CORVALLIS, Ore. – Catcher Adley Rutschman and first baseman Zak Taylor drove in three runs apiece Saturday night to lead Oregon State to a 14-1 win over LSU in the NCAA Corvallis Regional at Goss Stadium.
Oregon State improved to 46-10-1 this season, and the Beavers advanced to the championship round of the regional.
LSU, which dropped to 38-26 on the year, will play at 2 p.m. CDT Sunday against Northwestern State in an elimination game. The LSU-Northwestern State game may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network, and the game may be viewed at WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app.
Oregon State starting pitcher Luke Heimlich (15-1) earned the win, limiting LSU to one run on six hits in seven innings with four walks and three strikeouts.
LSU starter Zack Hess (7-6) was charged with the loss, as he allowed nine runs – eight earned – on eight hits in 3.1 innings with four walks and six strikeouts.
“That was an extremely rough game for us,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “I think Oregon State had a lot to do with that as they played very well tonight. We had some opportunities to score early in the game but we couldn’t capitalize on them, and then the game just got away from us. It was a tough one for us to endure, but Oregon State deserved to win.”
Oregon State struck for two runs in the top of the first inning against Hess when Rutschman smacked a two-run double, scoring second baseman Nick Madrigal and rightfielder Trevor Larnach.
The Beavers increased their lead to 5-0 in the third inning when third baseman Michael Gretler produced a run-scoring single, and Hess issued bases-loaded walks to Taylor and leftfielder Kyle Nobach.
Oregon State scored five more runs in the fourth inning as Rutschman lined an RBI double and Taylor delivered a two-run single to highlight the uprising.
The Tigers scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning when third baseman Jake Slaughter launched a solo homer, his eighth dinger of the season.
— Bill Franques, LSU Communcations Sr. Associate