Former East Central High School standout Trey Porter smacked a two-run single in the top of the 8th inning to break a 3-3 tie and that hit provided the margin of victory as Mississippi State held off the Hoosiers 5-4.
The 8th inning has been good for the Bulldogs in Omaha. On Saturday former Harrison Central High School standout Wes Rea drove home two runs to lead the Bulldogs past Oregon State 5-4.
On Monday... Rea went 2 for 5. He drove in the Bulldogs second run of the game in the top of the 5th with a single and scored on Porter's game winning hit in the 8th inning.
Indiana plated a run in the bottom of the 9th and had the tying run on third base with two outs when Mississippi State head coach John Cohen called on ace closer Jonathan Holder of Gulfport.
Jonathan got the batter to hit the ball to the mound. Holder's throw to first base was low, but Rea scooped up the ball and got the final out to end the game and propel Mississippi State into the drivers seat.
The Bulldogs will have off until Friday when they will face the Oregon State-Indiana winner. The Beavers and Hoosiers will meet in another elimination game on Wednesday.
Reliever Chad Girodo was outstanding on the mound for the Bulldogs Monday night. He pitched 6 and 1/3 innings, gave up 7 hits, 2 runs and struck out 10 Indiana batters. The Hoosier had their chances and were unable to come through with clutch hits against Girodo.
Right now Mississippi State appears to be on the verge of winning a first-ever College World Series title. Cohen has an excellent relief pitching staff who are getting the job done and have come up with timely hits when the game is on the line.
If other colleges haven't taken notice of the talent on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, they will now.
#1 seed North Carolina and #3 seed LSU meet in the other bracket of the College World Series on Tuesday in an elimination game Tuesday afternoon at two.
North Carolina State and UCLA clash in the winners' bracket game at 7 Tuesday night.
If LSU is to advance to the College World Series finals, the Tigers will need to win 4 straight games. It won't be easy, however LSU has the talent to get the job done.
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