BASEBALL: Beavs open four-game series at home

OREGON STATE hosts Fresno State in a four-game series that begins Friday night at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field. Oregon State (9-3) sits just two spots outside the Top 25 in USA Today's poll and a strong showing against Fresno State could move them into the poll depending on what the teams above them do this weekend. But Fresno State will come in on a hot streak.

Fresno State (7-5) has turned things around, following a five-game losing streak with four straight wins.

Oregon State, meanwhile, has won five straight.

First pitch Friday is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.

Oregon State is 9-28 all-time against Fresno State but the Bulldogs have been down in baseball in recent years. Oregon State is hosting Fresno State in Corvallis for the first time since 1952. The teams have met just six times since the 1991 season.

Beaver ace and junior right-hander Andrew Moore (1-0, 2.18 ERA) is expected to get the start, squaring off against Fresno State sophomore righty Jimmy Lambert (1-0, 4.50 ERA).

None of the four games will be televised but a stream will be available on

For the doubleheader on Saturday, the start times are scheduled for 1:05 pm and 4:05 pm. Sunday's series finale begins at 1:05 pm.

Oregon State comes into the game tied with Arkansas for the nation’s top slugging percentage at .556 - the Beavers are listed first amongst the two schools. OSU’s single-season slugging percentage record is .497 in 1997. The Beavers posted a .373 mark in 2014.

The Beavers are also near the top of the national rankings for home runs at third, just one shy of both Nevada and Texas A&M. It has taken OSU just 12 games to reach 16 dingers. Last year, the Beavers did not hit their 16th until the 46th game of the season.

Eight different players have hit at least one home run this season.

Over the last five games, the Beavers have scored 15, 10, 25, nine and 14 runs to total 73 overall. That’s the most for the Beavers over a five-game stretch since Oregon State scored 62 in wins over UT-San Antonio and Hartford in 2011.

Pat Casey needs five victories for 900 all-time as a head coach.

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