BEAVS WALK OFF AS PAC-12 CHAMPS!

OREGON STATE HEADS into Selection Monday as the Pac-12 champions. Back-to-back jacks in the eighth inning by the Beavs tied the score and then Ryan Barnes' two-out single in the ninth inning gave OSU a walkoff win in their regular season finale Sunday, 7-6 over Washington State.

Barnes drove in Dylan Davis, who had reached two batters earlier on a wind-aided double to right center that fell in front of the charging WSU right fielder Yale Rosen. Danny Hayes was walked intentionally, which set the table for Barnes to loop a 1-0 pitch from Cougar reliever J.D. Leckenby into left field.

The win sent the Beavers to a 45-10 overall record and 24-6 Pac-12 Conference record, winning the conference title by two games over Oregon.

The Ducks had lost earlier in the day to Utah, 10-3, cementing the Beavers as the league's outright champion.

Davis and Hayes combined to pull the Beavers into a tie when it looked like OSU might end up backing into the title. Down 6-4 entering the bottom half of the eighth, Davis blasted the first pitch well over the left field fence to cut WSU's (23-32, 9-21) lead to one.

Hayes also clubbed a no-doubter, on a 2-1 count to right field, tying the score.

It was the fourth home run of the season for Davis, who finished with two RBI Sunday and nine against the Cougars. Hayes', meanwhile, was his fifth of the year.

Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, highlighted by a three-run second that saw Tyler Smith drive in two on a single. The Cougars, however, put together a three-run third and two-run fourth. Collin Slaybaugh drove in the last of the six unanswered runs with a sixth-inning single, with Washington State then up 6-4.

Ben Wetzler started for the Beavers and worked five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs before being replaced by Taylor Starr in the sixth. He also logged eight strikeouts.

Wetzler did not figure in the decision. Neither did Washington State starter Scott Simon, who allowed seven hits and four runs in three innings of work.

The game marked the regular season finale for the Beavers. OSU is a virtual lock to be named one of the eight national seeds.

There are a total of 16 regional host sites -- they will be announced Sunday night at 6 p.m. PT via NCAA.com and the ESPN crawl on its family of networks. Oregon State is certain to be one of them.

Selection Monday, the full field for the 64-team college baseball postseason, will then be announced at 9 a.m. PT on ESPNU Monday morning.

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