02.Jun.2011 Baseball: Arkansas-Little Rock @ Oregon State

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There's a cliche in sports that it's not what happens, but how you react to what happens. With that in mind, it's time to begin our second season.

Game time is 6pm, and the pitching match up is as follows:

James Nygren (8-3, 3.18) vs Travis Henke (1-5, 5.12)

ALR went 18-32 during the regular season. They pitch to a 5.84 team ERA (247th nationally). The short of it is that ALR is not a very good team. They caught a fire late and won the Sun Belt Conference tournament, earning the automatic bid as an unprecedented 8 seed. Now, they did beat some decent teams in Florida International (#27), Troy (#50), and Florida Atlantic (#51). So, they are likely riding that high and feeling a mix of confidence and "nothing to lose" swagger.

Even so, I am not concerned about this game. ALR has earned respect, but there's no reason to fear them. The Beavers have a large talent mismatch, and I just have a sixth sense that things are going to click tomorrow. I'm more worried about Creighton…they've won 9 of 10 down the stretch, have two great arms at the top of their rotation, and a diverse, efficient offense.

Predictions: Oregon State 7, Arkansas-LR 1 | Creighton 6, Georgia 3

Video Stream: ESPN3

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  • JackBeav says:
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    Are you sure on the starter? I’ve heard that Gaviglio and Osich will be held for the weekend games, and Nygren would start against A-LR. It makes sense given the way the seeds play the normal series out beginning with the weakest instead of the strongest opponent.

    If I’m Casey, I roll the dice with a Nygren vs an A-LR, and make the Saturday night game the most important game of the weekend.

    • angry angry says:
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      I received confirmation it will be Gaviglio.

      I heard the Nygren situation mentioned, too. I’m glad Casey is going with Gaviglio…if the team weren’t on a 5 game losing streak I could see gambling on Nygren.

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        I’m okay with Gaviglio starting. But if the Beavs jump out to a big lead in the first inning or two, I would pull Gaviglio immediately and save him for the weekend. Sure, there is some risk with this strategy. But the Beavs — staked to a big lead at home — should have no trouble beating A-LR without Gaviglio.

        • tim318 says:
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          When has Gaviglio ever pitched on short rest? These starting pitchers have a lot of mental prep to do and usually aren’t good at getting bounced around (Nickerson was an exception). My ideal is for Sam G. to pitch a complete game and save the bullpen for Sat. and Sun.

          This game should be as much about getting back on track for the Beavers. Get settled in the field. Start hitting the ball, especially at the top of the order. Get aggressive.

          Don’t assume too much. OSU has, in the opinion of most, over-achieved this season. Don’t get complacent.

          • tim318 says:
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            Schultz, Boyd and Bryant need to be their best. All OSU starters will be on a short leash.

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            I was okay with Gaviglio starting today, so long as he was pulled quickly if the Beavs got a big lead. But I definitely prefer this new strategy — saving Gaviglio to pitch tomorrow. The opponent tomorrow will most likely be Creighton. If we win that game, it is highly likely that we win the regional.

            Is there a risk throwing Nygren today? Yes, of course. But — honestly — if the Beavs can’t beat A-LR without Gaviglio, the Beavs simply aren’t a good enough team to make any noise in this year’s playoffs.

            A-LR is a weak team — one of the weakest in the whole tournament. If you believe in the Beavs as a team, you plan to win tonight vs A-LR with Nygren and the bullpen. You save your ace — Gaviglio — for the crucial game tomorrow against Creighton.

            Go Beavers!

  • angry angry says:
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    Well, James Nygren does get the nod after all.

    http://kohd.com/sports/214086

    This is strange, because I double-checked this morning with someone very close to OSU who confirmed it would be Gaviglio.

    Thoughts?

    I think you have to throw your ace and stop the 5 game losing streak. Nygren should do that since ALR is so bad, but the odds are less. The positive I’ll say about Nygren is he works fast, keeps the defense on their toes (great point by JackBeav about this in the last post), and has pitched at about the same level as Osich, so it’s not that big a drop. But, Casey is really gambling here…and it’s not necessary given the relatively weak regional. If we had some national powers in this regional I’d be all for this move.

