Nick Madrigal and Trevor Larnach had three hits apiece to power the Oregon State Beavers past the Mississippi State Bulldogs 12-2 Friday at the College World Series.
With the victory, Oregon State averted elimination from the tournament and forced a deciding game against Mississippi State to determine the Bracket 1 representative in the CWS title series.
Oregon State and Mississippi State are scheduled to play again Saturday afternoon at Omaha, Nebraska.
Madrigal and Larnach, who both grew up in California, were picked on the first round of the recent Major League Baseball player draft.
Madrigal, from Elk Grove, was the fourth overall choice by the Chicago White Sox. Larnach, from Pleasant Hill, was the 20th pick by the Minnesota Twins.
Both figured in the rally that produced a Beavers’ run in the first inning that tied the score, 1-1. Oregon State scored five runs in the second to take charge.
In the Beavers’ first at bat, Madrigal singled and stole second and third. Larnach laced an RBI single to drive him in.
Batting third in the lineup, Larnach had three RBI.
Oregon State 52-11-1
Mississippi State 39-28