Live from Omaha: CWS Game 5
LOUISVILLE (51-13) vs. OREGON STATE (50-12)
3 p.m. ET Monday (ESPN2) | TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb.
Announcers: Karl Ravech, Kyle Peterson, Kaylee Hartung
Series History: This is the first meeting between the teams.
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T9: Zach Lucas strikes out to lead off the ninth for Louisville. ... Alex Chittenden is robbed of a hit on a diving play by Oregon State center fielder Max Gordon. ... Mike White is safe at first after a tapper to third base; the throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. ... Matt Helms lifts a single into right; runners on first and second. ... Ty Young grounds an infield single to load the bases. ... Coco Johnson grounds into a 6-4 fielder's choice to end the game. ... Oregon State wins 11-4
B8: Changes for Louisville: Shane Crain now catching; Mike White in right field; Nick Burdi is pitching. ... Ryan Barnes grounds out to short to start the Beavers' eighth inning. ... Jake Rodriguez strikes out. ... Max Gordon rolls to first for the final out. ... Oregon State is three-up, three-down for the first time in the game.
T8: Louisville's Aaron Gershenfeld pinch-hits for DH Jeff Gardner to lead off the frame. ... Gershenfeld grounds out to short. ... Nick Ratajczak pinch-hits for Kyle Gibson. ... Ratajczak flies out to right. ... Zak Wasserman strikes out looking for the third out as the Beavers' Scott Schultz records the first 1-2-3 inning of the game.
B7: For UofL, Alex Chittenden remains in the game at shortstop; Max Helms in right field; Jared Ruxer is the new pitcher. ... Andy Peterson leads off the OSU seventh with an infield single to short. ... Michael Conforto drills a double into the right-center gap, plating Peterson. The teams have combined for 15 runs, the most scored in a game in the two-plus years of CWS games at TD Ameritrade Park. ... Dylan Davis strikes out. ... Pitching change: Kyle McGrath replaces Ruxer. OSU's Danny Hayes walks; runners at first and second with one out. ... Conforto is picked off second base; Hayes moves up to second. ... Kavin Keyes grounds out to second for the third out. ... 11-4 Oregon State
T7: OSU's Ben Wetzler begins the sevening inning by hitting UofL's Zak Wasserman with a pitch. ... Wetzler follows up with a high fastball that Zach Lucas cannot catch up to; strikeout. ... Alex Chittenden pinch hits for Sutton Whiting. ... On his 100th pitch, Wetzler goes 2-0 on Chittenden, who eventually earns a four-pitch walk; runners at first and second. ... Pitching change: Wetzler is lifted in favor of Scott Schultz. ... Adam Engle hammers the first pitch down the third-base line and into the corner for a two-run double. ... Cole Sturgeon flies out to center field; Engle advances to third with two outs. ... Ty Young strokes a single to left to plate Engle. Coco Johnson grounds into a 6-4 fielder's choice to end the frame. ... Louisville has out-hit Oregon State 10-9 but four Cardinals errors looming large. ... 10-4 Oregon State
B6: Ryan Barnes walks on four pitches to lead off the sixth for Oregon State. ... UofL's Kyle Funkhouser uncorks a wild pitch; Barnes moves to second. ... Jake Rodriguez swings and misses at strike three for the first out. ... Ditto Max Gordon for the second out. ... Tyler Smith grounds out to second to end the inning.
T6: Louisville's Cole Sturgeon smacks a single to left field to begin the sixth. ... And Ben Wetzler promptly gets a 6-4-3 double-play ground ball from Ty Young. ... After the twin-killing, Coco Johnson singles. ... Jeff Gardner follows with a base hit to left-center field; Johnson pulls into third. ... Kyle Gibson flies out to right field to end the frame.
B5: OSU's Andy Peterson pops out to right field. ... Michael Conforto strikes out swinging for the second out. ... Dylan Davis is hit by a pitch -- so UofL's Kyle Funkhouser will not record the day's first 1-2-3 inning. ... The Beavers' Danny Hayes laces a double down the right-field line; Davis motors to third. ... Kavin Keyes strikes out on a check swing to end the inning.
