25.May.2012 Baseball: Oregon @ Oregon State

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Something tells me more Beaver fans will be interested in this weekend's games. 😉

Projected match ups:

  • Friday: Wetzler (6-2, 3.30) vs Keudell (10-3, 1.80) 5:35 pm
  • Saturday: Fry (5-3, 2.47) vs. Reed (6-3, 3.06) 1:05 pm
  • Sunday: Child (6-3, 2.80) vs. Gold (8-3, 3.26) 1:05 pm

Saturday's game will be on Root.

The Ducks have won 9 straight, and their pitching has dominated during that stretch. Their team ERA is 2.89 (3.00 in Pac-12 play). That's about 3/4 of a run better than the Beavers. However, the Beavers score about a run more than the Ducks per game. Ducks have a stronger SOS, but since the Ducks resurrected baseball, the Beavers are 6-1 versus them at home. The adage says pitching beats hitting, so Oregon has a small advantage. I don't see either team sweeping, and I expect close games. Because the Beavers still have the better national reputation and the pride that comes with that, I think they'll play their best baseball this weekend and gut out 2 of 3.

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  • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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    Go Beavs. Hope last years’ series is fresh in their minds. Payback time

  • Beavergopher Beavergopher says:
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    Beat the Quacks!

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    FTD!

  • Fightingbeaver says:
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    Where are the games being played at? Makes a big difference.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    FWIW: Jim Wilson is predicting a win by the Ucks tonight followed by wins Sat and Sun by the Beavs. He bases his thoughts on the pitching matchups.

    Stream??

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    1 out single for Oregon

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Healy two run homer and it’s 2-0 Oregon

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Jones singles. Wetzler is leaving the ball up in the zone

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler walks the next batter. Really bad start by Ben so far

  • JD says:
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    Bloop and then a walk. Easy way to get yourself into trouble.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wow. Oregon catching so many breaks this inning. Another bloop singles down the right field line. Oregon has a chance to get themselves a big lead here.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Single* and he Wetzler gets a strikeout. Bases loaded and 2 outs now. Ducks leading 2-0

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    This ump’s strike zone is a bit tight tonight

  • angry angry says:
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    Oregon bunts at ball 4 on a 3-2 pitch. WTF?

    • JD says:
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      I have never seen that, not only 3-2 count but 2 outs and the bases are loaded. Makes no sense at all. Maybe he missed a sign.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      I don’t think I have ever seen that in my live. Strange isn’t even close to a strong enough word for that.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Oregon bails out Wetzler with a missed bunt attempt on a full count. 2-0 Ducks going to the bottom of the first

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Max Gordon HBP. Time for the offense to get it going

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    Smith singles. Runners on first and second and no outs for Michael Conforto

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    Conforto with a fielder’s choice. Runners on first and third and 1 out for Danny Hayes

  • JD says:
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    4 pitches this half inning have been called strikes when they were balls for Wetzler.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Danny Hayes RBI single and it’s 2-1 Ducks. Runners on the corners and 1 out for Ryan Dunn

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    RBI single by Dunn and it’s all tied up at 2

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    This ump’s strike zone for Kuedell is huge

    • JD says:
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      He has been wildly inconsistent so far in the ducks favor, but that could change.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Keyes probably swung at ball 4 twice. Game tied at 2 after an inning of play

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler may not last much longer. Can’t throw strikes yet again

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Bad call by the ump as Gorton guns down Warren, Altobelli then doubles. Costs Oregon a run.

    • JD says:
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      Dunn blocked the bag perfectly, the runners hand never got there.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler needs to be pulled. He’s been awful tonight.

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      For?? …Schultz?

      • GoBeavs90 says:
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        Probably. He’s been pitching well and Wetzler is on the verge of giving up a 4-5 run inning. Can’t throw strikes and a lot of pitches are up. This is painful to watch.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers need to make Wetzler their #3 pitcher heading into the postseason. Fry and Child are superior starting pitchers.

  • JD says:
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    0-2 count to the 9 hitter and he hangs a breaking ball ugh

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    0-2 pitch and Warren doubles. Runners on second and third and 2 outs for Payne. Here we go again.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    3-2 Ducks after 2 1/2 innings. Game is already over an hour old.

    • JD says:
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      The top of the first felt like an hour in itself.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    I like how Parker keeps blaming the whole defense for Keudell being given two leads. No, that’s all Ben Wetzler. He can’t throw strikes consistently, when he does those balls are hit hard.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Prior to his last couple of starts we saw Wetzler get stronger as the game wore on; but not lately. He isn’t fooling anyone so far, the leash has to be shortened.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Wetzler has now retired 4 in a row. 3-2 Ducks after 3 1/2 innings

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers have to take Keudell the other way, if they try to pull him often and they’ll just keep pounding the ball into the ground.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Keyes with a good at-bat and walks with 2 outs. Gorton is up now

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    After 4 1/2 innings it’s still 3-2 Oregon

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Wetzler beginning to show a bit of control but no room to relax here.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Lead-off double by Jake Rodriguez. Now, time to execute some small ball and tie this game up.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Jake a leadoff double, got to get run(s) out of this.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Gordon strikes out on a fouled bunt attempt with 2 strikes. Keeping the bunt on there was a really bad decision.

