Ladies and gentlemen your Oregon State Beavers are bound for Omaha after a resounding 9-2 victory over the Commodores of Vanderbilt.
Bryce Fehmel, getting his first start since the middle of the Pac-12 slate, pitched an absolute gem. The sophomore, who had been replaced in the rotation after a series of shaky starts, regained his early season form with a complete game performance that saw him give up only 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 10 Commodores and walking none.
The potential first overall pick in Monday’s draft, Kyle Wright, got the start for Vanderbilt and had success early. Wright shut down the OSU bats through much of the first 3 innings before a 2-out rally in the put OSU on the board. Steven Kwan laced a single to score Adley Rutschman that put scored the Beavs first run, before a single from Nick Madrigal set up a 3 run home run from KJ Harrison.
Bryce Fehmel kept the OSU lead at 4-0 before Vanderbilt got a piar of runs on two hits in the 6th inning that gave the Commodores some hope. That hope was rather short lived however as another 2 out rally in the 7th gave the Beavs a 7-2 lead. A pair of singles from Cadyn Grenier and Steven Kwan gave the Beavs a pair of runners before back to back walks to Madrigal and Harrison gave the Beavs their 5th run of the night and chased Kyle Wright. Facing reliever Zach King, Trevor Larnach shot a ball right up the middle for a 2-RBI single that gave the Beavs a 7-2 lead. Not satisfied with a 5 run lead the Beavs got back to work in the 8th inning with a 2 run triple from Grenier that gave the Beavs a 9-2 lead.
This will be OSU’s 6th trip to Omaha and 5th since 2005. The Beavs will begin their slate in Nebraska against the winner of the Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton series that is currently tied 1-1. We will have more on the field and schedule in Omaha when it becomes available.