    • JackBeav says:
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      This isn’t the first time Casey has thrown Nygren to start a series/weekend. But is it the first for anyone but Sam to go on Friday? I’m torn on this one. I can argue both ways. It does feel right to just stop the bleeding by going with your ace. But I also think second season strategy has to be what it would be if we were on a tear.

      Nygren works the ball around the horn better than Gaviglio does at this time, and he should be fresh with potentially great stuff. A-LR should be unprepared for quality pitching, patient hitting and the home crowd.

      But what if a Nygren without control shows up? What if patient hitting translates to a scouting report which puts a fast ball on a rail for the first pitch of every at bat? What’s our line-up going to be?

      I think the last question is the interesting one. I’ve not really liked the line-up too much in the last couple weeks. As much as I love Tyler Smith, I love Jake that much more. They’re not even close at the plate, and I think Jake plays better in the field with all the intangibles he brings. He seems to have a calming influence on the defense and the pitcher when needed. Berberet, Dunn and Bell should close the IF with Susac at C and Keyes at DH. Stamps is obvious in CF because he is by far the best fielder, but I think Nash should be in the mix for defense as well. And Norris should be RF for his hitting as much as his arm.

      What I don’t like is how the line-up has been set. Stamps just doesn’t get the lead-off work done. He’s a great base-runner, but I don’t get the feeling he can get on base in any way if he wanted. My totally unjustified senses tell me Nash is the lead-off waiting to happen. I just wish his average would justify those senses. Still, he has enough patience to take a BB, enough control to lay down a bunt and he’s also a great base-runner. He also has the ability to turn the bottom of the order into runs from the 1 spot. Stamps seems to be an adrenaline hitter who does better when the pitcher is in the stretch.

      I would move Susac into the 3 spot to put pressure on their P. He’s the one guy who can be patient and aggressive at the same time. Follow him up with Keyes, Bell, Jake, Dunn, Norris and Berberet.

      I feel solid with those guys at the plate, and I know they can rock the field. But I can guess we’re going to see Gordon, Miller and Smith at LF, RF and 2B. I don’t think that line-up hurts us this weekend, but I think they’re stoned at the SR, and look shaky in the field as a result.

      Or maybe those three do what they haven’t done in the past?

      I can’t help but wonder where Poyer would be if he stuck with baseball this spring.

  • angry angry says:
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    Anyone miss Tyler Smith?

    While he isn’t a masher, he set the tone with tough, grind-it-out at bats and great defense. I feel like the team chemistry was fantastic whenever he was in the game, and decreased as he lost playing time.

    • JackBeav says:
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      I’m missing something. Smith is out?

      I miss him as an option, but I think Jake is the better 2B for all the same reasons. Though Smith may have a better rapport with the older pitchers, Jake seems to have a better sense for reading each hitter and getting the P on board. And Jake plays 2B downhill while Smith has seemed to be on his heels lately. I (accidentally out loud) called that E he had against Nikegon on Friday before the ball took its last two bounces. You could just see he was waiting for trouble to happen to him rather than just taking it to the play.

      And who makes the call for a DP starting from the 3B? I thought Bell made a mistake trying to take two while off-balance and the bases loaded. It was a great attempt, but home made more sense to me at that time. Was that the SS’s call?

  • JackBeav says:
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    I saw Casey tinkering with the line-up over the last two games, and I think he has the same sense. But without results, it’s just pissing in the wind.

    I think he put people in the wrong spots to produce. Susac to the 3, Keyes to the clean-up and Barnes to lead off were the only consistent spots. Maybe Nash in the 2 spot would work?

    The reason I keep going back to Nash is that he always seems to be on the bases. He can go O-fer and still have three runs and be LOB twice. Protecting his bat with Susac and putting him in a position to advance runners or just get on base is where he seems to work best.