  • JD says:
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    Terrible job by Gordon

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    Smith walks. Runners on first and second and 1 out for Conforto

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Enormous strike out by Keudell

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Walk by Hayes and the bases are loaded for Ryan Dunn and 2 outs. Huge spot in this game.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Bases loaded for Dunn, Kuedel throwing lots of pitches compared to earlier.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Dunn walks in a run and it’s all tied up at 3

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Barnes with a clutch two RBI single and it’s 5-3 Beavers

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Barnes 2 RBI single, Keudell now can be shaken if Keyes can walk or get a hit.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Now the Beavers need Wetzler to throw a shutdown inning here

  • JD says:
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    Great at bats by Dunn and Barnes.

    Barnes comes through with the big two out hit the Beavs have been looking for all season.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      In my mind Hayes may have had the biggest at-bat of the inning. 2 down with runners on first and second. Worked a walk on a 3-2 count after fouling off a couple pitches. Gave Dunn and Barnes a chance to do what they did.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Odd timing to go to Schultz right here after Wetzler had an easy start to the inning but Schultz has been pitching well and it’s a righty-righty matchup here.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Shultz in for Ben with 2 outs no one on. No disagreement here, Ben was improving but over 100 pitches.
    Really would like to chase Kuedell early in next at bat.

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    Schultz comes in and retires the only batter he faces. 5-3 Beavers after 5 1/2 innings

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Time to pile on. Jump on Kuedell, 2 more runs likely to win this one.

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    4 pitch walk to start the inning, Kuedell on the ropes. Got to make him throw strikes.

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    Smith with a single. Runners on first and second with 2 outs and Michael Conforto is up

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Wild pitch, Conforto can win it with a single.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Great outing by Schultz so far tonight. 4 up and 4 down for him. 5-3 Beavers through 6 1/2 innings

  • JD says:
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    Beavs have a little hop in their step right now.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Definitely. They’re getting really confident and playing some good baseball. Great time to do that.

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    1 out double by Ryan Dunn

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    Dunn a 1 out double, get him in and good chance its over.

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    Another big hit from Ryan Barnes as he comes through with an RBI single and it’s 6-3 Beavers

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Good night for Barnes, brings Dunn home with a nice slide. 6-3 Beavs

  • JD says:
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    Barnes and Dunn with two good at bats again.

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    Passed ball, Barnes to second. Keyes can likely put this out of reach with a solid single.

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    Keyes with a 1 out walk. Tommasini up with runners on first and second with 1 out

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Housey throwing lots of pitches, patience now needed.

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    Bases loaded and 2 outs for Max Gordon

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    Housey walks the bases full with two outs, Matthews to pinch hit…..patience.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Matthews pinch hits for Gordon and he’s HBP and it’s 7-3 Beavers

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    OK, Matthews HBP, RBI.

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    7-3 Beavers after 7 innings of play

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    5-3 out to start 8th, cruise Scotty, cruise.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    5-3 for out number 2, nice plays by Dunn and Keyes! 4 outs left to go.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Scott Schultz with another flawless inning. 7-3 Beavers after 7 1/2 innings

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    What? 7 straight up n down for Scotty. Cruise, Scotty, cruise.

  • JD says:
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    Schultz is challenging the Ducks hitters right now. He is getting ahead and throwing strikes.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      He’s been their most consistent reliever and is doing the exact opposite of everyone else in the ‘Pen. He’s getting ahead of hitters and not allowing them to get comfortable. He’s the go-to-guy out of the bullpen these days.

      • oneoldbeav says:
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        Beavs can’t go far with Schultz as the only dependable guy in the pen. We are very likely to see D.Davis out of the pen this weekend, even for short duty he could be a shot in the arm.

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          Of course. Just saying Schultz is the guy they like to go to in big spots. I expect Dylan Davis to pitch this weekend as well. I’d like to see Tony Bryant and Matt Boyd to get time as well. Also, Cole Baylis has been really solid in a couple relief appearances, surprised he hasn’t gotten more time. Please no Brocker though.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Two base error, Conforto on 2nd. Make ’em pay!

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    Conforto doubles to left off the glove of Jordan Spencer on a jumping attempt, Hayes then walks. Runners on first and second and no outs for Ryan Dunn.

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    Conforto got thrown out on the play. Should have scored. Really poor baserunning.

