22.Mar.2011 Baseball: Seattle @ Oregon State
Finally, Oregon State has cracked the top 25, coming in at #23 in the Baseball America Poll. Now the hard part: staying there when the competition heats up April 1st. Winning the next five games versus Seattle and Santa Barbara won't do much for the Beaver's ranking, but it will buoy their confidence for Pac-10 play.
As of right now, the Pitchers are undetermined.
It will be interesting to see where Pat Casey goes with this. The permutations are practically endless, but considering Santa Barbara is the better squad he might try to get away with Cam Booser today and James Nygren tomorrow, then go with his standard rotation over the weekend. Seattle has a couple starters with good numbers (Seafth Howe, 3-0 2.12 ERA, Brandon Kizer 3-1, 3.13 ERA) and you'd figure they'd throw both these guys at Oregon State, but Seattle played a make up doubleheader on the 20th in which both these guys pitched. Looking at the rest of the staff, there's not much there. They have a guy named Max Wieldon who has a good ERA (2.89) but an 0-2 record and only 9 strikeouts in 28 innings. The Beavers handle finesse pitchers well.
On offense, Seattle has a .250 team batting average and .355 slugging percentage. Their long masher is Doug Kincaid (.333, 2HR, 9RBI, .615SLG). Stay away from him, and the Beaver's staff should find success.
Expectations should be for a two game sweep.