Live from Omaha: CWS Game 1
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B9: Hayes hits one about as far as you can to RF to end the game. Off the bat, that ball looked gone, but RF Hunter Renfroe drifted back nicely to catch the line drive at the wall. Time of the game: 3:10, winning pitcher Ross Mitchell (who else?) as he moves to 13-0, while Matt Boyd falls to 10-4. We'll have a full Game 1 wrap-up in a bit -- stay tuned for Louisville and Indiana at 8 p.m. ET. ... Mississippi State wins 5-4.
B9: Huge strikout of Dylan Davis for the second out here in the ninth inning. Oregon State's last hope? Danny Hayes who's 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
B9: And Conforto is on for a fifth time following full-count walk. Tying and winning runs now on base for the Beavers and here's the other guy in the lineup who scares you: Dylan Davis who's 0-for-4 with an RBI today.
B9: Huge out by Jonathan Holder as Andy Peterson strikes out on a foul bunt after a lead-off single by Tyler Smith. Got to love the drama in Game 1. Michael Conforto comes up as the winning run with two singles and two doubles to his credit already today.
T9: We go to the bottom of the ninth with Oregon State trailing 5-4. They will send up the top of the order -- Tyler Smith, Andy Peterson and the guy who is 4-for-4, Michael Conforto against Jonathan Holder.
T9: As we wait out a pitching change by Oregon State, the attendance is official: 24,473 -- making it the eighth-largest crowd in stadium history. Scott Schultz is on to pitch with one out and nobody on in the Missisippi State ninth.
B8: Holder gets Rodriguez to pop out to right field and pinch-hitter Joey Jansen -- who had only 42 at-bats coming into Saturday -- to strike out to end the threat. Mississippi State holds off the Beavers in the eighth as we go to the ninth.
B8: Ross Mitchell's day is done following an error by 2B Brett Pirtle and a single by Kevin Keyes with one out. In comes closer Jonathan Holder (2-0, 1.31 ERA, 18 SV). Due up: Oregon State's 8 and 9 hitters Jake Rodriguez and Max Gordon who are a combined 0-for-5 today.
T8: We told you before that Wes Rea is a big man. Rea just delivered his second double of the game into the gap in right-centerfield with two outs to give Mississippi State a 5-4 lead. Andrew Moore ends up allowing the most runs in his Oregon State career and finishes with this line: 7.1, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Boyd is on the hook for the Beavers as we go to the bottom of the eighth inning. ... 5-4 Mississippi State.
T8: Hat-tip to Baseball America's college guru Aaron Fitt for pointing out that the Beavers have a track record when it comes to bringing in their ace in relief. They did it the last time they were here in 2007 with Joe Patterson. Matt Boyd just got hit with a line drive by Renfroe that hit off his leg for a basehit. Tying and go-ahead runs now on as Boyd takes some warm-up pitches to see if he's alright. That's not how Casey and the Beavers saw that at bat going. Let's see if Mississippi State can get another big hit like they did in the second inning...
T8: After a one-out single by Alex Detz puts the tying run at first, Andrew Moore's day is over. In comes lefty Matt Boyd (10-3, 2.13 ERA) for only his second relief appearance of the season to face the biggest bat in the Bulldogs' lineup -- Hunter Renfroe. He's started 17 games. Head coach Pat Casey going for the knockout punch.
B7: A real nifty double play gets Mississippi State out of the seventh inning. Dylan Davis hit a hard grounder up the middle which Ross Mitchell snared on the pitcher's mound, tossed to second to get Conforto and then on to first to finish the 1-6-3 DP. Oh yeah, Conforto had his fourth hit of the day. He's 4-for-4. Andrew Moore is on to pitch the eighth, hanging on to a 4-3 lead.
T7: Get up and stretch! Andrew Moore with another dominant inning, striking out Sam Frost, Demarcus Henderson and getting a fly ball to RF by Nick Ammirati. Oregon State has double-barrel action in the bullpen with righty Scott Schultz and lefty Matt Boyd. Moore with 95 pitches through seven and they still hold a 4-3 lead.
