OSU Baseball


Next: Arizona (27-11, 6-6) has won 12 in a row overall entering a three-game series against Oregon State (18-13, 6-6). Games are 5 today, 2 p.m Saturday (FSN) and 1 p.m. Sunday at Goss Stadium. Likely OSU starters are Mike Stutes, Tanner Robles and Jorge Reyes. Freshman James Nygren is a possibility on Saturday or Sunday.

• A year ago, OSU's team ERA was 3.48. This season, it's 5.23. Part of that is inexperience. 'Of the 11 pitchers we brought with us to Arizona State (last weekend), seven are freshmen, with two sophomores, a junior and a senior,' coach Pat Casey says. 'We've put those freshmen in tough situations, and for the most part, they've responded very well.' Opposing bats also are a factor. Boyd's World ranks Oregon State's schedule thus far as the second-toughest in the nation, behind Cal Riverside. The Beavers are 16th in this week's national RPI ratings, behind such teams as Arizona State (4), Arizona (8), California (13) and Stanford (14).

• Stutes has moved into sixth place on the school career strikeouts list with 253. He needs 47 to pass Jonah Nickerson and become the all-time leader. … Robles is 35-0 in his high school and college career after finishing 33-0 at Cottonwood High in Murray, Utah.

• Oregon State is batting .311 as a team in assistant coach Pat Bailey's first season as hitting coach. 'Hitting is balance and rhythm,' Bailey says. 'I've helped the guys get in a position to stay balanced at the plate. The second thing is getting good pitches to hit. Pat (Casey) does a good job teaching that. Between the two of us, they've heard a lot about getting a pitch in your swing zone and hitting that pitch.'

• Don't bet against Oregon State in today's opener. The Beavers are 8-0 in night games, 10-13 in day games this season.

- Kerry Eggers