Beavers Drop Nail-Biter to LSU, Face Elimination Game Later Tonight


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Centerfielder Micah McDowell (#12) running to home plate against Gonzaga University on April 11. McDowell hit a home run against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the Baton Rouge Regional on June 4.

Ben Pahl, Sports Contributor

The Oregon State baseball team came up short in a 6-5 loss to Lousiana State University, the hosts of the Baton Rouge Regional, on Sunday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Despite out-hitting the Tigers 13-10, the Beavers could not overcome the long-ball threat from the No. 5 national seed. The Tigers left the yard five times in the game, which included four solo shots.

The Beavers took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the tides started to turn in favor of the Tigers. Tigers center fielder Dylan Crews, projected to be the number one overall pick in this year’s MLB draft, belted a two-run shot off of AJ Hutcheson to cut into the Oregon State lead.

With the ball game tied at five in the bottom of the eighth inning, Tiger right-fielder Brayden Jobert launched a solo shot off Ben Ferrer to give the Tigers a 6-5 lead. The Beavers threatened with a rally in the ninth inning by getting a runner into scoring position, but Gavin Guidry finished the job with a strikeout of Tyce Petersen.

Travis Bazzana, Brady Kasper, and Gavin Turley all homered for the Beavers in the loss. Five different Beavers had a two-hit game, including Micah McDowell and Mikey Kane.

The Beavers will have a rapid turnaround, as they will face Sam Houston State in an elimination game at 7:36 PM PT tonight at Alex Box Stadium. The winner of that game will move on to the regional final tomorrow, where they will have to beat LSU twice.

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