College World Series: Mississippi State rallies to beat Indiana
Mississippi State 5, Indiana 4: Trey Porter drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, and Mississippi State took control of its bracket in the College World Series last night in Omaha, Neb.
The Bulldogs (50-18) need one more win to reach next week’s best-of-three finals. They’re off until Friday, when they’ll play Indiana (49-15) or Oregon State. Those teams play an elimination game on Wednesday.
Mississippi State erased a 3-2 deficit in the eighth inning. Brett Pirtle and Wes Rea singled leading off the eighth against reliever Ryan Halstead (4-5). Pirtle scored on DeMarcus Henderson’s liner into right, and after Brian Korte took over for Halstead with two out, Porter sent his 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.
Indiana, in the CWS for the first time and the first Big Ten team to make it in 29 years, had its seven-game winning streak end, but not until making things interesting in the ninth.
Chris Sujka singled leading off against Chad Girodo (9-1), and Sam Travis doubled off the wall in left-center to put runners on second and third with one out. Sujka scored on Scott Donley’s groundout.
Mississippi State brought in closer Jonathan Holder, and he earned his 20th save by getting Michael Basil to bounce back to the mound.
Girodo struck out 10 over 6 1/3 innings after coming on in the third in relief of starter Trevor Fitts.
Oregon State 11, Louisville 4: Oregon State used a seven-run fourth inning to break open the game against mistake-prone Louisville in an elimination game.
Ben Wetzler (10-1) allowed three runs in 61/3 innings. Andy Peterson went 3 for 4 and Max Gordon had two hits and two RBI out of the No. 9 hole for the Beavers (51-12), the No. 3 national seed.
“It takes a little edge off the players if they can get a win in Omaha,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. “No one on this club has ever won a game here. So I think it was good to see them relax a little bit.”
The Cardinals (51-14) committed four errors in getting knocked out. Jeff Thompson (11-2) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, with three of the seven runs against him unearned.
Oregon State capitalized on a hit batsman and two errors for a three-run third inning. The Beavers all but finished off the Cardinals in the seven-run fourth, scoring all the runs with two outs.
“Overall, I really didn’t think (Thompson) pitched that bad,” Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said. “I would have liked to have seen us play better behind him.”