Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:56 AM by AP
OMAHA - 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 will play Indiana (49-15) or Oregon State. Those teams play an elimination game Wednesday.
The Bulldogs erased a 3-2 deficit after Brett Pirtle and Wes Rea singled leading off the eighth against reliever Ryan Halstead (4-5). Pirtle beat Will Nolden's throw home to tie it on DeMarcus Henderson's liner into right.
Brian Korte took over for Halstead with two out, and Porter sent his 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.
Chad Girodo (9-1), who relieved Trevor Fitts with one out in the third, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, but left in the ninth when Indiana threatened.
Porter had entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch hitter. A .250 hitter, he didn't play in Saturday's 5-4 victory over Oregon State and came into Monday with only two hits in his previous 14 at-bats since May 4.
Indiana, in the CWS for the first time, had its seven-game win streak end, but not until making things interesting in the last inning.
Oregon State 11, Louisville 4: The No. 3 national seed Beavers stayed alive by beating the Cardinals after a seven-run fourth inning broke open the game.
Oregon State won national championships the last two times it played in Omaha, in 2006 and '07, and coach Pat Casey's first title team did it the hard way.
The Beavers (51-12) face the same challenge as that 2006 team, having to win four in a row after losing their CWS opener to reach the best-of-three finals.
Coach Pat Casey said he is careful not to compare this year's team to the 2006 squad, though the situation makes it seem unavoidable.
"They're all different clubs, they're different personnel," Casey said. "I think they've got a pretty good understanding of what it is they have to do."