Oregon State slipped by UTSA (University of Texas at San Antonio) to start off their weekend by winning 5-4 in comeback fashion during the 9th inning on Friday. The Beavers went on to win in similar fashion on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara.
OSU had the bases loaded when Danny Hayes drew a walk to send the winning run across the plate. UC Santa Barbara had one more chance to win in the bottom of the 9th but couldn’t manufacture any runs thus handing the win to the Beavers 3-2. Beavers fans were treated to show on Sunday versus Texas A&M when the OSU pitcher Ben Wetzler threw a four game hitter with 10 strikeouts. The Beaver fans at Goss Stadium were able to breath a little easier than the last two days on Sunday. Cole Lankford hit a triple while Mikey Reynolds scored which got the Aggies off to a 1-0 lead. But that would be the only scoring for Texas A&M. The Beavers answered in the 5th by getting a run. In the 7th inning Oregon State added two more runs which earned the Beavers the first lead of the game. Putting the nail in the coffin OSU scored 3 more runs in the 9th to send Oregon State to the Super Regionals for the 2nd time in 3 years. Oregon State hosts Kansas State in the Super Regionals starting Saturday, June 8th at 4p.m. All games between the two schools will be televised on ESPNU. The Wildcats and Beavers will play a best of 3 series with the winner going to Omaha for the College World Series.
UCLA’s dance to Super Regionals had a similar feel to Oregon State. The Bruins fell behind early to San Diego State Friday in the opening Regional game. The Aztecs scored in the top of the second but the Bruins answered in the 3rd and 4th inning with a combined 4 runs. The Bruins went on to win the game 5-3. In the second game of the Bruins post-season appearance the Bruins fell behind by 4 runs before starting a comeback in the top of the 6th. The Bruins scored 4 runs in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th inning to take the lead. The Bruins went on to win their second game by a score of 6-4. With a spot on the line in the Super Regionals the Bruins took care of business winning 6-0 over San Diego on Sunday and clinched their Super Regionals berth.
We’re very excited and proud our team,” said UCLA head coach John Savage. “We pitched, played solid defense and quality at-bats.”
John Savage and his Bruins will face Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regionals. The Bruins-Titans series will be played Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if necessary. The series will be televised on ESPN 2.
It wasn’t all rosy for the Pac-12 though. No. 7 Oregon and No. 20 Arizona State didn’t get passed the first weekend of baseball. Oregon won two games on Sunday against San Francisco and Rice to force a winner take all Monday night against Rice. Rice unfortunately spoiled the Regional in Eugene.
“We’re going to go to Omaha sooner or later,” said head coach George Horton. “The names on the roster will be different, but we’re going to go to Omaha with this program — I can assure you that.”
Meanwhile, Arizona State lost 6-1 on Sunday to end their post-season to UCLA opponent in the Super Regional: Cal State Fullerton.
The Pac-12 will look to make back-to-back National titles with Arizona Wildcats winning the National Title in 2012. No. 5 Oregon State and No. 10 UCLA are the conferences last hopes.
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