Kentucky baseball vs Oregon State score updates in NCAA super regional bracket Game 2

LEXINGTON — Kentucky baseball needs a win Sunday to reach the College World Series for the first time in program history. Oregon State requires a victory to simply stay alive another day.

The Wildcats rolled to a 10-0 win in Game 1 of the NCAA Tournament's Lexington Super Regional series on Saturday, handing the Beavers their first shutout of the season. It was UK's first-ever win in a super regional game.

Oregon State won't make it easy on Kentucky in Game 2, though. In their eight prior super regional appearances, the Beavers only have sufferd one sweep.

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Mason Moore, a junior from Morehead, likely will get the starting nod Sunday. Moore has never allowed a run in the NCAA Tournament, tossing 20 ⅓ scoreless innings in his career. His counterpart likely will be Jacob Kmatz, who is 7-2 for Oregon State this season. Kmatz boasts a 3.29 earned run average with a team-high 88 strikeouts (against just 20 walks).

The Courier Journal's Ryan Black is at Kentucky Proud Park and will have live updates throughout the game — here and on X, formerly known as Twitter — and complete coverage after. You can follow him on X at @RyanABlack.

FINAL: Kentucky 3, Oregon State 2

AFTER TOP OF NINTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 3, Oregon State 2

A 1-2-3 inning for the UK batsmen. But it's the bottom of the ninth that counts with UK needing only three outs for victory.

AFTER BOTTOM OF EIGHTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 3, Oregon State 2

UK pitcher Robert Hogan walked a batter, but was stout otherwise as Oregon State failed to score. Kentucky now is three outs away from clinching a spot in the College World Series.

AFTER TOP OF EIGHTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 3, Oregon State 2

Three straight outs for the Wildcats' offense. Kentucky continues to cling to a one-run lead.

AFTER BOTTOM OF SEVENTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 3, Oregon State 2

The Beavers notched a leadoff single and had runners at the corners with one out. But pitcher Robert Hogan got out of the jam, striking out Travis Bazzana and getting Micah McDowell to line out for the Wildcats to escape the inning with no damage done.

AFTER TOP OF SEVENTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 3, Oregon State 2

Kentucky retakes the lead in bizarre circumstances: Grant Smith struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch. Oregon State pitcher Nelson Keljo forgets to cover home plate. All the while, Nolan McCarthy, standing on second after a leadoff double, motored around the bases and dived to touch home plate with Keljo out of position for a potential tag. UK didn't score again, but it's back on top by a run.

AFTER BOTTOM OF SIXTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 2, Oregon State 2

Cameron O'Brien continues going through Oregon State's lineup like a buzzsaw. He has another 1-2-3 inning and has sat down all eight batters he's faced since coming on in relief with one out in the fourth.

AFTER TOP OF SIXTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 2, Oregon State 2

For the second straight inning, UK goes down in consecutive order. The game remains tied at 2-apiece.

AFTER BOTTOM OF FIFTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 2, Oregon State 2

A dominant inning for UK pitcher Cameron O'Brien: two strikeouts (one of potential No. 1 MLB draft pick Travis Bazzana) and a groundout for a clean frame: three up, three down.

AFTER TOP OF FIFTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 2, Oregon State 2

UK's offense never gets off the ground in the top of the fifth, going three up and three down.

AFTER BOTTOM OF FOURTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 2, Oregon State 2

A rare error by shortstop Grant Smith loaded the bases for Oregon State with no outs. Mason Moore struck out the next batter, Elijah Hainline, but then walked Wilson Weber to bring in the Beavers' first run. (It marked the first run Moore had ever permitted in an NCAA Tournament game.) He then walked Brady Kasper to allow OSU to knot the game at 2-all.

After that, the Wildcats called on star reliever Cameron O'Brien. He immediately struck out both batters he faced — Trent Caraway and Mason Guerra — to end the inning.

AFTER TOP OF FOURTH INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 2, Oregon State 0

The Wildcats pushed another run across the plate thanks on a fielder's choice from Nolan McCarthy, which scored Mitchell Daly.

AFTER BOTTOM OF THIRD INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 1, Oregon State 0

Mason Moore walked Mason Guerra, but UK's starting pitcher got out of the frame thanks to an inning-ending double play.

AFTER TOP OF THIRD INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 1, Oregon State 0

Three up, three down for UK in the top of the third. Wildcats still lead 1-0.

