RALEIGH, N.C. – Missed opportunities were the difference on Sunday as No. 23 Ole Miss (38-24) fell to William & Mary (39-23) by a score of 4-1 in an elimination game at the NCAA Regional hosted by N.C. State University.
With the loss, the Rebels end the 2013 season at the NCAA Regional after advancing to the post season for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons and 18th time in program history.
Sam Smith (3-1) took his first loss of the season, allowing four runs on seven hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Brett Koehler (7-5) picked up the win, working a complete-game and allowing the one unearned run on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
“Those were two good teams out there today, and William & Mary played better,” said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco. “They got all of the big hits today – especially the middle of their lineup. We didn’t get enough opportunities and when we did, we didn’t get the big hit. They did more with their few opportunities.
“It’s disappointing when it ends,” Bianco said. “We had four great seniors this year, including the one sitting next to me (Tanner Mathis). He got off to a tough start to the season, but really played well down the stretch. Andrew Mistone did the same for us. Brett Huber finished the season as the all-time saves leader at Ole Miss, while Tanner Bailey pitched well for us all year, including yesterday’s game here at the Regonal.”
William & Mary struck first on Sunday, using a pair of two-out doubles from Michael Katz and Ryan Lindemuth to push a run home and take the early lead on the Rebels. Ole Miss got out of the inning with a fly out in the next at bat, but the Tribe held the one-run lead after the first.
Ole Miss tied things up in the fourth, loading the bases with a single, a walk and a throwing error on a sac bunt before Austin Anderson would score on a double play ball to short from Preston Overbey. The Rebels got nothing else in the inning, as Will Jamison hit a fly ball to right that dropped in at the warning track to end the inning a batter later.
The Tribe answered immediately in the bottom half of the inning, using a hit batter and a single to right to put two men on. A sac bunt moved both runners into scoring position for Jackson Shaver, who singled up the middle to drive in both runners for the 3-1 lead.
A leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth sent the Rebels to the bullpen for left-hander Jeremy Massie.
The next batter singled through the left side, bringing the runner home and William & Mary took the 4-1 lead on the Rebels. Massie then got a strikeout and a double play ball to limit the inning and send things to the seventh.
Neither team would score down the stretch as the Tribe held on for the 4-1 win, keeping the Rebels off the board in the final three frames.
Troy Rallies to End Alabama's Season
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 2013 Alabama baseball season came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to the 26th-ranked and third seeded Troy Trojans in an elimination game of the Tallahassee Regional from Mike Martin Field. Despite outhitting Troy 15-8 on the day, the Tide was unable to close out the game as the Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with the win.
“It was a tough one and a tough way to lose. I thought our guys competed really hard,” head coach Mitch Gaspard said. “This has been a season that we’ve been on the edge like that late in games, but we’ve been able to finish most of them off and today we weren’t. We allowed Troy too many opportunities and they did a good job to get some big hits there in the ninth inning. It doesn’t take away that our guys competed extremely hard and I think our young guys learned a lot from the tournament. We’ve just got to regroup and get better for next year.”
With the Tide leading 8-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Alabama (35-28) turned the ball over to closer Ray Castillo. Castillo (2-3) blew his third save of the season, allowing four runs on three walks, two hit batters and two hits in a third of an inning. The game-winning run came when Castillo walked Brandon Brown with bases loaded to push across Josh McDorman to end the game.
With the win, Troy will take on Florida State tonight at 5 p.m. ET. Jeremy McGowan threw the final 1.1 innings for the Trojans (42-19) to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Alabama collected 15 hits as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit in the game. Chance Vincent had a career-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Hitting leadoff for the first time in his career, Mikey White was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Seven seniors played their final games for the Tide, as Brett Booth and Andrew Miller finished their career with two hits in the game. Booth was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Miller was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Kyle Overstreet was 2-for-5 and Austen Smith was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Although the Trojans had eight hits in the game, they had 12 more base runners thanks to eight walks, three hits batters and an error by the Tide. McDorman was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI and Logan Pierce was 2-for4 with two runs scored for Troy. Kyle Brown doubled in his only at-bat, as he drove in two in the four-run ninth inning. Matthew Howard and Brandon Brown also had two RBI in the game.
Alabama got on the scoreboard in the third inning when Georgie Salem’s sacrifice fly allowed Vincent to score. Vincent and White singled with one out to put runners on second and third for Salem.
