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Oregon State Beavers vs. Washington State Cougars: How to watch, live updates from Pac-12 baseball opener

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 3/20/2021 Joe Freeman, oregonlive.com
a pitcher throwing a pitch on the baseball field: Oregon State ace Kevin Abel will start Friday night in the Beavers' Pac-12 opener against Washington State. Leon Neuschwander for The Oregonian/OregonLive © Leon Neuschwander for The Oregonian/OregonLive/Leon Neuschwander for The Oregonian/OregonLive/oregon... Oregon State ace Kevin Abel will start Friday night in the Beavers' Pac-12 opener against Washington State. Leon Neuschwander for The Oregonian/OregonLive

The Oregon State Beavers host the Washington State Cougars Friday night in the opener of a three-game college baseball series at Goss Stadium. It’s the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams.

The 20th-ranked Beavers (11-3) are coming off a 3-1 victory over rival Oregon, which avoided a sweep of the three-game series. Before the series, Oregon State had won 10 games in a row.

Kevin Abel (1-2, 2.70 ERA) will start tonight for the Beavers, who have featured one of the nation’s best pitching staff’s over the first month of the season. Oregon State owns the seventh-best ERA (2.07) and WHIP (1.07), and has surrendered the third-fewest runs (2.3 per game) in the country.

Washington State (10-2), which did not play last week because of a coronavirus-related pause, beat the University of Portland 6-4 Wednesday in Portland, improving its road record to 8-1.

Here are details about tonight’s game:

Oregon State Beavers (11-x3 vs. Washington State Cougars (10-2)

When: 5:35 pm. PT Friday, March 19

Where: Goss Stadium, Corvallis

TV channel: The game is not televised.

Live stream: Oregon State will stream the game on its web site. Visit the OSU baseball schedule page and click the “watch” link on the corresponding schedule tab. You can also listen live online by accessing the live broadcast tab on the baseball schedule page or via the TuneIn application on smartphones and tablets (by searching Beaver Sports Network).

Radio: All games air on the Beaver Sports Network starting 30 minutes before first pitch. Affiliates include: KEJO 1240-AM (Corvallis), KKNX 840-AM (Eugene), KCFM 1250-AM & 104.1-FM (Florence), KLAD 960-AM & 93.3-FM (Klamath Falls), KTMT 880-AM & 96.1-FM (Medford, weekend games), Rip City Radio 620-AM (Portland), 102.3 FM (weekday games prior to 5:30 p.m.), KSKR 1490-AM (Roseburg) and KBZY 1490-AM (Salem, weekend games).

Probable starters: RHP Kevin Abel (1-2, 2.70) vs. RHP Brandon White (2-0, 3.07)

This and that: The Beavers have won 11 in a row at home against the Cougars and are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games overall against Washington State. ... Oregon State is limiting opponents to 6.1 hits per game, which ranks 10th nationally, and has surrendered 27 fewer earned runs, 17 fewer walks and eight fewer hits than last season (through 14 games). ... Oregon State boasts a .988 fielding percentage, which ranks seventh nationally and second in the Pac-12. ... The Beavers are 9-0 when they score first and 4-1 in night games this season. ... Washington State is playing the second game of a 12-day, nine-game trip. ... The Cougars’ 10-2 start is their best since 2010. ... Senior outfielder Collin Montez is hitting .419, which ranks second in the Pac-12. ... Junior first baseman Kyle Manzardo, a preseason All-American, is hitting .412 with a team-high 21 RBIs and six home runs.

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