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CORVALLIS - This simplified some things.
Oregon State avoided a lot of extra work, not to mention extra innings Noun 1. extra innings - overtime play until one team is ahead at the end of an inning; e.g. baseball
extra time, overtime - playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie Friday night, with Shea McFeely's home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Ohio State 4-3 in the NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association regionals.
The capacity crowd of 2,612 in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field Goss Stadium at Coleman Field is a college baseball stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. It is the home venue of the Oregon State University baseball team, the Oregon State Beavers. that had been so raucous only an inning earlier when the Beavers knotted the game with a two-out hit was momentarily in stunned silence when the home team's No. 7 hitter swung at the first pitch from Buckeyes reliever Rory Meister and launched a high drive over the 365-foot sign in left center.
By the time McFeely reached first base, the Beavers were out of their dugout and celebrating on their way to greet him at home plate and their joyous crowd was on its feet roaring as the Buckeyes trudged off as the beaten team.
`I saw in (Meister's) warmups that he was throwing a lot of fastballs,' McFeely said of his fifth home run of the season. `I was thinking that (was coming), the scouting report was that he throws a lot of fastballs.'
There it was, and there it went.
`I thought I hit it pretty good,' McFeely said.
Though it didn't work out, the Buckeyes figured the pitching change Noun 1. pitching change - replacing a pitcher in baseball
replacement, replacing - the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another; "replacing the star will not be easy" to start the ninth made sense. Meister was 8-1 with four saves and a 1.91 earned-run average. Opposing hitters had a pitiful .176 average against him, and Ohio State starter Mike Madsen had thrown 115 pitches through eight innings.
`I was physically exhausted,' Madsen said.
The victory puts the Beavers (42-9) up against St. John's tonight at 6:05. In the first game Friday, the Red Storm (40-16) defeated Virginia, 5-3. The Cavaliers (41-19) and Buckeyes play at 1 p.m. today, with the loser headed home in the double-elimination format.
That's a situation the Beavers definitely wanted to avoid so early in the weekend.
They did so by scoring on two home runs, a two-run shot by catcher Mitch Canham in the second inning and McFeely's blast in the ninth, with Cole Gillespie's RBI RBI
runs batted in
Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in single in the eighth plating the run that knotted the game at 3-3 after Jacoby Ellsbury Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury (born September 11, 1983, in Madras, Oregon) is a Major League Baseball player who is currently the top rated prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization and rated as the # 33 prospect for 2007 by Baseball America. had opened that inning with a double off the the fence in Verb 1. fence in - enclose with a fence; "we fenced in our yard"
inclose, shut in, close in, enclose - surround completely; "Darkness enclosed him"; "They closed in the porch with a fence"
`I was hoping it would have been about two feet higher,' Beavers' coach Pat Casey Pat Casey (b. 1959 in McMinnville, Oregon) is the head coach for the Oregon State Beavers baseball team. He is best known for winning the 2006 College World Series for the Beavers' first-ever baseball National Championship. joked later.
After Ellsbury was sacrificed to third, a strikeout, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases for Gillespie, who crossed up the Buckeyes by swinging at a 2-0 pitch for a single to right that scored Ellsbury, though Andy Jenkins Andy Jenkins (born 11 March 1971 in Portsmouth, Hampshire) is an English darts player for the Professional Darts Corporation. He is nicknamed Rocky.
Jenkins began his career playing in British Darts Organisation competitions and had some success in the Open events. was thrown out at the plate trying to tally from second.
Never mind. The game was even at 3-3, and after a hit batter and a walk preceded him to the plate, who expected Gillespie to be swinging at that 2-0 pitch, fat as it might have been from the tiring Madsen?
`We've taken some pitches in that situation this year,' Casey acknowledged. `We flipped it there; I said go for it.'
