CWS roundup

Bulldogs continue SEC dominance

The Associated PressJune 22, 2013 

  • Glance

    Double Elimination (x-if necessary)

    Saturday’s Games

    Sunday’s Games

    Monday’s Games

    Tuesday’s Games

    Wednesday’s Games

    Thursday’s Games

    G10: North Carolina 7, N.C. State 0

    Friday’s Games

    G11: Mississippi State 4, Oregon State 1

    G12: UCLA 4, North Carolina 1

    Saturday’s Games

    3 p.m.

    If only one game is necessary, it will start at 8:30 p.m.

    Championship Series (Best-of-3)

    Monday’s Game

    Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m.

    Tuesday’s Game

    Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m.

    Wednesday’s Game

    x-Mississippi State vs. UCLA, 8 p.m.

— A Southeastern Conference team is heading to the College World Series finals for the sixth straight year.

For the first time, it’s Mississippi State.

Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer off the back wall of the left-field bullpen, and Kendall Graveman and two relievers held the Beavers in check in a 4-1 victory on Friday.

“I know it sounds crazy, but our kids just think something good is going to happen and, by the way, our coaches do, too,” Mississippi State coach John Cohen said. “I think these guys are on a little bit of a roll for sure.”

The Bulldogs (51-18) beat the Beavers (52-13) for the second time in the CWS and get two days off before starting the best-of-three championship round.

UCLA beat North Carolina, 4-1, to advance to the finals.

Renfroe’s homer came on an afternoon the wind was blowing in at a ballpark that surrenders few home runs. He had already seen teammate Wes Rea come up short with a fly to the left-center power alley that Michael Conforto caught against the wall on perhaps the best defensive play of the CWS.

Renfroe’s 16th homer of the season, and first since May 4, came on a 3-1 pitch from Andrew Moore (14-2) and put the Bulldogs up 4-0 in the fifth. It was the third homer in 11 CWS games, and there was no doubt it was out, even though Renfroe didn’t initially see it that way.

“I was running hard out of the batter’s box and going for a double,” he said. “I kind of hit it off the end of the bat, but I was able to get enough backspin on it.”

Oregon State (52-13) went 2-2 in its first CWS appearance since winning back-to-back national titles in 2006-07.

“It’s very difficult when eight teams show up at Omaha, and seven of them lose their last game and feel like they had a poor season,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said. “We’re not hanging our head at all. Our guys are obviously disappointed, and I think they’re more disappointed in the fact that they won’t get a chance to play together as a team again.”

Graveman (7-5) worked the first 52/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits. Jonathan Holder later got his 21st save.

2/3 innings that day and was let off the hook when Rea doubled in the winning runs in the eighth.

UCLA 4, UNC 1

Pat Valaika’s two-run double gave UCLA some cushion, record-setting closer David Berg survived a rocky ninth inning and UCLA defeated top-seeded North Carolina.

The Tar Heels (59-12) twice loaded the bases in the ninth against Berg but came away with one run, with the game ending on Landon Lassiter’s flyout to center.

Grant Watson (9-3) allowed four hits in six innings. North Carolina’s Kent Emanuel (11-5) gave up five singles in six innings.

The Bruins are 47-17.

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