Beaver Baseball falls to LSU in Baton Rouge Regional Final


Lily Middleton

Outfielder Gavin Turley (#1) celebrating hitting a home run with assistant coach Darwin Barney against Western Carolina University on May 19. Turley hit a two-run home run and a two-run inside the park home run against Louisiana State University in the Baton Rouge Regional.

Ryan Harlan , Summer Sports Editor

Beaver Baseball’s 2023 season ended on Monday afternoon as they fell to the Louisiana State University Tigers in a 13-7 loss in the Baton Rouge Regional in Baton Rouge, LA.

The Beavers lost their prior matchup with the regional host team in a 6-5 loss on Sunday before their rematch in the Baton Rouge Regional final. After enduring two weather delays and playing in a Sunday doubleheader to reach the regional final, in the end, the offense for the Tigers was too much to handle for the Beavers in the seventh inning.

Early in the game, it was a pitching duel between both the Tigers and Beavers, but in the top of the fourth inning, the Tigers struck first as the Beavers hit a batter to drive in a run with the bases loaded to make the score 1-0.

The Tigers extended their lead as shortstop Jordan Thompson hit a sacrifice fly ball to drive in a run, and left fielder Josh Pearson hit a two-RBI triple to make the score 4-0 headed into the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Beavers responded to the Tigers scoring with a two-run home run by left fielder Gavin Turley to make the score 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Louisiana State extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning with back-to-back solo home runs from designated hitter Cade Beloso and catcher Hayden Travinski to make the score 6-2.

Oregon State right fielder Brady Kasper hit a two-homerun to keep the game within reach and cut the Louisiana State lead to two runs to make the score 6-4.

Louisiana State centerfielder Dylan Crews extended the Tigers lead, adding another solo home run in the top of the sixth inning to make the score 7-4. Tigers second baseman Gavin Dugas hit a solo home run to extend the lead to 8-4 in the top of the seventh inning.

The Tigers broke open the scoring in the seventh inning as third baseman Tommy White hit a two-RBI single to make the score 10-4. A wild pitch and an RBI single from Travinski extended the Tigers lead to make the score 12-4.

The Tigers added another run extending their lead with an RBI double from first baseman Tre’ Morgan to make the score 13-4. In a late rally, the Beavers added another run on an RBI double from designated hitter Mason Guerra in the bottom of the ninth inning to make the score 13-5.

The Beavers added a pair of runs with a two-run inside-the-park homerun from Turley to make the score 13-7, but the Tigers ended the rally by striking out Kasper to secure the win.

Right-handed pitcher Rhett Larson took the loss for Oregon State and pitched 3.2 innings. Larson gave up four hits and four runs. The Beavers used a combination of eight different pitchers, and combined, they gave up 19 hits and 13 runs in the loss to the Tigers.

For the Tigers, left-handed pitcher Griffin Herring picked up the win and pitched 3.0 innings. Herring gave up three hits and two. The Tigers used four pitchers during the game and only gave up eight hits and seven runs to the Beavers.

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