OMAHA, Neb. — Mississippi State took the lead on Wes Rea’s two-run double in the eighth inning, closer Jonathan Holder turned back two Oregon State threats and the Bulldogs beat the Beavers 5-4 on Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series.
The Bulldogs (49-18) advanced to a Monday game against Indiana or Louisville. The Beavers (50-12), the No. 3 national seed, are one loss from elimination.
Hunter Renfroe’s hard comebacker off the leg of Matt Boyd (10-4) put runners on first and second in the eighth. Rea then sent a double into the right-center gap. Andy Detz scored easily, and Renfroe beat second baseman Andy Peterson’s relay throw home.
Holder got out of a jam after Oregon State put two runners on base in the eighth, getting a flyout and striking out pinch hitter Joey Jansen.
The Beavers had two runners on base again in the ninth when Danny Hayes drove a ball to right that Renfroe caught on the warning track to end the game and give Holder his 19th save. Hayes threw his helmet to the ground as Renfroe gloved the ball, and the Bulldogs came pouring out of the dugout in celebration.
Ross Mitchell (13-0) pitched 22/3 shutout innings before turning the game over to Holder.
Oregon State starter Andrew Moore turned in a strong performance after giving up three runs in the second inning.
Moore, the Pac-12 freshman of the year, came into the game off wins in seven straight games and had worked eight or more innings in five of his previous six starters.