06/18 22:09 CDT Oregon St. rallies after delay to beat Huskies 14-5 at CWS
Oregon St. rallies after delay to beat Huskies 14-5 at CWS
By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) --- Kyle Nobach hit a three-run homer to put Oregon State in
control in the seventh inning, Kevin Abel pitched four strong innings of relief
and Oregon State sent Pac-12 rival Washington home from the College World
Series with a 14-5 win on Monday night.
The Beavers erased early deficits, starting their comeback just before a
4-hour, 31-minute weather delay and picking up where they left off when play
Oregon State (50-11-1), the No. 3 national seed, was coming off a loss to North
Carolina in its CWS opener and still must win three more games to reach the
best-of-three finals. Washington (35-26) went two games and out in its first
Washington had leads of 3-0 and 5-4 before the teams were pulled off the field
with lightning near TD Ameritrade Park in the top of the sixth inning. The
Beavers had bases loaded with two outs when play was stopped. Washington sent
out closer Alex Hardy (5-4), the fourth of seven Huskies pitchers, after the
delay and he walked in the tying run.
The Huskies elected to intentionally walk Adley Rutschman to set up forces on
the bases with two outs in the seventh. Michael Gretler smashed a ball down the
left-field line for the tie-breaking double, and Nobach hit a 2-2 pitch that
barely cleared the wall in right center for his sixth homer of the season and a
Oregon State scored all but one of its runs with two outs. The Beavers were 13
for 21 with two outs and 7 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Tyler Malone homered to start a five-run eighth inning that finished off the
Beavers starter Bryce Fehmel turned the game over Kevin Abel after giving up a
single to start the fifth. Abel (5-1) threw 17 pitches before the delay, and
coach Pat Casey opted to have him go back to the mound when play resumed. Abel
allowed one run on one hit and two walks. He struck out five.
Oregon State avoided going 0-2 at a CWS for the first time in five appearances
Oregon State lost All-Pac-12 center fielder Steven Kwan to a leg injury at the
end of the third inning. Kwan, who came into the game batting .363 and reached
base four times in the loss to North Carolina on Saturday, pulled up as he was
running to first base on a double play ending the third inning. Preston Jones
replaced him and was 1 for 4 with a two-run double.
Oregon State will play another elimination game Wednesday against the North
Carolina-Mississippi State loser. That game was postponed until Tuesday morning
because of the long delay in the Beavers' game and the threat of more rain
Washington made a big late-season push to get to Omaha after being picked
seventh in the Pac-12 preseason coaches' poll. The Huskies were just 18-18
after an April loss to Texas-Rio Grande Valley. They closed the regular season
with a series win over Stanford to finish third in the conference and secure an
at-large NCAA bid. They traveled across the country to sweep through the Conway
(South Carolina) Regional and won a three-game super regional at Cal State
This version corrects Oregon State's next game to the North
Carolina-Mississippi State loser instead of winner.
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