B6: Ross Mitchell gets Mississippi State in order. Andrew Moore back to the mound having retired 13 of the last 15 batters he's faced.
T6: Andrew Moore is cruising for Oregon State, getting the Bulldogs in order. Through six innings, Moore has tossed 85 pitches -- 51 for strikes. There is some action in the Oregon State bullpen, but I'd imagine Moore isn't coming out anytime soon. He tossed 124 pitches in that outing against Kansas State, so he's got some gas left in the tank.
B5: Mitchell gets Hayes to end the inning. Oregon State with single runs in the fourth and fifth gives OSU the lead. Graveman's final line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
B5: An RBI groundout by Dylan Davis brings home Peterson to give Oregon State the lead. Conforto also moves to third. After two balls to Danny Hayes, Mississippi State head coach John Cohen pulls the plug on Graveman and brings in lefty Ross Mitchell (12-0, 1.35 ERA). That's right. He's 12-0 and hasn't started a game this season. That's unreal ... 4-3 Oregon State.
B5: Michael Conforto is at it again for Oregon State. He smoked a ball to deep CF that got over the head of C.T. Bradford for a ground-rule double and his third hit of the game. And I mean BARELY. With a runner on first, the Bulldogs catch a break since Andy Peterson had to stop at third. He would've scored easily.
T5: Mississippi State SS Adam Frazier just recorded his second hit of the game with a two-out infield single. It's his 104th of the season, which breaks the school's single-season record. More importantly, it ended Andrew Moore's streak of 10 in a row he had sat down. But the Bulldogs can't capitalize. We're still knotted at 3-3. Packed house. Tie game. Sunshine. Yep, this is good.
B4: Kendall Graveman gets out of the jam, getting a groundout from Max Gordon to end the inning. Pitch counts through four innings: 53 for Andrew Moore and 65 for Graveman. We also have some scoreboard symmetry -- 3 runs on 4 hits and 1 error for each team. On to the fifth ...
B4: The sun has come out, which means it's going to be a beat steamier out there. With that, a leadoff walk to Danny Hayes comes back to bite Kendall Graveman thanks to a Kavin Kayes triple to LF which got past a diving Demarcus Henderson and went all the way to the wall. For Keyes, it is his 34th RBI of the season. Oregon State still threatening with a runner on third and two outs ... Tied 3-3.
T4: Mississippi State 1B Wes Rea is a big guy. He's listed at 6-foot-5, 272 pounds. And he looks it, too. Everything he hits is hard -- as he just ripped a line drive to LF that Michael Conforto made a nice play on to record an out. If things don't work out in baseball, a career as a 'bad guy' in a baseball movie could work. He reminds me of the guy that played for the Mets in Rookie of the Year. Anyway, three line drive outs retire the Bulldogs in the fourth.
B3: Some days the ball just finds you ... a lot. Sam Frost makes two plays in the inning as Graveman works around a one-out single by Pac-12 Player of the Year Michael Conforto (who is really, really good). Graveman sits at 51 pitches through three innings. We go to the fourth with the Bulldogs still up by a run.
T3: Andrew Moore has a nice bounce back inning for the Beavers as he sets down the Bulldogs in order, and that shouldn't be a surprise. The most earned runs the freshman allowed all season was three (twice). The last time actually came in his last outing, against Kansas State in a victory on June 9 in the super regional.
B2: Kendall Graveman bounces back with a 1-2-3 inning in the second. Two weak grounders and a strikeout -- just what you want from your pitcher after handing him a lead. Moving right along here at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha with the Bulldogs on top.
T2: Oregon State gets out of the inning as Adam Frazier lifted a fly ball to shallow LF and Michael Conforto gunned out -- who else -- Sam Frost at home with an absolute bullet of a throw. Andrew Moore gives up three earned runs but it could've been a lot worse. His ERA jumped all the way -- slight sarcasm -- to 1.55 from 1.36. Ouch. Up come the Beavers now trailing ...