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    7-3 Beavers headed to the 9th

  • JD says:
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    Conforto with a tough night, bet he comes back tomorrow with a chip on his shoulder and hits the shit out of the ball.

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    I’d like to see Tony Bryant in the spot. Help him build some confidence and not use Schultz up too much, gonna need him some more this weekend.

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    Nine straight up/down for Schultz, then hits Altobelli. One out to go.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers win 7-3

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Scotty with two K’s to end the game. Great way to start the series!

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    The bullpen likes pitching against Oregon. 11 2/3 innings the bullpen has pitched against Oregon and has allowed 4 hits

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Nice to force Ucks to use 4 pitchers tonight. So good to get past Kuedell. Now Beavs need to get early runs so as to not need much off of Sheffy (sp) when he is called upon.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Sherfy. This sets up a potential series sweep. Beavers have the edge with Fry on the mound and I’m sure Jace will bounce back after a poor outing last week. I expect Fry to be at his best.

  • GreatWhiteHunter says:
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    Wow, great way to start the series! So pure is my hatred for the Ducks – kind of nice to actually beat them in a game that counts. I hope their bus gets a flat tire on the way to the hotel or Eugene or wherever those a-holes are going.

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      Wasn’t it last season that the Beavs bus had problems which led to a good bonding experience for the team?
      As for the Ucks bus, Uncle Phil probably keeps a spare on call. Who cares.
      GO BEAVS ! Get two more this weekend.

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        Ok, then I hope they all find a hair in their hamburgers. My point is, I just hope they have a crappy night. Because they’re ducks.

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          I hope they have two crappy afternoons coming.
          BTW, got your pronghorn app in?

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            Not yet – got until the 5th. Drew second season archery last year, but didn’t pick up the tag – It was right in the middle of archery elk season. The first season archery tag has about 35% draw odds so I’m hopeful to pull it this year. Thinking about putting in for the early mule deer tag for the panhandle too – where we killed our bulls last year (about a 6 mile pack in) we saw some toad bucks. High, alpine country. Can’t wait for the fall.

            This is my last year in Idaho…got to make it count!

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Horton holds extended (?) team meeting in the outfield right after the last out, he knows the Ucks are in danger of losing their mojo. Their top guy couldn’t keep his noteworthy winning streak going and couldn’t control the Beavs for more than 3 innings or so. After the game Horton hints his guys tried too hard, now that they are down 1 game in the series that isn’t likely to change.

    Question for y’all…….will it take more than 4 runs to win on Saturday? If Fry is on his game as GB90 expects then 4 or even 3 might do the job for the good guys.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Gonna call it now, Jace Fry will throw a 4 hit shutout. I think the Beavers will scratch across at least 4. They’re really getting it going. Tonight showed the depth of the lineup. Conforto had a tough night and the Beavers still scored 7 runs. Things are coming together offensively at the right time.

  • steveEbeaver says:
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    I was sitting behind HP and the only negative thing about tonight’s game was the inconsistancy of the umps strikezone, he was horrible. The Beavs really competed well, several at bats where the hitters fouled off two strike pitches and eventually walked or got a hit. Schultz was tough, didn’t give up a hit in 3 and a third. Dunn made two great plays and Keyes finished them off with good stretches to record the outs. Conforto should never, ever be sent from 3b. I don’t know what his problem was but he was thrown out by a mile. I’m not even going to complain about the 12 LOB. One of the best parts of the night was when the ducks were huddling up in RF after the game they were treated to hightlights of 2006 & 2007 CWS wins on the scoreboard. We beat their best now let’s take care of the rest.

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    Healy singles with 2 outs in the first

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    Another single, this time by Jones. Runners on first and second and 2 outs

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Garlick is HBP. Bases loaded and 2 outs now

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    Fry gets a groundout to end the top of the first. Scoreless after a half inning

  • JD says:
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    Well GB90 I hope your prediction of Fry’ 4 hit shut out comes true, only two hits left for the Ducks 🙂

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      He’ll get into a groove, just needed to get through the first

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    1 out single by Tyler Smith

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    With Conforto grounding into a DP to end the first it becomes important to shut down the Ucks in the second to prevent momentum. Go Fry…burn ’em!

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    If there is one thing Fry needs to do better it is the walks. He walks way too many guys. Lead-off walk on 4 pitches for Oregon to begin the second

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    Fry works around a lead-off walks and gets out of the inning. Scoreless after 1 1/2 innings

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      Came within one ball of a second walk before getting the #9 hitter to fly out. Good job.

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    Danny Hayes continues to be on fire. Lead-off double to start the bottom of the 2nd

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    Hayes still at second with 2 outs now. Beavers not executing the fundamentals well this inning.

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    Scoreless heading to the third. Poor execution by the Beavers are the reason why.

