UC Irvine advances with 4-2 upset win over Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) Grant Palmer singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and UC Irvine went on to upset No. 1 national seed Oregon State 4-2 on Monday night to win the NCAA Corvallis regional.
The Anteaters (38-23) advance to the super regional round for the fourth time in school history, and will face Oklahoma State.
"We realize that we were fortunate and certainly caught some good breaks and got some key hits," UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie said. "We were the beneficiary of some huge breaks. If you're us, you are counting your lucky stars."
UC Irvine took the lead with two runs on three hits in the sixth. Palmer singled home Chris Rabago and Adam Alcantara was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Anteaters added a run in the seventh.
Evan Manarino (4-3) allowed one run on two hits in 3 1-3 innings of relief for UC Irvine. Elliot Surrey pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Jake Thompson (3-2) gave up three runs on four hits in the loss for the Beavers (45-14).
Oregon State threatened in the eighth after on Nick Rulli's hit a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch. But Dylan Davis flew out to the center field to end the inning.
Logan Ice and Kavin Keyes each had two hits for the Beavers, who were the top national seed in the tournament for the first time in school history.
Five of the eight national seeds were eliminated in the regionals this season.
"This team played together. They played hard together. They had camaraderie. They were committed," Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. "There is nothing about this club I'm not proud of. They were outstanding. This one game is not a reflection on our program."
The Anteaters dogpiled to celebrate the victory while the Oregon State fans stood stunned.
"We felt like it was us against the world coming in here," Palmer said. "I don't think anyone believed in us but us. Just to see that dogpile at the end was a special moment for us."