Historic Victory for Oregon State Against Sam Houston; Elimination Game Next for Bearkats

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A historic contest took place at the 2023 Baton Rouge Regional of the NCAA Baseball Tournament as Oregon State and Sam Houston crossed paths for the first time on the baseball diamond. This second game of the tournament ended with Oregon State claiming a convincing 18-2 victory.

The game started with an exciting first inning as Sam Houston’s Justin Wishkoski smashed a 2-run home run, signaling a promising start for Sam Houston. However, the momentum quickly shifted as Oregon State retaliated with two home runs in the same inning by Micah McDowell and Mason Guerra.

The Beavers’ offensive prowess was on full display as they racked up a total of 22 hits, including four home runs. This accomplishment set a new single-game record for the Oregon State program in postseason play. The offensive highlights were provided by center fielder Micah McDowell and left fielder Gavin Turley, who both homered, contributing to a combined total of 12 RBIs.

On the mound, Oregon State’s Trent Sellers put forth an impressive performance. He struck out five batters and retired 20 of the 21 he faced, providing a solid backbone for Oregon State’s victory.

Sam Houston, despite the challenging game, demonstrated tenacity. The early home run by Wishkoski was a standout moment. Moreover, their pitching staff, including Coltin Atkinson and Gavi Coldiron, put forth strong efforts, despite the onslaught from Oregon State’s offense. It was a tough outing for Atkinson, who allowed eight runs in his three-inning stretch.

Both teams exhibited commendable fielding skills as there were no errors recorded during the game.

This high-scoring game has indeed set the tone for an exciting tournament ahead. Oregon State will certainly look to extend its record-setting momentum in their subsequent games.

For Sam Houston, the tournament is far from over. They have a chance to rebound in their next match. Their upcoming fixture is a crucial elimination game against Tulane scheduled for Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m.

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