23.Mar.2012 Baseball: Arizona @ Oregon State (Game 1)

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This weekend will present an interesting test for the Beavers' pitching staff. Arizona (ranked #5) has legit mashers in Robert Refsnyder, Alex Mejia, and Seth Mejias-Brean. The Beavers have some mashers of their own, though. Tyler Smith has been impressive. I compared him last week to Michael Young of the Rangers. He's somehow become that type of hitter. Conforto and Davis have been excellent, as advertised.

Wetzler, Child, and Fry will get the nods and face Heyer (4-1, 1.23), Wade (3-0, 2.97), and Farris (2-1, 3.94).

This series will come down to which team gets more quality starts, which makes me lean Arizona taking 2 of 3.

Game time is 5:35PT.

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  • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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    Anybody on campus today? Curious what the field conditions are like. They’ve had so much precipitation lately in Corvallis and I tend to think that will have an effect on Arizona’s fielding.

  • numbers says:
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    Is there snow on the field? Will there be a game today?

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      http://webcam.oregonstate.edu/baseball/
      From this pic it looks like the field will be ready.
      Lookin forward to a competitive series. GO BEAVS ! One at a time !

      • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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        why does the field look airbrushed or pixelated when I view it? Are they masking the field for the webcam?

        • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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          still looks like a lot of white stuff on the outfield from what I can tell

          • steveEbeaver says:
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            I guess snow removal strategies are top-secret. As more snow is removed there’s less pixelation.

        • Jack says:
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          It’s always pixelated as a matter of policy… at least during the season or fall camp.

          And on game days it’s delayed an hour.

          • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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            Damn, that’s too bad. I was hoping to circumvent purchasing the Pac 12 network from Comcast by watching the baseball games via webcam with a 1 minute refresh rate. It’s almost as good as an HD live telecast!

    • bleedsorange says:
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      at 11:30am the outfield was completely white, but 2 hours later 95% of the snow was gone…they will be playing ball tonight!

  • VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    Wish I could go to these games this weekend. Like you said Angry, should be a great test between two of the best teams in the Pac-12.

  • steveEbeaver says:
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    Hager just tweeted that all the snow has been removed. Play ball!

    #15 GA Tech pitchers have given up 4 dingers through 7 and trail Boston College 15-7.

    • numbers says:
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      Nice upset. BC wins 15-7. I always love seeing ranked east coast teams lose.

  • numbers says:
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    I like Beavs chances this weekend. Need some good pitching. Smellycats have played 22 games so far this year and they have given up 6 or more runs in exactly half(11) of those games.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    @Beaver_Baseball Today’s lineup: Gordon-CF, Smith-2B, Conforto-LF, Davis-RF, Dunn-SS, Keyes-3B, Barnes-1B, Hayes-DH, Rodriguez-C, Wetzler-LHP

  • JD says:
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    I hope Wetzler shows up for this game. A win tonight is huge for the Beavs momentum/confidence.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler was really going at the previous batter and then started nibbling and walked him. Needs to stay aggressive.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler got behind some hitters and paid for it. 1-0 Zona.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler limited the damage there. Hopefully the offense can get the run back

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Max gets on base again. He’s doing a good job in the lead-off spot.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Tyler Smith with the RBI double!!!! Tie game!

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Gordon appeared to be running out of gas as he approached the plate. Tie game.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Damn, that pitch by Hoyer was nice.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    Hate how empty the stands look, if you buy season tickets and don’t go give them to somebody who will.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Really nice approach by Dylan Davis. Waited on that pitch nicely. Beavers picking up Wetzler. Lead 2-1

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    The Beavers’ offense is really on fire right now. Ryan Dunn RB double puts them up 3-1. Time to add some more and give Wetzler a nice lead.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    great comeback! Shut down inning would be nice.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Nice job by Wetzler to throw a shutdown inning. That’s big. Offense gets to go back out there and try and add on to the lead.

  • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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    What happened to the snow you wussies were complaining about, LOL?

  • slamadam says:
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    is this the first time rodriguez has hit ninth?

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Michael Conforto with the clutch two out, RBI single. 4-1 Beavers.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    RBI Conforto, had to figure after the K last inning he’d do something good.

  • angry angry says:
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    Beavs lineup has become overwhelming. Murder’s Row…

    • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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      Yo Angry, are we going to get a football bitching thread soon? That OL situation has losing season
      written all over it. All the positivity about baseball is unsettling!

      • angry angry says:
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        Probably since spring ball starts April 3rd.
        The OL situation isn’t as bad as it looks. It’ll be bad during the spring, but a freshman or two will probably wind up starting come fall.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Dunn’s smile after catching Rickard’s fly reminded me a little of Darwin. These guys are having fun.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    Great job Ben!!

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Great baserunning by Dunn. Gets himself into scoring position for Barnes.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Great hit and run there and Hayes gets a single, runners on first and third and 1 out for Jake Rodriguez. Could be a big inning here.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Man! Hate to see a chance for runs go by. Oh well. 5-1 Beavers. Offense is looking really good.

  • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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    You guys watching NCAA’s? UNC is losing to OHIO!

  • mckalk says:
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    Is Kentucky baseball still undefeated, I stumbled on a story the other day that they started the season 21-0 and swept South Carolina. That sounds semi-legit to me. They don’t have much of a baseball tradition do they?

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      22-0 per D1baseball site.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      They lost for the first time tonight, in Knoxville against Tennessee, 4-1. They do similar stuff to this every night. Great record until SEC play. By the 2nd and 3rd week they start to fall off and have a mediocre-bad conference record. I don’t expect that to change.

  • angry angry says:
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    I’m afraid to get bullish on Wetzler, but he’s been good

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler is cruising.

  • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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    What inning?

  • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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    Defense gets Wetzler out of the bases loaded jam and beavs survive the inning giving up only 1 run. Think he might be done for the night.

    • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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      My bad, no runs given up. Watching too many games at one time.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Nice play by Keyes, still hard for me to relax when he is in the field.

  • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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    “Beaver Nation”

  • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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    Yo Parker , your mike is on!

    • numbers says:
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      It’s so so so damn annoying. I wonder if he knows how big of an unprofessional jackass he sounds like between innings

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    good defense today.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Nice to get into the AZ bullpen, especially since Beavs had to go to their own pen this inning.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Hey, GB90, what’d ya think of Keyes swings, especially the first foul down RF line?

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Thought Keyes turned the corner last weekend but he has looked bad at the plate tonight

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      Seems to me he is runnin’ scared, didn’t look balanced on the foul I mentioned. Looks like a real mental/confidence issue; he’ll break out of it……but when.

      • GoBeavs90 says:
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        It is all mental. Right now he’s late on the fastball, early on the breaking balls and changeups. Really slumping. He’ll get hot soon, hope it happens tomorrow and Sunday.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Might be time to get Boyd in there

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Got to get Boyd in there now. Brocker struggling.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Tony Bryant’s changeup is beautiful.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Tony Bryant a 3 pitch K, now 2 down.

  • KBeav says:
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    Score and inning please?

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers offense hasn’t looked good since the 3rd. Arizona has pitched well but the Beavers haven’t had many good approaches at the plate.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Unlike some, I can’t get down on Parker. Loved his remark when the napkin was picked up from the field, “nothing else should be done with napkins”.

    • numbers says:
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      I like his game calling. I just get mega bugged by extreme volume changes. And since I pay for the online video, I don’t appreciate the crap between innings that airs on the computer while the radio world is getting commercials. I don’t want commercials, but I also don’t wanna hear Parker harping on his underlings.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Tony two misses high, not a good sign.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers bullpen not getting it done tonight and the offense has disappeared. Offense needs to get it going.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Smith, Conforto, and Davis; probably the best guys to have coming up.

  • beaverkman beaverkman says:
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    a little unlucky, but that’s why you can’t walk people.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    WOW! A dropped popup in the infield. Wow, just wow.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Smith was handcuffed, got to take advantage of the error.

  • Timber! says:
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    let Conforto swing.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Casey is gonna let Conforto swing away. I like this decision

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Send the runner here

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Works as well as a sacrifice. Big spot for Dylan Davis

  • mckalk says:
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    That was a nice change up on a 3-2 count. It looked so tantalizing.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Ryan Dunn is swinging it well. I like him being up there in this position. Ryan Dunn three run shot coming

    • mckalk says:
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      Damn, you almost called it. Looked like it hit the bottom of the fence. Was that another change up or a hanger?

      • GoBeavs90 says:
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        Didn’t see the replay but it appeared to be a changeup that hung up in the zone and Dunn waited on it perfectly. Ball may have got out on a warm afternoon game.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    AZ will regret intentional walk.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers win 6-5!!!

  • beavergopher beavergopher says:
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    Sweet!

  • angry angry says:
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    That was awesome.
    Bummer Bryant gets the win. Wetzler did pitch great.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      He got the vulture win. Starters hate that without a doubt!

      • Bill says:
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        Not really a vulture win when he gave up the lead.

        • GoBeavs90 says:
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          No, that’s the definition of a vulture win when it comes to baseball. Cost the starter the win, get yourself the win.

  • numbers says:
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    There’s my sixth run! Nice. Man Child – Dan Child’s turn next! Nice win.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    This kind of game builds character, will serve these guys well all season. Hard to now picture less than 2 of 3 for the Beavs this series, they’ve got the mo now.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Go for the sweep! Games like this really give the guys confidence and with it being at home this could turn into a sweep if Child continues to pitch well and Fry gives them a good start on Sunday. Great to see the team really getting it going.

  • angry angry says:
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    Offtopic:
    http://trackfocus.com/oregon-state/more-signs-of-growth-at-oregon-state

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