College World Series: Oregon State vs. Mississippi State
In all fairness, the Mississippi State baseball team is used to being the underdog when it comes to double-elimination scenarios.
The Bulldogs are winners of eight straight elimination games in their last two regionals, but tonight it was a little role reversal with their first of two chances to beat Oregon State.
OmaDawgs taking on the Beavers for the chance to go to the College World Series final, OSU one of two 50 win teams in the nation this season.
Beavers go on to take this one 12-2, the same score Mississippi State used to beat North Carolina in its last game. The ten run blowout matches MSU’s second biggest loss of the year, the first being an 11-0 defeat at Southern Miss in its very first game of the season.
MSU right fielder Elijah McNamee said, “This is how our season has been all year, our backs are always against the wall. And it’s not going to be easy tomorrow, but they have to come to the Dawgs and I think that they have no idea what’s coming tomorrow. This has been us all year. We just talked with Coach Henderson, and everyone is still loose. It is baseball, you’re not going to win every game. I mean you’re in the College World Series, it’s not supposed to be easy.”
MSU shortstop Luke Alexander said, “It’s just the game of baseball, sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t. It went there way today, but we’ve got another game tomorrow. I’d say we’re pretty good in elimination games so far this year, so we’re just going to go ahead and look for that game. Forget about this game, and just move on.”
MSU interim head Coach Gary Henderson said, “I think you’ve got to get more than five hits. And we certainly hit some balls hard that were turned into outs, but not enough. No, we’ve got to do a better job offensively. But we really, where it starts is on the mound. And we’ve got to get a better start, and we’ve got to eliminate and reduce the number of freebies.”
The Bulldogs and Beavers will lead things off from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha at 7 p.m. tomorrow.