  • JD says:
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    The Beavs don’t look sharp right now. They need to get focused.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    And another free pass to begin to the third. Fry having a similar issue to Wetzler. Not throwing strikes.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Rodriguez throws a soft toss to first, allows Duck runner to reach, then infield single scores a run. 1-0 Oregon

  • JD says:
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    Shiit. 2 crappy infield singles

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      So far Ucks aren’t really smacking Fry, he is just hurting himself with little help from infielders, so far.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Sounds like a rare mental mistake by Smith, leading to a run and runners on 1 and 2 with 1 out.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      He didn’t make a mistake. Had to backhand a ball deep in the hole and didn’t have much of a shot to get the runner.

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        So, no chance to get the out at second as reported by Parker?

      • JD says:
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        Yep, he maybe could have got the force at second but most likely not. The ducks just hit it in the right spots for those first two infield singles.

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    Another lead-off walk comes back to bite Fry.

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    2-0 Oregon on an RBI double.

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    2-0 Oregon after 2 1/2 innings

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    Lead-off walk by Gorton. Rodriguez now up

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    Leadoff hitter on again for the Beavs, need to get some runs back right now.

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    Awful at-bat by Rodriguez

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    Bad at bat by Jake, no discipline at the plate.

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    Matthews starting today a pretty big mystery. Casey usually platoons Gordon and Matthews and Matthews hasn’t exactly been killing it at the plate the last few weeks.

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    Beavers got middle of the order up here in the 4th, perfect time to put some runs on the board

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    Michael Conforto walks with 1 out. Could use Hayes showing some more of his recent pop here

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    Beavers not putting together many great at-bats today. But only down 2 runs. Need Fry to keep the deficit at 2

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    Barnes with a lead-off walk. Keyes up now. Beavers need to get on the board this inning. You get to the 6th, 7th, 8th and you got to deal with that Ducks bullpen

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    That ball leaves the ballpark if Keyes has a quicker bat. Bat takes so long to get through the zone.

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    Gorton with a single and runners are on the corners with 1 out. Rodriguez up now. Need at worst a sac fly here

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Jake Rodriguez is looking terrible at the plate.

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    Rodriguez with another unproductive at-bat. He is lost at the plate.

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    Danny Hayes with a two run home run and it’s tied at 2 after 6 innings

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    Just about to post that the seventh inning has been pretty good for the Beavs as Nick Rulli gets an RBI double for his very first hit as a Beav. Go Beavs

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    Dylan Davis relieved Fry with 2 outs and a runner on first and gets him out. In the bottom of the 7th Keyes walks, Gorton sacrifices, Rulli pinch hits for Rodriguez and comes through with his first career hit at OSU with an RBI double and the Beavers lead 3-2

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    Smith walks with 2 outs. Michael Conforto up with runners on first and second and 2 outs.

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    Would have liked to see the Beavers stick with Davis. Been pitching well and Boyd has had some struggles and gives up a lead-off double.

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    Boyd in to pitch, surprising Davis wasn’t kept in the game as an outfielder so as to be available for another hitter later.

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    Yeskie is bringing in TOMORROW’S STARTING PITCHER in relief now. These moves are just, so bizarre, no words.

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    Child in to relieve Boyd, no problem with this move. Anyone but Cole!

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    Child finishes the inning without giving up a run. Wouldn’t mind seeing Schultz come in for the ninth.

    So glad Shepherd didn’t get a chance to score, he is the guy (I’m pretty sure) who mouthed off about the insignificance of midweek games when the Beavs won at Eugene earlier this season.

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    Keyes another walk. Sherfy throwing lots of pitches and pick off moves, bodes well for Beavs if a bottom half of the ninth is needed, Runners on 1 and 2 with 2 out.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Going to the ninth 3-2 Beavs.

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    Conforto a catch in LF and throws out the runner at the plate for the DP which ends the game. Beavs 3-2 victory! Conforto hasn’t done much at the plate this weekend, but WOW, what a ballplaying freshman!

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    Yeah baby!

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    That is the game that you want televised as a Beaver fan!

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    INCREDIBLE. Conforto throws out the tying run at the plate and the Beavers win 3-2, take the series and go for the sweep tomorrow.

  • osbeavs says:
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    Is there a chance that we threw Child today so that we could simply win the series…? Who starts tomorrow now?

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      Child.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Child will still pitch tomorrow, likely goes about 4-5 innings though. Schultz will likely relieve him.

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        If Shultz has problems in relief expect to see Casey throw anyone. Includes Brocker, but first (I hope) Bayliss, Davis, Starr?
        Still think Davis should have been kept in this game as an outfielder for future pitching availability, that is a great option that I would expect Casey to use.

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          After Schultz I would say Starr and Davis are the top 2 options. Starr hasn’t thrown this series and Davis has faced 1 batter. They can definitely go a couple innings. Best case scenario is Child goes 5, Schultz goes 2, Boyd/Bryant/Brocker combined to complete 8th and Davis in for the 9th. I would prefer the Beavers just blow them out and it isn’t a close game though.

