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Wetzler’s complete game, Hayes’ bat send Oregon State to Corvallis Regional title

OregonStateFistPumpCORVALLIS, Ore. – Ben Wetzler gave up a run in the first inning, then shut Texas A&M out the remainder of the game as Oregon State wore the Aggies out to take a 6-1 victory and the Corvallis Regional title on Sunday night.

A Friday night starter in 2012, Wetzler has been the Beavers’ Sunday starter since returning from a sore back part way through the nonconference season. He delivered an all-Pac-12 worthy season, earning first team accolades along with OSU’s other weekend starters. Against A&M, he might have been better than ever.

“He was pretty good,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said. “He threw 92, 94 in the ninth and I was wondering who he was going to hit first, me or (pitching coach Nate Yeskie) if we pulled him in the ninth.”

Wetzler threw 121 pitches, struck out 10, scattered four hits and walked four. He did hit a batter, but in the end the positives he delivered included the only complete-game effort of the regional. It punctuated the superior nature of OSU’s rotation over the rest of the field. Wetzler and Saturday’s starter, Andrew Moore, were named to the all-regional team.

“It started off pretty rough, but as soon as I got the ball down, things started to change a little bit for me,” Wetzler said. “And then Max (Gordon) goes out there and makes a SportsCenter Top 10 type of catch again, so it is just a team effort. Everybody made plays and I just tried to do my part.”

OSU’s other regional selections were outfielder Dylan Davis, catcher Jake Rodriguez and designated hitter Ryan Barnes. Davis was named the regional’s Most Outstanding Player.

A&M was well represented on the regional team: first baseman Cole Lankford, shortstop Mikey Reynolds and third baseman Hunter Melton represented the Aggies, who finished 2-2 in the tourney.

Lankford gave the Aggies (34-29) a 1-0 lead with an RBI triple in the first inning, scoring Reynolds, who had drawn a walk and stolen second, but that was the best A&M could manage against Wetzler.

As was the case throughout the regional, the Beavers (48-10) started slowly on offense.

They tied the game in the fifth despite having a runner thrown out at the plate for the first out. Jake Rodriguez led off with a single under Melton’s glove, moved to second on a sac bunt and took third on Tyler Smith’s single. Rodriguez was thrown out trying to score on the play. However, with two outs, the Beavers were far from finished. Andy Peterson was hit by a pitch and Michael Conforto reached base on an error that also scored Smith.

“We were playing big there in the fifth inning with two outs and tried to make the flip with the second baseman playing deep, that was first mistake,” A&M coach Rob Childress said. “Then a ball gets down the line, we don’t make a play in the seventh inning and just like that they’ve got the lead and we weren’t able to answer back.”

A&M tried to answer back, getting a leadoff double from Jonathan Moroney, but he wound up stranded on third. Gordon, the only Beaver without a hit in the game, made a highlight reel catch in center field for the final out of the fifth.

“We definitely feed off of each other,” Wetzler said. “When someone does something extraordinary it kind of gives us a little bit of energy and that kind of spring loads us into our offense and that is what we try to do.”

OSU’s seventh began with A&M going to closer Jason Jester, who had pitched 2 1/3 earlier in the day to save A&M’s 5-4 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Smith and Peterson promptly singled, Conforto struck out and Dylan Davis had an RBI hit taken away when Melton snared the line drive in one of his spectacular plays at third. With two out, Danny Hayes took a 3-2 pitch up the right field line for a two-run double.

The Beavers would add three more runs in the ninth and they finished with 14 hits – three by Barnes, two each by Smith, Conforto, Hayes and Rodriguez.

A&M got two doubles from Moroney and the triple from Lankford, while Jace Statum had a single for the fourth hit.

OSU will host its fourth Super Regional in school history. It advanced to the College World Series in 2005, ’06 and ’07 after hosting Super Regionals. The Beavers won the CWS in ’06 and ’07.

Video Interviews

Danny Hayes and Ben Wetzler talk about winning the Corvallis Regional

Oregon State coach Pat Casey discusses the game with Texas A&M and Ben Wetzler’s performance

A&M coach Rob Childress speaks his mind about losing to Oregon State in the Corvallis Regional

Photo Gallery

 

  • Michael Conforto
    Oregon State's Michael Conforto takes a mighty swing in the first inning. This is the view from the "cheap seats" in right field at Goss Stadium. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Enjoying the Sights at Goss Stadium
    A private scaffold affords a group of fans a view of the game beyond the right center fence. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State's Ben Wetzler
    Ben Wetzler went nine innings - the only pitcher in the regional with a complete game - to earn the 6-1 victory and improve to 8-1. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Texas A&M's Mikey Reynolds slides into Second Base
    A&M's Mikey Reynolds slides in ahead of the throw to Andy Peterson at second in the first inning. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Texas A&M's Cole Lankford caught in a rundown
    Texas A&M's Cole Lankford is caught in a run down on an attempted sac bunt in the first inning. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Sell out at Goss
    General admission seating in right field at Goss Stadium was sold out, again. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State's Max Gordon
    OSU outfielder Max Gordon takes off as his sacrifice bunt drops. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State's Michael Conforto
    Michael Conforto had two hits and scored a run - a run scored on an error on another at-bat. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Texas A&M's Grayson Long
    A&M starter Grayson Long made it through 5 2/3 innings. The Aggies would use five pitchers in the game. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Texas A&M's Grayson Long
    Grayson Long tosses a pitch. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Texas A&M talking Strategy
    Troy Stein and third base coach Andy Sawyers talking Strategy. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Andy Peterson visits the mound
    Oregon State's Andy Peterson visits the mound. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • OSU's Andy Peterson hops toward Tyler Smith after both Beavers scored on Danny Hayes' double in the seventh inning
    Andy Peterson excited after scoring a run. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State celebrates
    Oregon State celebrates a 3-1 lead with Tyler Smith and Andy Peterson. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State believes in Casey
    Yes, Oregon State fans really believe in coach Pat Casey. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Rob Childress talking with Perry Costello
    Texas A&M coach Rob Childress converses between innings with plate umpire Perry Costello. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Michael Conforto
    Michael Conforto heads toward a celebration with Ben Wetzler after scoring in the ninth. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Conforto hits hard
    (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Danny Hayes embraces a teammate
    Danny Hayes hugs a teammate. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Texas A&M not enjoying the view
    It's a solemn A&M dugout as the game gets out of hand. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State fans on their feet
    OSU fans were on their feet for the final two outs of the Corvallis Regional. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Ben Wetzler celebrates the Final Out
    A fist pump from Ben Wetzler after recording the final out on his 121st pitch. Wetzler was one of two OSU pitchers named to the regional team. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • OSU picks up the Win
    The final linescore, according to the scoreboard. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Oregon State's Dylan Davis and Max Gordon shake hands
    Dylan Davis and Max Gordon shake hands with the Aggies. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Gordon gives Davis a hug
    Max Gordon gives Dylan Davis a hug as they walk off the field. Davis was announced as the regional's Most Outstanding Player. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Michael Conforto shares an embrace
    Pac-12 player of the year Michael Conforto hugs a volunteer assistant after shaking hands with the Aggies. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
  • Final Team Meeting
    The final team meeting on the field for the Aggies. (Photo by Aaron Yost)
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