Bryce Fehmel allowed one run in eight innings and Nick Madrigal had three hits and three RBIs as Oregon State defeated LSU 13-1 in a winners’ bracket game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Monday night.
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HOW THEY SCORED
Oregon State first inning – Steven Kwan reached first on a bunt single. Kwan advanced to second base on a hit-and-run ground out to the shortstop by Madrigal. Kwan scored on a single by Trevor Larnach. OREGON STATE 1, LSU 0
Oregon State fifth inning – With one out, Cadyn Grenier reached on an error by shortstop Kramer Robertson. After Kwan flied out to the centerfielder, Grenier moved to third on a single by Madrigal, who went to second on the throw to the infield. Grenier and Madrigal scored on a single by Larnach. OREGON STATE 3, LSU 0
Oregon State sixth inning – Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler walked. Rutschman went to third and Gretler advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Grenier. Kwan walked to load the bases. Rutschman scored on a ground out to the pitcher by Madrigal. Larnach walked to load the bases. KJ Harrison hit a grand slam homer over the leftfield fence. OREGON STATE 8, LSU 0
Oregon State seventh inning – Tyler Malone walked and stole second. After Rutschman struck out, Malone moved to third on a wild pitch by Hunter Newman. Gretler was hit by a pitch. Malone scored on a sacrifice fly to the centerfielder by Grenier. Kwan walked. Gretler and Kwan scored on a double by Madrigal. OREGON STATE 11, LSU 0
LSU seventh inning – With one out, Zach Watson hit a solo home run over the leftfield fence. OREGON STATE 11, LSU 1
Oregon State eighth inning – With one out, Malone walked. After Rutschman struck out, Gretler doubled. Malone and Gretler scored on a single by Grenier. OREGON STATE 13, LSU 1
KEY STRETCH OF GAME
An error by Robertson led to two unearned runs in the fifth inning which put Oregon State ahead 3-0. Caleb Gilbert would have had a three-up, three-down fifth were it not for Robertson’s one-out error. Gilbert then gave up a single to Madrigal, who took second base when Watson overthrew the cutoff man. Larnach followed with a two-run single. The Beavers broke the game open an inning later with five runs, but the outcome was already decided.
KEY TEAM STATISTICS
Oregon State outhit LSU 11-4. The Beavers had four extra-base hits – three doubles and one home run. . .Tigers pitchers walked 12 and hit one batter. Eight of those 13 batters scored runs as did a hitter who reached on an error. . .There were three errors in the game – two committed by LSU. . .Oregon State stranded ten runners – six in scoring position. The Beavers were 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS
Zach Watson: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run scored, 1 home run
Eric Walker: 2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run
Nick Madrigal: 3-for-6, 3 RBIs, 1 run scored, 1 double
Trevor Larnach: 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, 1 run scored
Steven Kwan: 2-for-4, 3 runs scored, 1 double
Cadyn Grenier: 1-for-3, 3 RBIs, 1 run scored
Michael Gretler: 1-for-3, 3 runs scored, 1 double
Tyler Malone: 1-for-3, 2 runs scored
KJ Harrison: 1-for-5, 4 RBIs, 1 run scored, 1 home run
Bryce Fehmel: 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts
LSU’S PLAYER OF THE GAME
Watson was the only Tigers batter who was able to solve Fehmel. He singled in the second and accounted for LSU’s only run with his ninth homer of the year in the seventh. Five of Watson’s nine home runs have come in the NCAA tournament. Watson was 2-for-16 going into Monday’s game.
Watson’s comments: “(Fehmel) wasn’t throwing the same to every batter. It was off-speed, then fast ball and you never knew what was coming to come next. For some batters, he started off with a curve ball. For some batters, he started off with a fast ball. He made his pitches very good. We just struggled to hit him.”
Nick Coomes was in the lineup again at first base. . .Two of LSU’s four hits were pinch-hit singles in the ninth by Chris Reid and Jake Slaughter. Watson hit into a game-ending double play. . .Two Tigers players were thrown out on the bases. Watson was caught stealing at second in the second and Josh Smith was thrown out at third trying to advance on a pitch in the dirt in the fifth. . .There were only two occasions when LSU put a runner past first base. Beau Jordan struck out with runners at first and second in the fifth. Watson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play with runners on first and second in the ninth. . .Walker left the game while facing the leadoff batter in the third inning. After throwing the fourth pitch to Gretler, Walker called out coach Paul Mainieri. After a brief discussion, Walker was replaced by Gilbert. Walker had some forearm tightness after throwing in a simulated game last week. Walker threw this past Saturday and had no discomfort. According to Mainieri, Walker’s forearm tightened up during his warmup pitches prior to the third inning. . .Gilbert was unable to get the third out in the fifth inning as he gave up two hits and walked one before being replaced by Nick Bush. The two runs allowed by Gilbert were unearned due to Robertson’s error. . .The Tigers bullpen was touched for ten runs over the next three innings. Bush was lifted after walking the leadoff batter in the sixth. Todd Peterson walked two of the four batters he faced. . .Newman had his worst outing of the year. He walked a batter and allowed the grand slam by Harrison in the sixth. In the seventh, he walked three and a hit a batter. Newman also yielded a two-run double by Madrigal. Newman gave up five earned runs. He had allowed just three earned runs all year prior to Monday. . .Matthew Beck was charged with the two eighth-inning runs. Austin Bain gave up the single which brought in those two runs. . .Russell Reynolds threw a scoreless ninth thanks to an inning-ending double play. . .The margin of defeat was the largest for LSU in six years. The Tigers lost to Ole Miss 16-3 in 2011. . .The 12-run loss was the largest for LSU in a College World Series game in 23 years. The Tigers were beaten 20-6 by Fullerton State in 1994. . .The defeat ended LSU’s 17-game winning streak. The Tigers are 49-18. . .Oregon State, which won its 22nd game in a row, is 56-4. The Beavers will not play again until Friday afternoon. . .The paid attendance was 24,874. . .Jared Poche will be the starting pitcher against Florida State on Wednesday.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
Coach Paul Mainieri’s comments: “It was a difficult night for the Tigers. Every time we made a mistake, they took advantage of it. Nick Bush was having a difficult time throwing strikes, so I brought in Hunter Newman trying to keep the game close. Hunter gives up the grand slam to KJ (Harrison). All we can do now is take it one game at a time and hope we can get back to play Oregon State again. We still have breath. We can bounce back. We just have to get the job done Wednesday and live to play another day on Friday.”
LSU will play Florida State in an elimination game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central. The Seminoles (46-22) stayed alive with a 6-4 victory against Fullerton State on Monday afternoon. The LSU-Florida State game will be available on ESPN.