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            Since you went out on a limb predicting a 4 hit shutout today i’ll play. For Sunday I’m seein’ a 6-2 Beavs win, Conforto and Dunn come through big. Child good for about 4 innings, Ducks total less than 6 hits.

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            To clarify I meant Fry would throw shutout innings after the third lol. But yeah, that would be a great game. Also, a sweep in which Conforto wasn’t hot all weekend speaks well of the depth of the lineup. Team is starting to put it together at the perfect time. Hopefully the Beavers get a sweep tomorrow, they’re catching fire.

  • Timber! says:
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    why didn’t Nike’s specially designed uniforms give Payne that .00002 second’s edge difference to make it to the plate?!!!! Back to the drawing board!

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      The boat from Far East was late with the fabric.

    • helmsley says:
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      I rarely note or care about uniforms, but the Duck uniforms today were (imho) not only hideous but ill-fitting. The tops looked like the aprons women in Mexico wear when they are housekeeping.

  • Timber! says:
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    Very happy for Hayes…he has such a nice swing.

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      He does have a great swing. He has the classic tall lefty swing. Looks so effortless. He’s been their best hitter over the last 3 weeks. He’s getting on base constantly and hitting for power. This is what I thought he would give before the season.

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    Most exciting finish to a bball game I can ever remember.

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    Sweet.

  • progressivebeav says:
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    Ftd

  • locusimperium says:
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    anyone hear or see the exchanges between the teams after the final play?

    • osbeavs says:
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      No, was there one? If so, was it bad enough to cost either team to lose players?

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        Watch that video you can see the duck batter that was on deck point his bat and talk shit to the catcher after the play.

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          Just watched it again and the catcher may have talked shit first.

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            Casey doesn’t allow the players to shit talk during the game. Horton doesn’t give a shit, so the ducks mouth off all game long. So after taking that all game – and it started in the 2nd inning – I could see letting loose.

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            The Duck player pointing his bat didn’t help the situation.

    • ChrisOSAlum ChrisOSAlum says:
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      I did not notice in all the excitement but I heard Mike Parker say they had been. Didn’t see it though.

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        You could see who I think was the on deck batter for the Ducks point his bat at one of the Beavers on the Root broadcast. Not smart to threaten with a bat in your hand.

  • ChrisOSAlum ChrisOSAlum says:
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    Just got back from the game… Most incredible finish I have seen. All the drama of a pitching duel into the top of the ninth. Payne, the second baseman hits a leadoff double, is bunted over to third. One out, a dipping line drive is hit to left field, Comforto is measuring the ball, catches it one handed low off the grass, but, he’s stepping forward into it with momentum. He throws a perfect one hopper to the catcher. You know the ball is going to get there first, but is the catcher going to hold onto it, eyes on the umpire. He slams his fist down, out, and you realize in that half second that the game is over on a double play. The beavers are on the field, catcher spikes the ball and some ducks start jawing at the beavers who have flooded into the outfield to congratulate eachother and especially Conforto for that throw. It looks like these kids have just won the world series with the celebration, and I high five the guys around me and we know, we probably won’t see another finish like that again… ever.

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      That is awesome, I miss going to the games so much. Nice to hear that Conforto comes through in a big way not just offensively but defensively. How many times has that kid made huge plays for this team. I am excited about this team and their ability to come together late in the season. Lets hope that this is the start of a bright hot streak. Also, here’s to hoping for the sweep and busting UO’s top 8 seed hopes.

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      Especially on the road, you just walk off the field and start focusing on your next game. Sounds like the Ducks want a P-12 championship badly, that sound not be the goal.

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    If we pull off the sweep today, is there really no chance we host a regional? We would be 38-18 overall and 18-12 in the PAC 12 (maybe the best conference in the country) and we’d likely move up to around 15 in the polls.

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    hopeful you do make a good argument. If were to pull off the sweep today- the two calls that cost us game 2 of the WSU series would cost us the Pac-12 title.

    So is Child still today’s starter after working 2 innings yesterday? Don’t know where else they would go- Taylor Starr maybe but he is pretty inconsistent. I sure would like to see to see some more of Dylan Davis and some of that triple digit stuff he has, but he must have some control issues.

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    I like this article OSU ranked 10th ducks unranked.

    http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5957

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    If I heard the stadium announcer correctly just now through the feed, he said that Taylor Starr is starting today.

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      Great…so much for the sweep.

      Let me guess, they’re already losing? lol

  • HopefulBeav says:
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    Awesome start for the Beavs.

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    Man, Ryan Gorton looks like an old man. I just saw him on the stream and thought who the hell is that guy. Anyone else think that?