As important as any of that was, it might not have mattered had OSU (Open Source UNIX) Refers to the Unix variants that are maintained as open source, which were primarily BSD Unix and Linux until Sun made its Solaris operating system open source in 2005. reliever Kevin Gunderson Kevin Gunderson (Born September 16, 1984 in Portland, Oregon) is a Minor League Baseball pitcher who played for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University before being drafted by the Atlanta Braves. not pitched the Beavers out of a jam in the top of the eighth. He entered with runners at second and third and one out, and used a strikeout and a bouncer back to the mound - with an intentional walk in between - to keep the Buckeyes at bay and leading only 3-2.
`They've been putting me in tough situations all year,' Gunderson (6-2) said. `That's my job.'
The Buckeyes saw it as the last of their missed opportunities. They left two runners on in the fourth inning, had a runner tagged out by Canham between third and home when a suicide squeeze Noun 1. suicide squeeze - the runner on third base starts home as the pitcher delivers the ball
suicide squeeze play
squeeze play - a baseball play in which a runner on third base tries to score as the batter bunts the pitch failed with one out in the sixth, and had two other runners trying to steal second thrown out by Canham to end innings.
`The bottom line is we needed to execute better offensively,' Ohio State outfielder Steve Caravati said. `When we had the opportunity (in the eighth) to put the game out of reach, we didn't and it came back to bite us.
`That was definitely the turning event of the game.'
Gunderson faced six batters in his 1 2/3 innings and didn't give up a hit with a strikeout, the intentional walk and four infield grounders, one of them fumbled by Beavers shortstop Darwin Barney Darwin Barney (born November 8, 1985 in Portland, Oregon) is a baseball shortstop who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball with the 127th overall pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. for an error. The next batter hit another one to the freshman, who snapped it up, stepped on second and threw to first for his team's third double play - this one definitely offsetting the second error by the Beavers, who sometimes looked like a team that hadn't played a game in 12 days.
`I think we'll play better (today),' Casey said. `Kicking the rust off was good for us.'
It was either that lack of action last weekend, or a tight strike zone, that seemed to also bother Dallas Buck Dallas Buck (Born November 11, 1984, in Newberg, Oregon) is a Minor League Baseball player and former All-American baseball pitcher who played for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University in college. , the ace of the Beavers' staff. He gave up only four hits in his 7 1/3 innings but walked five batters and hit three other Buckeyes.
Four of Buck's walks were to hitters leading off an inning, and two of those turned into runs. Another ended up stranded at third, courtesy of Gunderson's relief work.
`They frustrated Dallas. They didn't swing at a lot of bad pitches,' Casey said. `He kind of fought himself a little bit; he's a perfectionist per·fec·tion·ism
1. A propensity for being displeased with anything that is not perfect or does not meet extremely high standards.
`If we'd done a better job at the plate, we would have taken a little pressure off Dallas.'
Buck was hearing it all, and accepting none of it. Asked his evaluation of his performance, he said, `it wasn't too bad. It wasn't what I was capable of doing.'
True for the Beavers, too. But all's well that ends that well.
St. John's 5, Virginia 3
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Hansen, a closer out of St. John's University, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2005 draft. , starting for the first time in two years, allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings as the Red Storm defeated the Cavaliers.
The junior right-hander, considered one of the top draft prospects, had a school- and conference-record 14 saves in the regular season.
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Anthony Sullivan played for St Helens in the Rugby League Premiership and the Super League. He had previously played for Hull KR. , who was 7-3 this season as a starter, got his second save.
P.J. Antoniato's two-run single in the sixth inning off Sean Doolittle broke a 3-3 tie for St. John's.
St. John's 5, Virginia 3
Oregon State 4, Ohio State 3
Game 3 - Ohio State (39-19) vs. Virginia (41-19), 1 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 4 - Oregon State (42-9) vs. St. John's (40-16), 6:05 p.m.
Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 6 - Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 2 p.m., if necessary
OREGON STATE VS. ST. JOHN'S
6:05 p.m. today in Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.
Kevin Gunderson kept Ohio State at bay with a near-perfect 1 2/3 innings of relief in Oregon State's victory Friday night. Greg Wahl-Stephens / The Associated Press Oregon State's Shea McFeely (29) is mobbed at the plate after his game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Beavers a 4-3 NCAA Regional victory over Ohio State on Friday night.