The Trojans answered in the fourth inning, when a McDorman two-out single up the middle allowed Pierce to score from second. Pierce singled to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Danny Collins.
The Tide answered in the next half inning when Miller scored on a groundout by White. White hit a two hopper to first, and after Trae Santos stepped on the bag, Miller beat the throw home to give the Tide a 2-1 lead. Miller singled with one out in the inning and moved up the third when Vincent singled for the second time in the game.
Bama extended its lead to 4-1 in the sixth, getting a pair of RBI singles by Overstreet and Ben Moore. Troy answered in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to tie the game at 4-4.Taylor Vaughn reached on an error and Pierce singled to start the inning. After Collins struck out, Santos walked to load the bases for McDorman, who doubled to deep center field to drive in two. Santos scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Howard to tie the game at four.
UA answered in the top of the seventh with three runs, getting two on a double by Booth and another on a double by Smith. White started the inning with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Salem. After Kenny Roberts was intentionally walked, Booth ripped a double to the left field corner. Smith then traded places with Booth when he doubled to the wall in left center, giving the Tide a 7-4 lead.
After the Smith double, Troy went to the bullpen again, bringing in Nate Hill to face Overstreet. Overstreet singled to left field and Smith was cut down at the plate trying to score from second.
Troy loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Jay Shaw struck out Jakob Nixon for the second out, but Brown singled through the left side to drive in pinch runner Cass Abercrombie to make the score 8-5. Shaw then struck out Justin Hancock to end the inning.
Alabama went down in order in the top of the ninth inning, before the Trojans scored four times in the ninth inning to end the Bama season.
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Arkansas Reaches Regional Final with Win Over Bryant
\MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jacob Mahan and Brett McAfee each had three RBI and two hits to lead No. 15 Arkansas to a 12-3 victory over Bryant on Sunday afternoon in the Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Razorbacks improve to 39-21 on the season, while Bryant ends its season with a 45-18-1 record. Arkansas advances to the Manhattan Regional final and will face No. 17 Kansas State tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Razorbacks will have to beat the Wildcats tonight and again tomorrow to win the regional.
Arkansas finished the game with 13 hits, marking its second-straight double-digit hit performance. Joe Serrano reached base all five times he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and also drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch. Mahan and McAfee each had two hits and drove in three runs, while Tyler Spoon was 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. Eric Fisher also contributed two hits with a RBI and a run scored.
Bryant’s Carl Anderson and Jordan Mountford each had two hits to lead the Bulldogs at the plate. Anderson also added a RBI in the loss. Kevin Brown also added his seventh home run in the game, a solo shot in the second.
Arkansas starter Randall Fant (6-1) earned the victory after allowing two runs on six hits and striking out three in 5.2 innings.
Brandon Moore and Landon Simpson finished the game out of the bullpen. Moore worked 1.1 scoreless innings, while Simpson gave up an unearned run in two innings.
Bryant starter Kevin McAvoy (7-3) took the loss after allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits in three innings.
For the second straight game, Arkansas produced offense early courtesy of three runs in the first inning. Serrano led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a Bryant error that allowed Brian Anderson to reach first. Spoon came through with a one-out single that scored Serrano and after an Fisher walk, Michael Gunn had an RBI groundout to shortstop before Mahan singled through the left side of the infield to score Spoon and staked the Razorbacks to a 3-0 lead before taking the field on defense.
Bryant pulled within two runs, which would be the closest the Bulldogs closed the gap in the game, with a two-out solo home run by Brown in the bottom of the first.
The Razorbacks put the game away in the top of the third with four more runs to push the lead to 7-1. After consecutive one-out singles by Fisher and Gunn, Mahan was hit by a pitch to load the bases for McAfee, who doubled down the leftfield line to score Fisher and Gunn. Serrano worked a two-out walk to load the bases again and Dominic Ficociello earned a walk to force in Mahan from third. The next batter was Anderson, and he was hit with an 0-2 pitch to score Jean Ramirez, who had reached earlier on a fielder’s choice.
Arkansas added five runs in the seventh on a RBI single from Spoon, a RBI sacrifice fly from Fisher, a two-RBI single from Mahan and a RBI double from McAfee.
Bryant closed the scoring with a run in the bottom of the eighth, but could get no closer as Arkansas picked up a 12-3 win.
