The Oregon St. Beavers cannot lose again at the Baton Rouge regional if they hope to keep their College World Series hopes alive. The club avoided elimination on Sunday afternoon, defeating Louisiana-Monroe by a score of 11-2. They will now rest momentarily before taking on the LSU Tigers on Sunday night.
Oregon State scored four runs in the second inning, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh. The Louisiana-Monoe pitching staff was forced to work in and out of damage all game.
Left fielder Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Beavers. Shortstop Tyler Smith also had a big day with two hits, three RBI and a run scored.
The story of the day for OSU was starting pitcher Ben Wetzler, who worked 8.2 impressive innings. He allowed just two runs to score, neither of which were earned. Wetzler surrendered eight hits and three walks, striking out three in the process. He threw 128 pitches.
The Beavers will now face LSU at 4:30 p.m. PST. They need to win in order to stay alive, and that would force a do-or-die final game on Monday against the Tigers.
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