|GAME TIME||7 PM ET|
|STADIUM||TD Ameritrade Park|
|LINE||Oregon State, -1.5|
RHP Bryce Fehmel
Bryce Fehmel will get the start for the Beavs in their second game in Omaha. The sophomore has a 5-2 record and a 3.80 ERA in 12 starts this year. Fehmel is coming off his best outing of the season, striking out 10 while throwing a complete game against Vanderbilt.
RHP Eric Walker
Eric Walker is set to be the starter for the Tigers, the 17th start of the year for him. The Sunday starter has been excellent this year, posting a 8-1 record and 3.46 ERA in 93 2/3 innings. Walker recently experienced some discomfort in his throwing arm, but has been deemed 100%.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
In one of the most highly anticipated match ups of the CWS, top seeded Oregon State will face perrenial power LSU. Both teams narrowly survived upsets in their first games in Omaha, and will be looking for a better start in game two.
Oregon State needed five straight unanswered runs to complete the comeback against Cal State Fullerton in game one. The Beavers fell behind 5-1 early, but tied the game after a four run sixth inning. Oregon State later took the lead in the eighth, off an Adley Rutschman RBI single. First round pick Drew Rasmussen pitched a flawless 9th inning to secure the win.
The main key to Oregon State’s success will be the starting pitching. In game one, ace Jake Thompson just went 2 2/3, putting a lot of stress on the bullpen. The Beavers will need starter Bryce Fehmel to go deep into the ball game to conserve their bullpen. If Fehmel is to get into trouble, Oregon State may need Rasmussen to pitch multiple innings in relief.
Offensively, Nick Madrigal and Steven Kwan will have to carry Oregon State. The two have been a critical part of OSU’s offense all year, and have stayed hot into the postseason.
The winner of this game will move into the final of Bracket One, putting them just one win away from the CWS Final. Oregon State has a chance to put themselves in a great position for their first title since 2007.