    I think our greatest weakness this year has been the poor defensive play at SS. We have nobody to lock it down on the left side. Maybe Casey should just throw Keyes back out there and let the position be what it is.

  • JackBeav says:
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    I feel like a mad scientist just waiting for lightning to strike.

  • Beavker says:
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    On a side note, Zona getting worked by Seton Hall right now 0-4. Bottom 4th, so lots of time.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Same score in the 6th.

      Dallas Baptist jumped on OU for a quick 1-0 lead.

      • Beavker says:
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        Nice. I’d pee myself if DB could win that.

        Zona still down 0-4, just got out of a bases loaded jam, could be worse.

  • Beavker says:
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    Cal getting beat. Zona leaves 2 on base in Bottom of 8th…

    Pac 10 looking ugly so far.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Zona gets nothing going all game… down 0-4 in the top of the 9th.

    Cal down to Baylor 0-3 in the Rice regional.

    DB still up on OU 1-0 in the 5th.

  • JackBeav says:
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    I have to say that I really like ESPN3’s options for viewing. I have my laptop set up with mosaic viewing so I can see all three games they’re offering at the moment. It gets a little choppy when the commercials come on. I guess the live stream eats less bandwidth.

    It looked like OU solved DB’s pitching and was going to break it open in the 6th, but DB shut them down. Still 1-1.

  • jasonthebeaver jasonthebeaver says:
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    I’ve only been to one Beav baseball game before and that was that Pac-10 attendance record setting game against Oregon a couple years ago at PGE park.
    So, I am heading down to today’s game with much anticipation and excitement. Very curious as to the atmosphere I will encounter. The sun is out and I’m off work in a couple hours so all is good!

  • JackBeav says:
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    Manhattan @ Florida got boring in a hurry.

  • Beavker says:
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    I went to the ATT.NET site to try to set up an ATT.NET e-mail, and it basicall takes me to the Yahoo account I used to use all the time. ATT and Yahoo? I don’t know, it’s a friggin pain, I guess I’ll just follow the game on the Game Tracker tonight if I can (8pm in my neck of the woods).

  • JackBeav says:
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    OU replaces their P in the 8th, and the ump extends the zone to 6 inches outside across the plate to about 9 inches inside.

    • JackBeav says:
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      OU batter to start the bottom of the 8th sticks his arm over the plate to try to get a HBP and gets called out for his effort. I’m not sure why OU’s coach thought it was worth stalling the game for a discussion.

      Does anyone know the HBP rule? OU had one earlier where the batter just stood stone-still on a slow breaker that went wild. A sloth could have dodged it. I thought the batter had to make some effort to get out of the way.

  • billy says:
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    Mightily concerned. Hope he makes me look foolish but Nygren has sucked as often as not his whole career. There’s a reason he’s still here as a senior. I’m sure I’ll be sitting at Goss with my eyes covered often. The drive down to Corvallis will be frought with worry. Should I get a ticket I’ll just say I was too worried about our starting pitcher and not my speedometer.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Our 3-5 starters seem to have alternating good and bad starts throughout the season. Nygren was weak last Sunday, so maybe the short week and alternating to a good week does the trick.

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    PS Don’t disagree with Pat’s reasoning, however. This is a team we should beat even with Nygren throwing.

  • JackBeav says:
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    DB ties OU 2-2 with the last AB in the top of the 9th… then the guy tries for 2nd and is out on an easy tag.

    ?

  • angry angry says:
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    Creighton wins 2-1. After reducing, that’s the same as 6-3, right? 😀

    • JackBeav says:
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      That was a quick game. you were 33% correct.

      DB puts one across in the top of the 10th to win. The same batter who leaned over the plate for the automatic out in the 8th for OU watches the same curve ball go over the plate in the same place to end the game with a runner on 2nd.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Creighton beat GA 2-1, but Creighton’s #1 pitcher is now done and gone. If the Beavs take care of business tonight and save Gaviglio for tomorrow, I like our odds….