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      I was wondering what was with some of Beavs and their 70’s porn star moustaches? Is that a team bonding thing? The staches make some of the players look older.

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    Details? Need some play by play!

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    Regional sites announced:

    LSU, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Miami, Oregon, Florida, Purdue, Rice, UCLA, Stanford, North Carolina State, Florida, Arizona, Baylor.

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      Any guesses on where we might end up?

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        I would assume we’ll be a #2 seed, especially if we pull off the sweep today, but the actual field gets announced tomorrow morning. I’m not sure how they actually assign which regional each team ends up in though.

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          I think it’s safe to say it won’t be another PAC 12 site.

      • GoBeavs90 says:
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        Beavers will almost certainly end up in Purdue’s regional

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    Conforto with a double to pick up his second RBI of the game. 2-0 Beavs.

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    Dunn just keeps doin’ it, gets lead runner for first out, then Jones fouls out to Tommasini for second out. Runner on first

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Garlick a two out single and its runners on 1 and 2.

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    Damn. After a Gorton single and a Tommasini walk, Joey Matthews nails one that gets caught on the warning track to end the inning. Still 2-0 Beavs after 4.

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    Thorpe in to pitch for Gold. Surprised Casey has left Starr in this far, Horton not so patient (although to be fair Gold has been whacked much more than Starr).

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    Healy a one out double, finally the BP gets active for the Beavs. Seems like Casey would be willing to use anyone in this last reg season game. C’mon Davis, Bayliss, even Child. Oh yeah, Schultz for sure.

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    What do I know. Starr a K to end the inning leaving 2 runners stranded.
    Still think Starr, at around 90 pitches has done all he can today.
    BTW if my tea leaves are correct, the Ucks are out of hits with 6, we’ll see.

    Bottom 6, 2-0 good guys.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Schultz coming in for Starr with one down and runner on first.

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      Man if Starr can pitch that well as the third guy every time, we could’ve used Child and Schulz as our ‘pen all season.

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    Sherfy in to pitch, gives up an RBI single to Dunn then hits Barnes. Bases full two outs for Keyes.
    3-0 good guys.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Keyes a 2 run single, 5-0 Beavs!

  • osbeavs says:
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    Did Gorton just get hit by a pitch and not get the base?

    • oneoldbeav says:
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      Ump felt he leaned in, so yes he was hit and didn’t get the base.

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        I only am able to catch bits of the stream at work but that is pretty weak. It looked like a pretty solid smack to his leg.

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    Was Keyes’ little arm wave at first there aimed toward the pitcher?

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    Dunn starts a 5-4-3 DP, four outs to go.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Helms, can you hear that sound up in Montana? How ’bout in Idaho GWH?
    I believe it is the Fat Lady tuning up!

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      Still in Mexico – but strong winds blowing in. It’s fun to watch local kids playing pick-up baseball – unorganized and having fun, although they mostly play football.

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      Loud ‘n clear oldbeav…thanks for the shout out!

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    Back to back K’s for Schultz, one out to go.

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    Sweep!

  • osbeavs says:
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    So, no Ducks title if UCLA or Zona wins. Pay back is a bitch.

  • Grape says:
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    “Oh, how the mighty have fallen…”

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    UCLA leads by one in the bottom the 6th. Zona tied at the bottom of the ninth with two outs. Runners on the corners.

    • osbeavs says:
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      Base stolen at second by Zona. Why do that when you have two outs and winning run on 3rd?

      • osbeavs says:
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        No matter, walk-off single wins the game for Zona. Wildcats are Pac-12 champions. UCLA can share if they win today. What matters is that UO didn’t get their championship.

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          Agreed, but what matters most is that the Beavs are hot at the right time.

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            Absolutely. Glad we can always count on Casey to have them ready in the postseason. Casey is a big time coach. Can’t wait.

  • Timber! says:
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    thanks for stopping by Horton’s House of Horrors this weekend Ugly Ucklings. AFLAC!!!

  • GreatWhiteHunter says:
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    Sweet! Was out of cell coverage for a bit…Fantastic! What a great weekend. After the way the game ended yesterday I liked our odds today. Would be tough to come back from a loss like that.

  • oneoldbeav says:
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    Pat Valaika a bases loaded single with one out in the eighth makes it 7-5 UCLA.

  • Mud&Sticks Mud&Sticks says:
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    Sweep!!! Wooooo Hooooo

    FTd

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Such a great way for Taylor Starr to potentially go out in his final game at Goss Stadium. Came up big. Team needed him to go deep in the game to really make things easier for the bullpen and he did just that. He made big pitches when he needed to. When I saw that he was pitching I had full confidence in him. I knew he would pitch well. Showed why I’ve said he’s a solid pitcher. He’s a solid #4 guy, that’s what the team needs in the postseason.

