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Oregon State, McFeely ousted from College World Series; ASU still alive
By CASEY OLSON
After a 52-year absence from the biggest stage of amateur baseball, the Oregon State Beavers stay at the College World Series was a short one.
Oregon State and Federal Way High School graduate Shea McFeely dropped two-straight games at the eight-team national baseball championships in front of more than 25,000 fans at Omahas Rosenblatt Stadium.
The Beavers were knocked out of the eight-team, double-elimination College World Series Monday in extra-innings by Baylor, 4-3. Top-ranked Tulane dropped Oregon State into the losers bracket with a 3-1 win Saturday.
McFeely, a 2002 FWHS grad, tried to keep Oregon State alive with a solid game against Baylor. The third baseman finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI during the loss. McFeely was 0-for-3 with a walk in the Beavers opener against Tulane.
Oregon State finished the 2005 season with a 46-12 record. McFeely, a junior, ended up hitting .319 with five home runs, 41 RBIs and 50 runs.
The Federal Way school districts other representative at the College World Series, Arizona State pitcher Tony Barnette, remained alive with a come-from-behind win Sunday. The Sun Devils tallied three runs in the top of the eighth inning to erase a 2-1 Tennessee lead and win 4-2.
Barnette, a 2002 Thomas Jefferson grad, and the rest of his Arizona State team got a rematch with Nebraska yesterday (after press time) in a loser-out game. The winner will play the undefeated Florida Gators today at 11 a.m. and have to beat the Gators twice to advance to the best-of-three College World Series championship series. Nebraska beat ASU in the opening round.
Barnette has yet to see the mound in Arizona States first two games of the College World Series after finishing the regular season with a 4-1 record and a 7.16 earned-run average in 28 appearances.