T2: And Mississippi State takes the lead on a Demarcus Henderson single to RF and an error by OSU RF Dylan Davis. How about the production by Mississippi State's lower-third of the lineup? Frost with his 10th RBI, Henderson with his 22nd. Getting production from those guys is huge ... 3-2 Mississippi State.
T2: Sam Frost -- Mississippi State's 3B who is making only his 24th start of the season -- has been in the middle of everything so far. After his first-inning error led to the two runs for OSU, Frost just got some redemption, lining a bases-loaded single into CF to cut the lead in half. Bases still loaded with nobody out for the Bulldogs ... 2-1 Oregon State.
T2: After a six pitch first inning for Andrew Moore, he just doubled his pitch count in just one batter in the second -- and hit Brett Pirtle in the process. Mississippi State is setup now after a screaming double down the LF line by big man Wes Rea. Second and third with nobody out. I'd say if the Bulldogs want to get to Moore, here's their chance.
B1: The middle of the Oregon State lineup has been incredible during the postseason -- and it has continued today. Danny Hayes just lined a single up th emiddle to knock in Conforto from first for his 40th RBI of the year. That's two unearned runs for the Beavers in the first against Graveman. We head to the second ... 2-0 Oregon State.
B1: And the Beavers do cash in. Michael Conforto drove a double into the gap in left to knock in his 46th run of the season. It's an unearned run against Graveman ... 1-0 Oregon State.
B1: So both teams start the first inning with runners on second after Tyler Smith gets aboard for Oregon State on a throwing error by MSU 3B Sam Frost. Let's see if the Beavers can make them pay early.
T1: Andrew Moore pitches around a leadoff double to left and escapes trouble getting Mississippi State's biggest threat -- Hunter Renfroe -- to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
Pregame: Dennis Poppe -- the man who runs the College World Series for the NCAA -- was just honored before a packed house. This is his final year running the championship and the city of Omaha named a plaza after him: Dennis Poppe Plaza.
Pregame: This afternoon's starting pitchers are a pair of righties. For visiting Mississippi State it'll be Kendall Graveman (7-5, 3.14), while for Oregon State Andrew Moore (14-1, 1.36) will take the mound.
Pregame: Good afternoon from Omaha! I'm Doug Kroll, and along with Amy Farnum, we will bring you coverage from the 2013 College World Series. As we await the first pitch from Game 1, here's the current weather -- overcast and 78 degrees. It's humid and the wind is relatively calm. There's a chance of some rain this afternoon and this evening so let's hope that stays away.
Starting SS Adam Frazier broke the school record with 104 hits in the fifth inning against Oregon State. ... MSU holds a 16-18 all-time record vs. current Pac 12 members (prior to today) … Last time the Bulldogs faced a Pac-12 member in the CWS was on June 2, 1998 falling to Southern California 7-1. ... Mississippi State is 18-13 when the opponent draws first blood. ... Baltimore Orioles manager Nat "Buck" Showalter is one of three former Bulldogs coaching in the big leagues. The others: Chicago White Sox pitching coach Bobby Thigpen and St. Louis Cardinals first-base coach Chris Maloney. ... MSU enters the CWS with 48 wins. Only three other teams in school history have won 50 games: 1990, 1989 and 1985.
With his four hits against Mississippi State, Michael Conforto has 25 multi-hit games this season, including seven games with three hits and becomes the first Beaver with four hits in a CWS game. ... Oregon State enters the College World Series with 50 victories, tying the 2006 club for the most in a single-season. The Beavers won 45 games in the regular season, topping the 40-win plateau for just the second time (2005; 41). ... OSU is 5-0 in neutral-site games this season, last playing in one on May 8 against Portland in Salem, Ore. ... The Beavers are 45-27 (.625) in postseason play; head coach Pat Casey has 40 of those victories.
All work and no play? Not for these Beavers ...