BEAVS PUNCH TICKET TO OMAHA WITH 4-3 WIN!!!

IT WAS HANG-ON time the last few innings. Kansas State finally broke through against OSU starting pitcher Ben Wetzler in the eighth for two runs. Matt Boyd came in with the tying run on second and was dealing, but bat met ball. That's when the play of the game occurred in No. 3 Oregon State's nail-biting 4-3 win, a victory that punched their ticket to Omaha and the College World Series.

LF Michael Conforto made a dangerous trap on the sinking liner and then came up throwing.

It was a golden, one-bounce bullet to home. Dead on target.

C Jake Rodriguez made a textbook block of home and applied the tag. The runner never got there. And OSU was out of the inning as Goss Stadium went crazy.

There would be one more inning of worry, in the bottom of the ninth (OSU was the designated visiting team) when K-State launched another one of their patented comeback bids.

An infield hit with one out put the winning run at the plate for Kansas State. And Boyd went 3-0 on the next batter.

But then the OSU pitcher induced a fly out to Dylan Davis in right and the 27th out settled into the glove of 1B Danny Hayes in foul territory on the very next pitch.

Hayes was the one who got OSU (50-11 overall) on the board in the second inning, with a two run shot over the wall.

3B Kavin Keyes nearly left the yard in the fourth but the blast off the right field wall scored Ryan Barnes from first. Keyes mad a baserunning mistake in trying to go for third but the run counted before he was thrown out. And every run would be huge in this one.

OSU scored their final run in the fifth inning on a K-State error when the shortstop couldn't field a grounder cleanly and Rodriguez scored from third.

But you just knew the second-best hitting team in the nation would come back.

Ben Wetzler was very good on the mound for Oregon State, but he didn't have his absolute best stuff. K-State hit a number of balls hard -- but OSU was rock solid on defense.

Still, with Wetzler, it's hard to gripe when considering he threw an incredible 131 pitches in the victory -- and had allowed only one run with two outs in the eighth against one of the best hitting teams in all of college baseball.

It's also worth noting that on Wetzler's 120th pitch, his fastball clocked in at 91 mph on the gun.

And then there's this...

In the sixth, Wetzler faced two on and nobody out and didn't allow a run.

In the seventh, Wetzler again faced two on and nobody out --- and didn't allow a run.

That was big.

SS Tyler Smith made a number of slick plays to help Wetzler and Oregon State get out of jams, particularly in the seventh.

Early on, 2B Andy Peterson was flashing the leather to keep K-State from gathering any momentum.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez was nails behind the dish, called a great game and put up that impenetrable wall to end the eighth, taking K-State's best shot and keeping the Beavs in the lead.

After getting the last out in the eighth, Boyd came out again to pitch the ninth despite throwing 123 pitches on Saturday. The former reliever got the save -- his first of the season and eighth of his career -- and the final four outs in the process.

Now it's on to Omaha and the College World Series where the Beavs will take on first round opponent Mississippi State, who knocked out No. 6 seed Virginia. The first game is slated for Saturday, (12 p.m. PT on ESPN2).


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