Caldwell High graduate Jordan Britton has appeared in nine games for the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team this season, compiling a 2-0 record and 2.45 ERA in three starts.
Though he is not likely to start for the Beavers this weekend as they open their best-of-three Super Regionals series at home against Vanderbilt (36-23-1), the 6-foot-3 sophomore lefty could make an appearance out of the bullpen.
Game 1 is at 7 p.m. Mountain time Friday at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., and will be televised on ESPN2. Game 2 is at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN, with Game 3 set for 7 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2 or ESPNU) if it’s necessary.
Britton’s last appearance was May 28, when he pitched a career-high six innings with seven strikeouts as Oregon State beat Abilene Christian 4-2 to close out the regular season.
He made his first start of the season May 2 against Oregon, limiting the rival Ducks to one run on two hits in a 4-1 victory.
“Every day you wake up … you get under the rack, and you do the things that some people don’t want to do,” Britton told the Corvallis Gazette-Times. “It kind of just shows, over the course of the season, how well our team has combined to be one.”
Oregon State enters on a 19-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the country, and it has a team ERA of 1.78, also tops in the nation. The Beavers are 52-4, tying a school record for the most wins in program history. The 2013 squad went 52-13.
The Beavers took over the No. 1 spot in the Baseball America rankings on March 27 and have remained there ever since.
Britton — the 2015 4A Southern Idaho Conference Player of the Year — has pitched 22 innings this season, giving up 17 hits and six earned runs. He has faced 92 batters and has 16 strikeouts.
The Beavers’ matchup with Vanderbilt is a rematch from the 2011 Nashville Super Regionals, which Vandy won in two games. Among the players on the Beavers’ roster that year was left-handed pitcher Josh Osich, a 2007 Bishop Kelly High graduate and current San Francisco Giants reliever.