CORVALLIS – No. 1 national seed Oregon State fell behind early against Yale on Sunday for the first time in the Corvallis Regional.
Order was quickly restored and the Beavers (52-4) are regional champs.
Yale (34-18) scored a run off OSU starter Drew Rasmussen in the top of the first inning, but OSU tied the score in the bottom of the frame and erupted for five runs in the third that included a three-run homer by Michael Gretler.
BOX SCORE: Oregon State 8, Yale 1
OSU won 8-1 before a sellout crowd of 3,456 at Goss Stadium and extended the nation’s longest current winning streak to 19 games.
The Beavers host the Corvallis Super Regional against either Clemson or Vanderbilt - they play in the deciding game of the Clemson Regional on Monday - beginning Friday or Saturday at Goss Stadium. OSU is 29-1 at home this season.
"I'm really proud of our guys," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "One of our goals was obviously to win our conference, one of our goals was to win the regional, and we understand what next weekend is all about."
The winner of the best-of-three Corvallis Super Regional advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, June 17-28. OSU, which won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, made its most recent CWS appearance in 2013.
The Beavers avoided playing in a deciding game Monday by dominating No. 3 seed Yale for the second straight game after posting an 11-0 victory against the Ivy League champions Saturday.
Rasmussen struggled early, giving up a walk and run-scoring double to open the game. But he got out of the first inning with just one run on the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs threatened again in the top of the third. Griffin Dey’s two-out double put runners on second and third, but Rasmussen retired Harrison White on a called third strike. He was relieved by Brandon Eisert to open the fifth after giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk on 73 pitches.
Rasumussen returned in late April after missing the second half of the 2016 campaign following Tommy John surgery. He made his fourth start of the season Sunday and was on a 95-pitch limit.
"I thought maybe he was overthrowing a little bit and excited (in the first inning). That's natural," Casey said. "He's such a competitor that he found his way through that."
OSU added two more runs in the fifth – Steven Kwan had a run-scoring single - to take a commanding 8-1 lead. Kwan, a left fielder, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Corvallis Regional.
Gretler, who hit two homers in the Corvallis Regional, also made the all-tournament team at third base along with teammates KJ Harrison (first base), Cadyn Grenier (shortstop), Adley Rutschman (catcher), Trevor Larnach (designated hitter) and Luke Heimlich (pitcher).
"Just trying to take it pitch by pitch, just ready to swing every single pitch," Gretler said.
In two wins against Yale, and an 8-2 victory over No. 4 seed Holy Cross (24-29) on Friday, the Beavers scored 27 runs on 41 hits and gave up three runs, dominating the four-team, double-elimination Corvallis Regional that also included No. 2 seed Nebraska (35-22), which was the first team sent packing.
Yale was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993.
"Just incredibly talented young kids," Yale coach John Stuper said of the Beavers. "Anything can happen in our game as you know, but I think they're destined for Omaha."
OSU second baseman Nick Madrigal, who was on the hit by a pitch late in the season against Oregon, broke out of a mini slump Sunday by going 4 for 4 with four bunt singles."
Casey said he couldn't remember a player getting four bunt singles in one game.
"I have not seen that that I can recall, but I'm so old that it could have happened and I don't remember," Casey said with a smile. "Good for Nick."
OSU last hosted a super regional in 2013 and defeated Kansas State in the Corvallis Super Regional finale en route to the CWS.
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