Season over for the Gophers in Super Regional sweep by Oregon State

Minnesota was leading 3-2 in the eighth inning but couldn't hold on.
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Minnesota had Oregon State on the ropes Saturday night but couldn't hold on for the win. 

The Gophers, down 1-0 in the best-of-three Super Regional series, were leading Oregon State 3-2 after seven innings but surrendered four runs over the final two innings for a 6-3 season-ending loss. 

“We made some good pitches, but we were just unfortunate. That’s baseball sometimes,” said Gophers coach John Anderson. “You don’t always get the results you deserve. It was a well-played game. I’m really proud of our guys for competing all year long.”

Minnesota finishes the season with 44 victories, the third-most in program history, and went further than they had since the 1977 team that advanced to the College World Series. 

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Trevor Larnach, the first-round draft pick of the Twins, reached based his first four trips to the plate, including a critical walk to lead off the eighth for the Beavers, from which he eventually came around to score the tying run.

In the ninth, back-to-back hits and a walk loaded the bases for Oregon State, but Larnach struck out swinging to keep the bases loaded. 

But with two outs, reliever Jackson Rose gave up the go-ahead two-run single and then hit two straight batters, and just like that the Beavers had a 6-3 lead. 

Larnach hit a homer and doubled in the first game of the series. 

Minnesota graduates six seniors but should be very good again next season. 

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