Perhaps it’s the home-field advantage. Or maybe Oregon State is really good.
We’re going with the latter after the Beavers dominated LSU 14-1 on Saturday night.
This one is in the books!
— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 3, 2018
With scintillating starter Luke Heimlich on the mound, Oregon State built a massive lead scoring 2, 3 and 5 runs in its first four frames. Adley Rutschman got the scoring going in the first with a double to center that scored 2 runs, and a trio of singles and a trio of walks tacked on 3 more runs in the third for a 5-0 lead.
Things got out of hand in the fourth, starting with another Rutschman RBI double, followed by an error that scored another run, a walked-in run and a 2-RBI single from Zak Taylor. Quickly, it was 10-0.
LSU managed to counter with just a run in the bottom of the fourth.
A Steven Kwan triple down the right-field line extended Oregon State’s lead to 12-0 in the top of the sixth, but by that point, it was clear who the victor would be.
While the Beavers’ lumber did plenty of damage, Heimlich scattered 6 hits over 7 innings, walking 4, striking out 3 and allowing 1 earned run in the process. He had plenty of room for error, if he needed it.
Oregon State will wait to face the winner of LSU and Northwestern State, with the teams playing an elimination game Sunday at 12 p.m. PT. The Beavers will then have two chances to get one win to advance to the super regionals.