Road to Omaha: Beavers sweep through regionals
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Oregon State defeated Texas A&M 6-1 to win the NCAA Corvallis regional on Sunday.
Wetzler (8-1) gave up a run-scoring triple to Cole Lankford in the first inning then settled down and kept the Aggie hitters off balance the rest of the day, retiring 26 of the next 31 batters.
"It started off pretty rough, but as soon as I got the ball down, things started to change a little bit for me," Wetzler said. "It's a team effort. Everybody makes plays and I just tried to do my part."
Danny Hayes drove in three runs on two hits for Oregon State (48-10). His two-out two-run double into the right-field corner off of Aggies reliever Jason Jester gave the Beavers a 3-1 lead in the seventh and he added another with an RBI single in the ninth.
Ryan Barnes added three hits and an RBI for the Beavers.
Oregon State put the game away in the ninth with three runs on four hits off of Aggies relievers A.J Minter and Kyle Martin.
"We're not done yet," Hayes said. "We all have one goal in our minds and were not going to be satisfied until we reach that goal."
Lankford finished as the leading hitter in the regional, going 10 for 17 (.588). Jester took the loss for the Aggies (34-29), who were eliminated.
"Oregon State played much better than anybody else this weekend," A&M coach Rob Childress said.
Added Beavers coach Pat Casey said: "One thing that Coach Childress said was, 'I can't believe how well you guys play together,' and I don't think there is a better compliment than that for our kids."