We throw out phrases like “wildest game ever” a lot these days, but, uh, you try describing what happened between UCLA and Oregon State baseball on Saturday.
Simply put, the No. 3 seeded Bruins defeated the No. 2 seeded Beavers by a score of 25-22 in extra innings in the Pac-12 tournament. That is not a typo. Oregon State scored 22 runs, which is a comically high amount of runs to score in a baseball game, except the other team scored 25 runs.
It may also be worth mentioning UCLA was down 21-12 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, at which point the team reeled off nine runs in a half-inning that saw the first nine batters reach base.
Oh, and the Bruins via a walk-off three-run homer by sophomore catcher Tommy Beres, after a game-tying balk. It was Beres’ first home run in his collegiate career.
Nothing sums up how demented this game was quite like the amount of crooked numbers on the basic inning-by-inning scoreboard.
The whole game last five hours and 44 minutes, per UCLA, with 527 pitches thrown by 16 total pitchers. The game also saw 20 unintentional walks, five errors and four hit-by-pitches.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, the 47 total runs is the most scored in more than 8,000 Division I games this season. The last time we saw an MLB game score this many runs was 1922.
The win set up a second game between UCLA and Oregon State on Saturday night for the right to face No. 1 seed Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament final. This time the Beavers scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 win, capping an unforgettable day of baseball for both teams.