Preview: FAU vs. Oregon State
2010 Gainesville Regional: 3rd Round - Elimination Game:
#2 Florida Atlantic (36-23) vs #3 Oregon State (32-23)
June 6th @ 1:00 p.m.
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Oregon State defeated Florida Atlantic 6-4, Friday in the opening game of the Gainesville Regional.
The SEC comes into the tournament with the #1 conference RPI ranking, while the PAC-10 is right behind at #2 . The Sun Belt holds a #6 ranking, and the MEAC fills the bottom at #32.
Team RPI Breakdown: Oregon State 25th, Florida Atlantic 38th.
Strength of Schedule:Oregon State 5th, Florida Atlantic 62nd.
On the mound: TBA
Inside the Beavers' Dugout
The patient Beavers, Friday's game against FAU was delayed 3 hour & 15 minutes and yesterdays game with UF was delayed 1 hour and 17 minutes due to weather conditions.
The Beavers extended their streak of scoring at least one run to 114 games, by scoring in the 4th inning of yesterdays game. OSU has not been shut out since May 20, 2008 at Long Beach State.
Oregon State starter Sam Gaviglio struggled early, giving up seven runs in the 3rd inning before being pulled. Gaviglio allowed nine hits and eight runs while striking out one and walking three in 2-2/3 innings of work.
Dylan Jones threw 5-2/3 innings in relief of Gaviglio, and scattered just four hits and two runs in his longest outing of the season. The lefty struck out three.
The Beavers have been formidable from the toe rubber on the season with a 3.97 ERA and hold a 8-11 mark for games played on the road while going 17-13 during day games.
On the mound: Projected Starter - R.J. Alvarez (3-1, 4.47 ERA)
Inside the Owls' Dugout
The 18 hits by the Owls broke a Season high record (17) and tied the Regional record, a record set by the Owls against Florida in the Coral Gables Regional in '03.
The record came off the bat of Anthony Mesa (.274), a 2 RBI double in the top of the 8th giving the Owls their largest lead (12-5).
Mike Albaladejo (.266) was not able to keep his 9-game hitting streak going, went 0-for-4. Albaladejo walked once and scored one run. He was the only starter that did not get a least one hit on the afternoon.
Extra bases, the magic number is 8...5 Doubles; Raymond Church (16), Dan Scheffler (23), Eddie Cassidy (7), Colby Gratton (6) & Anthony Mesa (16)...1 Triple; Colby Gratton (5)...2 Home Run; Mesa ( 8 ) Church (11).
Gratton (.282) was a home run away from completing the cycle, going 3-for-4 with 1 RBI and score 3 runs.
Ryan Garton struggled a bit in the 3rd when he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, but managed to settle down and complete seven strong innings, he allowed five runs off 11 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Quote of the Day
"Oregon State, they can really pitch...you have to capitalize on the situations given, the way they are set-up and their bullpen I don't think you can let opportunities slip."
-Coach McCormack commenting on Oregon State