McFeely's Home Run Lifts Beavers To 4-3 Victory Over Buckeyes

June 3, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Shea McFeely hit the first pitch he faced in theninth inning over the centerfield wall as Oregon State defeated Ohio State 4-3Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Corvallis Regional.

The Pacific-10 champion Beavers (42-9) play St. John's (40-16) on Saturday.The Red Storm defeated Virginia 5-3 earlier Friday at Goss Stadium at ColemanField.

The Beavers, who last made the postseason in 1986, were the No. 8 seed amongthe 64 teams nationwide that advanced to the postseason. Baseball America andthe Sports Weekly/ESPN coaches poll both ranked Oregon State at No. 2.

McFeely's tie-breaking home run to lead off the bottom off the ninth cameoff Rory Meister (8-2).

Oregon State's Kevin Gunderson (6-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings inrelief for the win. Starter Dallas Buck, who was 11-1 with a 1.93 ERA to leadthe Pac-10 during the regular season, appeared to struggle at times with hiscontrol but had allowed three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Mitch Canham hit a two-run home run in the first inning off Ohio Statestarter Mike Madsen to give the Beavers the early lead.

After Ohio State tied it at 2-2 in the sixth inning on Ronnie Bourquin's RBIgrounder, Paul Farinacci's RBI infield bouncer gave the Buckeyes (39-19) thelead.

Jacoby Ellsbury scored on Cole Gillespie's single to right with the basesloaded and two out in the eighth to tie it at 3.

The Buckeyes won the Big Ten tournament to earn an automatic NCAA bid forthe third time in four years. Ohio State was making its 17th postseasonappearance in school history and the 11th under coach Bob Todd.

The winner of the weekend's regional advances to a Super Regional at a siteto be determined. The final eight winners will play in the College WorldSeries, which starts June 17 in Omaha, Neb.

Oregon State has not hosted postseason baseball since 1963, when the Beaverslost to eventual national champion Southern California in a first-round,best-of-three series.

The Beavers also hosted the NCAA Far West Regional series in 1952, withOregon State sweeping Fresno State in two games. It was only year the Beavershave made it to the College World Series.

Virginia (41-19) will play Ohio State in the first game Saturday.