Beavers to host regional a fifth time
CORVALLIS — The Oregon State baseball team got a loss, then a win, Sunday.
Hours after the Beavers lost their regular-season finale to Southern Cal, 3-1, they were named a host team when the 16 regional sites for the first round of the NCAA tournament were announced.
OSU is hosting a regional for the fifth time in school history, and the Beavers have gone a combined 12-0 in 2005, '06, '11 and '13. Oregon State advanced to the 2014 postseason by winning the Pac-12 Conference with a 23-7 record.
Oregon State will find out at 9 a.m. today on ESPNU if it has been deemed a national seed. The selection show will also release the entire field of 64.
Other host schools are Mississippi, Cal Poly, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Rice, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas Christian and Florida.
The loss to USC left OSU with an overall record of 42-12. USC is 29-24 and 16-14 record against league foes.
The teams traded unearned runs early on. USC scored in the first on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jake Hernandez. The Beavers evened the score in the third when Michael Howard doubled and Jeff Hendrix managed to score from first after an errant throw by USC right fielder Omar Cotto Lozada.
The Trojans went up 2-1 in the fifth. Garrett Stubbs singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Reggie Southall singled up the middle.
USC and added to its lead with a two-out double off the bat of Jake Hernandez. Kevin Swick managed to come in from first, narrowly beating the throw from left.
Andrew Moore started for Oregon State and took the loss, dropping to 5-5. He allowed four hits and two runs — one earned — in 4 2/3 innings.
The win went to USC starter Kyle Davis, who scattered five hits and an unearned run in a complete game. He struck out 14.
At Hutchinson, Kan., Oregon finished the second round with a 17-over 297 and was 25th heading into the third and final round of stroke play at the NCAA championships.
Brandon McIver had the best score for UO, firing in a 2-over 72. The sophomore had a solid day, hitting par for 15 straight holes before he bogeyed the last hole on the par-4 ninth hole.
The third round began later Sunday because of weather issues, and play was suspended midway through with the Ducks in 23rd. They were 4 under through nine.
Play resumes this morning.