Trailing by a run in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two out, Oregon State was in good position to retake the lead against Pac-12 foe Washington in an elimination game at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., on Monday.
Then came the thunder. And lightning. And rain. Lots and lots of rain, resulting in a 4 hour, 31-minute delay. But it turns out that break was just what the Beavers offense needed.
The Beavers scored 10 runs after play resumed, tying the game at 5-5 immediately after the delay on a walk and then erupting for 4 runs in the seventh and 5 in the eighth en route to a 14-5 win.
— Go Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) June 19, 2018
It was all Washington early, going up 3-0 in the third inning behind 5 hits including a Nick Kahle 2-run double. OSU went ahead 4-3 in the top of the fifth, scoring all its runs with 2 outs, before the Huskies regained the lead 5-4 in the bottom of the inning.
Stevie Emanuels loaded the bases in the sixth before the game was called. After the delay Washington turned to closer Alex Hardy, who was on the mound when the Huskies lost 1-0 to Mississippi State on Saturday.
Hardy ended up allowing 4 runs in 1-plus inning of work, walking 2 and giving up 3 hits including a 3-run home run to Kyle Nobach that put Oregon State up 9-5.
The Beavers’ 5-run seventh started with a solo home run by Tyler Malone, the 61st for OSU this season to break the school record previously held by the 1998 squad.
The last time we hit 2 home runs in a game in Omaha was the 2007 Championship finale versus UNC when both Jordan Lennerton and Darwin Barney went deep.
— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 19, 2018
OSU pitcher Kevin Abel, who had come on in relief of Bryce Fehmel in the fifth, ended up throwing 3 more innings after the lengthy delay and allowed just 1 hit with 5 strikeouts in 4 total innings.
The loss eliminated Washington from the CWS, a winless first-ever trip to Omaha for the program.
What a run.
— Washington Baseball (@UW_Baseball) June 19, 2018
Oregon State remains alive and will play the loser of the contest Tuesday between North Carolina and Mississippi State — which was postponed Monday — in an elimination game at 4 p.m. PT on Wednesday.
Oregon State lost 8-6 to North Carolina in the CWS opener on Saturday.