BASEBALL: Familiar situation for Oregon State

THE COLLEGE BASEBALL POSTSEASON turns on a dime, with elimination always a heartbeat away. But for Beaver fans feeling down after the heart-wrenching loss to K-State on Friday, here's something to keep in mind. Remember how it felt after Oregon had won Game 1 in the series against the Ducks that would end up deciding the Pac-12 title? Oregon State came back strong and won the next two in a row.

Note: Because of other super regional results, Sunday's Oregon State baseball game at 7 p.m. will be televised on ESPN2 according to the network crawl.

On paper, the Beavs have a lot going for them on Saturday and if they win, on Sunday too.

K-State's expected starting pitchers for the next two days are a pair freshmen right-handers with noteworthy ERAs -- Levi MaVorhis (4.05 ERA, .319 OBA) and Blake McFadden (4.40 ERA, .271 OBA).

Andrew Moore (1.22 ERA, .192 OBA) and Ben Wetzler (1.98 ERA, .224 OBA) are the expected starting arms for Oregon State for the next two days, assuming the series goes the distance.

Oregon State hit the ball hard on Friday, but too many of them were right at Kansas State fielders and they just didn't get the runs to show for it.

It won't be a surprise on Sunday (and Monday) if more of those baseballs are hit in places K-State is not.

"Kansas State played very well. We certainly had many opportunities early in the game or throughout the game," said OSU manager Pat Casey.

The Beavs aren't alone in facing the pressure of having to win two.

Four of the remaining 7 national seeds found themselves in the same boat in their super regionals:

No. 2 Vandy lost their first game.
No. 5 Cal State Fullerton lost their first and second games and was eliminated.
No. 6 Virginia lost their first game.
No. 7 FSU lost their first game.

No. 1 North Carolina won their first game. They were trailing 5-0 to South Carolina early in Game 2 at press time.
No. 4 LSU won both their games and has advanced.


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