Oregon State eliminates Louisville 11-4; awaits loser of IU-MSU game

Oregon State scored seven runs in an error-plagued fourth inning by Louisville to take an 11-4 victory over the Cardinals, eliminating Louisville from the College World Series. The Beavers (51-12) advance to play the loser of tonight’s 8 p.m. game between Indiana and Mississippi State.

Just four of Oregon State’s runs in the game were earned. The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by shortstop Tyler Smith, but got two more runs in the second on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error later in the inning.

Louisville was almost out of the fourth when Oregon State right fielder hit a slow bouncer to third base with the bases loaded and two out. The first-base umpire ruled that Davis had beaten out the throw from Louisville’s Ty Young however, allowing two runners to score. Replay appeared to show that Davis was out, but the inning continued.

After a walk to first baseman Danny Hayes, Oregon State third baseman Kavin Keyes hit what should’ve been an inning-ending ground-ball to short, but Louisville’s Sutton Whiting overthrew first base by a long shot and allowed two runs to score to make it 7-0. Designated hitter Ryan Barnes was hit by a pitch, then catcher Jake Rodriguez drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 8-0. Center fielder Max Gordon followed with a two-run single and Oregon State left the inning with a 10-0 lead. Louisville got a run on the board in the fifth and the Cardinals scored three in the seventh, but the Beavers added an 11th run in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI double by left fielder Michael Conforto.

Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler struck out six batters in 6 1/3 innings to get the win.