Oregon State loses CWS opener
Oregon State lost to Mississippi State 5-4 in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. – Oregon State had to win its super regional the hard way. Now the Beavers face a more difficult task.
Mississippi State took the lead on Wes Rea’s two-run double in the eighth inning, closer Jonathan Holder turned back two Oregon State threats, and the Bulldogs defeated the Beavers 5-4 Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series.
The Beavers (50-12), the No. 3 national seed, must beat Louisville on Monday to keep their season going. Louisville lost to Indiana 2-0.
“We’ve had our backs pinned before,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey said.
“It’s not completely foreign territory.”
Oregon State lost the first game of its super regional against Kansas State before beating the Wildcats twice to reach the CWS for the first time since winning the second of two consecutive national titles in 2007.
“Hopefully there’s a lot of baseball left,” said outfielder Michael Conforto, a Redmond High School graduate who matched his college career best with four hits and reached base five times. “We’ve got to come out on Monday and be ready to play, and this team knows how to do that.”
The Beavers lost their one-run lead in the eighth after Hunter Renfroe’s hard comebacker off the leg of Matt Boyd (10-4) put runners on first and second. Rea then sent a double into the right-center gap.
Boyd is a former Eastside Catholic player.