By losing its first game of the College World Series a week ago, Oregon State put itself into a win-or-go-home situation for the rest of its time in Omaha, Neb. Apparently, the Beavers aren’t ready to have their season end.
Oregon State (52-11-1) used another offensive explosion to go with solid pitching from two left-handers in a 12-2 rout of previously unbeaten Mississippi State (39-28) in the Bracket 1 semifinal on Friday.
BEAVERS WIN 12-2 and we. will. see. you. tomorrow!
— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 22, 2018
The Beavers forced a second semifinal contest, at noon PT Saturday, with the winner advancing to the CWS finals against Arkansas, which eliminated defending national champion Florida with a 5-2 win on Friday night.
Oregon State trailed 1-0 after half an inning but tied the score in the bottom of the first, then put the game nearly out of reach with a 5-run second inning. Four hits, 3 walks and a hit batsmen paced the offense that inning, with sophomore catcher Adley Rutschman’s 2-run single making it 6-1.
Mississippi State never got closer than 6-2 as the Beavers cranked out 15 hits and drew 9 walks. That was more than enough for starting pitcher Bryce Fehmel and Brandon Eisert, the reliever who earned the victory after allowing only 1 hit in 5⅓ innings.
Since losing 8-6 to North Carolina in the CWS opener, the Beavers have scored 14, 11 and 12 runs to become just the fifth team in tourney history to score 10 or more in three consecutive games.