CORVALLIS, Ore. – Senior Ben Wetzler pitched a complete-game four-hitter and Oregon State eliminated UNLV 6-1 on Sunday to remain in contention for the Corvallis Regional title.
Wetzler struck out 10 and raised his record to 12-1 with his school-record 36th career victory. He is 8-0 with a 0.66 ERA in eight home starts and has not allowed more than two runs in any outing.
OSU (44-13) now faces UC Irvine at 8 p.m. today; the game will be televised by ESPNU. If Irvine prevails, it wins the regional and advances to the Super Regionals. If the Beavers win, a championship game will be played at 8 p.m. Monday.
The Beavers scored five times in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Michael Conforto singled with one out and a throwing error on a Dylan Davis grounder left runners at second and third. Gabe Clark singled in Conforto, and Davis scored on Logan Ice’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Caleb Morrison singled and Kavin Keyes drove in Clark and Hamilton with a triple to the gap in right-center. Trever Morrison’s RBI single capped the outburst. Jeff Hendrix’s triple to deep center in the eighth knocked in OSU’s other run.
UNLV (36-25) went 1-2 in its first NCAA appearance since 2005.
The crowd of 3,372 raised the season total to 75,264 in 26 openings, an average of 2,875 per date. The Beavers have drawn 2,032 or more fans to every home game.
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