Oregon State sweeps Stanford to advance to Omaha

Updated: June 13, 2006, 2:37 AM ET
Associated Press

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.


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