Live from Omaha: CWS Game 11
MISSISSIPPI STATE (50-18) vs. OREGON STATE (52-12)
3 p.m. ET Saturday (ESPN) | TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, Neb.
Announcers: Dave O’Brien, Kyle Peterson, Kaylee Hartung
Series History: Mississippi State leads 1-0 Last: June 15, 2013 (MSU 5-4) Recap
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T9: Michael Conforto lines out to first to start the inning and Dylan Davis gets on with a single. One more runner to get the tying run to the plate ... And there it is as Hayes singles ... Here comes Jonathan Holder -- MSU's closer with 20 saves on to try and pick up his third CWS save of the year. He'll face Kavin Keyes ... He flies out to left softly and it's left to Ryan Barnes who has two home runs this season ... A hot shot to 2B is picked nicely by Brett Pirtle and the flip to Adam Frazier to get the final out ... Kendall Graveman improves to 8-5 while Andrew Moore falls to 14-2. Holder picks up his 21st save in a game that took 2:32 ... Mississippi State advances to Monday night's championship finals where they will meet either UCLA or North Carolina. We'll be back at 8 p.m. ET for UNC-UCLA ... Mississippi State wins 4-1.
B8: Today's attendance: 18,868 bringing the total CWS number to 262,719 for an average of 23,884. We are approx. 30,000 ahead of last year's pace ... Joey Matthews stays in the game and plays CF after he pinch hit for Max Gordon ... Bulldogs get a runner on but another double play -- the sixth combined in the game -- ends the inning. Here come the Beavers down to their last three outs.
T8: Mississippi State is 27-0 when allowing two runs or less this season as the eighth begins with a walk to Jake Rodriguez ... Pinch hitter Joey Matthews -- with just 35 at-bats -- grounds out softly to the left side and moves Rodriguez up to second ... Tyler Smith tries to push a bunt up the first base line that looked like it was going foul but somehow hugged the chalk and Smith was tagged out by pitcher Ross Mitchell. Smith had slowed down for a moment thinking it would go foul, not a great play there by OSU's shortstop ... Andy Peterson ends the inning with a ground ball to short. Wasted opportunity by the Beavers to move to 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
B7: Alex Detz doubles into the corner with one out ... Hunter Renfroe grounds out to short. Here's Brett Pirtle trying to tack on a run with two outs ... Easy inning for Fry despite the double as Pirtle grounds out. To the eighth we go.
T7: Dylan Davis gets off the schneid with a hit to start the seventh inning -- he's now 2-for14 in Omaha. Big spot for the Beavers ... A 10-pitch at-bat by Danny Hayes ends in a flyout ... But Kavin Keyes gets on with an infield single to SS. Ryan Barnes comes up as the tying run at the plate ... Another double play by Mississippi State -- its 80th of the season and third of the game -- gets the Bulldogs out of the inning. They called interference at second on the slide, but OSU head coach Pat Casey came out to argue with the first base umpire since it was a close play -- that didn't matter since the batter was automatically out. Confusing play but no matter how you script it, MSU is out of the seventh.
B6: Oregon State turns a nice double play and then gets a ground ball up the middle that Tyler Smith snares and gets Ammirati at first base.
T6: That was a tough time for Andrew Moore's shortest outing of his season, but he lasted just 4.2 innings while allowing four runs and nine hits ... OSU has a runner on with two outs as Graveman will get a visit to the mound before taking on Andy Peterson ... OSU's scrappy second baseman delivers a base hit to score Max Gordon from second base. Peterson is now 6-for-13 at the CWS as he knocks in his first run in Omaha ... With the hit, Graveman exits and in comes Ross Mitchell -- the guy with the most absurd reliever win-loss record anyone can remember. The lefty is 13-0 with a 1.31 ERA as he comes in to face Conforto ... Mitchell gets Conforto on two pitches as OSU's left fielder is now 0-for-3 today. After coming in 7-for-12 in Omaha, that's huge for the Bulldogs to shut him down. ... 4-1 Mississippi State.
B5: Michael Conforto is the first player with two outfield assists at the CWS since 2008 when LSU's Jared Mitchel did so ... See below in the "Socially Speaking" for a real cool feature on Oregon State that ESPN. They wore camera glasses during batting practice ... Meanwhile, Adam Frazier singles through the right side for a two out single ... What a two-out rally this is. Detz followed with a single and Hunter Renfroe just hit his 16th home run of the season into the bullpen in left ... Two more singles follow the homer and the end might be near for Moore with Jace Fry tossing in the bullpen. That's five consecutive hits with two outs ... On is Fry (0-1, 8.31) who gets the final out of the inning. Fry had Tommy John surgery a little more than a year ago and this is only his fifth appearance of the year. To learn more about him, click here for a story from our Live From Omaha friend Lindsay Schnell. Fry almost started today, but Moore got the nod. ... 4-0 Mississippi State.
T5: After a lead off single by Danny Hayes, Graveman gets Kavin Keyes to ground into a 4-6-3 double play ... Two outs and nobody on for Ryan Barnes ... He grounds out as well to end the inning. Graveman cruising through five with 60 pitches thrown.
