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Nickerson, Gunderson combine on two-hit shutout
shot at first national championship
In Omaha, Neb.,
Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson combined on a two-hit shutout as Oregon
State eliminated Rice 2-0 in the College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Beavers (48-15)
will face North Carolina in the best-of-three championship series beginning on
Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT.
OSU recorded its
fourth consecutive victory at the College World Series and its second straight
shutout. The Owls (57-13) did not score in their final 23 innings in Omaha.
allowed two hits in 7.2 innings with three walks and nine strikeouts. Gunderson
retired the final four batters to earn his 19th save.
The Beavers had
just three hits, but all three contributed to their two runs. In the top of the
second, Bill Rowe led off with a double on a 0-2 pitch. One out later, a wild
pitch moved Rowe to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitch Canham to give
OSU an early 1-0 edge.
Oregon State got
its second run in the top of the fifth. Chris Kunda singled to lead off the
inning and moved to third on a base hit by Shea McFeely. John Wallace’s
fielder’s choice brought home Kunda to make it 2-0.
Aaron Luna had a
single in the second for the Owls. Joe Savery doubled with one out in the bottom
of the seventh for Rice. He moved to third on a fly ball to right and was
stranded there as a flyout to left ended the rally.
(13-2) was the tough-luck loser for the Owls, going 4.2 innings with three hits,
two runs, three walks and five strikeouts. Bryce Cox tossed 4.1 hitless innings
for Rice with six strikeouts.