04.Jun.2011 Baseball: Creighton @ Oregon State
This post is essentially a placeholder for comments on today's game with Creighton.
Game time is 6pm, and the Pitching match up:
Sam Gaviglio (11-1, 1.95) vs Ty Blach (10-2, 2.72).
Like yesterday, the game is streaming on ESPN3.
Creighton has a good club. They're fundamentally sound (.980 fielding %, which is 5th in the nation), have a legit Friday and Saturday starter, have a deep bullpen, and can execute small ball. In fact, they're much like the Beavers…probably a bit more fundamentally sound, but with slightly less raw talent. It's that match up of talent vs sound play, within the framework of a similar overall style, that makes this game intriguing.
My main concern as a Beaver fan: will the offense be able to hit Blach. I think Gaviglio throws a good game and will keep Creighton under 4 runs. Then it's on the bullpen to hold them there. If that happens, I think the Beavers eek out four runs and steal this one. Don't be surprised if the home crowd gets to see free baseball. Load up on the Inderal, boys.
Prediction: 4-3, Beavers.