OSU nearly forces LSU into second game
BATON ROUGE, La. - Oregon State's baseball season came to an end Saturday, but the scene will be remembered as one of the Beavers' greatest battles.
The Beavers began the day by beating Louisiana-Monroe 11-2 to stay alive in the regional, while still needing two more wins - both over No. 2-ranked host LSU - to advance to a super regional.
OSU nearly got half the remaining job done. The Beavers led the Tigers through parts of a seesaw game Sunday night before LSU pulled out a 6-5 win in the 10th inning.
Oregon State finished the year with a 40-20 record. LSU moves on at 46-16.
The Tigers' Austin Nola scored the winning run on a wild pitch by reliever Dylan Davis. He had walked to open the top of the 10th and gone to third on a double by JaCoby Jones.
LSU closer Nick Goody pitched the bottom of the inning to earn the save.
The Tigers led 3-0 after chasing starter Taylor Starr, who lasted only 1/3 of an inning.
But OSU tied the game with single runs in the first, second and fourth innings and then took a 5-3 lead on Tyler Smith's two-run single up the middle.
LSU plated an unearned run in the seventh and tied the score with one out in the ninth, as Alex Edward hit an RBI double.
Michael Conforto doubled for Oregon State with one out in the ninth, but was left on base, setting up extra innings without Scott Schultz, who had thrown 8 2/3 innings for the Beavers and allowed three hits and two runs, with nine strikeouts.
Conforto, Smith, Ryan Barnes and Ryan Gorton all had two hits for OSU.
In Sunday's first game, Conforto drove in four runs and went 3 for 4. Smith had three RBI and a triple, going 2 for 5, as the Beavers pounded out 13 hits.
Oregon State led 9-1 after five innings and 11-1 after seven.
Sophomore left-hander Ben Wetzler helped the cause of the OSU staff by going a career-long 8 2/3 innings. He raised his record to 8-2 in 16 starts, allowing eight hits to the Warhawks.