Oregon State was pummeled in the late innings of their second matchup in the Corvallis regional, 14-2, by the UC-Irvine Anteaters. The Beavers will play UNLV at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with the winner taking on the Anteaters for the right to advance to the Super Regionals.
Beaver starter Jace Fry allowed six runs on six hits in six and two-thirds innings, which would end up being merely a fraction of UC-Irvine’s offensive clout on Saturday. The Anteaters racked up fourteen runs on ten hits in the game, handing the Beavers their worst margin of defeat since 2012 (Feb. 24 vs. SDSU, 18-2).
The Beavers offense continued to sputter through the regional, pushing it’s first two men across the plate in the eighth inning to break up the shutout effort by the Anteaters. Oregon State is batting .265 as a team through the first two games of the postseason, having driven in only four runs between the two contests.
The Anteaters compiled six runs before the seventh inning, but an eight-run eighth inning capped off by a Kris Paulino grand-slam pushed the deficit to 14-2. UC-Irvine has outscored opponents 24-5 in two regional games.
Oregon State had previously been prefect between the lines of Goss Stadium at Coleman Field, going 13-0 in five home regionals before Saturday, with sweeps in 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2013. UC-Irvines 14-2 rout marks the first post-season home loss under Pat Casey.
UNLV sent North Dakota State home early, eliminating the Bison 2-1 before the Oregon State-Irvine matchup later in the day. The winner of today’s double elimination contest between the Beavers and UNLV will determine who will take on UC-Irvine Monday night for the chance to remain on the path to Omaha.