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CWS NOTES: Look for OSU's Moore to start Friday

by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Freshman Andrew Moore from North Eugene High is likely to start on the mound for Oregon State when the Beavers meet Mississippi State on Friday at the College World Series.OMAHA, Neb. -- It probably will be either Andrew Moore or Jace Fry on the mound Friday when Oregon State plays Mississippi State in a College World Series elimination game for the Beavers at TD Ameritrade Park.

Moore would be the best bet. The freshman from North Eugene High was a first-team All-American this season and would be going for the Oregon State single-season record for victories. The 5-11, 180-pound right-hander, 14-1 with a 1.57 ERA, worked 7 1/3 innings in last Saturday's 5-4 loss to Mississippi State, yielding six hits and four earned runs.

Fry, a first-team Freshman All-American last season as OSU's Saturday starter, underwent Tommy John elbow surgery last June and is still rehabbing back into shape. The 6-0, 195-pound left-hander has pitched only 4 1/3 innings in five appearances this spring, yielding four earned runs.

"Andrew would have five days rest," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "He'd be fine. Jace is an option. We'll see how everybody feels at practice (Thursday)."

Oregon State scored its only run in Wednesday night's 1-0 victory over Indiana in the fourth. After Kavin Keyes singled to open the inning, Indiana brought in third baseman Dustin DeMuth, anticipating a bunt from Ryan Barnes. But Barnes ripped a shot past DeMuth down the left-field line for a double, moving Keyes to third base.

"'Case' called the slap, and (the Hoosiers) overcommitted," said Barnes, who went 2 for 4. "I got a pitch right down the middle. On a slap, you're looking to pull the ball left side. I got a pitch to do that."

The next batter, Jake Rodriguez, lifted a shallow fly down the right-field line. Keyes tagged and scored with a head-first slide at the plate, easily beating an errant throw.

"I didn't know if it was going to get deep enough or take him far enough left that I would be able to tag," said Keyes, who also went 2 for 4. "But (third base coach Andy Jenkins was) saying, 'Yes, yes, yes,' and making sure I was going to get there. The ball was on the left side of the plate, I think, so it was away from me, but I still would have been in there safe."

Keyes, not the fleetest of foot among those on the Oregon State team, paused and added, "Good thing we had the fastest guy at third base."

A late scratch was OSU center fielder Max Gordon, a key cog in Monday's 11-4 win over Louisville. The scrappy senior made the mistake of putting allergy eyedrops into his contact case instead of solution Tuesday night. He awoke Wednesday with a dilated right eye.

"I can't see out of it," Gordon said after the game. "Coach Casey was asking me all day if I was 100 percent. It was the hardest thing to bite my lip and tell him no, but I didn't want to be out there and miss a flyball."

Gordon was replaced by walk-on freshman Jeff Hendrix out of Corvallis' Santiam Christian High, who beat out an infield hit and made several routine plays in center field. Gordon said he expects to be fine when he wakes up Thursday morning.

Casey was asked if he has a special affinity toward pitcher Matt Boyd, the pitching hero of Wednesday's victory. "Especially when he throws shuts, he's a really good guy," the OSU skipper cracked.

 The Boyd-Aaron Slegers pitching duel provided the CWS with its first 1-0 game since 1985.

"Entertainment value, it was off the charts," Indiana coach Tracy Smith said. "Aaron threw his rear end off and gave us a chance to win, even to the last out."

 Boyd's 11 strikeouts were the most by a CWS pitcher thus far.

Oregon State is 16-5 in elimination games in postseason play under Casey, has won its last eight elimination games in CWS action dating to 2006 and is 4-0 in elimination games this season.

 Casey's OSU teams are 13-5 in the CWS.

 The Beavers are 14-3 in one-run games and 12-2 in shutouts this season. They are tied with Rice for the most shutout victories in the nation.

 Oregon State posted its 37th NCAA tournament win since 2006, ranking third in that span behind North Carolina (48) and South Carolina (46).

 After Thursday night's North Carolina-North Carolina State elimination game, there will be only four teams remaining in contention for the national championship -- Mississippi State, UCLA, Oregon State and the UNC-NCS winner.

The Beavers must beat the Bulldogs twice, as would UCLA's opponent against the Bruins, to move on to the best-of-three championship series that begins Monday night.

 OSU's cleanup hitter, right fielder Dylan Davis, was intentionally walked with a man on base, first base open and two outs during his first two at-bats. Davis is 1 for 11 in the CWS thus far.

"He has 61 RBIs," Indiana's Smith explained. "He's their guy to drive runs in. I watch them in batting practice, look at swings, look at guys who I fear the most. In my professional opinion, he had the best chance of doing the damage against us."

It worked out for the Hoosiers, who got Danny Hayes, the next batter, both times to end innings.

 The Beavers moved four runners into scoring position, the Hoosiers only one.

 OSU shortstop Tyler Smith on facing the Bulldogs: "We're happy we get to play them again. We don't know anything about who their starter will be, but they have real good guys coming out of the bullpen. We're going to have to put together better at-bats than we did tonight, but our pitching will be there, and we'll grind it out."

 Visiting teams are 8-1 in CWS games this season. The only winning home team was Oregon State vs. Louisville.

 The Hoosiers struck out 38 times in their three CWS games.

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