CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Montanan will play in this year's College World Series.
Oregon State, which features Great Falls native Tyler Graham, will host Stanford, which features Red Lodge native and former Billings Scarlets player Nolan Gallagher, in a NCAA Super Regional series this weekend.
The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series June 16-26 in Omaha, Neb.
Game 1 of the Super Regional at OSU's Goss Stadium will be Saturday at 8 p.m. Mountain time. Game 2 is Sunday at 8 p.m. and Game 3, if necessary, will be Monday at 5 p.m.
Gallagher, a sophomore pitcher, is 5-4 with a 3.75 earned run average for Stanford this season. The right-hander has pitched 621/3 innings in 21 appearances, including five starts.
Gallagher started and was the winning pitcher last Saturday in Stanford's 12-8 win over Texas in the Austin, Texas, regional. On May 20, he pitched a complete game and struck out a career-high seven in the Cardinal's 6-2 win over UCLA.
A 2004 graduate of Red Lodge High School, Gallagher pitched for the Billings Scarlets in 2004.
Graham, the Beavers' junior left fielder, is batting .287 with one home run, 14 RBIs and eight stolen bases this season. He has started 24 of OSU's 28 games and has not committed an error.
In last week's NCAA regional at Corvallis, Graham was 5-for-10 with three RBIs as OSU went 3-0 to advance to the Super Regional.
Graham was a starter on last year's OSU team which advanced to the College World Series. He was an honorable mention all-Pac 10 Conference selection last year and returned to school despite being a 14th-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs last June.
A 2003 graduate of Great Falls CMR, Graham played his Legion ball for the Great Falls Stallions.
Oregon State is 42-14 on the season. Stanford is 33-25.