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Huskies Head To Corvallis For Series With Beavers

Apr 20, 2022

Washington Huskies at Oregon State Beavers
Corvallis, OR
 

 Washington Starter Date/Time Oregon State Starter
RHP Jared Engman
 2-5, 6.10 ERA
Apr. 22
5:35 PM PST
LHP Cooper Hjerpe
 8-0, 1.81 ERA 
RHP Calvin Kirchoff
 2-1, 4.20 ERA
Apr. 23
1:35 PM PST
RHP Jacob Kmatz
6-0, 3.74 ERA 
TBD
 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Apr. 24
1:05 PM PST
RHP Jake Pfennigs
1-0, 0.00 ERA 

The Series
The Washington Huskies travel south to Corvallis, OR to face the Oregon State Beavers at Goss Stadium. Coming off a series where they fiercely competed against a nationally-ranked team, yet were outscored by a combined total of just five runs, the Huskies are confident they can compete with anyone. They have their work cut out for them however, facing the number two ranked team in the country.

How To Follow
Games One and Three will be streamed via Pac-12 Insider on Friday (https://gohski.es/3EtsJGa) and Sunday (https://gohski.es/3jRQ5vE). Game Two on Saturday can be viewed on Oregon State Live Stream (https://gohski.es/3jU6zU8). Live stats will be available via GoHuskies.com and fans can also follow @UW_Baseball on Twitter to track the action.

Matchup History
With three recent national championships (2006-07, '18), OSU is known to field strong teams and it shows in the matchup history where the Beavers hold a 45-26 record since 2000.

Scouting The Huskies
Head coach Lindsay Meggs has a re-loaded roster for 2022, featuring 23 newcomers, including 10 JUCO transfers, 10 true freshmen, and three four-year college transfers.

Friday's game will feature So. RHP Jared Engman starting his tenth game, while So. RHP Calvin Kirchoff starts his ninth on Saturday. Sunday's starter is still TBD. Out of the bullpen, RHP Case Matter was extremely effective last week giving up just one run on one hit with three strikeouts and a walk over four innings of work. Also, look for D1Baseball's #12 Reliever, RHP Stefan Raeth, to return to form following an uncharacteristic outing last week.

Batting an impressive .355 in 124 plate appearances, R-Fr. C Johnny Tincher would love to break into the Pac-12's Top Five (.361) this weekend. Fr. OF Colby Wallace boasts impressive numbers as well (.341 in 41). Tincher and Wallace, as well as R-So. Will Simpson and Jr. OF McKay Barney, all had at least five hits last weekend and hope to continue that success.

Scouting The Beavers
As the catcher on two national championship teams with the Beavers ('06, '07), Head Coach Mitch Canham was welcomed back in 2019 and has a record of 69-41 in three seasons.

Husky bats will need to be on point Friday as they face So. LHP Cooper Hjerpe whose 14.49 strikeouts per game place him at #4 in the country. On Saturday, Fr. RHP Jacob Kmatz' 6-0 record has him tied for second in the Pac-12 for wins. The Dawgs will close out the series against Jr. RHP Jake Pfennigs who has seen limited work in 2022, but been effective giving up just eight hits and no runs over 8.2 innings.

OSU leads the Pac-12 in a handful of offensive categories, including Runs (310), Hits (397), and RBIs (278). Their .309 BA is second only to Oregon (.310). Jr. OF Jacob Melton leads the Pac-12 in RBIs with 44 and is fourth in BA at .362 and fifth in HRs at nine. The Huskies will look to keep So. IF/OF Justin Boyd (.354 BA) off the basepaths as he leads the league in SBs with 19. Pitchers will need to be precise with Garret Forrester (.336 BA) who leads the team in OB% at .500 in large part due to his 37-24 walk to strikeout ratio.