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Oregon St. 11, Louisville 4
It's one down and three to go for Oregon State.
The No. 3 national seed Beavers stayed alive at the College World Series on Monday, beating Louisville after a seven-run fourth inning broke open the game.
Oregon State won national championships the last two times it played in Omaha, in 2006 and "07, and coach Pat Casey's first title team did it the hard way.
The Beavers (51-12) face the same challenge as that 2006 team, having to win four straight after losing their CWS opener to reach the best-of-three finals. Next up is Indiana or Mississippi State on Wednesday.
Casey said he's careful not to compare this year's team to the 2006 squad, though the situation makes it seem unavoidable.
"They're all different clubs, they're different personnel," Casey said. "I think they've got a pretty good understanding of what it is they have to do. We talk about things that this team needs to do, and they usually respond."
The Pac-12 champion Beavers won conference series against Oregon and fellow CWS participant UCLA after losing the first games of series. In a super regional, they bounced back from a Game 1 loss to beat Kansas State.
Oregon State enjoyed a stress-free afternoon against the Cardinals (51-14), who committed four errors against the Beavers and 13 in their last six games.
Ben Wetzler (10-1) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings while Louisville starter Jeff Thompson (11-2) lasted 3 2-3 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.
Mississippi St. 5, Indiana 4
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 victory over Indiana.
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.
The Bulldogs erased a 3-2 deficit in the eighth. Brett Pirtle beat Will Nolden's throw home to tie it after DeMarcus Henderson smacked a one-out liner into right, and Porter sent Brian Korte's 3-1 pitch into the right-center gap to score Wea Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.
Indiana got a run back in the ninth, but closer Jonathan Holder came on to get the last out in relief of Chad Girodo (9-1). Holder earned his 20th save.
Ryan Halstead (4-5) took the loss.
UCLA 2, LSU 1
Adam Plutko and two relievers limited LSU to five hits, and UCLA turned both of the Tigers' errors into runs in a tense victory.
The Bruins (45-17) will play North Carolina State today. The No. 4 national seed Tigers (57-10) will meet North Carolina in an elimination game.
LSU scored its only run on Mason Katz's fourth-inning homer. The Tigers had defensive breakdowns that allowed the Bruins to tie it in the sixth and take the lead in the eighth.
Plutko (9-3) allowed four hits in seven innings for the win. David Berg worked out of trouble in the ninth to earn his 22nd save.
Aaron Nola (12-1) gave up five singles in eight innings, and both runs against him were unearned.