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Cougars welcome 10th ranked Oregon State Beavers to Pullman for weekend series

Teams meet for first time in Marty Lees era.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight in Pullman the Cougar baseball team welcomes the highest ranked team in the conference when Oregon State comes rolling in. The Beavers are ranked 10th in both major polls.  Oregon State (22-7, 5-4 Pac-12) arrives in Pullman to face the Cougars (10-19, 3-9 Pac-12) at 7 pm tonight. They will then face off again on Friday at 4:05 and Saturday at noon. The first two games will be televised by the Pac-12 network.

The Cougars are coming off a 2-1 series loss to Arizona last weekend. Utility man Trek Stemp is the Cougars top position player ranking among the Pac-12 league leaders in hits, stolen bases, and batting average hitting a robust .356. Potential high-round draft pick Ian Hamilton heads up the starting rotation. The Cougars have been very aggressive under new coach Marty Lees leading the Pac-12 in stolen bases with 46.

The Beavers are paced by catcher Logan Ice, a potential first or second round pick in the June draft, who is hitting .365 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI. Oregon State leads the Pac-12 in runs scored averaging 6.6 per game.

This should be an emotional series for coach Lees as he was an assistant and recruiting coordinator for Oregon State when they became a national powerhouse. This is the first time he has faced the Beavers as a head coach.

This series is known as RV weekend in which fans are encouraged to come over in RV’s for a weekend of tailgating. Those who purchase RV passes will get the ability to purchase $2 tickets and a $50 gift card to Dissmores.


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