Omaha, Neb. —Mississippi State’s Wes Rea went to bat in the eighth inning expecting to see a change-up, and Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd didn’t disappoint him.
Rea drove the ball into the right-center field gap for a two-run double that gave the Bulldogs the lead, and closer Jonathan Holder worked out of trouble twice to secure a 5-4 victory Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Bulldogs (49-18) advanced to a Monday game against Indiana. The Beavers (50-12), the No. 3 national seed, are one loss from elimination.
Oregon State starter Andrew Moore turned in a strong performance after giving up three runs in the second inning.
Moore, the Pacific-12 Conference freshman of the year, missed up with his fastball early but settled down to retire 18 of 20 batters before Andy Detz singled with one out in the eighth.
“Mo had one bad inning and got real sharp,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said. “We’re playing a club that’s got really good pitching out of the pen. When we get 10 hits, we’ve got to be better. We didn’t execute in certain situations. And like always, little things win and lose big games.”
Conforto, the Pac-12 player of the year, matched his career high with four hits, including two doubles.
The Beavers had two runners on base with one out in the ninth, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity.
Indiana 2, Louisville 0: Joey DeNato threw a four-hitter and the Hoosiers (49-18) blanked the Cardinals (51-13) in their first appearance in the College World Series.
DeNato (10-2) allowed three singles and a double in his second complete game. He struck out eight and walked three.
Cody Green (10-4) took the loss.
The Hoosiers will play Mississippi State on Monday, and the Cardinals will face Oregon State in an elimination game.