Mississippi State, Oregon State Join CWS Field

Mississippi State and Oregon State are both headed to Omaha for the first time since 2007. The Bulldogs and Beavers won super regionals Monday, making the College World Series field nearly complete. North Carolina and South Carolina were rained out Monday, so they will play Tuesday at noon ET for the last CWS spot.

The Bulldogs held a 5-3 lead over Virginia in the seventh inning when play was suspended by rain Sunday, and they tacked on another run when play resumed Monday. MSU needed just six outs to wrap up the super regional, so they called upon closer Jonathan Holder, who breezed through a perfect eighth before running into trouble in the ninth. With two outs and two on, Joe McCarthy beat out an infield single to third base to score a run. Then Brandon Downes reached on an error, putting the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second. But Holder got Derek Fisher to ground out to third to end the game, giving MSU a 6-5 win and sending it to Omaha for the ninth time in program history.

Matt Boyd

Matt Boyd (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

The Bulldogs will face Oregon State in the College World Series opener Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. The Beavers held off Kansas State, 4-3, in the third game of the Corvallis Super Regional. For the third straight game, OSU took an early lead with a home run—this time a two-run shot to right-center by Danny Hayes. The Beavers tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth in support of Ben Wetzler (7.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K), but the Wildcats made OSU sweat by scoring a pair of runs in the eighth on Blair DeBord’s two-run double. With DeBord on second and two outs, Oregon State summoned ace Matt Boyd—who threw 123 pitches over seven innings Saturday. R.J. Santigate singled to left against Boyd, but Michael Conforto threw a perfect one-hopper to easily throw out DeBord at the plate. Boyd returned for the ninth and worked around Ross Kivett’s one-out single, getting Tanner Witt and Shane Conlon to fly out to end the game.

Oregon State is the second national seed to reach Omaha this year; No. 1 North Carolina is still alive. Three national seeds in the CWS would be tied for the fewest in the 64-team era, matching 2007 and 2010.

Monday’s results also ensure that six of the eight teams that will be in Omaha were ranked in Baseball America’s preseason top 10. Preseason No. 4 Louisville, No. 5 Mississippi State, No. 6 Oregon State, No. 8 N.C. State, No. 10 LSU and No. 12 UCLA have already punched their tickets. UNC was No. 1 in the preseason, while South Carolina was No. 7. Indiana was unranked.