The Oregon State Beavers have secured the Pac-12 championship and are on pace for a national seed in the NCAA tournament. With less than two weeks until the selection show for the 64-team field, OSU looks to stay healthy while hosting a three-game series against Washington State.
Washington State vs. No. 1 Oregon State
Where: Goss Stadium
When: 12:05 p.m., Sunday
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Records: Washington State (24-25, 10-16 Pac-12) vs. Oregon State (44-4, 26-3)
RPI: Washington State: 105. Oregon State: 1.
All-time series: Washington State leads 230-204-2 and Oregon State leads 111-78 in Corvallis.
Last year: Washington State won 2-1 (3-12, 7-5, 8-3).
Last 10 games: Washington State: 6-4. Oregon State: 10-0.
Streak: Washington State: L3. Oregon State: W11.
Potential pitching matchup: Freshman left-hander Isaac Mullins (2-3, 6.39 ERA) vs. redshirt sophomore right-hander Drew Rasmussen (1-0, 1.50)
Team ERA: Washington State: 5.00. Oregon State: 1.87.
Team slash line (batting average/on-base/slugging): Washington State: .273/.361/.386. Oregon State: .289/.378/.400.
Briefly: Oregon State’s victory Saturday meant that the Beavers have secured a series win in all 10 Pac-12 series this season and have won 12 in a row dating back to 2016.
On Sunday, OSU will try to break the record for conference wins in a season. The team sits at 26-3 and no Pac-12 team has ever won 27 conference games. Arizona State was the last team to win 26 in 1981.
Drew Rasmussen is expected to take the hill, which would mark his fourth appearance and second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. Rasmussen last faced Washington State as a freshman in 2015, when he became the first player in Oregon State history to pitch a perfect game.
The previous two starters this week – Luke Heimlich and Jake Thompson – both pitched complete games, which should give OSU plenty of bullpen flexibility Sunday. Rasmussen remains on an unspecified pitch count. He threw 58 pitches in three innings last week against Oregon.
On the injury front, OSU has played its last three games without first baseman KJ Harrison (right ankle sprain). Centerfielder Steven Kwan left Saturday’s game with what coach Pat Casey called quad tightness.
This will mark Oregon State’s last conference game of the year. The Beavers will conclude the regular season next week with a four-game home series against Abilene Christian.
— Danny Moran