Take a seat SEC. Sit down LSU. As good as you think you are, there is a team that is better than you. A statement was made by the Oregon State Beavers on Monday night against the LSU Tigers. Oregon State put everybody on notice by destroying the Tigers by a 13-1 score.
Headed into this game with the number four team in the College World Series, the Beavers needed a win to continue their march towards a third national championship.
LSU is no slouch when it comes to college baseball. The Tigers are always a threat to get to the College World Series and win it. That means little to the Beavers.
Through the fourth inning, it was a 1-0 game. Then the wheels came off for LSU starting in the fifth inning. The Beavers put together two runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.
A three run lead against a talented LSU team is nothing to feel safe about.
However, if you have Bryce Fehmel pitching for you, it does help the anxiety with the Oregon State faithful. Fehmel pitched another gem of a game. He kept the hitters of LSU off balance and wondering what pitch they were going to see next. Fehmel was in control from the beginning and was still in control when he was taken out in the ninth inning.
In the sixth inning was when all the fireworks happened for the Beavers. The pitching for LSU just went off the rails and it helped Oregon State load the bases. With Michael Gretler, Steven Kwan, and Steven Larnach on base, KJ Harrison had the table set for him.
He cleared the table.
Harrison took the pitch from LSU pitcher Hunter Newman and smashed it over the left field fence for the Beavers. With one swing of the bat, the Beavers went up 8-0 and from there, the rout was on.
The air in the LSU balloon was let out and the body language on the Tiger bench was one of a beaten team. The Tigers became aware of what happens when you make mistakes against this 56-4 Oregon State baseball team.
Let that sink in a bit. The Beavers have played 60 games. 60. They have lost four. You don’t see that in college baseball. Ever.
The national media and other baseball fans from different teams need to start recognizing how special this season has been for the Beavers.
Certainly, the ESPN crew were in shock about how Oregon State was dismantling a big SEC school.
One of the announcers asked “How does Coach Casey get kids to come to Corvallis?”
Coach Casey wins. He has over 1,000 wins, he has Pac-12 Championships, he puts his players in the Major Leagues, and he has two College World Series National Championships. That’s how he gets kids to come to Corvallis.
If you build it, they will come.
Pat Casey has built it and the players have been showing up in Corvallis ever since.
Once the final out happened, the Beavers jumped the dugout fence and celebrated the big win. However, the Beavers celebration was controlled. Oregon State is looking for a bigger celebration that includes a dog pile.
The Beavers are off until Friday and will face the winner of the LSU/Florida State on Friday.
If Oregon State wins on Friday, they are in the championship series.