BASEBALL: OSU season ends

OSU WAS PICKED to finish in the bottom of their conference before the season began. They instead nearly won the Pac-10, shot to as high as No. 2 in the nation in the polls and came within a couple wins of the College World Series.

Not bad for a team picked to go nowhere.

Still, finishing the season with a loss, as all but one team will do in the playoffs, will sting for a while. And Oregon State head coach Pat Casey dropped to 11-4 in his career in elimination games.

Still, the Beavs end their season with 41 victories, the fourth-most in a single-season. All four years with 40 or more have occurred under Casey.

Oregon State (41-19) finished the season with a 13-5 record against teams ranked in the top 25 and 3-2 against teams in the top 10. Despite the high run totals surrendered to Vanderbilt, Oregon State's team earned run average of 3.18 is the lowest in a season since the 2005 club, which posted an ERA of 3.06.

The game was the final college outing in the careers of seniors James Nygren, Michael Miller, Jared Norris, Dylan Jones and Parker Berberet.

As for the game on Saturday night, Berberet singled home a run in the first and drove the second of the Beavers' offensive output in on a sac fly in the third, adding to his team-leading RBI total, which will end the year at 39. However, his two RBI were not enough as the Commodores scored multiple runs in both the first and sixth innings to salt the game away.

Ben Wetzler made his first start since Pacific-10 Conference play and limited Vanderbilt to just five hits and two runs in four innings while striking out five. He left at the start of the fifth as the Beavers held a 2-2 tie, but Vanderbilt managed to score four runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings off reliever Scott Schultz to take the lead for good.

Carter Bell hit a solo shot in the eighth – his second of the season – to complete the 9-3 scoring.

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