .280 third on the team
DH-Ino Patron .294 0 1 Second in average and slugging
Notice the lack of power. Offensively, they are very similar to the Beavs.
These games will be a good test for Oregon State. LBS can pitch the ball, and they are gritty. They are similar to Fresno State but without the powerful offense. I see each contest being close. My instincts tell me the Dirtbags are grittier than the Beavs; therefore, Oregon State will lose a heart breaker and split the other two contests. A 1-2 weekend is what I'm projecting. 2-1 is possible, especially since the Beavers aren't facing any southpaws. A sweep and we can start to feel very good about this squad.
Stream: Check Colorado, I hear they stock them with brook trout. *Cough*