Mississippi State holds on; Louisville goes home

Associated Press photo by TED KIRK -- Mississippi State's Brett Pirtle  scores as Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber tries to apply the tag in the eighth inning of Monday night's game at the College World Series. Pirtle came home on a single by Demarcus Henderson.
Associated Press photo by TED KIRK -- Mississippi State's Brett Pirtle scores as Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber tries to apply the tag in the eighth inning of Monday night's game at the College World Series. Pirtle came home on a single by Demarcus Henderson.

Cardinals’ stay in Omaha ends; Mississippi State holds off Indiana

OMAHA, Neb. — 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’ll 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 starter 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. He gave the Hoosiers faithful a scare with a drive to the right-field warning track that Nolden caught to keep it a one-run game.

Porter, a .250 batter, didn’t play in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Oregon State and came into Monday with just 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.

Chris Sujka, pinch hitting for Nolden, singled to lead off the ninth, and Sam Travis doubled off the wall in left center to put runners on second and third with one out. Sujka scored on Scott Donley’s groundout, bringing on closer Jonathan Holder, who finished off the Hoosiers.

Oregon State 11, Louisville 4: 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 innings. Jeff Thompson (11-2) lasted 3.2 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.