No. 25 Oregon State scored six first-inning runs to take control of the game and eventually eliminate No. 18 Texas A&M from the NCAA Fort Worth Regional with a 13-5 win over the Aggies Sunday afternoon before 2,496 fans at Lupton Stadium.
The Beavers (37-18) put together an 18-hit attack and got a complete-game outing from junior Jorge Reyes on the mound to stay alive in the regional. With the loss, A&M concluded its 107th season of baseball with a 37-24 record.
OSU batted around in the first, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring six times off A&M starter Clayton Ehlert. The inning started off innocently enough, as Ehlert struck out the leadoff hitter, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach safely. Following a single to center, back-to-back infield singles produced the game's first run. Jared Norris followed with a bases-loaded, two-run double to the gap in left center, and the Beavers would tack on three more on a groundout and consecutive two-out RBI doubles to go up 6-0.
Ryan Ortiz made the score 7-0 with a two-out solo shot to left in the second.
Oregon State would plate its eighth run of the afternoon in the third, as John Tommasini drove an RBI single through a drawn-in infield.
Michael Miller drove in Joey Wong with a one-out single to left center in the fifth to extend the OSU lead to nine. Later in the frame, Koa Kahalehoe lined a double under the glove of Brooks Raley in left to drive in two more and make the score 11-0.
Joe Patterson put the Aggies on the board in the sixth, launching his 13th home run of the year--a solo shot--off the scoreboard in right field. After the Beavers pushed a run across in the seventh, Caleb Shofner delivered a two-run double inside the third-base bag in the eighth to make the score 12-3.
Seniors Luke Anders and Kyle Colligan would drive in A&M's final runs of the season in the ninth.
Kahalehoe went 5-for-5 and Ortiz added four hits to lead the Oregon State offense, while Patterson had a game-high three hits for the Aggies.
Ehlert (5-2) suffered the loss, giving up eight hits and seven runs in 1.2 innings of work.
Reyes (6-2) went the distance, giving up 10 hits and five runs (three earned) while walking one and fanning six.
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