The Beavers are going to Omaha. Good lord that is fantastic to write.
From the beginning of the game, it was evident that this would be a tight game, as the electric freshman pitcher Patrick Fredrickson weathered an impending Beavers rally to just one run after Oregon State put two runners on with just one out. Bryce Fehmel and Fredrickson dueled throughout the entirety of the game and propelled an intense matchup between two titanic baseball programs.
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Trevor Larnach blasts one to right and brings Grenier home.
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The tight pitching matchup would continue until the third inning; when Minnesota took advantage of Fehm to tie up the game. Minnesota would tack on another run in the following fourth inning to take the lead. However, this lead would be short-lived, as Steven Kwan drove in Kyle Nobach to tie the game at two a piece in the fifth.
Then, Minnesota struck again to reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fifth. This 3-2 score would persist throughout several more innings until Kyle Nobach laced a single to drive in Trevor Larnach in the eighth inning to tie the game at three each.
At that point, Oregon State smelled blood. The Beavs managed to retire the Golden Gophers with no score in the bottom of the eighth before a game-changing, and season-changing, ninth inning.
Oregon State managed to load the bases quickly in the ninth. Then, with two outs, Adley Rutschman delivered the biggest hit of the season for Oregon State with a two-RBI single to give Oregon State a 5-3 lead. The Beavs would then reload the bases only to drive in another run on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. That 6-3 lead would be all the Beavers needed, as Jake Mulholland made quick work of the Gophers offense in the bottom of the ninth to punch Oregon State’s ticket to Omaha.
On the biggest stage of the season, Oregon State delivered one of its most convincing wins. Not a win where they pummeled a team into submission, but a come from behind victory against a quality opponent. A win such as tonight’s is what championship teams are able to do on any given night. Tonight is a great night for Oregon State and should be celebrated as such. Say it with me: “we’re going to Omaha.”
However, come Monday, get ready. For Oregon State has a date scheduled with the University of North Carolina Tar Heels next Saturday.