Oregon State baseball wraps up regular season with three-game series against USC


Oregon State baseball wraps up regular season with three-game series against USC originally appeared on nbcsportsnorthwest.com

Oregon State baseball looks to finish the regular season on a high note as they head into this week's three-game home series against USC.

The Beavers proved they can still win against elite competition after splitting the series 1-1 (Saturday was rained out) against Pac-12 juggernauts, Stanford. OSU notched the final contest on Sunday, led by Grant Gambrell's impressive efforts as starting pitcher. The right-handed junior turned in five hits and held Stanford scoreless in five innings of work.

OSU (35-16-1, 20-6) will have another opportunity to finish strong before the postseason when they take on USC (23-27-1, 11-14-1) at Goss Stadium for the final three-game series of the regular season.

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Recent woes: Two weeks prior, OSU was listed as a top-5 team. The then fourth-ranked Beavers dropped a game against Gonzaga and then three in a row to Oklahoma State, the team's first weekend series sweep since 2010.

Outlook: While the two teams' meeting will likely have no effect on the Beavers postseason positioning, any games OSU loses could definitely hurt.

College Baseball Standings: Oregon State is listed as No. 12 on the NCAA's Rating Percent Index and 11th in Baseball America's Top 25 heading into this weekend.

Pac-12 Standings: Oregon State is tied with Stanford for second in the Pac-12 with a 20-6 record. Both teams are 1.5 games behind No. 1 UCLA (22-5). Stanford is at Arizona State this week while UCLA is at Oregon.

Closing out at home: Oregon State has won its past four series vs. the Trojans, claiming each by 2-1 margins. Since 2015, the Beavers are a combined 11-2 in their final series.

Game details: The series begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and wraps Sunday at 12 p.m.