BEAVS WIN, TAKE FIRST STEP

OREGON STATE does some of their best work with backs against the wall. The Beavs on Monday moved to 3-0 this postseason in elimination games, with an 11-4 win over Louisville in the College World Series. The Beavers took full advantage of Louisville miscues -- putting up 10 combined runs in the fourth and fifth innings. OSU next takes the field on Wednesday, in another elimination game.

The Beavers set a school-record on Monday against Louisville with their 51st win of the season. They did it playing sound defense with solid early pitching. The same couldn't be said of Louisville.

The Beavers on Wednesday play the loser of the Mississippi State-Indiana game Monday at 5 p.m. PT.

Wednesday's elimination game, also at 5 p.m. PT, will be televised on ESPN2.

On Monday, Ben Wetzler didn't allow a run until the Beavs had already plated 10 -- he ultimately allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings, moving to 10-1 to join Andrew Moore (14-1) and Matt Boyd (10-4) with double-digit OSU victories.

It is the first time Oregon State has had three 10-game winners in a season since 2007.

Scott Schultz pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and a run, to close out the game.

Michael Conforto continued his torrid pace at the plate in Omaha by going 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the seventh inning and has now reached base in eight of his 10 plate appearances at the College World Series.

Andy Peterson went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Tyler Smith and Max Gordon each collected two hits with Gordon contributing two RBIs and two runs.

Gordon was hit by a pitch to open the third inning and scored from first when Smith doubled down the left field line. Peterson reached on a bunt single and Conforto drew a walk to load the bases before Louisville second baseman Zach Lucas threw the ball away trying to start a double play, which allowed two runs to score and give the Beavers a 3-0 lead.

Oregon State (51-12) loaded the bases again in the fourth inning and scored two runs when Dylan Davis was ruled safe beating out a squibber down the third base line that plated Gordon and Peterson.

After Danny Hayes walked, the Beavers added two more runs when shortstop Sutton Whiting threw the ball over first baseman Zak Wasserman's head.

Ryan Barnes was hit by a pitch, Jake Rodriguez walked to score a run and Gordon knocked in a pair with a single through the left side that gave Oregon State the 10-0 lead. It was the 18th time the Beavers have batted around in an inning this season.

The seven runs in the inning are the most by a team since the College World Series moved to TD Ameritrade Park from Rosenblatt Stadium in 2011.

Louisville (51-14) got on the board in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Lucas, but Wetzler induced a double play to end the rally. He gave up three singles in the sixth but got out of the inning without a run being scored with by the help of a double play and flyout.

The Cardinals added three runs in the seventh inning on a hit by pitch and walk that ended Wetzler's day, before Scott Schultz allowed a two-run double to Adam Engel and an RBI single by Ty Young.

Oregon State, who lost 5-4 in the opening round to MSU, must win their next three games to advance from the bracket and reach the CWS final.


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