Eighth-ranked Oregon State (31-8, 4-5 Pac-10) will send Daniel Turpen (6-1, 3.94 ERA) to the mound at 3 today when the Beavers face the University of Portland (17-21, 4-8 West Coast Conference) at Joe Etzel Field in their final nonleague encounter of the spring.
Coach Pat Casey won't say it, but Turpen - who hasn't been sharp in his last two starts - has been replaced temporarily in the three-man rotation by freshman Jorge Reyes (2-0, 2.30). The 6-2, 175-pound right-hander from Warden, Wash., shut down Nevada-Las Vegas on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts in six innings in a 7-0 victory Sunday at Goss Stadium.
'Jorge has looked good in the two starts we've given him,' Casey says. His emergence 'gives us the option of four guys we can use to start.'
• Senior outfielder Mike Lissman of Ontario has been charged with misdemeanor theft in Malheur County in a case involving money stolen from an 85-year-old family member. Police say Lissman took $200 or more from the man last year. Margie Yasuda, Lissman's mother, pleaded guilty April 10 to aggravated theft for stealing money from the family member starting in July 2006.
• The Beavers swept three games from UNLV, adding to a 3-1 Friday win by blasting the Rebels 10-2 and 7-0 Sunday, collecting 21 hits in the doubleheader.
'We made some strides offensively,' Casey says.
Catcher Mitch Canham had a day for the ages Sunday, ripping grand-slam home runs in each game of the twin bill. The junior from Lake Stevens, Wash., who went 2 for 3 with a homer and knocked in all three runs in Friday's triumph, amassed three homers and 11 RBIs in the series.
• Senior Anton Maxwell, 11-1 as a starter two years ago, has been impressive and is 3-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings this season. But Casey wants to keep him in a long relief role because there is only one other left-hander being used as a regular in the bullpen - freshman Blake Keitzman.
- Kerry Eggers