    The offense was really good today. They were consistently hitting balls and on a line. Oregon was lucky they didn’t lose 10-0. None of their pitchers were fooling the Beavers. Offense really playing well at the right time. I really like where this team is at right now and I think they have the potential for a really deep postseason run. Couldn’t finish the season off any better. Likely headed to the Purdue Regional, time for the Beavers to do work.

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    what a series. the way starr was inducing double plays i’d be interested to see if he earns any relief duty next weekend. the biggest thing to me is that the bullpen seems to finally be clicking. interesting that tony bryant doesn’t even seem to be in the picture, i think at one point late in the game today davis, boyd, and schultz were all warming up at the same time while bryant never even got up to throw to my knowledge. not saying i have a problem with, but i can’t imagine you see a closer like him get supplanted like this very often.now i’m pumped for next weekend, wish my place had espnu.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      Bryant was doing some stretching but didn’t make any tosses in the ‘Pen. I saw them all getting ready and once I saw them all getting loose and he wasn’t doing much, I feel he may have thrown his last pitch as a Beaver. It’s understandable though. No Brocker or Bryant and no lead was blown. Interesting.

  • tim318 says:
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    So, the all-knowing gurus @ ESPN are projecting OSU going to Charlottesville region. I doubt that for a couple reasons. 1 – OSU raised its stock by sweeping the Ducks this weekend and shouldn’t get shipped across country. 2 – They played in Charlottesville back in 07. Of course they went on to win it all that year, so it wasn’t all bad. It would be nice to stay out west, but all of the regional sites are Pac 12 teams. The committee just doesn’t put teams from the same conference in the same region. The closest regionals are either in TX (Houston, Waco, or College Station) or IN (West Lafayette). I’d prefer Purdue for some reason.

    Ducks are very lucky in that despite the sweep, they still appear in a decent spot for getting a national seed. I think playing extra games this year (UO played 59 vs. 56 for OSU) helped UO pad the record. Makes me wish that OSU didn’t lay a couple eggs in conference games this year (USC, Utah, and ASU for example). Just a couple games would’ve made a difference. Go Beavs in the post-season….there hasn’t been much of that for OSU this year.

    • GoBeavs90 says:
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      What I hate is Stanford getting to host over OSU. Beavers have the same amount of wins, Beavers won a series against Stanford and were tied in the standings, Beavers series win should have been the tiebreaker for a host. But of course, they only go on RPI and the RPI favors Stanford, unfortunately. I wish they would take more things into account than RPI. It’s extremely flawed. But it is what it is. Beavers blew some games they should have won. They would be hosting if they did. They’ll just have to make their run the hard way, no doubt in my mind they will get it done.

    • steveEbeaver says:
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      With both Zona and UCLA finishing ahead of the ducks, the only way they get a national seed is with Phil’s money.

      • Timber! says:
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        amen.

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          ucks coach is on NCAA regional selection committee. That can never be a good thing for us.

  • rsteve503 rsteve503 says:
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    Wow! Way to finish the regular season, BEAVS!!!!

    Thanks for Casey and the baseball team. Now if that spirit could just possess Mike Riley…

    • Fightingbeaver says:
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      Will never happen. Coach Casey took the Beavers to two National Championships because his goal every year is to reach those heights. Mike Riley is always content to reach a toilet bowl and no higher goal is in his sights. This is proven by past comments Riley has made on national television when asked where he wants his team to be at end of season. Not a good motivator for his team.

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    Here’s a breakdown of the final postseason projections, plus what teams we could face if those projections held.

    http://www.buildingthedam.com/2012/5/28/3047756/multiple-projections-agree-beavers-are-a-two-seed-and-are-acc-bound

  • ObjCritic says:
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    From the Portland-Tribune, which recognized OSU spring football for the non-story it was, “A Civil War Battle Suitable for Framing: The trouble with writing a column about a sporting event so memorable as Oregon State’s 3-2 victory over Oregon Saturday at Goss Stadium is, where do you start?”

    http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=133809938244467900

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    the selection show is on espnu starting in two minutes or you can watch it here. i love memorial day, this beats the shit out of learning about imaginary numbers.

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    2 seed in baton rouge regional. first game’s against belmont. louisiana monroe is the 4 seed.

  • Beaver Byte says:
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    Oregon State is a #2 seed in the Baton Rouge Regional.

    Beavers get Belmont in the first game. LSU is 1 seed and Louisiana-Monroe is the No. 4 seed.

  • GoBeavs90 says:
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    Beavers get a really tough regional but a regional they can win. LSU and OSU starters have similar, offensive numbers are somewhat close as well. Beavers and LSU definitely the two best teams in that regional. I think LSU and OSU win their first game. That Fry-Gausman pitching matchup is going to be awesome. Hopefully the Beavers can win the regional. Baton Rouge Regional and Coral Gables are matched up. I don’t think Miami will be hosting a SR. I think UCF will win the regional. Miami is a bit overrated. So, if the Beavers take care of business in Baton Rouge, I think they have a great shot of hosting a SR. Time for them to get it done.

