Andrew Moore grew up an Oregon State baseball fan.
He recalls the Beavers' three trips to Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series and remembers fondly welcoming them home and getting autographs as a youngster when OSU's plane landed in Eugene following one of their championships.
Today, the North Eugene High product will get to take the mound for the Beavers against rival Oregon in his hometown.
The Beavers hold a one-game lead over the Ducks atop the Pac-12 standings.
"It will be fun to play in front of some family and friends I haven't pitched in front of in a while," Moore said following Wednesday's workout in the Truax Indoor Center. "But I can't let that get to me. When I get on the diamond I'm going to be all business and concentrate on that batter in the box. It's going to be a fun series for sure."
Added coach Pat Casey of his freshman righty who is 10-1 with a 1.48 ERA:
"He's a great kid and a competitor and hopefully he's done this long enough now, I don't know how many starts he's had, but he's been out there enough that this will be another big big game for him. I'm sure he will be excited to go back to Eugene.
So, could pitching in front of family and friends, in a game that could mean the difference between a Pac-12 title and potential nation seed to the postseason, get to the freshman?
"I guess we will find out in a couple days," Casey said. "Hopefully he won't get too excited. He's been in big games."
Late in his high school career, Moore did consider going to Oregon after the Ducks reinstated their program following OSU's run to the top of the college baseball world.
But he chose OSU in the end. And said it has been a great fit.
Moore said he isn't surprised he has had the success he has had so far.
"In my head, every time I go out there I have the highest expectations that I can think of," he said. "I just go out there and worry about the next pitch and try to execute that and keep doing that and it all builds up. It's been a fun season for sure."
At the end of the weekend, one team could take a big step to a conference title.
"It's two great teams going at it so it's going to be fun for sure," he said.