    • JackBeav says:
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      I’m not so sure about Creighton’s bats. UGA’s P didn’t look like he had good stuff all day. They came through in the end though.

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        I watched the last three innings via the ESPN 3 feed. I agree that Creighton didn’t look intimidating at the plate. Creighton batters appeared to swing and miss at a lot of average curve balls (and also swung at a lot of balls out of the strike zone). I think Gaviglio would do well against the Creighton lineup. Hope he gets the chance….

  • JackBeav says:
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    Zona shut out 0-4 vs Seton Hall… Cal with four late runs to lose to Baylor 4-6… Coastal Carolina smokes UCONN 13-1… Troy pounces on OkSt 9-2… Irvine’s all over Fresno 6-2 in the 4th… Charlotte is up on Arky 3-0 in the 2nd… Fla/Manhattan is as boring late as it was in the 1st.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Dude!

    Irvine puts four more across to go up 10-2 on Fresno in the 5th.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Bethune-Cookman up on FlaSt 1-0 in the 2nd?

    That won’t last long.

  • JackBeav says:
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    It looks like all the ACC regional hosts are streaming their games for free. I was just on UNC’s official site, and here’s Florida State’s.
    http://www.seminoles.com/allaccess/?media=246288

    I think we need similar access for our teams.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Bethune-Cookman back up on FlaSt 3-1 after a solid 2 run dinger in the 5th.

  • JackBeav says:
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    BCU and FSU is a wild one. FSU rallies for 4 in the bottom of the 5th to go up 5-3. Then BCU hits two solo shots to tie it up in the 6th, and they’re still trying to rally with two outs.

  • beavers4life says:
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    I get it on ESPN3.com So I’ll be watching it their thanks to Comcast for providing it as part of the sports package we have! 🙂

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    What do you guys think of tonight’s lineup? Barnes-RF, Norris-1B, Keyes-DH, Susac-C, Dunn-SS, Gordon-LF, Bell-3B, Rodriguez-2B, Stamps-CF, Nygren-P.

    Gordon is a head scratcher but at least he’s hitting sixth and not first. I’m not sure Keyes should be third but he hasn’t been as productive lately either. If he returns to form, he should he moved back to cleanup. I like the bottom of the order a lot. Stamps, if he gets on, will give us a lot of opportunities going back to the top. I would maybe have switched Rodriguez and Stamps.

    • angry angry says:
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      I think Pat Casey is trying his best to lose this game.

  • happy says:
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    I wonder if the Battle of the bands/ Flat tail will be heard on the streaming games.

  • Xcalifguy says:
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    looks like the team who played Oregon is back tonight. down 2-0 already!

  • CraigBeav says:
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    The broadcast volume on the espn3.com feed really low for you guys too? Have my speakers at max volume and it’s still quiet.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Does ESPN3 work with Verizon Wireless by any chance?

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      Give it a try, see how it works. If you’re on iOS there’s a “WatchESPN” app to download. Not sure about Android.

      • mckalk mckalk says:
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        Amazing, my beat up old work laptop is good for something. It has a verizon wireless card, but it looks like the stream is going to be choppy as hell. I guess I might to down to Mike Parker and KPAM.

        • angry angry says:
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          Haha. Try reconfiguring the card or stealing a better wi-fi connection.

  • Beavker says:
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    Sweet, can’t get ESPN3 and the gametracker is apparently down. Sounds like it might be better this waye. My poor 92 yr old is going to be bumbed if they tank.

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    Incredible play by Bell.

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    Bad decision by the umpire. It doesn’t matter which foot is on the rubber.

  • HopefulBeav says:
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    Well that sucked. On a positive note I really like our uniforms though.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Awful. Call.

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      No kidding. Obviously the ESPN announcers can’t hear the coaches’ arguments, but they say ALR’s coach would argue that Hencke’s motion starts with the other foot on the rubber. Nothing in the balk rules says that it matters which foot you start with on the rubber. The pitcher made an illegal move, period.

