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 FoxSportsFlorida.com and gatorzone.com.)
The game is available live online for free at osubeavers.com, fausports.com 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.