(CORVALLIS)—Coming off the thrilling finish to last night’s series opener against the Stanford Cardinal at Goss Stadium, the Oregon State Beavers baseball team would really like to extend its dominance over the California rival today in Game Two.
OSU is 27-11 and looking to win its 13th straight game against Stanford on Saturday. The last time the Cardinal (19-17) knocked the Beavers off was back in 2012, and after blowing a prime chance to end that losing streak last night, Stanford’s team will be really fired up for this one. Bad defense cost the Cardinal a win last night, and that doesn’t happen often to Stanford.
Today, it’s a matchup of southpaws at Goss: OSU’s Luke Heimlich (5-1, 2.41 ERA) faces Chris Castellanos (4-2, 4.22 ERA) as the Beavers look to clinch the only series the two teams will play this season as a part of Pac-12 Conference play. Currently, Oregon State still trails league-leading Washington by a game in the standings, with Stanford a full two games now behind the Beavers.
Heimlich is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA in six appearances at Goss Stadium this season. In his previous two starts at home, against Washington and Central Arkansas, Heimlich has allowed just one run and one walk with nine strikeouts in 14 innings. He made two appearances against Stanford in 2015, registering a save and allowing four hits and a run in three innings.
Facing the OSU lefty, the Cardinal really would like to get off this slide against the Beavers, that’s for sure: Here are some fascinating facts about this series, courtesy of the Oregon State athletic department.
- Oregon State has won 12 straight over Stanford, the longest streak for the Beavers in the series.
- OSU has tallied wins in 15 of the last 16 games. The lone Cardinal win in that stretch was an 8-2 victory in 2012.
- The Beavers have won five consecutive series over Stanford.
- Oregon State has won six straight games against the Cardinal at Goss Stadium, which ties the longest home win streak in the series for the Beavers (previously set from 2006-08).
- OSU Head Coach Pat Casey owns 32 of the Beavers’ 40 all-time victories against Stanford.
First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. today on the Oregon State campus. The skies are blue, and the temperatures are mild.