Beavs fight for postseason life this weekend

AFTER THREE AND a half months, it comes down to this. After knocking off No. 20 Oregon earlier this week, giving the Beavs a 4-1 mark against their rival this season, Oregon State enters the final, pivotal series against Arizona beginning on Friday to close out the regular season. All that's riding on the three-game series is a college baseball postseason bid to the field of 64.

The general consensus is that if Oregon State sweeps or wins this weekend series against UA, it puts the Beavers (29-21, 10-14) into postseason regional play.

But if Oregon State goes 1-2 or gets swept, their chances to continue on dim considerably.

OSU will be facing a motivated Arizona squad -- the Wildcats, according to the projectionists, also need a series win or better to completely assure themselves of postseason play. UA was red hot earlier in the year but has been in freefall, losing their last four weekend series.

THE BEAVERS' OFFICIAL RPI from the NCAA entering the weekend is No. 30, up three spots from last week. Arizona, meanwhile, checks in at a robust No. 21, though that also represents a fall from their No. 17 of a week ago.

One big advantage for Oregon State this weekend -- the season will be decided on the Beavs' home field in Corvallis, where the Beavs are 19-10 this year.

FRIDAY'S OPENING game matches RHP Greg Peavey (4-3, 3.71) vs. RHP Kurt Heyer (6-3, 2.91). First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT, radio only. Online listeners this season have been able to listen on the computer to or other stations on the Beaver Sports Network.

Saturday's matchup (2 p.m.) is scheduled to be televised on FSN Northwest and KEZI 9.2.

Sunday's regular season finale is slated for 12 p.m. (radio only).

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