MISSISSIPPI STATE 5, OREGON STATE 4

 

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Trailing 4-3 with one out, Mississippi State reliever Ross Mitchell started a nifty double play to end the seventh inning. Dylin Davis hit a hard grounder up the middle which Mitchell snared, tossed to second to get Michael Conforto and then on to first to finish the 1-6-3 DP. MSU went on to score two in the eighth to take the lead. The Bulldogs extended their single-season school record to 77 twin-killings and have turned 14 double plays in the past 10 games. They entered the CWS ranked fourth in the nation.

Wes Rea | Mississippi State | 1B

Wes Rea had already doubled once when he came up to bat in the eighth inning with two outs. Mississippi State trailed 4-3 until Rea blasted a two-run double to right-centerfield to give the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead which they never relinquished. Rea finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

"I think everybody might have had a shaky feeling there. I left a curveball hanging there for a second, and he hit it pretty good. I thought he might have got it a little off the end of the bat and the wind helped me out a little bit. But like coach [John] Cohen said, sometimes it falls for you; sometimes it doesn't. And [Saturday] it was in our favor."
-- MSU closer Jonathan Holder on the last out of the game
MSU relief pitcher Jonathan Holder allowed one hit and walked one in 1.2 innings Saturday.
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Mississippi State knew it would take a village of pitchers to win Saturday’s opening game of the College World Series. It did, and the Bulldogs pulled out a 5-4 victory. Middle reliever Ross Mitchell and closer Jonathan Holder combined for 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, but with two on and two out in the ninth inning Oregon State's Danny Hayes had Bulldog fans holding their collective breath as he ripped a ball to the right-field warning track ...
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24,473

Game 1's attendance of 24,473 (sell out) is the largest opening day game crowd at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha and is the eighth-largest in the park's three-year history.

Mississippi State will face Indiana at 8 p.m. ET Monday in a winners' bracket game. It will be the first time the schools faced each other. 

Oregon State will face Louisville at 3 p.m. ET Monday in a losers' bracket game. It will be the first time the schools faced each other. The loser will be the first team eliminated from the CWS.