No surprises on day one of the NCAA Baseball regional in Corvallis. Oregon State took care of the Demons of Northwestern State 9-3. LSU tops San Diego State 6-4. So the highly anticipated battle between the Tigers and Beavers is set for tonight at Goss Stadium. The game will be live on Rip City Radio 620. Pregame coverage with Mike Parker and Jim Wilson begins at 6:30pm\ with the first pitch set for 7:04pm.
The Pac-12 Pitcher of the year Luke Heimlich is the scheduled starter for OSU. Zack Hess is set to go for the Tigers. Oregon State saw him last June in Omaha. Heimlich didn't pitch in the CWS last season.
Here is the rundown of what happened last night courtesy of the OSU Athletics Department and above the post-game news conference about the win over Northwestern State.
Nick Madrigal drove in four runs to help send Oregon State to a 9-3 win over Northwestern State in front of a Goss Stadium record crowd 3,908 Friday night. The game marked the Beavers' opener at the Corvallis Regional, and send OSU (45-10-1 overall) into the winner's bracket. Oregon State is set to take on LSU Saturday at 7:04 p.m. PT. Madrigal tallied three hits, driving in two runs in both the third and sixth innings. He paced an Oregon State offense that also saw Kyle Nobach and Zak Taylor homer – the former with a two-run blast in the fourth and the latter with a solo shot in the eighth. The offense backed up a spectacular outing from Bryce Fehmel, who scattered six hits and three runs – two earned – in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out nine, walked one and improved to 10-1 this season. Madrigal's three hits paced the Beavers, while Jack Anderson tallied two. Northwestern State (37-23) starter Ridge Heisler allowed six hits and eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. He dropped to 7-3 on the year.
Next UpOregon State's win sets the Beavers up against LSU on Saturday, with a 7:04 p.m. PT first pitch at Goss Stadium. Television information has yet to be announced – make sure and follow us on Twitter for updates. The game, however, is assured of airing on Watch ESPN.
AttendanceOregon State saw a Goss Stadium single-game record 3,908 fans at Friday's game. The Beavers have now had 46 consecutive crowds of 3,000 or more and are averaging 3,537 per game in 2018.
Matching JonahBryce Fehmel's win Friday marked his 10th of the year. The victory also pushed him to 26 for his career, which equals Jonah Nickerson's 26 from 2004-06. That's the 10th-most for a career at Oregon State.
Big FlyZak Taylor hit a moon shot for a home run in the eighth. It was his first home run since Feb. 17 versus Gonzaga in the second game of the season.
And KyleKyle Nobach's blast marked his fifth of the season, with three coming since May 5. His fourth of the year was last weekend in the series victory over UCLA. Four of his five home runs this season have driven in two, and the fifth drove in three.
12 StraightThe Beavers' win Friday marked Oregon State's 12th straight to open an NCAA Regional.