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  • COLLEGE BASEBALL

    Pac-12 champion Beavers to host regional

    Oregon joins OSU, which downs WSU on walk-off hit, as a host for postseason
  • CORVALLIS — Ryan Barnes' two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Oregon State baseball team a walk-off win in their season finale Sunday at Goss Stadium, defeating Washington State, 7-6.
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  • CORVALLIS — Ryan Barnes' two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Oregon State baseball team a walk-off win in their season finale Sunday at Goss Stadium, defeating Washington State, 7-6.
    The victory earned the No. 4 Beavers the Pac-12 Conference championship by two games over Oregon, which lost its regular-season finale to Utah, 10-3, on Sunday but also was selected as a regional host.
    The Beavers are hosting an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in school history, and have gone a combined 9-0 in 2005, 2006 and 2011.
    Oregon State went 24-6 in the Pac-12. The team's .800 winning percentage in conference is the best since the league unified prior to the 1999 season.
    Oregon State will find out if it has been deemed a national seed today at 9 a.m. on ESPNU. An hour-long selection show will also release the entire field of 64.
    Other host schools are LSU, Virginia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Louisville, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and Florida State.
    OSU all-session tickets will be made available to the public beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday (online only until 9 a.m.).
    Fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS, going online at beavertickets.com.
    Dates and times for each game of the regional will be announced later this week.
    Barnes drove in Dylan Davis, who had reached two batters earlier on a wind-aided double to right-center field that fell right in front of WSU right fielder Yale Rosen. Danny Hayes was walked intentionally, which set the table for Barnes to smack a 1-0 pitch from Cougar reliever JD Leckenby into left field.
    The win gave OSU a season record of 45-10.
    Shortly after the Beavers and 2,988 fans in attendance found out about Oregon's loss, Davis and Hayes combined to pull the Beavers into a tie.
    Down 6-4 entering the bottom half of the eighth, Davis hit the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence to cut WSU's (23-32, 9-21 Pac-12) lead to one.
    Hayes followed that with a solo home run on a 2-1 count to right, tying the score.
    It was the fourth home run of the season for Davis, who finished with two RBIs and nine overall against the Cougars. Hayes' was his fifth of the year.
    Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, highlighted by a three-run second that saw Tyler Smith drive in two on a single. The Cougars, however, chipped away at the lead with a three-run third and two-run fourth. Collin Slaybaugh put Washington State up 6-4 with a sixth-inning single.
    Ben Wetzler started for the Beavers and worked five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs before being replaced by Taylor Starr in the sixth.
    Wetzler did not figure in the decision. Neither did Washington State starter Scott Simon, who scattered seven hits and four runs in three innings of work.
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