Beavs bank series, postseason berth too?

OFFICIAL WORD WON'T be heard until the college baseball tournament selection show airs -- on Monday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. PT on ESPN -- but the Beavers have to be feeling pretty good following their second straight win over Arizona on Saturday.

By most projections, a series win over Arizona -- something the Beavs accomplished Saturday -- put Oregon State (31-21, 12-14) into the field of 64 for the fifth time in the last six years.

The Beaver players will no doubt want to take nothing for granted, put an exclamation mark on it if at all possible, and try to complete the sweep on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Arizona (32-22, 11-15) may need to win Sunday against OSU to get into the postseason field -- although they have a very strong RPI, the Wildcats has been losing series at an alarming rate coming down the regular season's homestretch. The best news for UA at the moment may be that there does not appear to be a plethora of overly deserving teams nipping at their heels.

On Saturday, Sam Gaviglio pitched the game of his OSU career. And he needed to, the outcome was in doubt through most of the eighth inning.

The sophomore right-hander from Ashland racked up a career-high 13 strikeouts, held the Wildcats scoreless over 7 2/3 innings while scattering five hits.

But the Beavs led just 2-0 entering the eighth inning, before busting loose for three insurance runs.

Oregon State pitchers struck out 16 Arizona batters all told -- Kraig Sitton and Tyler Waldron got final four outs, and Waldron struck out the side in the ninth.

The regular-season finale is scheduled for noon on Sunday.


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