March 15, 2013
JP's Weekly Walk-Off: Arizona
After nine games at Goss, it is time for the Beavers to hit the road again as the start of Pac-12 play awaits them in sunny Tucson. The series pits the Beavers against the defending National Champions, but much of the 2012 Wildcat roster departed, so they will face a team with a different look than last year.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
- Friday: OSU 16 - Texas St. 4
- Saturday: OSU 6 - Texas St. 3
- Sunday: OSU 6 - Texas St. 4
- Tuesday: USF 5 - OSU 1
- Wednesday: OSU 6 - USF 5
The winning streak was stopped at 15, but it is ultimately hard to complain about a week in which you win 4 of 5. Offensively, the Beavers ended the home stand with a bit of a whimper, managing just 12 hits in 18 innings against mid-week pitching, so that is a concern.
THE WEEK AHEAD
There should be a good deal of attention paid to this series around the conference and nationally, as it is the lone Pac-12 pairing that features two ranked teams.
- Friday: OSU (TBA) @ Arizona (RHP Wade: 2-0, 3.41) 6:00pm
- Saturday: OSU (TBA) @ Arizona (RHP Farris: 3-1, 3.64) 6:00pm
- Sunday: OSU (TBA) @ Arizona (RHP Moffett: 2-0, 2.00) Noon
- OSU opted not to release their projected rotation via Thursday's Game Notes, but I suspect we will see Boyd on Friday, Moore on Saturday, and then it could be either Wetzler or Child on Sunday.
- The Beavers dodged a bullet in the health department after Tyler Smith was hit on the hand/wrist in the late stages of Tuesday's game; fortunately, x-rays indicated that there was no fracture. Despite a good deal of swelling, Smith was at least able to appear in Wednesday's game as a late-inning defensive replacement, and is reportedly optimistic he will be able to return to the starting lineup on Friday.
- Sunday's game was originally slated to be televised by the Pac-12 network, but those plans were changed, so no TV this week.
- All three games will be shown via free streaming video courtesy of the Pac-12 Network (you need not receive the Pac-12 Network from your cable/satellite provider to view the content as you did football games). http://pac-12.com/live/arizonawildcats2.aspx
- UA sports a 44-14 home record since moving to Hi Corbett field last season. The spacious facility features somewhat quirky outfield dimensions: 366 down the LF line, 410 to left-center, 392 to center, 405 to right-center, and 349 down the RF line. The infield is notoriously hard and fast.
OPPOSING PLAYERS TO WATCH