CORVALLIS — Danny Hayes hit a two-run home run and Oregon State advanced to the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Kansas State on Monday night in the finale of the best-of-three Corvallis Super Regional.
Ben Wetzler (9-1) struck out five, walked five and allowed three earned runs over 72/3 innings, and opening-game starter Matt Boyd held off the Wildcats to earn his first save of the season and send the Beavers to Omaha, Neb., for the first time since 2007, when Oregon State won its second consecutive national title.
The Beavers are making their fourth trip to the CWS in nine years, all under coach Pat Casey. It'll be their fifth trip overall.
Oregon State opens the tournament against Mississippi State on Saturday at noon PDT.
"I'm very proud of what these men have accomplished," Casey said. "They were down early in the series but battled and now have a chance to play for their goal. We are very ready to head to Omaha and look forward to seeing a great amount of Beaver fans there to cheer us on."
Oregon State (50-11) jumped ahead in the second inning when Hayes followed a leadoff walk by Dylan Davis with a two-run home run to right-center field.
The Beavers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Kavin Kayes knocked an RBI double off the right-center field fence to score Ryan Barnes from first base. That was enough for Kansas State starter Jake Matthys (9-2), who struck out five and allowed three runs on three hits in his first career start.
Oregon State added another run in the fifth when Kansas State shortstop Austin Fisher couldn't handle a slow roller with two outs, allowing Beaver catcher Jake Rodriguez to score from third.
Kansas State (45-19) threatened with back-to-back singles to lead off both the sixth and seventh innings. After Ross Kivett and Tanner Witt led off the sixth with hits and a double play moved Kivett to third, Jared King hit an RBI single to put the Wildcats on the board.
Kansas State pulled within a run in the eighth when Blair DeBord hit a two-run double into the left field corner to score King and Fisher.
The Beavers turned to Boyd, a one-time reliever-turned-starter, who threw 123 pitches on Saturday. With the tying run on second, R.J. Santigate singled to left, but Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto threw out DeBord at home to preserve the lead.