OMAHA, Neb. — It’s one down and three to go for Oregon State.
The No. 3 national seed Beavers stayed alive at the College World Series on Monday, beating Louisville 11-4 after a seven-run fourth inning broke open the
Oregon State won national championships the past two times it played in Omaha, in 2006 and ’07. The Beavers (51-12) face the same challenge as that 2006 team, having to win four in a row after losing their CWS opener to reach the best-of-three finals.
Oregon State enjoyed a stress-free afternoon against the Cardinals (51-14), who committed four errors against the Beavers and 13 in their past six games.
Ben Wetzler (10-1) allowed three runs in 6⅓ innings while Louisville starter Jeff Thompson (11-2) lasted 32/3 innings, with three of the seven runs against him unearned.
Oregon State scored the most runs allowed by Louisville this season. It was the highest-scoring game at the College World Series in the three years it’s been played at TD Ameritrade Park.
“It takes a little edge off the players if they can get a win in Omaha,” Oregon 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.”
Andy Peterson went 3 for 4 and Max Gordon had two hits and two RBI out of the No. 9 hole for the Beavers.
The Cards were 1-2 in their only other Omaha appearance, in 2007.
“We came here with the expectation to win the whole thing, and that’s why it hurts,” Cards coach Dan McDonnell said. “I told the guys one day we will win a national championship at Louisville.”
Oregon State capitalized on a hit batsman and two errors for a three-run third inning against Thompson, the Detroit Tigers’ third-round draft pick.
Gordon was plunked leading off and scored from first when Tyler Smith doubled into the left-field corner.
Peterson’s bunt single and a walk to Michael Conforto loaded the bases. Conforto should have been retired, but Louisville catcher Kyle Gibson dropped
a high pop foul along the third-base line.
Two runs came home when Cardinals second baseman Zach Lucas, after fielding a slow grounder, made a careless flip wide of shortstop Sutton Whiting.
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 with a victory over Indiana.
The Bulldogs (50-18) need one 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.
The Bulldogs erased a 3-2 deficit in the eighth. Brett Pirtle beat Will Nolden's throw home to tie it after DeMarcus Henderson smacked a one-out liner into right. Porter sent Brian Korte's 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Wea Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.
Indiana got a run back in the ninth, but closer Jonathan Holder came on to get the last out in relief of Chad Girodo (9-1). Holder earned his 20th save.
Ryan Halstead (4-5) took the loss.