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Oregon State at Oregon

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Goss Stadium, Corvallis

On air: Tuesday’s game will be televised on Pac-12 Networks and live streamed at Pac-12.com/now; Radio on Fox Sports Radio 620-AM (Portland), KEJO-AM 1240 (Corvallis) and KLZS 1450-AM (Eugene); Live stats can be found on the baseball schedule page at osubeavers.com 

Records: Oregon State (29-14); Oregon (27-20)

Probable starters: OSU right-hander Sam Tweedt (6-1, 3.41 ERA) vs. Oregon right-hander Josh Graham (2-0, 1.83 ERA) on Tuesday

OSU’s script: The Beavers are playing their best baseball of the year. On Saturday, junior right-hander Travis Eckert tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings to power OSU’s series-clinching win at Washington. It marked the Beavers’ third series victory in a row. On Tuesday, they hope to redeem last month’s series loss at Oregon. OSU totaled six errors in those two defeats to the Ducks.

Oregon’s script: Oregon, too, is playing some of its best ball of the season. With good reason. Essentially, Oregon needs to win every series from here on out to make the playoffs, and so far the Ducks are responding. Oregon has won three of its last four Pac-12 series, and was one out away from sweeping Stanford over the weekend. Normally midweek games are an afterthought, but with needed wins against better RPI teams, the Ducks aren’t taking this matchup against the Beavers lightly.

OSU player to watch: Caleb Hamilton. Shortstop Trever Morrison is out for the rest of regular season play with a hand injury, forcing Hamilton to move from third base to shortstop. It will be important for the sophomore to make sure there is minimal drop-off with Morrison out of the lineup. That’s a daunting task considering Morrison was batting .319 with 18 RBIs and 24 runs before the injury. He was also one of the team’s best fielders.

Oregon player to watch: Mitchell Tolman. Last week when asked about Tolman, Oregon coach George Horton brought up the old Reggie Jackson adage. “He’s the straw that stirs the drink,” Horton said. While Tolman struggled along with the rest of the team in April, he’s raised his batting average from .270 to .317 and has shifted from second to third base to help shore up the hot corner with his superb defense.

Did you know: Both Oregon and OSU have been absent from Baseball America’s Top 25 since March 30.

Key OSU stat: The Beavers have outscored opponents 50-10 in the third inning this season. Those 50 runs comprise more than 20 percent of the team’s run total.

Key Oregon stat: In Oregon’s series win over Oregon State, the Ducks batted just .185.

Series: OSU leads the series 171-158, including 91-72 in Corvallis. The Beavers are 1-2 against the Ducks this season.

OSU quotable: “Why we made those errors I don’t think has anything to do with jitters. We just made them, and we didn’t defend. They capitalized on it, and they’re a good ball club. You can’t do anything against a team when you’re giving them extra bases. So we paid for our mistakes.” — head coach Pat Casey on OSU’s six errors in last month’s series loss at Oregon

Oregon quotable: “We don’t need any motivation. They won two out of three against Washington and have an extra day of rest. That’s a very difficult place for any college baseball to win and even more for us because of the rivalry part.” –George Horton

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