Revenge is best served as Peccole Park.
After losing two extra-inning games at Oregon State last season, the Nevada baseball team repaid that pain to the Beavers over the last 24 hours. After scoring an 8-7 12-inning victory over the defending national champions Monday night at Peccole Park, the Wolf Pack came back to beat the Beavers, 7-6, in 10 innings Tuesday afternoon.
Oregon State came into the two-game series ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Wolf Pack has scored wins over the No. 1 team in the nation six times, but the back-to-back extra-inning victories over Oregon State is one of the top moments in program history.
Tuesday's victory came thanks to the bat of Keaton Smith, who has struggled all season. The senior infielder thumped a home run over the left-field fence on the first pitch of the 10th inning to give Nevada the walk-off win, its second in 16 hours. Smith entered the Oregon State series hitting .156 (15-of-96) but recorded six hits in nine at-bats against the Beavers, including his game-winner Tuesday.
The Wolf Pack trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning before plating four runs in the bottom of that frame. Daniel Perry led off the inning with a homer, Weston Hatten had a two-run single and Connor Allard added a run-scoring single. The game stayed tied until the top of the ninth when Oregon State's Joe Casey smashed a two-run homer.
Oregon State was unable to hold the lead in the ninth. Allard singled home Josh Zamora in the bottom of the frame before scoring on Tyler Bosetti's game-tying sacrifice fly to left to send the game to extra innings. After Grant Ford (4-1) tossed a scoreless 10th inning, walking two batters, Smith hit his second home run of the season to win it for Nevada.
The Wolf Pack (23-18) has won seven of its last eight games, its best stretch of the season, and now heads to Air Force for a key Mountain West matchup. Nevada is tied with UNLV for the fourth and final spot in the MW Tournament bracket and could use a series win in Colorado Springs. Oregon State fell to 28-10-1. In an oddity, the last five games between Nevada and Oregon State have gone to extra innings, a streak that dates to 2012.