OSU’s Thompson Sets The ToneColumns
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State’s Jake Thompson wasn’t going to let his team become another casualty.
As the regional action around the country progressed Friday night, top-seed casualties mounted. Florida State dropped a close game to Tennessee Tech, Iowa took care of Houston and easily most shocking, Davidson earned the biggest win in program history by beating No. 2 national seed North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Would the carnage head to the West Coast and Corvallis? Not with Thompson leading the charge. Despite Holy Cross causing some tense moments throughout the first half of the game, the talented righty put together yet another strong start and helped guide the Beavers to an 8-2 win over the Crusaders.
“The first game of a regional is always tough for everyone, it seems like we’ve always had some tight games. But, Jake was really good,” Oregon State head coach Pat Casey said. “It’s always exciting to get out of the first game. You see people get beat all the time.”
For the first few innings against Holy Cross, it looked like we might be in for some drama. Oregon State struck first against the Crusaders, scoring two runs in the third inning on a pair of RBI singles from Nick Madrigal and Jack Anderson. Otherwise, Holy Cross righthander Brendan King was able to keep the OSU off balance until the latter innings, sitting 86-88 with his fastball, while also showing a slider and good feel for a soft and effective 71-73 mph curveball.
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