The top-ranked Oregon State Beavers overpowered the LSU Tigers, 13-1, in the second round of the College World Series, Monday, June 19, 2017, at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Oregon State began the scoring in the top of the first inning. Lead-off hitter Steven Kwan started with a bunt single. After a ground out moved Kwan to second, Trevor Larnach hit a single up the middle to drive in Kwan and the Beavers led LSU 1-0.
The scoring was quiet for the next three innings, despite the fact that LSU changed pitchers in the third inning. The Beavers starting pitcher Bryce Fehmel kept LSU in check. He had only given up one hit through four innings. The Tigers starting pitcher Eric Walker felt some tightness in his shoulder, and reliever Caleb Gilbert took over in the top of the fourth.
Oregon State struck again in the top of the fifth. With one on and one out, second baseman Nick Madrigal hit a single and went to second base on a throwing error. The runner, Cadyn Grenier, moved to third. Trevor Larnach hit another single and two runs scored, increasing the Beavers lead to 3-0. The next batter, first baseman K.J. Harrison, was walked. After Gilbert threw a wild pitch to the next batter, and was pulled for LSU reliever Nick Bush. Bush walked Jack Anderson to load the bases with two out. DH Tyler Malone came up and struck out to end the Beavers rally.
Oregon State blew the game open in the sixth inning. After Bush walked the first batter, LSU changed pitchers again and brought Todd Peterson on in relief. Peterson walked Michael Gretler and the Beavers had men on first and second with no outs. Grenier bunted for a sacrifice out, and the runners moved to second and third. Peterson walked the next batter to load the bases. Madrigal hit a grounder that was mishandled by the pitcher allowing the Beavers to score again, making it 4-0 Oregon State.
The Tigers again switched pitchers after the mishandle by Peterson. Hunter Newman came on in relief. He walked the first batter to again load the bases. Harrison came up and smashed the first grand-slam home run ever hit in the new T.D. Ameritrade Park. The Beavers led 8-0 after six innings.
The top of the seventh inning began with a walk and stolen base to put Tyler Malone on second with one out. A passed ball by LSU allowed the runner to go to third. Gretler hit a sacrifice fly to center which scored the ninth run for Oregon State. Madrigal came up and doubled to center scoring two more runs. The inning finished with the Beavers leading 11-0.
LSU led off the bottom of the seventh with Zach Watson hitting a solo homer to get the Tigers on the scoreboard and avoid the shutout. Oregon State starter Fehmel finished the inning without giving up another run. The Beavers came up in the top of the eighth leading 11-1.
The Beavers were not through scoring. In the top of the eighth, with men on second and third, Malone hit a single to drive in two runs. The next batter struck out to end the inning and the lead was pushed to 12 runs.
LSU now moves to the elimination bracket. They will play Florida State on Wednesday, June 21 in Omaha. Oregon State now gets a long rest and will not play until Friday, June 23. Should they win that contest, they will be in the final 3-game series over the weekend.
Written By D.T. Osborn
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