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Texas A&M Survives, Advances to Regional Final
CORVALLIS, Oregon – The Texas A&M Aggies staved off elimination with a 5-4 win over the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in Corvallis Regional action of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championships on Sunday afternoon at Goss Stadium.
Rafael Pineda (6-5) earned the win, yielding four runs, three earned, on seven hits and one walk while striking out four over 6.2 innings. Jason Jester pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, to pick up his single-season school record 14th save of the year.
Mikey Reynolds accounted for three of the Aggies 10 hits, going 3-for-5 with one double and one stolen base. Seven other players each logged one hit for Texas A&M (34-28).
Reynolds sparked the Maroon and White offense from the get-go. For the second straight game he hit a leadoff single. After moving to third on an infield single by Blake Allemand, Reynolds scored on single back to the mound by Hunter Melton for the 1-0 lead.
The A&M lead ballooned to 4-0 in the third. Cole Lankford stroked a two-run double to the gap in right centerfield and Troy Stein plated a run with a single to rightfield.
UCSB (35-25) took advantage of an Aggie error to score a run in the sixth. Marc Venning hit a leadoff double and scored when Pineda’s throw to first on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Jackson Morrow bounced past Lankford at first base. With A&M up 4-1, Pineda sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around Morrow being caught trying to steal third to prevent further damage.
The Aggies manufactured a run in the top of the seventh to push the lead back to four runs. Krey Bratsen got a hustle double on a ball to left centerfield and stole third base. Jace Statum knocked him home with a sacrifice fly to give A&M a 5-1 cushion.
The Gauchos threatened to take their first lead of the game in the home half of the seventh. Woody Woodward doubled down the leftfield line and scored when Tyler Kuresa laced a single through the right side of the infield. The bases were cleared when Cameron Newell bounced a ball to Melton at third and Kuresa was deemed to have slid too far left of second base in an attempt to break up the double play. With the bases cleared and two outs, Robby Nesovic was hit by a pitch to breathe new life into the inning and Luke Swenson drew a six-pitch walk.
With two on and two out, Kyle Martin came in to relieve Pineda on the mound for A&M. He got a ground ball from Venning, but Reynolds didn’t have a play at any bag and the bases were loaded on the infield single. The Gauchos trimmed the lead to 5-4 when pinch-hitter Joe Winterburn drove a single up the middle to score two runs.
Jester came in and retired Joey Epperson on one pitch, a pop up to Allemand at second base, to end the inning.
Robby Nesovic (4-4) was saddled with the loss for the Gauchos. He allowed five runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five over 6.1 innings.
Texas A&M returns to action at 7:05 pm Central on Sunday night when they play the host Oregon State Beavers. The Aggies need to win Sunday night and Monday afternoon to advance to the Super Regional. Oregon State needs to win just one of the two games.
South Carolina and Liberty Suspended Until Monday Due to Weather
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The NCAA Columbia Regional game between South Carolina and Liberty has been suspended until Monday due to severe weather in the Columbia area. The game will resume at 1:05 p.m. at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks were leading 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning on Sunday before inclement weather arrived in the area. All tickets from Sunday’s game will be honored for the conclusion of the game on Monday.
The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN3. Live stats will be available at Gamecocksonline.com.
Georgia Tech Forces Second Regional Final with Win Over Vandy
Nashville, Tenn. – Josh Heddinger tossed a complete-game two-hitter and Mitch Earnest belted a two-run homer, as Georgia Tech stayed alive and forced another game with a 5-0 victory over Vanderbilt Sunday night at Hawkins Field.
The two teams play again Monday at 6:05 p.m. CT in game seven, with the winner advancing to play Louisville in a Super Regional.
The Yellow Jackets (37-26) won a pair of games on Sunday, scoring four times in the ninth inning to defeat Illinois, 6-3. Tech kept that momentum in the nightcap, scoring a run in the first and breaking the game open with a three-run sixth inning, capped by Earnest’s two-run shot over the wall in left.
But the story of the night was Heddinger (3-0), who worked a career-best nine innings and gave up a leadoff single to Tony Kemp in the first and a one-out single in the third to Quentin Turner. The right-hander walked six and struck out three, stranding runners in four of the first innings before retiring 13 of the last 14 batters of the contest.
