BASEBALL: Beavs begin quest for Omaha

THE FIRST PITCH FOR Oregon State's regional opener on Friday is scheduled for 12:07 p.m. PT. Whether you're at work, home or somewhere else, there are a variety of ways to follow the action.

The Beaver Sports Radio Network will carry the game throughout the state with Mike Parker on the call.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest will air all of Oregon State's games at the Baton Rouge Regional. The games will air on channels 37 and 737 for Comcast customers.

Radio affiliates airing the game live include: KEJO 1240-AM (Corvallis), KPOJ 620-AM (Portland), KICE 940-AM (Bend), KCMX 880-AM (Medford) and KSKR 1490-AM (Roseburg). Note: KICE 940-AM in Bend will not carry the pre-game show. Also, KKNX Radio 84 has a live stream.

The audio will also be on the Internet through Beaver Nation Online ( for a fee.

Oregon State (38-18) vs. Belmont (39-22)
OREGON STATE WILL be playing its 33rd game away from Goss Stadium this season. The Beavers are 20-12 away from Corvallis. OSU is 5-1 in neutral-site games, with its only loss to St. Mary's in Surprise, Ariz.

LHP Ben Wetzler or LHP Jace Fry will take the mound for the Beavs in the opener. Wetzler is 7-2 on the season, with a 3.39 ERA. Fry has gone 5-3 this season, with a 2.48 ERA. Belmont will counter with lefty Chase Brookshire (8-3, 2.45).

Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, the Pac-12 Conference's Freshman of the Year, leads the Beavs in home runs with 13, also tying for the conference high in that category. He ranks first in the Pac-12 in runs batted in (71), an OSU record. He was also first in the regular season in slugging percentage (.603), second in total bases (123), seventh in on-base percentage (.435) and 11th in batting average (.343).

Conforto is the first Beaver to be named the league's Freshman of the Year since Darwin Barney in 2005, who is now the starting second baseman for the Chicago Cubs.

Oregon State has not committed an error in its last seven games leading up to the regional, with a .977 fielding percentage for the season.

Oregon State enters the postseason with 38 victories for the second consecutive season. Two wins would give OSU 40 for the fifth time in program history.

The Beavs are ranked No. 16 in the nation by Baseball America, No. 17 by ESPN/USA Today and No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball.

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