LSU 6, Oregon State 5
Alex Edward hit a game-tying double in the ninth inning, Austin Nola scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 10th, and LSU outlasted Oregon State 6-5 on Sunday night to win the NCAA tournament's Baton Rouge regional.
Oregon State, playing as the home team on LSU's field, led 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but Tigers relievers Nick Rumbelow, Chris Cotton and Nick Goody shut out the Beavers the rest of the way.
Raph Rhymes was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer for LSU (46-16), which will host a super regional next weekend against the winner of Monday night's game between Stony Brook and Central Florida in Coral Gables, Fla.
Cotton (7-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win and Goody struck out the side in order in the bottom of the 10th for his 11th save.
Reliever Dylan Davis (1-1) took the loss for the Beavers (40-20).
Tyler Smith was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored a run for Oregon State, which played LSU less than two hours after staving off elimination with an 11-2 victory over Louisiana-Monroe in a loser's bracket game. Michael Conforto, who had three hits and four RBIs against ULM, added two more hits and an RBI against LSU, His one-out double in the bottom of the ninth off of Cotton put the potential winning run in scoring position, but the Beavers could not cash in.
JaCoby Jones had a pair of hits for the Tigers, each contributing to LSU rallies. His opposite-field double in the 10th advanced Nola to third base, putting him in position to score the eventual game-winner on Davis' wild pitch.
Oregon State starter Taylor Starr lasted only through four batters, none of which he retired, as LSU raced to a 3-0 lead on Mason Katz's RBI single and Rhymes' towering two-run homer to left. Reliever Scott Schultz then entered the game and held the Tigers scoreless for a little more than five innings, allowing the Beavers to methodically tie the game and eventually take the lead.
OSU's Tyler Smith singled to center in the first and wound up on third base when center fielder Arby Fields overran the ball. Smith then scored on Michael Conforto's sacrifice fly.
Ryan Barnes doubled, stole third and scored on Ryan Gorton's two-out single in the second to make it 3-2.
Barnes doubled a second time in the fourth and scored on John Tommasini's two-out single to tie it at 3.
The game remained tied until the sixth, when Oregon State loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit batter — all with two outs. Smith then grounded a single up the middle to make it 5-3.
Schultz wound up pitching 8 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts, but could not hold the lead.
LSU cut it to 5-4 when Ryan Dunn's fourth error of the game — and second of the inning — allowed Grant Dozar to score from third. The Tigers then tied it at 5 in the top of the ninth when Ty Ross led off with a towering double to the center field wall and Edward drilled a double to the wall in left center, scoring pinch runner Jared Foster.
Conforto's double off the center-field wall in the bottom of the ninth was narrowly out of the reach of Foster's dive, and the outfielder slid head-first into the wall.
Foster bounced up and quickly got the ball back in before falling to the ground with neck pain. Foster wound up remaining in the game after trainers checked on him, and Cotton got the Tigers out of the inning.
That meant the Beavers would have to play their 19th inning of the day, and it didn't go well.
LSU improved to 8-0 in NCAA tournament games played in the current Alex Box Stadium, a 10,000-seat ballpark that opened in 2009 to replace the old Alex Box just down the road.
The Tigers, now in their third super regional in five years, need two more wins to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.