“Their kid (Josh Heddinger) pitched a very good game,” Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin said. “There isn’t much you can say about that. He pitched well, he pitched through the game and we weren’t able to really mount any attack. We just had nothing going in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth.”
Mott Hyde collected three hits and Kyle Wren added two, with both players scoring a run for the Yellow Jackets in the victory.
Walker Buehler (4-3) took the loss for Vanderbilt, allowing five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The freshman walked one and struck out six and did not pitch badly until his one big mistake that Earnest tattooed over the wall in left.
Georgia Tech took an early lead in the contest with a run in the first after the Commodores stranded Kemp at third with one out in the top of the frame.
Wren singled to center and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Thomas Smith. Zane Evans singled off the glove of Kemp into centerfield, plating Wren for a 1-0 edge.
In the fourth Brandon Thomas reached on an infield single that bounced on top of the plate and went straight into the air, giving catcher Spencer Navin no chance to make the play. With one out Hyde doubled to the wall in rightfield and Daniel Spingola’s groundout to second scored Thomas for a 2-0 Tech lead.
The Yellow Jackets added to the advantage in the sixth, starting with a leadoff single to center from A.J. Murray. Hyde failed to get the bunt attempt down, but redeemed himself with a double just inside the leftfield line.
Murray was stopping at third until Jack Lupo bobbled the ball near the wall, prompting head coach Danny Hall to send the runner to the plate. A good relay throw from Vince Conde nailed Murray, but a two-out single off the end of the bat into left-center from Matt Gonzalez plated Hyde. Earnest followed with a two-run blast over the wall in left, his third homer of the season, giving Tech a 5-0 lead.
Vanderbilt stranded eight runners in the loss, including two each in the first, fourth and fifth innings. A pair of two-out walks in both the fourth and fifth set up threats for VU, but Navin and Connor Harrell both grounded out to third to end the innings.
Navin thinks the Commodores will be up to the task tomorrow.
“Loser goes home now, but we have to treat it like any other game,” he said. “We’re going to come out ready to go just like they are. It’s going to be a battle.”
His head coach agreed.
“We’ll sleep it off and take a good shower and make sure we wash everything off,” Corbin concluded.
Mississippi State Falls, Will Go For Regional Title on Monday
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s struggles continued on defense Sunday night.
Attempting to win the Starkville Regional, the ninth-ranked Bulldogs will have to play again and win Monday night to take the championship. After making four errors for the second time in the tournament, MSU dropped a 5-2 decision to Central Arkansas.
A crowd of 10,226 saw the Bulldogs drop their first game in this tournament. Central Arkansas actually got back-to-back complete game pitching performances Sunday. The Bears stayed alive with a 3-0 win over South Alabama and then knocked off MSU, giving both MSU and UCA a loss apiece in the double-elimination event.
Monday night’s winner-take-all championship is set for 7 p.m. at Dudy Noble Field. The winner of the Starkville Regional will face No. 6 national seed Virginia in a Super Regional this weekend in Charlottesville, Va.
“We’re disappointed but all you can do now is put this one in the rear-view mirror,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “Obviously, you can’t make the mistakes we made tonight and expect to win. We were fortunate that we got away with it Friday night.”
MSU (45-18) has committed four errors in each regional tournament game against Central Arkansas. The Bulldogs actually won for a third time this season with four errors when they still got Friday night’s contest into the win column with a 5-3 decision. No such encore took place Sunday night as UCA broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the sixth inning.
“We will be fine,” MSU junior second baseman Brett Pirtle said. “The fortunate thing is that we have another chance to come out and play the game and get a win.”
The Bulldogs built an early 1-0 lead Sam Frost started things with a two-out single. Frost stole second and took third on a wild pitch. An RBI-single by Demarcus Henderson plated the Bulldog third baseman.
UCA (42-21) chased MSU starter Trevor Fitts during a difficult third inning. The Bulldogs made two errors on the infield and the Bears scored a pair of unearned runs.
Fitts worked 2.2 innings, allowing one hit and those runs, with one strikeout and two walks. Myles Gentry (4-1) threw 3.1 innings in relief and took the loss. Will Cox completed the contest with two innings of shutout relief.
The Bulldogs tied the contest in the sixth inning. Pirtle started things with a walk. After a groundout and lineout, Frost’s second hit of the contest scored Pirtle.
That would be the lone extent of the damage for the Maroon and White.
