Montana State baseball club season ends one game away from regional title game | montana-state-university

BOISE, Idaho — The Montana State club baseball team opened the North Pacific Regional Tournament with an upset victory, but its season ended Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

In their first regional tournament in program history, the fourth-seeded Bobcats had two chances Saturday to reach Sunday’s championship game. They lost the first 14-4 to top-seeded Utah State, then fell 17-7 to third-seeded Oregon. MSU finished the season with a 9-9 record.

“I just ran out of gas,” MSU coach Joe Hoy wrote in a text message. “The target was to play three games in this regional, however, and they achieved that target.”

MSU moved closer to the title game with a 9-3 win over Oregon State on Friday night. OSU was 19-2 and ranked No. 7 in the National Club Baseball Association’s final poll before the game, which the Cats led 4-0 in four innings and 6-3 in five. They scored their last three points in the top of the seventh.

Tristen Delaney pitched a full game against OSU, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Justin Cervi Cervi hit 3 for 5 with a double and four RBIs.

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“A good year with lots of positives to build on next year,” Hoy wrote.

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