CORVALLIS, Ore. — Michael Gretler hit a three-run home run in the third inning and No. 1 national seed Oregon State went onto to win the Corvallis Regional with an 8-1 victory over Yale on Sunday night.
It was the 19th straight win for the Beavers (52-4), who will face the winner of the Clemson Regional.
“One of our goals was to win the conference. One of our goals was to win our regional,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. “The next goal for us is to get better the next couple of days so we have a better team next weekend.”
Alex Stiegler hit an RBI double in the first inning to give Yale (34-18) the early lead. Earlier in the day Stiegler went 3-for-3 and drove in five runs to lead the Bulldogs to a 9-5 victory over Holy Cross and stay alive in the double-elimination regional.
Steven Kwan scored on Trevor Larnach’s fielder’s choice grounder in the bottom of the first to even the score. Two Yale errors allowed a pair of Oregon State runs in the bottom of the third inning before Gretler’s home run. The Beavers added two more runs in the eighth.
Nick Madrigal had four base-hit bunts in the game. Brandon Eisert (5-0) pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
“I never have never seen that, that I can recall. I’m old enough that it could have happened and I don’t remember,” Casey said about Madrigal’s line. “Good for Nick.”
It is the sixth time that Oregon State has advanced to the Super Regionals.
On Saturday night Jack Anderson and KJ Harrison each homered to lead Oregon State to an 11-0 victory over Yale. Luke Heimlich (11-1) pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight.
The Beavers won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006 and 2007 and have advanced to the postseason 17 times with a 53-33 overall record. It is the sixth time they’ve hosted a regional, and they’re 28-6 in postseason play at home.
The Beavers went 27-3 in Pac-12 play for the league title, surpassing Arizona State’s record of 26 league wins set in 1981. Along the way, coach Pat Casey surpassed the 1,000-win milestone.
Oregon State’s four losses in the regular season were the fewest since Texas was 53-4 going into the tournament in 1982.
Yale, which won the Ivy League this year, was making its sixth tournament appearance and first since 1993.
“I could not be prouder of my team,” Yale coach John Stuper said. “We started out 3-9. Both of my degrees are in English but I can figure out that we went 31-9 after that and set a school record for us.”