It's been a while (1952). There's probably a newer map now.
|Oregon State trumps USC for spot
in College World Series
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State team captains Andy Jenkins and Jacoby Ellsbury rode together to Monday's deciding Super Regional game against Southern California, concerned about whether the Beavers could rebound from a tough loss to the Trojans the night before.
The Oregon State Beavers celebrate their first trip to Omaha since 1952.
By Greg Wahl-Stephens, AP
Oregon's first trip to the College World Series in more than 50 years was on the line.
They shouldn't have worried. Jenkins hit for the cycle, going 5-for-5, and drove in four runs to lead the Beavers to a 10-8 victory over Southern California.
Oregon State, ranked No. 2 in the country by Baseball America, will leave Corvallis on Wednesday and face top-seeded Tulane on Saturday.
The Beavers, seeded No. 8 nationally, hadn't made it to the postseason since 1986. And they haven't been to the College World Series since 1952, when they lost to Duke and Texas.
USC, by contrast, boasts 12 national titles dating back to 1948. The Trojans' most recent title came in 1998.
Jenkins fielded the final out, then hurled the ball into the outfield - just as he was engulfed by his teammates. As they all collapsed to the field, the crowd chanted "Omaha! Omaha!"
Billy Hart's bases-loaded single in the 10th inning scored the winning run and Southern California rallied from a 8-3 deficit to beat Oregon State 9-8 Sunday night. In the opening game on Saturday, Oregon State capitalized on eight Trojan errors for a 10-4 victory.
"We weren't quite sure how the guys would respond to the loss," Ellsbury said. "As you can see, we responded pretty well."
The Trojans (41-22) rallied again in the deciding game, erasing a 7-3 deficit with a four-run sixth inning.
Jenkins tripled in the bottom of the sixth to complete the cycle, and scored on Shea McFeely's tie-breaking sacrifice fly to make it 8-7.
Darwin Barney, the Pacific-10 Conference freshman of the year, had an RBI single in the seventh inning, then scored on Jenkins' second single of the game.
USC's Matt Cusick added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
"The one question that I thought was important was 'How will your players react," Beavers coach Pat Casey said about the loss the night before. "And I told you I thought they would react like they have all year.
"And that's what they did."
An Oregon State player has not hit for the cycle since 1993, when A.J. Marquardt did it against Southwest Missouri State. Jenkins' five hits tied a school record reached by several players.
"I never had a cycle (before)," Jenkins said. "I think I picked a good day to do that."
The Beavers went ahead in the first inning with Jenkins' two-run double off Trojan starter Brett Bannister. Tyler Graham added an RBI single in the second.
USC catcher Jeff Clement, taken by the Seattle Mariners with the third overall pick in the baseball draft, hit a three-run home run to tie it at 3-all in the third inning.
Jenkins added a second home run, a solo shot, in the bottom half to put the Beavers back in front, before Mitch Canham scored on Bannister's error fielding Cole Gillespie's bunt.
Beaver outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, the 23rd overall pick in the draft by the Boston Red Sox, and Tyler Graham each added RBI singles in the fifth inning to extend Oregon State's lead to 7-3.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth, Oregon reliever Nate Fogle hit Roberto Lopez with a pitch, scoring Hart, before Hector Estrella hit an RBI single and Zach Kalter added a sacrifice fly as the Trojans narrowed it to 7-6.
Then reliever Eddie Kunz walked Cusick with the bases loaded and just one out to tie it. Kunz struck out Clement and Hart flied out to end it.
"You come to win. You plan to win. You play to win," USC coach Mike Gillespie said. "And when you don't, you're disappointed."
Kunz (2-0) allowed one run on two hits for the victory and Dallas Buck earned his first save. USC's Ryan Schlack (0-2) got the loss.
"It really came down to stopping them," Clement said. "That's something we couldn't do."
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