The Anteaters knocked off
Irvine defeated Oregon State, 4-2, in the decisive game of the Corvallis Regional late Monday night. The Anteaters routed the Beavers, 14-3, earlier in the regional, but Oregon State forced a deciding final game by shutting out Irvine, 4-0, on Sunday.
Next up for the Anteaters is Oklahoma State, which swept through a regional on its home field, defeating Binghamton, 8-0, and
Irvine (38-23) and Oklahoma State (48-16) will open their best-of-three Super Regional on Friday at 6:30 p.m. PDT in Stillwater, Okla.
Pepperdine (42-16), the only other Southland team still alive, opens a Super Regional series against Texas Christian (45-15) on Saturday at 1 p.m. PDT in Fort Worth.
"Coaches ask two things of their teams — to give the full max of what they have and to do the things we train and practice so much for," Irvine Coach Mike Gillespie told reporters after Irvine's regional-clinching win. "If we were asked if we did those things, I'd have to say we did."
The Anteaters used two starters on short rest to shut down the
The save went to left-hander Elliot Surrey, making his first relief appearance this season after pitching seven strong innings against Oregon State on Saturday. Surrey gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth inning, but then induced a game-ending double play.