In Corvallis, Ore., Danny Hayes hit a two-run home run and Oregon State advanced to the College World Series with a 4-3 victory over Kansas State on Monday night in the finale of the Corvallis super regional.
Ben Wetzler (9-1) struck out five, walked five and allowed three earned runs over 7 2/3 innings, and opening-game starter Matt Boyd held off the Wildcats (45-19) to earn his first save of the season and send the Beavers to Omaha for the first time since 2007, when Oregon State won its second consecutive national title.
Oregon State (50-11) jumped ahead in the second inning when Hayes followed a leadoff walk by Dylan Davis with a two-run home run to right-center field.
The Beavers took a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Kavin Kayes knocked an RBI double off the right-center field fence. That was it for Kansas State starter Jake Matthys (9-2).
• Mississippi St. 6, Virginia 5: In Charlottesville, Va., Adam Frazier had more hits and two RBIs and Wes Rea hit a two-run home run as Mississippi State clinched a spot in the College World Series by winning the completion of a suspended game against Virginia on Monday.
The Bulldogs (48-18) needed six outs to complete the sweep, and used reliever Jonathan Holder to get them to secure their ninth trip to the College World Series, and first since 2007.
Mississippi State added an insurance run in the seventh, again with help from shoddy fielding by the Cavaliers (50-12), and it proved huge when Virginia rallied for two runs in the ninth.
Derek Fisher grounded out to third with runners on second and third to end the game. The Cavaliers made seven errors in two games while their pitchers allowed 30 hits.
Some sloppiness by the Bulldogs in the ninth made it interesting. Kenny Towns led off with a single and Mike Papi walked. Jared King struck out looking for the second out, but Joe McCarthy hit a soft grounder to third and just beat the throw and a run scored.
• North Carolina vs. South Carolina, ppd.: In Chapel Hill, N.C., the threat of bad weather forced the postponement of Monday night's final game in the South Carolina-North Carolina super regional series.
The deciding game in the best-of-3 series is scheduled for today.