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Corey Pearson hat two hits for Texas State at Oregon State last Friday. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTO

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The Texas State baseball team is trying to find its footing in Oregon after losing three straight at Oregon State during the weekend.

The Bobcats now are 5-10 overall. Oregon State, ranked third nationally by Baseball America, is 15-0. The Beavers won the national championship in 2006 and 2007.

The Bobcats begin a two-game series at Oregon tonight. The Ducks figure to be less of a challenge for Texas State, but not that much less. The Ducks are ranked 15th by Baseball America at 11-5. The Ducks lost two of three at home during the weekend to No. 2 Vanderbilt.

The Bobcats lost their games at Oregon State by scores of 16-4, 6-3 and 6-4.

In the opener, Oregon State scored three in the first and six in the fourth against Texas State starter Kyle Finnegan (1-1) for a 9-0 lead. Garrrett Mattlage and Tyler Pearson each had two hits and each scored a run for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats were more competitive in the middle game on Saturday, trailing only 4-3 after six innings before the Beavers added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Ben McElroy led the Bobcats with two hits.

Texas State made a bid in the final game, holding a 2-0 lead after batting in the fifth inning. However, the Beavers took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Texas State responded with a run in the sixth to tie it at 3-3, but Oregon State came right back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kevin Sah had two hits and scored two runs for the Bobcats. Cory Geisler, batting right behind Sah, drove in two runs.

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