Oregon State Hosts Washington State in Three-Game College Baseball Series at Goss Stadium

The Oregon State Beavers host the Washington State Cougars in a three-game college baseball series at Goss Stadium this weekend.[0] Oregon State (10-2, 0-0) is coming off of a series victory, while the Cougars (11-1, 0-0) have won seven games in a row and are off to their best start since 1980.[0]

The Beavers have won five consecutive series and eight of the last 10 games against the Cougars.[1] Oregon State opened each of the last two seasons with 10-1 records, and have enjoyed another strong start in 2023. Following their loss on the first game of the season, they went on an eight-game winning streak before splitting a Saturday doubleheader at Cal Poly.[2] So far, OSU has had an excellent start to the season, going undefeated in a four-game tournament in Surprise, Arizona, and then sweeping a three-game series at home against Coppin State. They then followed that up with a winning record of three out of four games at Cal Poly.[2]

The Cougars have been one of the early-season surprises in the conference, leading the Pac-12 in scoring (117 runs, 9.8 per game), on-base percentage (.439) and stolen bases (18). Outfielder Jonah Advincula is batting .438 with five doubles, 16 RBIs, 14 runs scored and six stolen bases.[3] Sam Brown is hitting .438 with 10 RBIs and seven runs scored over the last four games.[3] The Cougars’ pitching staff also leads the conference in strikeouts per nine innings (11.9).[4]

The probable starters for Friday night’s opener are Oregon State’s RHP Jaren Hunter (1-0, 4.66 ERA) and Washington State’s RHP Grant Taylor (1-0, 2.13 ERA).[0] On Saturday, Oregon State will send RHP Trent Sellers (1-1, 1.59 ERA) to the mound and the Cougars will counter with RHP Dakota Hawkins (1-1, 4.15 ERA). On Sunday, Oregon State’s RHP Jacob Kmatz (1-1, 2.25 ERA) and Washington State’s RHP Caden Kaelber (2-0, 2.00 ERA) will square off.

The game will be streamed live by Oregon State and can be found by visiting osubeavers.com and clicking on the baseball schedule for a direct link.[5]

0. “PREVIEW: Oregon State Baseball Set To Host Washington State” BeaverBlitz, 10 Mar. 2023, https://oregonstate.rivals.com/news/preview-oregon-state-baseball-set-to-host-washington-state

1. “Trent Sellers shuts down former team with ‘phenomenal’ start, leads Oregon State Beavers to win over Washingt” OregonLive, 11 Mar. 2023, https://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/2023/03/trent-sellers-shuts-down-former-team-with-phenomenal-start-leads-oregon-state-beavers-to-win-over-washington-state.html

2. “Oregon State Beavers continue early-season climb up college baseball rankings” OregonLive, 6 Mar. 2023, https://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/2023/03/oregon-state-beavers-continue-early-season-climb-up-college-baseball-rankings.html

3. “Oregon State baseball weekend primer: Beavers host Washington State Cougars in Pac-12 opener” OregonLive, 10 Mar. 2023, https://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/2023/03/oregon-state-baseball-weekend-primer-beavers-host-washington-state-cougars-in-pac-12-opener.html

4. “Oregon State Beavers vs. Washington State Cougars: Live updates, how to watch Pac-12 baseball series opener” OregonLive, 11 Mar. 2023, https://www.oregonlive.com/beavers/2023/03/oregon-state-beavers-vs-washington-state-cougars-preview-live-updates-how-to-watch-pac-12-baseball-series-opener.html

5. “Oregon State University Athletics” OSU Beavers, 9 Mar. 2023, https://osubeavers.com/news/2023/3/9/baseball-beavers-host-washington-state-to-open-pac-12-play.aspx

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