CORVALLIS, Oregon — Oregon State, the defending College World Series champion was eliminated from the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball tournament on Saturday after losing 4-1 to Creighton in the Corvallis Regional at Goss Stadium. Box Score
The Beavers struggled to get going on offense, while Creighton (39-12) took its chances to secure the upset win and ended the defending national champion’s season.
After losing their openers on Friday, both ball clubs entered Saturday’s elimination game knowing that only a win would keep them active in the 2019 NCAA tournament.
Following two opening scoreless frames, the Bluejays scored three runs in the third inning to take the advantage over the No. 1 seed.
Oregon State pulled a run back to make it 3-1 in the fourth inning, but Creighton restored its three-run in the seventh, after scoring a solo run for the final figure.
The win was also helped from an outstanding pitching performance from Evan Johnson and John Sakowski who kept things tight throughout the game.
It is the first time since 1985 Oregon State was eliminated from the postseason after two games.
The Beavers, who entered the NCAA Corvallis Regional as No. 16 national seed, finished the season with a 36-20-1 record.
Starter Grant Gambrell pitched 4 1/3 innings and took the loss for Oregon State. He dropped to 5-3 this season with the loss, while allowing five hits and three runs in Saturday’s defeat.
At the other end, his opponent, Johnson, improved to 9-2 with the win, limiting the Beavers to three hits and a run with five walks and three strikeouts.
Creighton’s Sakowski was also impressive for the Bluejays, after he held Oregon State scoreless over 3 1/3 to earn his third save of the season.
Meanwhile, Creighton advanced in the regional and will play on Sunday against at noon against the loser of the (3) Michigan vs. (4) Cincinnati clash.