Oh, how sweet revenge is.
After waiting for almost an entire year, the Beavers send the LSU Tigers back home as OSU completed a dominant weekend in the Corvallis Regional.
The scoring started early and often for Oregon State as Steven Kwan kicked off the game with a leadoff home run. Oregon State proceeded to tack on 2 more runs in the first, 2 runs in the second, and 1 run in the third to give Oregon State a 6-0 lead after just 3 innings. Kyle Nobach, Jack Anderson, and Zak Taylor all contributed to LSU’s misery as the Beavs would go on to put up 11 runs.
This massive game completed a dominant weekend for the Beaver offense as the team put up a combined total of 34 runs over the three-game stretch. This offensive output may come from some motivation to exact revenge on LSU, but it was an incredible weekend nonetheless. This is an exciting sign as Oregon State has managed to capture the offensive magic of the regular season and bring it to the postseason.
This game recap would not be complete without mentioning the hero of the game, Kevin Abel. Pat Casey went with the freshman with a shot at super regionals on the line, and Abel did not disappoint. The young stud delivered his best pitching performance in college with 8 innings, 3 hits, 8 strikeouts, and 0 runs allowed. Kevin was dealing in every way imaginable. His stuff was electric and LSU had no answer to Abel. A performance from the freshman such as this is a great sign moving forward in the postseason as well as beyond this year.
This was a fantastic weekend for Beaver baseball. The rest of the nation is on notice, as this past weekend is evidence that Oregon State is ready for another deep postseason run. The Beavers will be home next weekend again, taking on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in super regionals. Gear up for another crazy weekend.