Game 32: Oregon State (25-6, 9-3) vs. Washington State (15-14, 6-3)
April 11, 2014 | 6 p.m. PT
Pullman, Wash. | Bailey-Brayton Field
Probable Starters: LHP Ben Wetzler (6-0, 0.38) vs. LHP Joe Pistorese (2-1, 3.08)
Oregon State heads to Pullman, Wash., to begin a three-game series at Bailey-Brayton Field. The series opens Friday with a 6 p.m. PT scheduled first pitch.
The game will air live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For more information on catching the Beavers on the radio, check osubeavers.com. All games air on the Beaver Sports Network with pre-game 30 minutes before first pitch. Affiliates include KICE 940-AM (Bend, Ore.), KEJO 1240-AM (Corvallis), KKNX 840-AM (Eugene), KLZS 1450-AM (Eugene), KAKT 104.7-FM (Grants Pass, Medford-weekends), KLAD 960-AM (Klamath Falls), Fox Sports Radio 620-AM (Portland), KSKR 1490-AM (Roseburg), KBZY 1490-AM (Salem - Weekends, Weekday Day Games) and KOHI 1600-AM (St. Helens, Ore.).
The game will not be televised.
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Kavin Keyes’ two-run single in the first inning proved to be the game-winner as Oregon State closed out its series with Stanford with a 2-1 win on Sunday. The win gave the Beavers a sweep of Stanford, just the second all-time at home against the Cardinal. Jace Fry scattered one run over seven innings and Zack Reser and Scott Schultz closed out the win with a perfect eighth and ninth inning, respectively.
Wetzler Going For The Record
Ben Wetzler has been dominant this season and is looking for his seventh win Friday night. A seventh win would give him 31 for his career, which would set a new Oregon State record. Wetzler is currently tied with Ken Noble (1975-78) for the program’s record. Wetzler is 30-6 all-time, and his .833 winning percentage ranks him third in the record books.
The Beavers recorded another shutout, this one coming Saturday against Stanford. That gives Oregon State one in each of its four Pac-12 series this season. The Beavers are tied for second in the nation with 10 overall. Only South Carolina, with 11, has more.
Oregon State leads the Pac-12 with a .981 fielding percentage, which, if the season ended today, would rate as the best single-year mark in program history (surpassing .977 in 2007 and 2009). OSU has a .977 percentage in games played away from Goss Stadium, committing 14 errors in 15 contests. The Beavers own a .985 percentage in 16 home games.
Back And Forth With WSU
The Beavers have won seven of their last 10 games against the Cougars, and have taken the last three series. WSU, however, had won eight of the 12 previous games after OSU produced series sweeps in 2005 and 2006.
• Oregon State hit six home runs and batted .346 in the last three-game series played in Pullman, in 2012. Michael Conforto hit two home runs and drove in six over the three games.
• The Beavers have equaled the 2013 club’s record over 31 games. A win Friday would tie the 1962, 2005 and 2013 teams for the program’s best record through 32 games.
• OSU plays its next five games on the road, visiting Sacramento State for two a week after the Beavers play WSU.
• OSU allowed Stanford just one earned run in 31 innings; that amounts to a 0.29 ERA.