UNLV recovered from a Day 1 loss to UC Irvine by using pitching and defense to squeak past North Dakota State, 2-1, Saturday afternoon. The Rebels are still facing elimination but they are taking on the No. 1 national seed and host of the Corvallis region in Oregon State.
The Beavers pitching staff demolished on Saturday night in their 14-2 loss to the streaking UC Irvine Anteaters, and the Rebels and Beavers face off at 8 p.m. ET with the winner moving onto a second game Sunday night against UC Irvine.
This is the first time that these two teams have met, so know would be a good time to get caught up on who Oregon State is.
If Oregon State wants to avoid getting eliminated from their home stadium they will need their offense to step up as they have scored just four total runs in two games and are hitting only .266 and have a dismal .359 slugging percentage.
The Beavers offense looks tremendous compared to what UNLV has been doing so far. UNLV is hitting only .150 and has an on-base percentage of .239.
This game could come down to which team's offense comes out of their funk for at least a marginal performance Sunday afternoon, and of course pitching as well.
Oregon State enjoys low scoring games since their offense all year has not been explosive and they have been relying on their pitching staff to keep the score down.