Monday, June 19, 2017

Top-seeded Oregon State shows its dominance in a 13-1 win over LSU at the CWS

                                                                 Photo Credit: Jon Opiela

OMAHA, NE— A sold-out crowd of 24,874 packed TD Ameritrade Park to see the top-seeded Oregon State Beavers annihilate the LSU Tigers by a score of 13-1 to tie their school record of 23 consecutive victories, which they have done for the second time this season.  

Even with its dominance throughout the season, Oregon State coach Pat Casey sees the bigger picture ahead— a potential national championship.

“And the one thing, they keep saying this, and I know it may sound like it's not true, but we really -- there are times when somebody told me, hey, you broke this record or you did that, and nobody thinks about it.” Casey said.  “And I know the record is really good, but that's not how we approach it. And those guys just -- I don't know, there's something about them. So they make you look good when you win games. And they put in a lot of work, and now they're enjoying what they've done.”

Freshman All-American and LSU starting pitcher Eric Walker came into the game with an 8-1 record on the year and a 3.46 ERA.  Walker exited the game in the third inning with an arm injury.

“He was feeling fine. We had a good week of preparation.  Threw his bullpen session, the first two innings, he was great," Tigers head coach Paul Mainieri said. "His third warmup pitch before the third inning, he just felt his forearm tighten up, which was the problem before. It became unbearable so we had to take him out.  I don’t think there’s anything structurally wrong.  I think he’s just got a fatigued muscle.”

In the sixth inning, Oregon State added five runs, highlighted by a grand slam by K.J. Harrison.  Harrison’s ninth home run of the season is the first grand slam in the College World Series since 2010, and the first College World Series in TD Ameritrade Park. 

“That’s the kind of stuff that you dream growing up as a little kid and for it to come true at such a big stage, it’s an amazing feeling,” Harrison said on the grand slam. “But the main thing for me is what it did to help the team out and put some more momentum on the board.  We attribute that to our success as a team this whole season so far.  We’re out there for each other and we pick each other up.  It’s a lot of fun to be a part of.” 

The Oregon State Beavers tacked on three more runs in the seventh to take an 11-0 lead over Louisiana State.

Trevor Larnach and Nick Madrigal both had huge offensive nights for the Beavers. Larnach picked up the teams first three RBIs and added a stolen base while Madrigal added the same amount as well.

The Tigers got on the board with a solo shot to left field off the bat of Zach Watson, but that was all she wrote.

Louisiana State will face Florida State in a rematch on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT, while Oregon State will move on to play the winner of Louisiana State and Florida State on Friday afternoon.

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