B4: Mississippi State gets things going here in the fourth with one out. Bret Pirtle singled, Wes Rea put one in the gap that Conforto couldn't get to this time around to put runners at second and third ... C.T. Bradford grounds to first, but Danny Hayes was in no man's land and couldn't make a play on anyone for a single ... Trey Porter then lifted a ball into foul territory in LF that Conforto caught and threw home to get Wes Rea at the plate to end the inning on a play that looked like Rea got his foot in safely ... Conforto continues to stand out at this CWS both offensively and defensively. It's Conforto's third outfield assist of the postseason and second guy he's thrown out at the plate in Omaha ... 1-0 Mississippi State.
T4: Andy Peterson gets on with a one-out infield single. Peterson is now 5-for-12 in Omaha. It's exactly what you want when Conforto (8-for-13 at CWS) and Davis come up behind him ... Conforto strikes out swinging as Peterson steals his 14th base of the year, but Davis flies out to CF to end the threat.
B3: And now Mississippi State answers with its first hit of the day off Andrew Moore -- a Trey Porter leadoff single that just went under the love of the pitcher back up the box. Gotta love Porter delivering after being inserted into the lineup following his heroics on Tuesday in a game he didn't start. Porter is now 2-for-3 in Omaha ... Demarcus Henderson does his job getting him over to second with a sac bunt ... Nick Ammirati flies out to LF for the second out and up comes the always dangerous Adam Frazier ... A grounder back up the box is bobbled by SS Tyler Smith, but at least he knocks it down to save a run for now. Runners at the corners for Alex Detz ... Moore gets out of it by getting Detz to fly out to RF. The error cost him five extra pitches.
T3: We have our first base runner of the day as Jake Rodriguez doubled down the LF line past a diving Alex Detz at third with one out for his first hit of the CWS. OSU's catcher had been 0-for-10 ... But that's quickly erased as Max Gordon lines into a 3-6 double play. Wes Rea made a great catch at first and threw to second for the easy out -- Rodriguez was way off the bag and didn't stand a chance to get back.
B2: Note to management: next year we need a runner here to bring us Zesto milkshakes during these hot day games. That walk in between games will still be too hot ... Back to the action, after a quick first out big Wes Rea hit a bomb to LF which Michael Conforto went back on all the way to the wall and reached out to make a spectacular grab crashing into the wall at full speed. Everyone in the place gives him a standing ovation -- including the large contingent of Bulldogs' fans. There's your play of the day -- especially with the NBA Finals put to bed ... Two outs and nobody on for C.T. Bradford ... Moore gets Bradford to lineout softly to third to end the inning. Both pitchers perfect through two.
T2: Graveman sets down OSU in order in the second -- he's needed just 24 pitches to get the first six batters out.
B1: Andrew Moore gets off to a quick start on the mound too by getting the always-tough-out Adam Frazier to bounce back to the pitcher. Alex Detz grounds out to second and despite Andy Peterson's bobble, he was thrown out. Hunter Renfroe flies out to LF to end the inning. Like we've seen quite a few times, both starters with quick 1-2-3 innings to start.
T1: We're under way from TD Ameritrade Park as Tyler Smith lines out to SS to get the festivities going ... Graveman follows by getting Andy Peterson on a weak grounder to third and Michael Conforto on a fly ball to end the inning. Here come the Bulldogs. One note on today's uniforms -- thank goodness the Beavers are wearing greys and not their black tops that they showcased in Game 1. Not sure how much they'd last in those on a day like today.
Pregame: With the wind once again howling in from CF at 20+ MPH, here are your starting pitchers -- for visiting Oregon State, it's righty Andrew Moore (14-1, 1.57), and for Mississippi State righthander Kendall Graveman (7-5, 3.17) -- the same pitching matchup from Game 1 of the CWS. Graveman will make his team-leading 19th start of the season after he went 4.2 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) with six hits, a walk and two strikeouts in the no decision. As for Moore, he also got a no decision in June 15th's start after lasting 7.1 innings and allowing six hits, four runs and striking out two.
Pregame: It's hot out. Really hot. It's 88 degrees and mostly cloudy, but it feels like 93 out with the humidty. We'll be back with the starting pitchers as Oregon State looks to live another day in Omaha against Mississippi State.
The last time and only time Mississippi State won two games at the CWS was 1985. The Bulldogs won their first two games (Okla. State 2-1; Arkansas 5-4) before losing their next two (Texas 12-7; Miami (Fla.) 6-5. ... The Bulldogs scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the eighth in both of its 2013 CWS wins. Prior to the CWS, MSU had been 2-15 when trailing after seven innings (now 4-15).
Oregon State is now 16-5 in elimination games under head coach Pat Casey in postseason play. Casey is 13-5 in the CWS, owning all of OSU’s CWS wins. ... Wednesday’s win was OSU’s twelfth shutout of the year, which is tied with Rice for the most in the NCAA. OSU’s only other 1-0 game this year was a win against Utah on April 12.