BASEBALL: Here's Beavs' path to field of 64

THE BEAVER BASEBALL team was all but given up for dead a few weeks ago. After spending nine weeks ranked and rising to as high as No. 17 in the polls, OSU subsequently nosedived into a 4-11 conference record and dropped four straight series. But the sweep over a ranked Oregon team and a strong RPI have some thinking the Beavers are back in the postseason hunt. Here's how they can get there..

There's a lot of baseball yet to be played this season. And recent events indicate an at-large bid could be in the offing for Oregon State (24-18, 7-11).

But plenty of work remains to be done to make that a reality, says Baseball America's Aaron Fitt.

Just win.

While the Beavs have a 7-14 mark against the top 50, they also have a strong RPI at No. 31. If they finish 7-5, they will finish in the RPI's top 32.

Even if the Beavers go 5-7, they would still finish in the top 45 of the RPI.

But solid RPI or not, Oregon State would also need to win at least two of their final three series, writes Fitt. Those matchups are against Washington, Arizona State and Arizona.

Two of those series are at home -- UW and UA -- while the Beavs travel to Tempe to take on the No. 2 Sun Devils, who boast a 39-5 record. Also sandwiched in between those series, two games vs. Seattle plus a one game tilt with Oregon at PGE Park on May 26.

Oregon State hosts Washington Friday night at 5:30. The Saturday and Sunday games are scheduled for 2 pm and 1 pm, respectively.

Five of the 12 remaining regular season games are slated for either live or tape delay broadcast. For TV information, click here .

Oregon State has won the College Baseball World Series two of the last four years, taking the title in 2006 and 2007 and becoming only the fifth team in NCAA history to win back-to-back national championships, (and the first since the super regional format was implemented). Last season, OSU made the field but fell to TCU in the regionals. In 2008, Oregon State did not receive an at-large bid -- although they had five series wins against teams in the 64-team field, their overall record of 28-24 kept them at home. Oregon State has made the NCAA tournament field 10 times, including four of the last five years.

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