Wes Rea drilled a hanging change-up from pitcher Matt Boyd into the right-center-field gap, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs with two outs in the eighth innning, to lift Mississippi State to a 5-4 win over Oregon State in Game One of the College World Series in Omaha.
Boyd came on in relief of starter Andrew Moore, who gave up three runs in the second after OSU had scored a pair of unearned runs in the first to go up 2-0. Despite not having his best stuff, Moore retired 18 of the last 21 batters he faced and had a 4-3 lead when he left the game. But after Moore gave up a one-out hit to Alex Detz, and after he fell behind Hunter Renfroe 1-ball, 0-strikes, Boyd came in from the bullpen to try to get the Beavers out of the inning.
However, Renfroe rocketed a ball off Boyd that bounced to third baseman Kavin Keyes, who threw to first just a split-second too late to retire Renfroe which gave the Bulldogs runners at first and second with only one out. Boyd struck out cleanup man Brett Pirtle, but Rea hit the first pitch he saw from Boyd into the gap scoring the runs that would turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead for the Bulldogs.
Oregon State threatened in the ninth, putting men on first and second with only one out, but Dylan Davis struck out, and Danny Hayes hit a mammoth drive that appeared to be heading into the bleachers in right field. However, Renfroe went back to the wall and made the game-ending catch at the wall.
Coach Pat Casey bemoaned his team's lack of execution, and pointed out his team should have produced more runs since the Beavers had ten hits in the game. OSU stranded ten base-runners, six of them in scoring position.
Oregon State will play Louisville in an elimination game Monday at noon PT. The Beavers must win to earn the right to play again Wednesday. A loss would send the Beavers home from Omaha after just two games.
Radio coverage of the OSU-Louisville game will begin Monday at 11:30 a.m. PT on the Home of the Baseball Beavers, Fox Sports Radio 620.