College World Series roundup

Mississippi St. 4, Oregon State 1

A Southeastern Conference team is heading to the College World Series finals for the sixth straight year.

For the first time, it's Mississippi State.

Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer off the back wall of the left-field bullpen, and Kendall Graveman and two relievers held the Beavers in check in a win on Friday.

"I know it sounds crazy, but our kids just think something good is going to happen and, by the way, our coaches do, too," Bulldogs coach John Cohen said. "I think these guys are on a little bit of a roll for sure."

The Bulldogs (51-18) beat the Beavers (52-13) for the second time in the CWS and get two days off before starting the best-of-three championship round against North Carolina or UCLA.

Renfroe's homer came on an afternoon the wind was blowing in at a ballpark that surrenders few home runs. He had already seen teammate Wes Rea come up short with a fly to the left-center power alley that Michael Conforto caught against the wall on perhaps the best defensive play of the CWS.

Renfroe's 16th homer of the season, and first since May 4, came on a 3-1 pitch from Andrew Moore (14-2) and put the Bulldogs up 4-0 in the fifth.

"I was running hard out of the batter's box and going for a double," he said. "I kind of hit it off the end of the bat, but I was able to get enough backspin on it."

Oregon State (52-13) went 2-2 in its first CWS appearance since winning back-to-back national titles in 2006-07.

Graveman (7-5) worked the first 5 2-3 innings, allowing one run and four hits. Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder finished, with Holder getting the last two outs for his 21st save of the season.

The eighth-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Graveman also started the first game against the Beavers. He allowed four runs in 4 2-3 innings that day and was let off the hook when Rea doubled in the winning runs in the eighth.

The Bulldogs built on a 1-0 lead after Moore retired their first two batters in the fifth. Adam Frazier and Alex Detz singled before Renfroe, the No. 13 overall pick by San Diego in the recent draft, turned on Moore's breaking ball.

Moore gave up four runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. Jace Fry pitched 3 1-3 innings of two-hit shutout relief, but the Beavers' offense couldn't crack Mitchell and Holder.

Late Thursday

North Carolina 7, North Carolina State 0

North Carolina's Hobbs Johnson combined with Chris McCue on a five-hitter, and the Tar Heels stayed alive with a victory over North Carolina State.

Michael Russell drove in three runs for the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels (59-11), the first on a sacrifice fly that resulted in a close play at the plate to open the scoring in the fourth inning.

Johnson allowed five singles, walked two and struck out six before leaving with one out in the ninth.

NC State's Carlos Rodon started on three days rest after throwing 108 pitches in an 8-1 win over Carolina. He gave up two runs on four hits and threw 80 pitches in his five innings.

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