They've certainly got the starting pitching to make it possible.
Matt Boyd will get the ball for Wednesday's tilt at 5:08 p.m. PT on ESPN. If Oregon State wins, they face a rematch with Mississippi State on Friday in another elimination game, where Andrew Moore is expected to get the start. If they win there, it sets up the deciding game on Saturday against MSU to determine who moves on to the CWS final. Bet Wetzler would be the expected starter there.
Indiana is expected to counter on Wednesday with ace right-hander Aaron Slegers (9-1, 2.13). He's 6-10, the Big Ten pitcher of the year and was selected in the fifth round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins ... but he doesn't overpower hitters. He's given up 101 hits in 97 innings, but those runners don't cross home plate often, as evidenced by his ERA.
He has excellent control overall this season, allowing only 15 walks on the season with 57 strikeouts. But Slegers hasn't been as pinpoint lately, and he's lasted only 8.1 innings total over his last two starts.
When Slegers is on, his pitches nip the bottom of the strike zone or below it. When he doesn't have his best stuff, those pitches tend to stay up.
Oregon State skipper Pat Casey continually preaches patience at the plate but if Slegers is on, he might want to change things up and have his guys swing away the second time through the lineup. Slegers said his mindset against the Beavs is to throw strikes early in the count.
Oregon State will be the visiting team against Indiana.
SO WHAT IF Oregon State needs some pitching relief on Wednesday? Scott Schultz is the only Oregon State reliever to have taken the mound so far at the College World Series and Beaver relievers were scarcely used in the regional and super regional.
Dan Child could figure prominently if the Beavs and Boyd need relief -- he's a sinkerballer. The Hoosiers come in having struck out 14 times against Mississippi State on Monday night -- many of those came with Indiana batsmen swinging over the top on breaking balls and sinkers.
Tony Bryant has warmed up in the bullpen for both CWS games but has yet to see action. Indeed, he hasn't seen the mound since May 24 -- but he was the Beavs' closer in 2011 and 2012 and he appeared in 21 games this season. He has a 1.76 ERA and allowed only 15 hits in 30.2 innings.
This year's closer, Max Engelbrekt, is reportedly ready to return from a back injury suffered in the super regionals.