OMAHA, Neb. — Trey Porter drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, and Mississippi State took control of its bracket in the College World Series with a 5-4 victory over Indiana on Monday night.
The Bulldogs (50-18) need one win to reach next week’s best-of-three finals. They’re off until Friday, when they’ll play Indiana (49-15) or Oregon State.
The Bulldogs erased a 3-2 deficit in the eighth. Brett Pirtle beat Will Nolden’s throw home to tie it after DeMarcus Henderson smacked a one-out liner into right.
Porter sent Brian Korte’s 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Wea Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.
Indiana got a run back in the ninth, but closer Jonathan Holder came on to get the last out in relief of Chad Girodo (9-1). Holder earned his 20th save.
Ryan Halstead (4-5) took the loss.
Oregon State 11,
OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State used a seven-run fourth inning to break open the game against mistake-prone Louisville.
The No. 3 national seed Beavers (51-12) play another elimination game Wednesday against Indiana. The Cardinals (51-14) committed four errors against the Beavers and 13 in their last six games.
Ben Wetzler (10-1) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Jeff Thompson (11-2) lasted 3 2/3 innings, with three of the seven runs against him unearned.
Oregon State scored the most runs allowed by Louisville this season. It was the highest-scoring game at the CWS in the three years it’s been played at TD Ameritrade Park.
Andy Peterson went 3-for-4, and Max Gordon had two hits and two RBIs out of the No. 9 hole for the Beavers.