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      If the powers that be have a conscience then the Beavs “have a great shot of hosting a SR”. But all the Beavs can do is play their best, keep the mo going, and not concern themselves with decisions which are made by others.

      The disrespected underdog role may just be that little factor which keeps the Beavs productively focused. Great time to be a BEAV!

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    I know some of us are thinking it already so I’ll just say it now, this time let’s make sure we don’t miss the three extra runs. Oh wait, different sport.

  • HopefulBeav says:
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    How in the world did Oregon still land the #5 national seed? Favor called in by Phil?

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      And UCLA #2? I usually, at least partially, buy into a good conspiracy theory involving Phil but this system leads to so many questions. I think it is a combo of too many cooks spoiling the soup and the timing of decisions. East coast bias and self interest (Horton) plays a part as well. IMHO

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        UCLA won the PAC-12. That’s a pretty high marked accomplishment (they have tie breaker on Arizona).

    • StarcraftSquall says:
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      Keep in mind that a lot of this was decided before yesterday’s game was even played.

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        Agree, that’s what I meant when saying “timing of decisions” above.

        Still not sure UCLA rates #2 but ending up atop the PAC12 with Zona is not to be sneezed at.

  • tim318 says:
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    Does Coach Casey tinker with his starting pitcher rotation for the the regional? Theory is that you take your #2 or 3 starter and have them go on Friday against a lower seed. Then come back with ace in the next game. Child should be well rested having only pitched 2 innings and not starting.

    What’s the scoop on Belmont? Can’t take any team lightly this time of year. Strangely, I know little about LSU’s team but I feel good to avoid the state of Florida.

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      LSU is a national title contender, they have the nation’s best hitter average wise with Raph Rhymes. He’s hitting an unreal .459. They have similar power numbers to the Beavers. They have a great ace in Kevin Gausman. He’s projected to be a top 5 pick in the draft this year. I expect Fry to go Saturday. If LSU and OSU both win on Friday, that Saturday night matchup between Fry and Gausman would be awesome.

      Belmont is basically just like Oregon. They have some really good hitters but aren’t a great overall hitting team as they’re hitting .266. They score about 5.5 runs/game compared to the Beavers averaging about 6.3 runs/game. They have outstanding pitching. Their ace is Chase Brookshire, he has an ERA of 2.45 and has 3 shutouts but he has been susceptible to the home run ball at times in allowing 7, most by a Beavers starter is 3. Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge has nearly identical dimensions as Goss but the ball will more likely fly out of there with the humidity there. With Brookshire being hurt by the HR ball at times and facing guys like Dunn, Conforto, Hayes having some pop, the Beavers may be able to take him deep.

      Belmont’s bullpen is really tough, Beavers will need to get to Brookshire early on, their setup men have been dominant, one has an ERA of 0.94, another with a 2.42 ERA.

      Almost certainly the Beavers’ rotation will be Wetzler-Fry-Child and Starr if a 4th starter is needed. If they lose one of their first 2 games but make it to Monday, Dylan Davis would be the 5th starter.

      Hopefully it only takes 3 starters and they advance.

    • tim says:
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      I think Oregon beat them by ten on the vandy trip. OSU should have no problem.

      • GoBeavs90 says:
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        That game won’t mean much in the regional. Belmont’s ace didn’t start that night, Belmont also wasn’t playing well at the time. I think the Beavers will win but it won’t be an easy game by any means. Beavers will need to play well.

  • BruinBeav says:
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    GoBeavs analysis of Belmont is almost spot on.

    I actually am currently employed by Belmont University’s Athletic Department. Prior to that I spent a year with Oregon State doing an internship.

    Pitching and defense are the obviously the main strengths. Brookshire has been great for us this season, but is more of a crafty lefty and his velocity usually sits in the mid to upper 80’s. The bullpen has been phenomenal this year. What’s even more noteworthy is that those last two ERA’s you mention belong to Freshmen.

    The offense has been inconsistent at times, but caught fire during our last weekend series and stayed hot during the conference tournament.

    The team has a lot of confidence going into Baton Rouge, but we’ll see what happens. Belmont is capable of defeating big conference opponents (I believe they had a .500 record against the SEC this year). However, if the Beavs show up to play I think they will take the win.

  • Fightingbeaver says:
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    NCAA Division 1 Baseball Championship Bracket site:

    http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/baseball/d1

  • ObjCritic says:
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    With some sense of balance recently returned to the Force, it’d be nice to see it continue with OSU taking out LSU, and see Horton’s former team down the ducks.

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    Beavet athletics tweeted, game swill be televised on comcast sportsnet live.

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