Next: Oregon State (15-10, 3-3 Pac-10) plays host to Stanford (15-9, 4-2 going into Monday's nonconference game against California) in a three-game series that begins at 5 p.m. Friday at Goss Stadium. The Cardinal beat top-ranked Arizona State twice last weekend - 12-2 and 10-2 - to move into a tie for first place in the Pac-10. Last year, Stanford was 28-28 overall and eighth in the conference at 9-15.
'Their pitching is good and their offense is explosive,' OSU coach Pat Casey says of the Cardinal, who have two starting pitchers with an earned-run average under 2.00 and a team batting average of .305. 'They swept Cal State Fullerton earlier in the year. They're going to be very tough to handle.'
• Best news for Oregon State last weekend was the pitching performance of Jorge Reyes, who shut down Cal on five hits and one earned run through 6 2/3 innings as the Beavers salvaged the final game of the three-game series 9-2 against the seventh-ranked Bears. The 2007 College World Series MVP (2-1, 7.26 ERA) allowed one walk with five strikeouts.
'George looked like the guy I remember pitching last year,' Casey says. 'It was a great start. He pitched really well.'
• Mike Stutes (2-4, 4.50) will start Friday's opener against Stanford. Reyes - who threw only 85 pitches against Cal - may move up to work the Saturday game. Freshmen James Nygren (0-1, 4.12) or Tanner Robles (1-0, 3.00) will start the other game for the Beavers.
• Casey was disappointed that the Beavers didn't take two of three against Cal, especially after leaving 13 runners on base in Friday's 5-2 loss.
'But Cal is a very good team, especially offensively,' Casey says. 'Our pitchers battled them well. At least we're in a better position than we were last year (2-4) at this time.'