Oregon State Beavers vs. USC Trojans: Preview, live updates, how to watch Game 2 of Pac-12 baseball series

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Oregon State and closer Ryan Brown will host the USC Trojans Saturday in Game 2 of a three-game series at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Leon Neuschwander for The Oregonian/OregonLive

The Oregon State Beavers host the USC Trojans Saturday in Game 2 of a three-game Pac-12 baseball series in Corvallis.

The Beavers opened the series with a statement victory, defeating the Trojans 10-4 Friday night.

Micah McDowell went 4 for 5 with three doubles and three RBIs, Garret Forrester went 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI and Wilson Weber belted a two-run home run in the decisive win.

Oregon State has won 10 of its last 13 games, including seven of its last 10 in conference play. With another victory this weekend, the Beavers would earn their fourth consecutive Pac-12 series victory.

Here are details about today’s game:

Oregon State Beavers (22-11, 8-8 Pac-12) vs. USC Trojans (21-11-1, 9-4)

When: 3 p.m., Saturday, April 15

Where: Goss Stadium, Corvallis

TV channel: The game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks.

How to watch live stream online: Subscribers to the Pac-12 Network can watch the game at Pac-12.com or on the Pac-12 Now app, available on smartphones and tablets. A direct link to the broadcast also can be found at osubeavers.com.

Radio: All games air on the Beaver Sports Network. Pregame starts 30 minutes before the first pitch. Affiliates include KEJO 93.7-FM & 1240-AM (Corvallis), KKNX 1051.-FM & 840-AM (Eugene), KCFM 104.1-FM & 1250-AM & 104.1-FM (Florence), KLAD 104.3-FM & 960-AM (Klamath Falls), KCFM 103.1-FM (Mapleton), KTMT 96.1-FM & 580-AM (Medford), KCMX 880-AM (Medford), KCMX 99.5-FM (Phoenix), KEX 1190-AM (Portland), KSKR 1490-AM (Roseburg) and KBZY 1490-AM (Salem).

Probable starters: OSU RHP Jacob Kmatz (2-4, 3.64) vs. USC RHP Caden Aoki (2-0, 1.33)

This and that: Kmatz is making his ninth start of the season. The sophomore right-hander has pitched well in his last three starts, allowing five runs on 11 hits in 16 2/3 innings against Cal, Washington and Oregon. He’s 1-1 during the stretch, during which his ERA has dropped from 4.26 to 3.64. ... McDowell has been electric since his return to the lineup last weekend, slugging two homers and three doubles, stealing three bases and driving in 10 runs. He’s batting .356 with eight doubles and 19 RBIs this season. ... Over the last three games, Forrester is 8 for 14 with five RBIs, six runs scored, one double and one home run. His average has jumped from .294 to .328. ... Weber has two homers in his last three games. ... The Beavers are .500 in conference play for the first time since opening the season 1-1. ... Closer Ryan Brown pitched two scoreless innings Friday to earn his seventh save of the season, which leads the Pac-12. Brown, who is 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA, has allowed just two hits in his last seven appearances.


1. Travis Bazzana, second base

2. Garret Forrester, first base

3. Micah McDowell, center field

4. Mason Guerra, third base

5. Brady Kasper, right field

6. Mikey Kane, shortstop

7. Dallas Macias, left field

8. Wilson Weber, catcher

9. Ruben Cedillo, designated hitter


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