The Oregon State Beavers suffered a 2-0 loss to the USC Trojans on Thursday and that result, coupled with a UCLA win over the Oregon Ducks, eliminated the Beavers from Pac-12 title contention. The Beavers now sit two and a half games behind the Bruins with two games left in the season. Those two games are against USC, the team the Beavers are currently tied with for second place in the Pac-12. The math checks out - Win the next two games, finish the season as the second-best team in the conference.
Some fans were optimistic during last night's loss, while others were just upset the Beavers couldn't get a run across the plate.
Final regular season series for @BeaverBaseball as they host the USC Trojans with a chance to improve their resume and lock up a home regional in the NCAA tournament #GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/LGPnbEEA0B— Ronald Clark (@JournalistClark) May 24, 2019
He’s throwing a great game, we just need some runs now!— Fantasy Guru (@FantasyGuru91) May 24, 2019
We lead the universe in LOB— Jim Clapsaddle (@JClapCPA) May 24, 2019
"Left on Base: The 2019 Oregon State Beavers Baseball Season"— ChemicalOle (@ChemicalOle) May 24, 2019
Let’s go Beavs! You’ve got this!!— ReaderJoy (@ReaderJoy) May 24, 2019
Motivational speaker time!!! pic.twitter.com/tkuVQxXH0T— Nathan Speulda (@N_Speulda) May 24, 2019
The Beavers have put together a nice season and still have hopes of making a run to the College World Series, but before they look that far ahead they need to take care of business on Friday. First pitch is set for 6pm tonight, and here are some quick game notes to get you prepared while you wait.
- Adley Rutschman walked twice last game, extending his OSU single-season walks record to 71. He needs just six more walks to pass Stanford's Pepe Hinojosa (76 walks in 1978) for fourth most single-season walks in Pac-12 history.
- The Beavers bullpen has an earned run average of just 1.51 in the month of May. It's not just runs, but its are hard to come by, too. The 'pen has allowed just 17 hits in 35 and 2/3 innings pitched this month.
- Beau Philip and Andy Armstrong each got a hit on Thursday, extending their hit streaks to eight games and six games respectively.