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No. 2 Beavers, Huskers Match Up Saturday

Feb 15, 2014

Game 2: Oregon State (1-0) vs. Nebraska (1-0)
February 15, 2014 | 10 a.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz. | Tempe Diablo Stadium

Probable Starters: LHP Jace Fry (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Aaron Bummer (0-0, 0.00)

The Game
The Beavers continue play at the Husker Classic by taking on Nebraska at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. PT (11 a.m. in Arizona).

Radio
The game will air live on the Beaver Sports Network and Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). For more information on catching the Beavers on the radio, check osubeavers.com. A full listing of stations for the game is also available at the bottom of these game notes.

Television
The game will not be televised.

Live Video
There will be no live video of the game. There will be no live video available during the tournament.

Online
Live stats for the game can be accessed by clicking on the live stats link located on the baseball schedule page on osubeavers.com.

Social Media
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Last Season
Jeff Hendrix drove in the game-winning runs with a two-out single in the eighth to send OSU to a 4-3 opening-day win over Gonzaga on Friday night. Hendrix tallied a career-best three hits and finished with two RBI. He was matched by Dylan Davis, who also drove in two runs on the strength of two hits. Andy Peterson also had two hits in Oregon State’s come-from-behind win.

Great Relief
OSU’s relief corps had an outstanding opening game as four relievers combined for three innings of shutout baseball. They allowed three hits and a walk while striking out two. Trent Shelton made his collegiate debut.

Who Returns Offensively
Offensively, the Beavers lost two all-Pac-12 players from a year ago in Tyler Smith and Jake Rodriguez. However, the Beavers return two in Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto and two other offensive stalwarts in Andy Peterson and Kavin Keyes. The four also happened to finish with the top four batting averages on the club last season.

And Pitching
Oregon State returning pitchers accounted for 35 of the team’s 52 victories from a year ago, which amounts to 67.3 percent. All-Pac-12 performers Ben Wetzler and Andrew Moore return as does Scott Schultz, who was named a preseason third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Early Rankings
Oregon State is ranked as high as No. 2 to open the year, by Baseball America, which represents the team’s best ever mark to open a season. Last year, the Beavers opened as the No. 6 club in the nation and finished the year fourth. OSU was also chosen to win the Pac-12, earning 98 of a possible 100 points in the opinion of the league’s coaches. The Beavers received nine out of 10 possible first-place votes.

Singles
Andrew Moore, Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto have all placed on at least two preseason All-America teams. Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz are on one apiece.
• The Beavers are 21-4 in neutral-site games dating back to 2011. Two of the four losses came to Mississippi State during the 2013 College World Series.
Pat Casey needs 18 victories to break into the top 10 all-time in the Pac-12.
• OSU plays its first four of 11 games in Arizona.