Bulldogs to Face Beavers Again on Friday

OMAHA, Neb. | Oregon State will get another crack at MSU.

Behind Matt Boyd‘s four-hit shutout, the Beavers edged Indiana, 1-0, tonight to keep their season alive. OSU (52-12) will face the Bulldogs (50-18) at 2 p.m. Friday in the bracket championship game. MSU, which is going for its first ever 3-0 start in Omaha, will be the home team. If MSU loses Friday, it will have another chance Saturday to win and advance to the CWS championship round. That best-of-three series begins Monday.

MSU beat Oregon State in the CWS opener on Saturday, 5-4, when Wes Rea hit a two-run go-ahead double in the eighth inning. Freshman Andrew Moore started on the mound for the Beavers that game, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Senior Kendall Graveman started for MSU, going 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits.

Starting pitchers for Friday’s game have not been announced. OSU coach Pat Casey mentioned junior right-hander Dan Child (4-1, 3.29 ERA) and sophomore lefty Jace Fry (0-1, 8.31) as candidates, but he didn’t seem keen on sending Moore back out against a team that’s familiar with him.

“There’s a lot of things that I think we can take from it,” Casey said of the first MSU meeting. “One, they’re very competitive, very good, their bullpen is very strong, they’ve got a quality closer. … They’re loose right now, they’re playing well.”

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  • TrueMaroon5

    Thoughts on the matchup, BL? Think we go w/ LP on Friday?

  • tupelojoe81

    nothing formal, but can you ask why we don’t wear our grey jerseys anymore? They haven’t worn them since Cohen has been there, and they are very traditional to MSU baseball. I’m just curious.

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