T5: Louisville begins the fifth inning with a single by Kyle Gibson and a walk to Zak Wasserman. ... Zach Lucas follows with a single to right to plate Gibson. ... With one out, Oregon State's Ben Wetzler coaxes a ground-ball double play off the bat of UofL's Adam Engel to end the threat. ... 10-1 Oregon State
B4: Max Gordon strokes a one-out single to left as Oregon State looks to keep piling on runs. ... Tyler Smith takes a backwards K on a 3-2 pitch before Andy Peterson rolls a two-out single to left; Beavers with runners at first and second. ... Michael Conforto follows with a single to right field to load the bases. ... Dylan Davis tops the ball up the third-base line, and with the runners off on contact, plates two runs after beating out the on-the-run throw by Cards third baseman Ty Young. ... Cody Ege and Kyle Funkhouser begin getting lose in the UofL bullpen. ... And Cards starter Jeff Thompson is lifted: 3.2 innings, seven hits, seven runs allowed -- three earned -- with one walk and four strikeouts. Cody Ege now on the bump with runners at first and second. ... OSU's Danny Hayes earns a base on balls to reload the bases. ... Kavin Keyes hits a two-hopper to short and Louisville's Sutton Whiting airmails the throw to first; two runs score. ... Ryan Barnes is hit by a pitch as Ege reloads the bases; it's the third time this inning the Beavers have had the bases loaded. ... Kyle Funkhouser (curb your enthusiasm, no relation to Marty) trots in from the right-field bullpen to replace Ege on the mound. ... OSU's Jake Rodrigues coaxes a walk to force in the Beavers' fifth run of the frame. Max Gordon slaps a single to left to plate two more runs -- his sixth and seventh RBI of the year. ... Tyler Smith flies out to center field to end the inning. ... For Oregon State, eight batters reached base and seven runs scored after two outs. ... The seven-run inning is the largest in two-plus years of CWS play at TD Ameritrade Park. (The CWS record is 11, by Stanford against Florida State on June 14, 2008.) ... 10-0 Oregon State
T4: Couple of notes: Oregon State's Andy Peterson has 78 hits this season and 25 of them via the bunt. Not bad. Also, Louisville now has 12 errors in seven postseason games. Not good. ... The Beavers' Ben Wetzler has struck out five through four innings.
B3: For the second time in three innings, Oregon State has the lead-off batter on base; Max Gordon is hit by a pitch. ... Tyler Smith follows with his 10th double of the season and 28th RBI to plate Gordon with the game's first run. ... OSU has runners at the corners with none out as Andy Peterson drops a bunt single up the third-base line. ... Michael Conforto draws a walk and the Beavers have the bases loaded. (Does Oregon State refer to baserunners as "ducks on the pond"?) ... Louisville's third error of the game -- second of the inning -- allows two runs to score for Oregon State. Danny Hayes hit a ground ball to second and Zach Lucas threw the flip to second base away. Catcher Kyle Gibson then caught a foul pop to end the inning -- fitting way for it to end after he dropped one earlier to open the flood gates. ... 3-0 Oregon State
T3: OSU's Ben Wetzler is settling into a groove; strikeout, ground out and liner to right -- eight pitches to retire the Cardinals in order. Through three innings he has thrown 36 pitches, 23 for strikes.
B2: Jeff Thompson was rolling in the second after back-to-back strikeouts of Danny Hayes and Kevin Keyes to begin the inning. But then a routine grounder to SS ate up Sutton Whiting with two outs and Ryan Barnes is aboard. Let's see if Thompson can work out of it. ... Indeed -- Jake Rodriguez lifts a lazy can of corn to right field for the third out.
T2: Oregon State's Ben Wetzler again yields one-out hit -- a single by Louisville's Jeff Gardner -- and again the Beavers get out of the inning with no further damage.
B1: Leadoff batter Tyler Smith reaches on an infield single to short, then moves second on a sac bunt by Andy Peterson. ... Oregon State is now 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Dylan Davis lofts a fly ball behind first base for the third out, stranding Smith at second base.
T1: Louisville's Cole Sturgeon gets a one-out single to right; he has three of the Cardinals' five hits thus far in the CWS. With two outs, Sturgeon is picked off -- lefty Ben Wetzler to first baseman Danny Hayes to second baseman Andy Peterson, who chased down Sturgeon as he tried to scamper back to first base.
Pregame: We're about set for first pitch. Both starting pitchers have been solid in the postseason. Oregon State's Wetzler is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in his two starts, including a complete game. He's struck out 15 batters in 16.2 IP. As for Louisville's Thompson, he's 1-0 in two starts with a 1.38 ERA. A really good team is going to be on a flight back home later today, which one will it be? Here we go!
Pregame: Weather conditions for today's first game: 85 degrees, with sunny skies and light wind blowing out to CF.
Pregame: Hello everybody and welcome to day three of the College World Series. Our first elimination game is here as Louisville will take on Oregon State beginning at 3:10 p.m. ET. The pitching matchup: for visiting Louisville, Big East Pitcher of the Year Jeff Thompson (11-1, 2.00) takes the ball and for Oregon State, lefty Ben Wetzler (9-1, 2.11). Another gorgeous day here in Omaha so join us for some baseball as Game 5 is set to get under way.
The Cardinals, who are participating in their second CWS, own a 1-3 record and have dropped two consecutive games dating back to the 2007 CWS. ... Louisville owns a 3-7 all-time record against current members of the Pac-12 including 2-0 this year after sweeping Southern California. This is the first meeting between Louisville and Oregon State. ... UofL is 34-6 against righty starters and 17-7 against lefties this season. It will face Oregon State's Ben Wetzler on Monday. ... The Cards are 39-5 when scoring first, including 21-3 when scoring in the first inning.
Oregon State is now 37-6 when scoring first and 42-4 when leading after seven innings following Saturday's first loss. ... Michael Conforto became the third player to have four hits in a CWS game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The last was North Carolina’s Ben Bunting in 2011. ... Saturday’s loss ended Oregon State’s seven-game win streak in Omaha. The Beavers last lost on June 24, 2006, in the first game of the championship series against North Carolina. OSU also lost its opening CWS game to Miami (Fla.) that year before coming back to win the tournament. ...