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Bob's Blitz :
LiL Lep would be proud. Oregon State center fielder Max Gordon robbed Oregon's Ryon Healy of extra bases with a fantastic twisting, leaping catch in the bottom of the fifth inning of last night's... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
BEST OF MAXIM
I was hoping it would come to this.
Early this baseball season, people were talking about how good both Oregon State and Oregon would be in 2013.
While looking at the hot starts for both the Ducks and Beavers, fans would cast one eye on the schedule and see the series between the teams May 17-19 at PK Park. The question that usually went unspoken was ... would a Pac-12 Championship...
Using a five-run eighth inning and a dominant pitching performance from freshman Andrew Moore, the No. 6 ranked Oregon State Beavers (42-9, 21-5) shut out rival No. 10 ranked Oregon (43-12, 20-6) at PK Park, 9-0 on Saturday afternoon at PK Park.
THIS ONE WAS BIG. No. 4 Oregon State's 9-0 win over No. 6 Oregon means the worst that can happen after the three-game series in Eugene is that the Beavs will remain tied atop the Pac-12 with a game to go against the two teams -- in Corvallis. And if OSU wins on Sunday, they take a commanding position.
It comes down to this. Civil War Series, baseball style.
This weekend the Oregon State Beavers (41-8 overall, 20-4 league) travel to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks (42-11, 19-5 respectively). With only a one game edge in the loss column, the Beavers need to keep their twelve game winning streak going to win the conference title. And a possible national seed for the NCAA Tournament...
BIG PLAYS WERE all around as No. 4 Oregon State knocked off No. 6 Oregon 12-2 and took the series in Eugene. Michael Conforto went yard with a second inning grand slam to put the Beavs up 6-0. The very next inning, with the bases loaded, CF Max Gordon made a full extension diving stab on a deep ball that likely saved three runs. The win gave the Beavs a two-game edge in the Pac-12 standings.
IT WAS A good old fashioned pitcher's duel. Unfortunately for Oregon State, it didn't start on their end until the third inning. The Ducks scored three runs in the first two innings and OSU was unable to get untracked at the plate in a 3-0 loss to Oregon in the first of a three game series. The two schools are now tied atop the standings in the Pac-12.