Beavs meet FAU, begin quest for Omaha

WHEN OREGON STATE won their two national championships in baseball, they got hot at tourney time and when faced with elimination, bounced it on its head. The OSU pitchers have been heating up most of the season. Can the black and orange bats catch fire now, when the Beavers need it the most? We'll find out, starting at 10 a.m. Friday morning.

That's when Oregon State meets Florida Atlantic (35-22), the 2 seed in Gainesville regional. Oregon State (31-22) is seeded third.

It should be a hot one, in more ways than one. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s on Friday. A win is vital in the opening game -- the losing team would have to win four straight elimination games to advance to the Super Regional.

There is no television or online stream available for OSU's Friday opener. Games involving Florida in the regional are the only ones that will be televised (Sun Sports) and streamed live (on and

The game is available live online for free at, and on other stations on the Beaver Sports Radio Network.

The Beavers have not been a strong offensive club this season but hit 19 home runs in May, while hitting a respectable .285 at the plate. That helped OSU win 10 of 15 of their final regular season games even though the staff ERA jumped by almost two runs from April (2.30 to 4.03 in May).

FAU had a .308 batting average this season, while averaging 6.9 runs a game.

The Beavers-Owls winner advances to Saturday's 4 p.m. game against the winner of Friday's second game between Bethune-Cookman (35-20) and host Florida (42-15).

The two losing teams on Friday will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. Saturday. Here's the full Gainesville regional bracket.

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