AFTER BOTTOM OF SECOND INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 1, Oregon State 0

Nothing doing for Oregon State in the bottom half of the frame, as Mason Moore has a quick 1-2-3 inning on the mound.

AFTER TOP OF SECOND INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 1, Oregon State 0

Nolan McCarthy helps UK draw first blood, doubling down the left-field line to score Ryan Nicholson, who reached on a single.

AFTER BOTTOM OF FIRST INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 0, Oregon State 0

Kentucky pitcher Mason Moore walked Oregon State superstar Travis Bazzana to begin the inning. Then Moore got three straight outs, two via strikeout.

AFTER TOP OF FIRST INNING IN NCAA LEXINGTON SUPER REGIONAL: Kentucky 0, Oregon State 0

The Wildcats are the visitor in their home park tonight. The Beavers were rude "hosts" in the top of the first, sitting down the Cats, 1-2-3.

Temporary TV change for Kentucky vs Oregon State super regional

Kentucky/Oregon State was supposed to air on ESPNU. But with the Tennessee/Evansville super regional game still going on, UK/Oregon State will begin on ESPNews and ESPN+.

It will move over to ESPNU once the Tennessee/Evansville game concludes.

What channel is Kentucky vs Oregon State on today?

Kentucky's NCAA Tournament Super Regional game against Oregon State will air on ESPNU.

You can stream ESPNU on Fubo, which offers a free trial here.

Kentucky vs Oregon State start time

First pitch for Sunday's game in Lexington is set for 9 p.m.

Kentucky vs Oregon State prediction

Oregon State 5, Kentucky 4: The Beavers are 8-6 this season following a loss. Mitch Canham is 39-33 after setbacks in five seasons as Oregon State's coach. It's a proud, national title-winning program. Only once in eight previous super regional appearances has Oregon State bowed out in a sweep; that was in 2011, to eventual national semifinalist Vanderbilt. UK has played remarkably well of late, winning its past three games by a combined score of 16-1. As uber-talented as the Beavers are, though, it's hard to foresee them making the long trip from Corvallis, Oregon, and leaving without a victory. Expect a nail-biter Sunday night. But with the Beavers fighting to keep their season alive, the visitors will force the teams to return Monday for a winner-take-all Game 3.

Kentucky vs Oregon State location

All games in the NCAA Tournament's Lexington Super Regional will be held at UK's home stadium, Kentucky Proud Park.

Kentucky vs Oregon State lineups

Check out the starting lineups for both Kentucky and Oregon State in the embedded tweets below.

Kentucky

Oregon State

Kentucky vs Oregon State tickets

StubHub has tickets available for the UK/Oregon State game, starting at $45, as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Kentucky baseball schedule 2024

Kentucky is 44-14 in 2024, including 22-8 in SEC play during the regular season. The Wildcats claimed a share of the league's regular-season title for only the second time in school history.

Click here to see the Wildcats' full 2024 schedule.

Oregon State baseball schedule 2024

Oregon State is 45-15, going 19-10 in the Pac-12 during the regular season to place second in the league.

Click here to see the Beavers' full 2024 schedule.

Kentucky baseball roster

Interested in seeing the Wildcats' entire roster?

Click here to meet the 2024 UK baseball team.

Oregon State baseball roster

Want to learn about the Beavers' roster?

Click here for player bios and more.

NCAA Lexington Super Regional bracket

Here's a look at every game set to take place during the best-of-three series of the Lexington Super Regional at Kentucky Proud Park:

(All times Eastern) 

Saturday, June 8

Sunday, June 9

Monday, June 10 (if necessary)

  • Game 3: Monday, Time TBD; TV: TBD

NCAA Tournament Lexington Super Regional tickets

StubHub has an all-sessions ticket, starting at $61 (as of 3 p.m. Sunday), that gets spectators into every game of the super regional.

2024 College World Series bracket

Interested in seeing the 64-team bracket for this year's NCAA Tournament?

Click here to view it on the NCAA's official website.

2024 NCAA baseball tournament odds

Odds courtesy of BetMGM.

Kentucky has the fifth-best odds, at +1000, to win the College World Series, per BetMGM.

The four favorites to capture the title are four other SEC squads: Tennessee (+500), Texas A&M (+550), Arkansas (+900) and defending national champion LSU (+900).

Reach Kentucky men’s basketball and football reporter Ryan Black at rblack@gannett.com and follow him on X at @RyanABlack.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky vs Oregon State score updates: NCAA super regional Game 2

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