March 23, 2012
JP's Weekly Walk-Off: Arizona Wildcats
The Beavers look to remain atop the Pac-12 standings as they face Arizona in a matchup of two consensus top-25 teams. After spending most of the past five weeks on the road OSU will relish the opportunity to avoid motels and airports this week; the Wildcats, however, will be playing away from Hi Corbett Field for just this second time this season having opened with 20 of 22 games at home.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
- Saturday (1): OSU 9 - Cal 2
- Saturday (2): OSU 4 - Cal 1
- Sunday: OSU 13 - Cal 5
The Beavers got both great offense (.324 team average, 26 runs) and pitching (.224 opponent average, 2.00 ERA) in the Pac-12 season opening series. After the effectiveness of the starting pitching was a great concern early in the season, the starters were particularly strong in Berkley, earning three wins while logging 21 IP and surrendering just 18 hits and 5 earned runs (2.14 ERA).
THE WEEK AHEAD
After playing 15 of their first 19 away from home, the Beavers have to be happy that 7 of their next 8 games are at home, with the only road trip being a short hop to Portland.
- Friday: OSU (Wetzler 4-0, 4.06) vs. Arizona (RHP Heyer 4-1, 1.23) 5:35 pm
- Saturday: OSU (Child 2-1, 1.65) vs. Arizona (RHP Wade 3-0, 2.97) 2:05 pm
- Sunday: OSU (Fry 1-0, 3.86) vs. Arizona (RHP Farris 2-1, 3.94) 1:05 pm
- Tuesday: OSU (TBA) @ Portland (TBA) 3:05 pm
- This week the Beavers will play their first mid-week game of the year, and it will be interesting to see who gets the starting nod on the mound. Despite the poor results in his first career start two weeks ago against Oklahoma (0.1 IP, 3 BB) Dylan Davis might get the nod as the coaching staff believes in his ability to pitch at this level and I suspect they would like to give him some innings to see how he responds. If not Davis, I would think Riley Wilkerson would get the ball to start the game.
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