Ethan McKenzie (4-2) finished the complete game, by allowing one hit over the last three innings. McKenzie allowed four total hits and two runs (both earned), while facing 36 batters and throwing 128 pitches.
UCA took the lead for good with three scores in the sixth inning. In this frame, the Bears had four hits. Scott Zimmerle laced the go-ahead hit. Justin Treece capped the scoring with a two-run double.
Zimmerle was the lone multiple hitter for UCA, while Frost was the same for MSU.
Sunday’s night regional crowd pushed the total Starkville Regional attendance figure to 52,771. The Bulldogs topped 10,000 Sunday night for a third straight home game for the first time in school history.
LSU Wins 20th NCAA Regional
BATON ROUGE - NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the LSU baseball team past Louisiana-Lafayette, 5-1, on Sunday night at Alex Box Stadium.
LSU (55-9), which won its 20th regional title, will play host to Oklahoma (43-19), the No. 2 seed in the Blacksburg, Va., Region who knocked off top-seeded Virginia Tech to advance to the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional.
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LSU starter Brent Bonvillain (3-0) tossed a career-high 5 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Nick Rumbelow and Chris Cotton finished the game with 3 2/3 innings of no-hit relief.
With two outs in the fifth inning, first baseman Mason Katz drew a base on balls. Outfielder Raph Rhymes then followed up with a single, while third baseman Christian Ibarra reached first on a walk of his own. Catcher Ty Ross then drew a bases-loaded walk, pulling LSU in front 1-0.
In the sixth, right fielder Mark Laird and second baseman JaCoby Jones connected for back-to-back singles. A third straight single came off the bat of Bregman, scoring Laird and doubling the Tigers lead to 2-0.
Later in the inning, Rhymes (3-for-5) scored Jones and Bregman with a looping two-RBI single to right field.
With one out in the sixth inning, Rumbelow replaced Bonvillain. With a runner on third, Rumbelow recorded two pivotal strikeouts to silence the Cajuns in the sixth. Rumbelow remained on the hill throughout the seventh and eighth, striking out four while retiring all eight Cajun hitters faced.
Bregman, who finished 3-for-4 on the night, provided LSU an insurance run in the eighth on a solo blast into the bleachers in left, extending the Tigers lead to 5-1.
Centerfielder Andrew Stevenson continued his exceptional play on defense throughout the night, including a run-saving, diving snag in the sixth.
Arkansas Falls in Manhattan
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The No. 15 Arkansas baseball team saw its season come to an end on Sunday night as the Razorbacks dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 17 Kansas State in the regional final of the Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.
Arkansas finishes the season with a 39-22 record, while Kansas State improves to 44-17. The Wildcats advance to face Oregon State in the Corvallis Super Regional next weekend.
The Razorbacks ended their season in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th straight year, one of only seven teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament the last 12 years, and won at least two games in the postseason for the fifth straight season and sixth time in the last seven years.
Joe Serrano had two hits and scored a run to lead Arkansas at the plate. Brian Anderson went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, while Matt Vinson had a hit and a RBI.
Shane Conlon had two hits to lead Kansas State offensively. Blair DeBord had a hit and a RBI for the Wildcats.
Kansas State reliever Gerardo Esquivel (2-2) picked up the win, striking out one and giving up one hit in 4.1 shutout innings. Jake Matthys picked up his ninth save of the season with two scoreless innings.
Arkansas reliever Michael Gunn (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Arkansas starter Tyler Wright worked two scoreless innings with a strikeout. Kansas State starter Blake McFadden gave up three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings.
Arkansas was the designated home team and began its half of the first with three straight hits. Serrano led off the bottom of the first with a single and after Dominic Ficociello doubled, Anderson singled to right-center field to score both runs. After two outs, Anderson advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Vinson knocked a single through the right side of the infield to give the Razorbacks a 3-0 advantage after one inning.
Kansas State clawed back in the game with two runs in fourth. Austin Fisher worked a one-out walk and advanced to second on Jon Davis’ single. DeBord then singled down the leftfield line to score Fisher and move Davis to second. With the bases loaded, Mitch Meyer hit a ball deep in the right centerfield gap and Tyler Spoon made a diving, backhand catch near the warning track to save multiple runs that allowed the runner at third to score and leave it a 3-2 Arkansas lead.
The Wildcats scored their other two runs in the top of the seventh inning. After consecutive walks to start the inning, Conlon laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third with one out. Both runners scored on wild pitches, and Kansas State took a 4-3 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.
