Oregon State’s bid to advance to the NCAA Super Regional fell just short on Monday night as the Beavers lost 4-2 to UC Irvine at Goss Stadium in the championship game of the Corvallis Regional.
The Beavers (45-14) fell one win short of hosting a Super Regional matchup against Oklahoma State. Instead the Anteaters (38-23) will head to Stillwater, Okla., this weekend for their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2011.
Oregon State mounted a late comeback that fell just short. Trailing 4-1 after seven innings, they scored once in the eighth on a pinch-hit triple by Nick Rulli and a wild pitch and had the tying runs aboard in the ninth before Irvine reliever Elliot Surrey induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Surrey pitched seven-plus solid innings in a crucial 14-2 triumph over the Beavers in a second-round game on Saturday night and finished the regional with a victory and a save. Reliever Evan Manarino allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings and got the win.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead off starter Andrew Morales in the third inning on singles by Logan Ice and Trever Morrison and an RBI fielder’s choice by Jeff Hendrix. However, they stranded two runners in the fourth, another at second base in the seventh, and hit three balls to the warning track in center field that were caught.
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