Make it back-to-back trips for Oregon State baseball to the College World Series.
The Beavers erased a late one-run deficit to take Game Two of the Super Regional against Minnesota 6-3, punching their second straight ticket to Omaha, and seventh in program history.
“We don’t care how we win,” coach Pat Casey said following the victory. “We just want to win.”
Sophomore catcher Adley Rutschman put the Beavs in front in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run single up the middle, making it a 5-3 lead. The Sherwood native continues to have a breakout second season in college ball, making him a top prospect in next year’s MLB Draft. This past week the Beavs placed three players in the Draft’s first round, as INF Nick Madrigal (No.4 – White Sox), OF Trevor Larnach (No.20 – Twins) and INF Cadyn Grenier (No.37 – Orioles) were each taken early. Senior left-hander Luke Heimlich, arguably the best pitcher in the sport, was not selected.
Oregon State is the 3-seed in the tournament and will meet a familiar foe in their opening game at the College World Series in six-seed North Carolina. The Beavs defeated Carolina in the final series in both 2006 and 2007, claiming back-to-back national championships. UNC advanced past Stetson in their Super Regional to reach Omaha for the seventh time in the past thirteen years.