Huge showdown for Beavs and Ducks

IN A BASEBALL SEASON filled with big moments for Oregon State, the next three games between the Beavs and Oregon could be the biggest of all. OSU heads to Eugene for a three-game series starting on Friday, while a fourth game against the two teams is slated for Tuesday in Corvallis. The Pac-12 title and postseason position may well lie in the balance this weekend.

CORRECTION: Tuesday's game is considered a non-conference tilt and will not count toward the Pac-12 standings.

The Beavers enter the weekend in first place, one game ahead of Oregon in the Pac-12 standings.

Oregon State is 41-8, (20-4 Pac-12). Oregon is 42-11, (19-5).

The three primary baseball polls, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and USA Today, rank the Beavs Nos. 4, 6, 4 in the nation, respectively.

The same polls slot the Ducks Nos. 6, 10, 6.

The Beavs wind up the season with three games at home against WSU, who has struggled since league play began with only one series win. Oregon wraps their season with three games at Utah.

Unless one team sweeps the series from the other, both the Beavs and Ducks appear more probable than not to earn one of the eight national seeds and host a regional.

Friday's game (6 p.m.) can be followed via a live video stream, audio and stats, with all the links available on Both Saturday's game (2 p.m.) and Sunday's game (12 p.m.) will be televised by Pac-12 Networks.

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