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        Cliff from the GT says that the argument was probably over whether Hencke was going toward the plate, which makes more sense.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Watching the game on X-box live. Which means for once it is a useful feature.

    • happy says:
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      same. Unfortunately its about a half an inning behind.

  • angry angry says:
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    This is all on Casey. He disrespected ALR by pitching Nygren, and he also gave his team no room for error by throwing a guy who gives up runs. Not exactly smart when you have a 5 game losing streak and a tight team. This lineup would be fine if the Beavs were playing at mid-season form…

    Still a lot of time, though. But, I hated this decision before the game and hate it more now.

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      Angry — I agree, this is all on Casey. But I still think Casey has made the right move. Yes, Casey is disrespecting A-LR. But A-LR deserves to be disrespected. No way A-LR should be able to hang with OSU.

      Yes, the Beavs are down 2-0 after three innings. The big problem at the moment is the offense. But if the Beavs can’t score at least seven runs against A-LR, the Beavs are going nowhere this postseason anyway. Be patient. I think the Beavs’ offense will come around…..

      • angry angry says:
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        I don’t think any team deserves to be disrespected, and look at the list of teams they beat in the Sun Belt Tourny. It’s not bad. I think I put it best in that they should be respected but not feared.

        I think they’ll come around, too. ALR has one of the worst ERAs in the NCAA…it’s a matter of time (I think???)

  • happy says:
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    at least we are hitting the ball. they gotta drop in at some point

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    For what it’s worth, GameTracker now working.

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    I about had a heart attack when Keyes looked ball 4 in. That was BARELY high and outside.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    I hate giving up outs,but that is Casey. You have a damn aluminum bat in your hard, hit that damn ball in the game 5 hitter.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Any comments from those who can see as to interaction between Dunn and ALR bench?

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Damn lucky on that check swing.

  • happy says:
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    It seems like Bell fouls it off of himself all the time.

  • JD says:
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    Damn it

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    I like how the stream is perfect during the commercials, but hit or miss during the actual game.

  • JD says:
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    Are we ever going to get a clutch hit????

  • angry angry says:
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    Bad news Beavers…

  • JD says:
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    What a joke.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Maybe the P-10 wasn’t that good this year after all?

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    Uh oh. Very bad inning for the Beavs. Susac passed ball. Then a misplayed fly ball in right field. Then a single. Nygren pitched ok, but had some bad luck. Beavs down 4-0.

    Still expecting Beavs to start scoring, but it’s getting late early…..

  • angry angry says:
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    It’s funny that Beaver fans clapped when Nygren left…that’s the most noise they’ve made all day, and it’s to do the faux-classy routine. Cheering a bad outing…leave it to Beavers…

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    This regional is all but over. No signs that we can get a timely hit, and we don’t really have the pitching to last more than three games in three days.

    EDIT: To be fair, I have to eat my hat. Scrappy play by the Beavs gets the game, 7-4.

  • angry angry says:
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    Beavs have now scored 2 runs in the last 32 innings…

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    Stamps is audacious. I guess you can be when you’re that fast.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    That idiot announcer with his “sun fetish” wanted Stamps to bunt?

  • happy says:
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    here we go…

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Not quite.

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    OSU is still alive. Need more of the same to advance.

  • SanDiegoBeav says:
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    I never bought into Angry’s criticism of the “old” fan base at OSU until this game. From looking at the stands, it looks like they are playing in a damn retirement village.

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      Corvallis is not a young town. When I was growing up there several schools were closing because of demographic shifts and declining enrollment. And the cost of living is high, limiting the ability of the younger peoples’ and families’ ability to buy things such as baseball tickets.

    • mckalk mckalk says:
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      Ag school. A bunch of old farmers support the Beavs!

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Geez, the Beavers are making this so hard. This might be the at bat of the game right here.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Schultz seems to want to stop this giveaway!

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    Whew!!!