Arkansas had two players on the all-tournament team as Ryne Stanek and Spoon were named to the team. Stanek worked 7.1 innings on Saturday vs. Wichita State, allowing a run on two hits and striking out three. Spoon finished the regional going 5-for-17 with four RBI and two runs scored.
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Texas A&M Winds Up First SEC Season with 6-1 Loss to Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Oregon – After staving off elimination twice, the Texas A&M Aggies were unable to keep the 2013 campaign alive, losing a 6-1 decision to the host Oregon State Beavers at the Corvallis Regional of the NCAA Division I Championship.
The Aggies season ends with a 34-29 mark. A&M advanced to the NCAA Championship for a school-record seventh consecutive season.
Texas A&M kept the 3,362 in attendance at Goss Stadium quiet early by staking claim to a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first, but the Beavers tied the game with a run in the fifth, tallied two in the seventh to wrestle the lead away and tacked on three in the ninth.
Grayson Long allowed one unearned run on six hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.2 innings. Jason Jester (3-4) was saddled with the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits and two strikeouts over 2.1 innings.
Ben Wetzler (8-1) earned the victory with a complete-game effort. He allowed one run on four hits and four walks while striking out 10.
Jonathan Moroney had two of the Aggies’ four hits on the evening. The freshman was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Ryan Barnes led all players with three hits, going 3-for-5 with one RBI. Danny Hayes, Michael Conforto, Tyler Smith and Jake Rodriguez had two hits apiece. Hayes was 2-for-5 with one double, one run and three RBI. Conforto went 2-for-5 with one double and one run. Smith hit 2-for-5 with two runs. Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two walks.
The Aggies drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. Mikey Reynolds drew an eight-pitch walk to start the inning and stole second base. After Blake Allemand struck out looking, Cole Lankford drove a ball past a falling leftfielder for an RBI triple and the 1-0 lead. Lankford was unable to score from third, getting retired after a rundown on a Hunter Melton grounder.
Long played with fire in the second inning as Oregon State loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, but he induced a fly out to rightfield by Max Gordon to end the frame.
Moroney got his first double in the bottom of the second inning, but Krey Bratsen struck out looking and Jace Statum flied out to centerfield to quell the rally.
The Beavers tied the game in the top of the fifth. Rodriguez laced a single through the left side of the infield to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gordon. Tyler Smith seemed to deliver the equalizer when he singled through the right side of the infield, but Statum gunned Gordon out at the plate for the second out of the inning. Andy Peterson was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. The Aggies appeared to evade danger again when Conforto grounded to Reynolds at short, but an error on his throw allowed Smith to score, knotting the game at 1-1.
Moroney gave A&M an opportunity to deliver an immediate response in the bottom of the sixth, but the Aggies failed to capitalize. Moroney dropped a leadoff double in front of a diving Gordon in centerfield and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, but he was stranded on the hot corner when Statum struck out looking and Gordon redeemed himself by making a diving catch running towards the fence to rob Reynolds of an extra-base hit.
Oregon State (48-10) brewed up trouble in the top of the sixth with a one-out single by Barnes and a two-out walk by Rodriguez, but Matt Kent got Gordon to fly out to end the inning with the game still on an even keel.
After failing to score in the bottom of the sixth despite drawing a pair of walks, the Aggies called on Jester, who earned his school-record 14th save of the season in A&M’s 5-4 win over UC Santa Barbara earlier in the day. Smith greeted him with a single up the middle and a miscommunication on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Peterson resulted in a single to put two runners on. Jester fanned Conforto for the first out and got Davis to line out to short for the second. Hayes provided heroics for Oregon State driving a full-count offering past a diving Lankford and down the rightfield line for a two-run double and the 3-1 lead.
Texas A&M got two runners on base in the seventh as Statum singled to short with two outs and Reynolds drew a walk, but Beavers’ catcher Rodriguez was able to keep a full-count offering from hitting the dirt and Allemand was called out on strikes, looking.
Oregon State put the game out of reach with three runs in the ninth. The inning featured consecutive RBI singles by Hayes, Barnes and Kavin Keyes.
Cole Lankford (1B), Hunter Melton (3B) and Mikey Reynolds (SS) were all named to the 2013 NCAA Corvallis Region All-Regional Team.