CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Scott Schultz threw a two-hit shutout as No. 1 national seed Oregon State defeated UC Irvine 4-0 Sunday night to set up a deciding game at the NCAA Corvallis regional on Monday.
Schultz (7-2) continued a string of dominant pitching for the Beavers' starters, who have surrendered just two runs and 10 hits with 28 strikeouts in their three tournament victories. Schultz finished with four strikeouts.
"For us to ask our closer to go out and pitch as many innings as he can and he goes nine and shuts out a team that destroyed us the other night, it's pretty impressive," coach Pat Casey said.
Oregon State (45-13) went up early when Michael Conforto's double scored Jeff Hendrix in the first. Gabe Clark's added a two-run double and the Beavers led 4-0 after three innings.
"There was no doubt in my mind i could give them a few solid innings," Schultz said. " To go nine was great to give the bullpen a little bit of relief."
UC Irvine's (37-23) only scoring threat came in the third when Chris Rabago was thrown out at the plate by Conforto after a single by Jerry McClanahan.
Evan Brock (8-6) gave up four runs and nine hits with four strikeouts in the loss.
Jeff Hendrix led the OSU attack with three hits. Kavin Keyes added two hits and Clark had two RBIs.
UC Irvine defeated the Beavers 14-2 on Saturday night, meaning Oregon State must beat the Anteaters again on Monday to advance to the super regional round.
"Today felt so much different than the other day. You could just feel the energy of the crowd and in our dugout," Hendrix said. "It was a lot of fun out there today."