  • angry angry says:
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    They keep calling Danny Hayes “Max Gordon”…unless I’m blind…

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    Hoping this is the same sort of scrappiness we saw earlier in the season.

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    The Beavs are starting to hit this pitcher hard. It’s happening…..

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Not a good at bat by Rodriquez.

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    Good move by A-LR coach making the pitching change — the starter was getting wobbly. But this reliever looks nervous, and he’s pitching like it…..

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      Two straight passed balls/wild pitches and it’s 4-4. The second one was a passed ball. Forget the first.

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    Yup, there it goes — this relief pitcher is blowing it for A-LR…

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Finally, Beavs begin to get some breaks. Tied up now.

  • happy says:
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    jeez you can barely hear the crowd on the stream.

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    We’re shelling the closer in long relief now. Love it. 5-4 on a grounder on the third base line for a double by Barnes.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Norris is due, it would be nice to see a long fly ball to right and get up by 3.

  • JD says:
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    Keyes needs to look at a few there. Almost should have been automatically taking there.

    • mckalk mckalk says:
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      That was my thought, I like aggression at the plate, but the pitcher had just walked a guy and thrown two wild pitches. Find something you can get up in the air to right and be a hero!

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    I don’t like how often OSU takes first-pitch strikes, but that pitch was a little inside for Keyes to be swinging at. Still, it’s hard to complain about a three-run inning.

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    BEAUTIFUL pickoff by Boyd. I love his motion. Thought for sure he was going for the plate but he whipped it around to first base.

  • mckalk mckalk says:
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    Did anyone else loss audio on the ESPN 3 broadcast?

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      I didn’t, but it happens to me sometimes. Try reloading the page, or just wait until after the next “this event will resume shortly” screen to end. Usually gets it worked out.

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      I’ve had to restart the feed a couple of times to get the audio back. But that has always worked for me…at least so far.

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Radio says Bell was stylin’ after his hit; anyone detect an attitude on the part of Bell or Dunn? No video here…ugh.

    • mckalk mckalk says:
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      It looked to me that he thought the ball was out. I think he was trying to get the ump to consider. I don’t think he was trying to show anyone up.

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    Does anyone have an alternate link to the game? I can’t get ESPN3 broadcasts on my computer

  • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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    Sounds like defense is coming together for the Beavs, finally!
    Still would like some insurance.

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      Bats are coming alive, that’s for damn sure. Not a moment too soon. Still haven’t come up with a couple of hits with runners in scoring position, but today was a GIANT step in the right direction. Good to get some hits against a hot team.

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        Right on cue, Nash HR !

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          Yup. And with that I think I should take back my criticism, to be honest. Scoring seven runs and leaving runners in scoring position twice isn’t all that bad. You want to get much better and a truly dominant team will get better, but OSU has picked it way up in the latter half of the game.

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    Okay, now we have our 7 runs off A-LR, as we should….

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    Pat Casey took a risk, as he should have. And it’s turned out fine (although it got a bit scary for a while). We win this game, and then have our #1, Gaviglio, going tomorrow against Creighton’s #2. Go Beavers!!

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      I thought Casey did the right thing by holding Gaviglio out tonight. Win or lose, OSU was always going to face a team tomorrow that would probably be more dangerous. It was the batting order that had me concerned, though I’m still pretty new to following baseball closely so I couldn’t articulate my concerns well.

    • angry angry says:
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      We’ll just have to disagree on this one.
      It worked out nicely; that much we can agree on.

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    Do the Super Regionals start on Friday or Saturday? I think they start on Saturday, which might give another reason why Casey wasn’t afraid to have Gaviglio pitch on Saturday.

    • tim says:
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      You’re getting way too far ahead of yourself looking at Super regional. If I remember from other seasons, teams don’t find out until after all the regionals are done. Half start Friday, the rest on Saturday.

      • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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        Yeah, can’t look too far ahead in the postseason but yes, half start on Friday an half on Saturday. I think OSU may start on Saturday due to the amount of travel. Either way, the games will be on ESPN, ESPNU or ESPN2 for sure. This is the last weekend of the year I don’t get to watch the games, thankfully.

