BASEBALL: Beavs already making history

YOU HAVE TO go back to 1962 since the Beavers started out like this on the baseball diamond. Oregon State is 8-0 and oh by the way, Friday will mark the first time this season they'll have played a game at home.

Make no mistake, Oregon State is flying high. They're ranked No. 5 in the nation by two of the three major polls, with the other slotting them sixth.

It will be darned near impossible for Oregon State to match the 1962 mark, though, as that OSU squad started the season with a staggering 18-0 mark.

But that doesn't mean they're looking any less formidable.

And they've built that gleaming record in large part due to some dominating pitching.

OSU's team ERA is a Bob Gibson-like 1.12. The starters have allowed 1.93 earned runs per game. The bullpen? Try on 0.0 for size.

Oregon State's bullpen threw in 30 innings in the eight games during February and allowed just two unearned runs and 11 hits in the month.

Seven Beavs hold a 0.0 ERA. Matt Boyd has been the workhorse so far, with 15.1 inning picthed and a 1.17 ERA. Andrew Moore has tossed 13.2 innings and holds a miniscule 0.66 ERA.

Not surprisingly, OSU leads the Pac-12 in ERA, with Stanford the next closest at 2.03. Oregon State is secod in hitting at .297 to WSU's .300.

Interestingly, OSU has thrived on offense by playing small ball. They are the only team in the Pac-12 who has yet to hit a home run. Dylan Davis leads the team with a .440 average.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Oregon State opens its 2013 home schedule Friday night when hosting Bryant at Goss Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.

  • There will be no TV on Friday but subscribers of the Pac-12 Networks can see a stream of the game at http://pac-12.com/live/osubeavers.aspx.

  • There are three major D-I baseball polls -- USA Today, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. Oregon State is ranked fifth, fifth and sixth, respectively. OSU captured one first-place vote in the USA Today poll.

  • A 9-0 mark for Oregon State would mark the sixth occasion all-time the Beavs had started the season with nine straight wins.

  • The Beavers have won their last nine home openers dating back to the 2004 season.

  • Twelve of the 298 collegiate baseball teams remain without a loss. Only two of those 12 have yet to play at home: The Beavers and Creighton.

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