Arizona State baseball will face its toughest test yet in the 2013 season when it travels to Corvallis, Oregon, this weekend to face Oregon State. The Sun Devils must recover from recent losses to Washington State and Texas Tech, whereas the Beavers just returned home from a sweep of Arizona.
Both teams entered this year’s campaign with hopes of contending for the Pac-12 Conference Championship and making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.
With its three victories against the Wildcats, Oregon State improved to 19-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Pac-12 Conference. The Beavers opened Pac-12 play with a sweep on the road for the second consecutive season after downing California in 2012.
Oregon State remains at No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, although they are only two points behind North Carolina. The USA Today Assistant Sports Information Directors’ poll still has the Beavers at No. 4.
With its losses to Washington State and Texas Tech, ASU (12-5-1, 1-2 Pac-12) now stands at No. 20 in the national rankings. The Sun Devils lost on a walk-off walk in the ninth inning to the Red Raiders, 8-7, on Tuesday night in Lubbock, Texas.
Oregon State clinched the series in Tucson with a 4-3 win behind Andrew Moore (5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER), who improved to 5-0 on the season. Dylan Davis and Jake Rodriguez had two RBIs apiece to lead the Beaver offense.
Prior to the Arizona series, the Beavers saw their 14-game win streak snapped by San Francisco, when the Dons pounded out a 5-1 upset on March 12. Oregon State bounced back to win a 6-5 squeaker the following day.
First pitch of the ASU-Oregon State matchup on Friday is 5:35 p.m., Saturday is 2:05 p.m. and Sunday is 12:05 p.m. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.