  • Orange Lantern says:
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    Good win BEAVERS. Beat Creighton tomorrow!

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    It was nice that the Beavers were able to bounce back and win this one, really helps with their confidence. The last few innings the Beavers seemed to get back to what made them successful. Baseball is a funny sport, one minute you look awful and then you get one thing to go your way and you can get on a roll.

    • oneoldbeav oneoldbeav says:
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      This could have been a “trap” game for the Beavs, they needed the win to get their heads right just as much as to advance in the winners bracket. Earlier stories about Bell calling a players only meeting and the mohawk haircuts had me optimistic but those first innings were gut wrenching for sure.

      Love those “killer bees”!

  • angry angry says:
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    Who do you guys like tomorrow?
    Creighton’s #2 has numbers similar to their ace. Wondering how many runs the Beavs will score off them. I think it’ll be low scoring/close. Something like 3-2…I like the Beavs.

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      I think you’ve got it on the nose, angry. I’d love to see OSU get a lead early and give Gaviglio some breathing room, but I think the Beavers will win a close game.

      • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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        Yeah, I would say it will be a 3-2/4-2 ball game. I think the Beavers win and sit in the drivers seat and advance on Sunday.

        Surprised UCLA lost at home to San Francisco. They face a good Fresno State team tomorrow in an elimination game. Will be tough for the Bruins to win. Pac-10 went just 3-3 today. OSU, ASU and Stanford all won, but ASU needed a walk-off home run to beat a New Mexico who at one point was about 23 games under .500.

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      Creighton’s #2 is Ty Blach. Here’s an interview with him, where he discusses his attitude going into tomorrow’s game: http://www.omaha.com/article/20110603/BLUEJAYS/706039783

      According to the interview article, Blach pitched as Creighton’s #1 for much of the season, and is considered a “co-ace”. But looking at Blach’s stats, he is not as dominant as Jonas Dufek, the guy who pitched today for Creighton. Blach’s ERA is higher (2.72 vs 2.08). He has significantly fewer strikeouts (92 vs 128). And, most importantly, opposing hitters get a lot more hits off him (avg against is .240 for Blach vs .198 for Dufek).

      The stats strongly suggest that Blach is more hittable than Dufek, and that Blach’s stuff is not overpowering. Blach describes himself, in the interview, as the kind of pitcher who tries to throw the ball over the plate and then lets his defense make plays behind him. His stats confirm this.

      I think the Beavs score at least four runs tomorrow, and maybe quite a few more. If Gaviglio brings his “A” game, and the relievers do their jobs again, that should be enough to win. I, too, like the Beavs tomorrow against Creighton….

  • JackBeav says:
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    Yeah… I was never worried.

    If Danny Hayes is back, I’d love to see him play. He’s one of my favorite players when he’s on. And Nash did some nice damage with the bat as well. Norris and Gordon will likely be shelved.

    And if Jake doesn’t do more with the bat, then we might as well see Smith in the game. I don’t really like Jake in the 8 hole. But he got plenty of opportunity, so there can’t be any complaints about that.

    I’d expect the same line-up with Nash in LF, Hayes at 1B and maybe Smith at 2B and Berberet at C with Susac at DH. I’d still like to probably see Keyes just take the SS role. Dunn can’t boot everything.

    And over the past couple weeks Bell has been grinding out some long at bats. He hadn’t been connecting on them until last night. I think his called meeting might have affected him more than anyone. He looked fired up, and I think he’s on the verge of a hot streak.

    • angry angry says:
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      I like Hayes and Smith in the lineup because they’re the two guys who consistently and expertly work counts. Not sure what their OBP is, but I know they’ve both had a lot of 3 ball counts. Smith also had a handful of clutch hits…might have a low average, but he gets hits when they matter. The team chemistry seems improved when both are on the field, too. I’m not sure why Casey stopped using those guys…injury? I don’t remember any…

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