Oregon St. rallies past UALR
Beavers' four-run comeback ties season best
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ryan Barnes tallied three hits and Danny Hayes and Garrett Nash each homered as Oregon State overcame a four-run deficit to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock, 7-4, in the Corvallis regional opener Friday night.
The win sets up an Oregon State matchup with No. 2 Creighton on Saturday night. Meanwhile, Arkansas-Little Rock will play No. 3 Georgia in an elimination game on Saturday.
"This is obviously a great way to start this regional," Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. "We started off slow but picked up it when it counts. Now, we have a very good Creighton team to play tomorrow."
Barnes went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs to pace the Beavers offensively as the club finished with 12 hits off Arkansas-Little Rock's Travis Henke and Garret Graziano. Graziano took the loss after allowing five hits and three runs in 2.1 innings, dropping his record to 6-10 this season.
Oregon State found itself down 4-0 after the first four innings, but the Beavers answered back with two runs in the fifth on a triple by Barnes and a groundout by Jared Norris.
The Beavers (39-17) pulled ahead for good with three runs in the sixth when Hayes hit a solo home run, Bell doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Nash's two-run homer in the eighth extended the Oregon State lead to 7-4, capping the comeback and sealing the victory.
Hayes and Bell each finished with two hits in the win, while Greg Garcia and Jason Houston each paced the Trojans with two hits apiece.
Scott Schultz came on in relief of James Nygren in the fifth and picked up the win to improve to 4-0 this season. The right-hander walked two and struck out three in 1.1 innings.
Tony Bryant threw a scoreless ninth for his 11th save of the season.