CWS: Beavs lose, now face elimination game

DANNY HAYES CRUSHED it. It looked for all the world like it was gone. But this is TD America Park, and it landed a foot from the wall in right-center, into the MSU fielders' glove. And just like that, the potential game winning 3-run home run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs simply became the third out, as the Beavs lost Game 1 of the College World Series, 5-4.

LF Michael Conforto was nails at the plate and in the field, with two doubles and two singles plus a sliding catch and one-hop peg to home to kill a Mississippi State rally -- but it wasn't enough.

Oregon State jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning, but MSU added three of their own against starter Andrew Moore.

The Beavs later tied it in the fourth inning, and then moved ahead in the fifth but their 4-3 lead wouldn't last through the eighth frame.

MSU knocked in two off of Matt Boyd, who had came on in relief with one out and a man on first. A single and a strikeout later, a base knock double to right-center plated two and gave MSU a 5-4 edge.

In the ninth, Oregon State put two men on and Hayes drilled a hanging curve. It looked like it would go, but the ballpark held it.

OSU is now one loss from elimination. They play the loser of the Indiana-Louisville game on Monday. If they win that game, they'll have to win three more times to win the bracket and reach the CWS final.

Oregon State did just that in 2006 in claiming their first College World Series championship.

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