BASEBALL: Beavs win a thriller over Texas

EVERY TIME that Texas tried to seize momentum, Oregon State answered. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, it was Beaver left fielder Kyle Nobach's RBI double that put OSU ahead 5-4 after Texas had just tied it in the top of the inning. In the ninth with a runner on and nobody down, Jeff Hendrix made a leaping stab that may have saved the game.

Immediately after Hendrix's catch, the Beavs turned two to win the opening game of the Dallas regional 5-4.

Oregon State now moves to the winners' bracket, with a 4 p.m. PT game on tap Saturday vs. VCU, who upset top seed Dallas Baptist.

Texas took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Tres Barerra, but Oregon State answered to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom half on RBI singles by Billy King and Nobach.

Run-scoring singles by K.J. Harrison in the fifth and Michael Gretler in the sixth gave the Beavers a 4-1 edge.

The Longhorns scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and then tied it, 4-4, in the top of the eighth on a two-run homer to set up Nobach's game winning hit in the bottom half of the frame.

The game didn't feature a single extra-base hit until Nobach's double. OSU shortstop Caleb Hamilton belted what would have been a home run in the seventh but Texas center fielder Zane Gurwitz made a sensational leaping grab to bring the ball back into the yard.

But the Beavs didn't let anything get them down. Texas kept making a bid to seize momentum and Oregon State seized it right back.

Andrew Moore posted five strikeouts in the first three innings before losing some of his sharpness. Moore went 7 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts. He threw 117 pitches, 82 of them strikes.

Scotland Church got the win despite tossing only six pitches, getting the final out of the eighth. Mitch Hickey got his 11th save of the season.

DH King had a good day, with two hits in three at bats and an RBI. Nobach was also 2-for-3.

The game was delayed an hour after inclement weather set in but once the game started, there were no delays.

The Longhorns will now have to win four straight games to keep their season alive. Oregon State is in a good position with the win but that can change quickly.

Just one loss puts a team on the brink of the double-elimination regional and the team that wins their first two games truly finds themselves in a great spot, with their opponent forced to win two straight against them to advance. Saturday's game, it goes without saying, is huge.

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