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.”