OMAHA, Neb. – It’s one down and three to go for Oregon State. The No. 3 national seed Beavers stayed alive at the College World Series on Monday, beating Louisville 11-4 after a seven-run fourth inning broke open the loser-out game.
Oregon State won NCAA championships the last two times it played in Omaha, in 2006 and ’07, and coach Pat Casey’s first title team did it the hard way.
The Beavers (51-12) face the same challenge as that 2006 team, having to win four straight after losing their CWS opener to reach the best-of-three final series. Next up is Indiana on Wednesday.
Pac-12 champion Oregon State enjoyed a stress-free afternoon against the Cardinals (51-14), who made four errors against the Beavers and 13 in their last six games.
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“It takes a little edge off the players if they can get a win in Omaha,” Casey said. “No one on this club has ever won a game here. So I think it was good to see them relax a little bit.”
Winning pitcher Ben Wetzler (10-1) allowed three runs in 61
Oregon State second baseman Andy Peterson went 3 for 4. Outfielder Michael Conforto, a former Redmond High School standout, was 2 for 4 and ex-Redmond teammate Dylan Davis drove in two runs for the Beavers.
Of his players, Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said, “This is very tough at this moment, but I don’t want this game to define them or define their season.”