Beavers Walk Off, Win Pac-12 Outright

Oregon State Celebration:

Oregon State head coach Pat Casey:

Oregon State designated hitter Ryan Barnes:

Oregon State outfielder Dylan Davis:

Courtesy: OSU Sports Information

CORVALLIS, Ore.– Ryan Barnes’ two-out single in the ninth inning gave the Oregon State baseball team a walkoff win in their season finale Sunday at Goss Stadium, defeating Washington State, 7-6.

Barnes drove in Dylan Davis, who had reached two batters earlier on a wind-aided double to right center that fell right in front of WSU right fielder Yale Rosen. Danny Hayes was walked intentionally, which set the table for Barnes to smack a 1-0 pitch from Cougar reliever JD Leckenby into left field.

The win sent the Beavers to a 45-10 overall record and 24-6 Pac-12 Conference record, winning the league by two games over Oregon. The Ducks had lost earlier in the day to Utah, 10-3, cementing the Beavers as the league’s outright champion.

That, however, didn’t deter Oregon State in its comeback win on Sunday.

Shortly after the 2,988 in attendance found out about Oregon’s loss, Davis and Hayes combined to pull the Beavers into a tie. Down 6-4 entering the bottom half of the eighth, Davis hit the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to cut WSU’s (23-32, 9-21) lead to one.

Hayes followed that with a 2-1 solo home run to right, tying the score.

It was the fourth home run of the season for Davis, who finished with two RBI Sunday and nine against the Cougars. Hayes’, meanwhile, was his fifth of the year.

Oregon State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, highlighted by a three-run second that saw Tyler Smith drive in two on a single. The Cougars, however, chipped away at the lead with a three-run third and two-run fourth. Collin Slaybaugh put Washington State up 6-4 with a sixth-inning single.

Ben Wetzler started for the Beavers and worked five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs before being replaced by Taylor Starr in the sixth.

Wetzler did not figure in the decision. Neither did Washington State starter Scott Simon, who scattered seven hits and four runs in three innings of work.

The game marked the regular season finale for the Beavers, who will now wait and see if they are a postseason host. The 16 host sites will be announced Sunday night at 6 p.m. PT via NCAA.com and the ESPN crawl on its family of networks.

The full field will be announced at 9 a.m. PT on ESPNU Monday morning.

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