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Oregon State sweeps Stanford to advance to Omaha

6/13/2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Oregon State Beavers are headed back to Omaha.

Jonah Nickerson scattered five hits and Mitch Canham drove in
five runs for Oregon State in a 15-0 victory Sunday night over
Stanford, advancing the Beavers to the College World Series.

Oregon State, making its second consecutive trip to the series
after a 53-year drought, will face the winner of Monday's deciding
Super Regional game between Mississippi and Miami.

The Beavers (44-14) are the only team that went to Omaha last
year that made it to the Super Regional round. They defeated
Stanford 4-3 Saturday night in the opening game of the
best-of-three series.

Oregon State earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament as
the Pacific-10 champion. Stanford (33-27), which finished fifth in
the Pac-10, won an at-large berth.

Nickerson (11-4) received a standing ovation when he left the
game with two outs in the eighth. He struck out seven.

Oregon state jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Bill
Rowe had an RBI single, Stanford starter Nolan Gallagher hit Canham
with the bases loaded, and Shea McFeely singled in a pair of runs.

The Beavers added six more runs in the fourth and the game
slipped away for Stanford. Scott Santschi hit a two-run home run,
his second homer of the season. Rowe added a two-run single and
Tyler Graham hit an RBI double before Canham's sacrifice fly.

Canham hit a two-run single in the sixth to make it 12-0, then
hit an RBI double in the eighth. Graham, who went 5-for-6 with
three RBI, also singled in a run in the eighth.

Gallagher (5-5) allowed six runs on eight hits through three
innings. Stanford used seven pitchers.

Oregon State swept Stanford in a three-game series in Corvallis
during the regular season, but the Cardinal rebounded to win nine
of their last 15 conference games. The Beavers -- nine of whom were
picked in Tuesday's draft -- are 27-4 at Coleman Field this year.

Stanford has lost six of seven to Oregon State in the last two
seasons and missed the College World Series for the third year in a
row.

The Cardinal have made 15 trips to the CWS, winning titles in
1987 and 1988. The Cardinal were runners-up in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Before last season, the Beavers had not made the trip to Omaha
since 1952.