THE TOP OF the first inning at Goss Stadium seemed to take forever. And that was more than fine with Beaver fans. Oregon State, the designated visitor in Game 2 against Kansas State, staged a two-out first inning rally. By the time it was over with, the Beavers had knocked out the K-State starting pitcher and put a five-spot on the board on their way to a 12-4 win, setting up a deciding Game 3.
The Game 3 schedule has changed from what was originally announced: Oregon State
and Kansas State
will now meet Monday at 7 p.m. and the game will be aired on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The Beavs (49-11 overall) made Monday's rubber game possible by taking care of business early. With two outs in the first, Michael Conforto went yard. Dylan Davis followed with a solo jack of his own.
And then OSU just kept on going.
They scored three more runs and went all the way through the lineup before K-State could get the third out in the opening frame.
And how's this for clutch -- nine of the Beavs' first 10 runs came with two outs.
Everyone got into the act. The 6-8 hitters for Oregon State as of the seventh inning were 8-for-12 at the plate.
Kavin Keyes and Tyler Smith both went 4-for-5.
Andrew Moore, who tied the Oregon State single-season record with his 14th win Sunday, threw 124 pitches over eight innings, allowing four runs and six hits. He struck out a career-best nine.
Keyes and Smith, meanwhile, both tied a career-best with four base knocks to help pace the Beavers, who finished the game with 21 hits.
Six of the other nine Oregon State starters had two hits in the win.
Oregon State extended its lead to 7-0 in the second when Davis drove in two on a single up the middle.
After a Jared King home run put Kansas State (45-18) on the board in the second, OSU answered with two more in the third. Max Gordon drove in the first run of the inning on a safety squeeze and Smith made it 9-1 on a double to left.
Smith and Davis both had three RBI to lead the Beavers, while Keyes scored a game-high four runs.
Kansas State starter Blake McFadden got only two outs in the first and exited after allowing four hits and four runs. He took the loss and is now 6-3 on the year.
If Oregon State wins on Monday, they would advance to the College World Series and meet the winner of the Mississippi State-Virginia series in the first round.
Five teams have advanced so far to the CWS -- and only one of them was among the eight national seeds selected at the outset of the postseason -- the five are No. 4 LSU, UCLA, Louisville, NC State and Indiana. The final three entries to Omaha will be decided on Monday. The No. 1 and No. 3 national seeds, North Carolina and Oregon State, will be favored in their series finales while No. 6 Virginia could be in trouble...
There are three and possibly four games that will be played on Monday. No. 1 North Carolina plays South Carolina in a Game 3. The conclusion of the second game between No. 6 Virginia and Mississippi State, postponed due to rain, will pick up in the bottom of the seventh with Mississippi State leading 5-3. If Virginia can rally, there will be a Game 3 later in the day. If not, Mississippi State advances. And of course the Beavs and Wildcats play their winner-take-all game on Monday night.