Pat Casey's Oregon State Beavers baseball team didn't get the sweep over USC but they did secure another series win this past weekend and are closing in on one of eight national seeds for the upcoming NCAA Tourney. The number two Beavs have three more regular season games. At Goss Stadium against UCLA Thursday thru Saturday.
Right now the Pac-12 Standings look like this:
Stanford on top with a 21-6 record. The Beavers in second at 18-8-1 and UCLA a half game behind OSU at 18-9. So the three-game series in Corvallis is huge.
Here is a recap of Sunday's 8-0 loss from the OSU Athletic Department:
he second-ranked Oregon State baseball team dropped an 8-0 decision to USC Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
Despite the loss, the Beavers (42-9-1 overall, 18-8-1 Pac-12 Conference) won the series over the Trojans (25-25, 12-18) after opening it with a 4-0 win Friday, which was followed by an 8-1 victory on Saturday.
The Beavers managed four hits off USC starter Solomon Bates, who walked four and struck out eight to pick up his fifth win of the season. Two of the four hits were doubles – by Joe Casey and Adley Rutschman - but the Beavers stranded five in seven innings versus the righty.
Kevin Abel made his fourth start of the season, and allowed five hits and three runs – two earned – in 4 1/3 innings. The freshman struck out four but was charged with the loss, dropping to 3-1 on the year.
Rutschman also singled in the ninth for a two-hit afternoon.
USC scored three in the fifth via two singles, and then three more in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run home run from Blake Sabol to make it 6-0 Trojans. Sabol followed that up with another two-run home run in the eighth for the 8-0 final.
Next UpOregon State returns home for the final regular season series of the season Thursday to a three-game set with UCLA. The opener Thursday is slated for a 4:05 p.m. PT first pitch and can be seen live on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Oregon, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app.