Staying Alive in Corvallis

Commodores take down Oregon State to force Game 7

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Behind a strong pitching performance, Vanderbilt claimed an 8-1 victory over top-seeded Oregon State on Sunday evening at Goss Stadium.

The Commodores (39-22) forced a Game 7 of the NCAA Corvallis Regional and will take on the Beavers at 3 p.m. CT Monday for the right to advance to the Super Regionals. The matchup is scheduled to be televised live online on ESPN+.

Vandy received a stellar start from Devin Futrell (9-3) who notched his fourth quality start of the season with six shutout innings. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out four batters en route to earning his team-leading ninth win on the season.

Thomas Schultz covered the final three frames and allowed one unearned run on three hits to secure his eighth save on the season.

Vanderbilt began the scoring Sunday with three runs in the second.

Dominic Keegan and Parker Noland worked back-to-back walks, respectively, to begin the frame to place runners on first and second. One batter later, an errant throw by the Oregon State pitcher on a sacrifice bunt attempt from Calvin Hewett allowed one run to cross while placing runners on second and third with nobody out.

A wild pitch plated another run for the Commodores before Jack Bulger lined a single to center field to give Vandy a 3-0 lead after two innings of action.

The Dores added single tallies in both the third and fourth to extend their lead. Spencer Jones connected on his 11th homer on the season in the third with a solo shot over the scoreboard in right center to make it a 4-0 contest.

Hewett and Bulger began the Vanderbilt fourth with back-to-back singles, respectively, before Tate Kolwyck lined a one-out single through the left side to score one and push the Commodores’ lead to 5-0.

Vandy cushioned its advantage with three runs in the sixth. With one down in the frame, Davis Diaz and Kolwyck drew back-to-back walks to place runners on first and second.

One out later, Javier Vaz picked up his first hit of the ballgame with an RBI double up the middle to plate a pair. Jones capped the inning’s scoring with an RBI single to center field to score Vaz and increase Vanderbilt’s lead to 8-0.

Oregon State broke into the scoring column with one run in the seventh. The Beavers used back-to-back two-out hits to place runners on the corners before an errant throw on a stolen base attempt allowed one run to score and bring the score to 8-1, the eventual final.