OMAHA – Oregon State kept things loose in the clubhouse during a weather delay that stretched to 4 hours at the College World Series. Reserve outfielder Joe Casey entertained teammates by stuffing 30 pieces of gum into his mouth, a party game known as "Mafia" broke out and the tunes were cranked up.
When it was time to return to the field, the Beavers were all business.
Kyle Nobach hit a three-run homer to put Oregon State in control in the seventh inning, Kevin Abel pitched four strong innings of relief and Oregon State sent Pac-12 rival Washington home from the College World Series with a 14-5 win on Monday night.
"Crazy game. Long day," Beavers coach Pat Casey said. "I thought our guys came out really prepared after the rain delay. We were kind of scuffling out of the chute. Really appreciate the way they hung with it and got themselves a win."
The Beavers erased early deficits, starting their comeback just before the teams were pulled off the field because of lightning near TD Ameritrade Park. Before play resumed, star second baseman Nick Madrigal gave a talk to emphasize the stakes.
"It's win or go home at this point, and there are a lot of guys that will never put this uniform on again," Nobach said. "It means a lot to us, and a lot of people don't really understand it until you play here and you're around 'Case' and this program. That's motivating for us. And that's what his message was, just to strictly compete."
The North Carolina-Mississippi State game scheduled for later that night was postponed until Tuesday morning.