Porter sends Miss. St. to CWS win
Published on -6/18/2013, 9:55 AM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Trey Porter surely made the home folks proud back in Hurley, Miss., population 950.
With Porter driving in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, Mississippi State took control of its bracket in the College World Series with a 5-4 victory against Indiana on Monday night.
The senior came into the game with a total of seven at-bats in the last month. By the end of the night, Bulldogs fans in the crowd of 25,260 were chanting his name.
"I guess being a kid from a small hometown," he said, "you set out to play in the College World Series one day, but you never see it happening because there are so many baseball players out there, so much talent.
"I just happened to step in the box when the game was on the line, and anybody else could have stepped up on this team -- that's how we are. We fight until the end, we never give up."
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. Those teams play an elimination game Wednesday.
Porter's clutch hit didn't end the drama against the Hoosiers, who are in the CWS for the first time.
Sam Travis just missed tying the game in the bottom of the ninth when his fly to left-center bounced off the wall, just under the yellow line, and he ended up with a double.
Scott Donley's groundout made it a one-run game and brought on Bulldogs closer Jonathan Holder.
Michael Basil chopped the ball in front of the mound. Holder fielded it cleanly, but he short-armed his throw to first and Wes Rea had to pick it up on the bounce.
"He doesn't move his feet and throws the ball in the dirt to make everybody's heart stop," Bulldogs coach John Cohen said.
Chad Girodo (9-1) pitched a strong 6 1-3 innings in relief of Mississippi State starter Trevor Fitts. Girodo struck out 10 in his second-longest outing of the season and allowed two runs on seven hits.
Girodo held off the Hoosiers when they had runners in scoring position in the fifth and seventh innings.
"You get the guys over and you don't finish the deal, that seemed to be the story of our middle innings there, and it's a credit to him," Indiana coach Tracy Smith said of Girodo.
"He really did an excellent job of executing his pitches, but we didn't do a real good job of making his job difficult."
Holder required just two pitches to earn his 20th save.
"I really wanted to finish for myself," Girodo said. "I knew if I got in any trouble Holder was behind me and would close it out, and he did. That's really hard to do, to come in with a tying run on third and get the job done. But that's why he's one of the best closers in college baseball."
Oregon State 11
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- 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.