Third-ranked Oregon State jumped out of the gate with nine runs in the first three innings – including five in the first – and never looked back as the Beavers forced a decisive third game of the Corvallis Super Regional with a 12-4 victory Sunday evening at Goss Stadium.
First pitch for the third game between the Beavers (49-11) and Wildcats (45-18) was moved to 9 p.m. (CT) Monday and will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
The Beavers carded 13 hits in the first four frames, including seven with two strikes. After two quick outs in the first inning, Oregon State put together six-straight hits, beginning with back-to-back home runs by Michael Conforto and Dylan Davis. Danny Hayes continued the inning with a double down the right-field line before Ryan Barnes singled to center, extending the lead to three and knocking K-State starter Blake McFadden out of the game.
The Beavers weren’t done there as Kavin Keyes and Jake Rodriguez singled off Levi MaVorhis, the latter driving in two runs, to build the early 5-0 lead.
“Obviously the top of the first told the story of the game,” head coach Brad Hill said. “Back-to-back home runs really got the crowd involved, and you could tell the team just fed off of that. Our freshman on the mound just got a little shell-shocked, and we couldn't shut it down, so that was pretty much it.”
Oregon State scored two runs in the second and third innings and plated single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth frames. The Beavers, who had seven two-out RBI, were led offensively by Keyes Tyler Smith with four hits apiece. Smith and Davis each drove in three runs. The Wildcats allowed 21 hits, the most since giving up 27 to Oklahoma in 2009, while the 12 runs were the second-most given up this season.
Beaver freshman pitcher Andrew Moore (14-1) matched his offense by tossing nine-plus innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and a career-high nine strikeouts. Moore surrendered a second-inning solo homer to Jared King before consecutive sacrifice flies in the fourth, but the right-hander did not allow a run over the next four frames to keep the Wildcats at bay.
Six Wildcats recorded one hit in the game. Austin Fisher and Jon Davis teamed for the sacrifice flies in the fourth, giving K-State a school record 40 on the year. McFadden (6-3) suffered the loss as he could not make it out of the first inning, allowing four runs on four hits.