Danny Hayes ripped a 2-run homer in the top of the second to give Oregon State an early 2-0 lead, and the Beavers went on to beat Kansas State 4-3 to win the deciding third game of the Corvallis Super Regional. OSU advances to Omaha and will play the first game of the College World Series Saturday at noon (PT) vs. Mississippi State (Airtime 11:30 a.m. on Fox Sports Radio 620).
The Beavers added an unearned run in the top of the fourth when Kavin Keyes doubled off the right-center field fence to score Ryan Barnes who had reached on an error. Keyes, who had trotted slowly to first base before seeing the ball carom off the fence, suddenly shifted into high gear, but was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple.
OSU scored another un-earned run in the fifth when Jake Rodriguez scored from third on a 2-out error by Wildcats shortstop Austin Fisher. That gave OSU a 4-0 advantage and proved to be a crucial run for the Beavers.
OSU All-American Ben Wetzler pitched well allowing no runs and only two hits through the first five innings before the Wildcats put together three hits in the sixth to score their first run.
Kansas State opened the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back hits, but OSU escaped as Wetzler induced K-State batters to hit three straight ground balls leading to back-to-back force outs at third base before the inning-ending grounder to shortstop Tyler Smith who made the toss across to first.
However, Wetzler's evening came to a close when with with one out, he gave up a walk and Fisher followed with a single to center. One out later, Blair DeBord drilled a Wetzler pitch down the left field line and two Wildcats scored to make it a one-run game.
Game One starter Matt Boyd, who threw 123 pitches in a no-decision Saturday night, came out of the bullpen for the first time this season and gave up a line single to left by RJ Santigate. However, DeBord was thrown out at home by Michael Conforto to end the inning and preserve Oregon State's one run lead.
After the Beavers left two men on in the top of the ninth, the Wildcats were down to their final three outs.
Boyd got Lance Miles on strikes, but Boyd then had to face Wildcats' leadoff man, Ross Kivett, who entered the Super Regional with a .363 batting average. Kivett beat out an infield hit to put the tying run on base.
Tanner Witt, representing the potential winning run, was ahead 3-0 in the count before flying out on a 3-2 pitch to right-fielder Dylan Davis for the second out of the inning.
Boyd then induced Shane Conlon to pop out in foul territory. When first baseman Danny Hayes hauled it in for the final out, the Beavers celebrated with a dog-pile on the infield.
The Beavers advance to the College World Series for the first time since winning the title in 2007. Oregon State will open with a game against Mississippi State Saturday at noon PT. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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