The scenario was relatively straightforward for Oregon State to carve out a path to play Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament championship. The Beavers had to beat UCLA for their third win of the tournament just once and they were in. It was a high-scoring game heading into the bottom of the ninth, Oregon State was leading 21-12. Then, the impossible happened.
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UCLA tied the game to send the game into extras. The Beavers got the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th but the Bruins tied it on a very questionable balk call. Knotted up at 22 and with Oregon State visibly rattled, UCLA hit a three-run bomb to walk off the game and win 25-22. Neither team had time to ruminate as they had to play a rematch less than one hour later to see who would face Stanford.
Oregon State won that next game in an 8-7 final. The Beavers scored five runs in the first two innings to keep up their hot bats but they were down 7-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth. In another very dramatic finish, Jacob Melton hit a walk-off single as the Beavers scored two in the ninth to win and advance to the final.
Stanford's path was a bit more straightforward. The Cardinal beat Arizona State to open the tournament and then Arizona twice in back-to-back games. Will this game final game continue the drama of an already wild Pac-12 Tournament?
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