The Beavers now play in Saturday's 4 p.m. PT game against the winner of Friday night's game matching Bethune-Cookman (35-20) and host Florida (42-15).
If OSU (32-22) were to win there, they would then need just one more win to advance to the Super Regional. In that scenario, a team would have to beat the Beavs twice to keep them from moving on. (see graphic below)
On Friday, Greg Peavy scattered eight hits over seven innings while striking out seven against Florida Atlantic (35-22). He didn't walk a batter.
The junior right-hander worked out of trouble unscathed until the sixth, when he gave up a two run shot. He struck out the next batter, however, and ended up striking out the side in the inning.
Tyler Smith helped pace the Beaver attack, with a two-run dinger to open the scoring and three ribbies all told. Oregon State's bats quieted down sharply after the fourth inning, but the 6-0 lead was enough on this day.
Oregon State faced threats late in the game but pitched out of them. With runners at first and third with one out in the seventh, Pat Casey brought in Ryan Gorton who promptly induced a double play to end the threat.
But Gorton served up back to back home runs with one out in the eighth inning. And so the Beavs brought in Tyler Waldron to stop the bleeding.
Mission accomplished. He induced a comeback dribbler and struck out the final batter of the eighth inning, with a single sandwiched in between.
Oregon State, with two outs in their half of the ninth, loaded the bases but couldn't score.
Waldron came on to pitch the ninth and quickly retired FAU in order to seal the win.