OMAHA, Neb. – Indiana could not string together enough quality at-bats against Oregon State starting pitcher Matt Boyd, forcing coach Tracy Smith to try the running game.
That did not work either. Boyd picked off sophomore Chris Sujka in the first inning and senior Justin Cureton was caught stealing second to end the third.
The missed baserunning chances ended the Hoosiers’ run in the College World Series as they fell 1-0 to the Beavers on Wednesday at TD Ameritrade Park in front of 26,035 fans.
The loss was the first time IU (49-16) failed to score in a game this season. Oregon State (52-12) advanced to play Mississippi State (50-18) on Friday.
Indiana pieced together two hits in the fifth, as senior Michael Basil lined a single to right to end Boyd’s no-hit bid. On the next pitch, junior Dustin DeMuth laid down a bunt to the left side of the infield. He beat third baseman Kavin Keyes’ throw to put an IU runner in scoring position for the first time in the game.
But junior Casey Smith flew out to right field, and sophomore Chad Clark popped out to third to end the Hoosiers’ threat.
Sophomore Aaron Slegers, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, did his part. He escaped the fourth inning charged with the lone run. Keyes singled to center to lead off the inning, and designated hitter Ryan Barnes followed with a double down the left-field line. Sujka misplayed that ball, which bounced off the wall and to his left as Keyes advanced to third.
On the next pitch, catcher Jake Rodriguez lifted a ball to right field. Junior Casey Smith made the catch, but his throw drew Hoosiers catcher Kyle Schwarber to his right and away from the plate as Keyes scored.
Slegers retired the next nine batters before giving up a swinging bunt single.
Boyd earned his fourth complete game of the season, striking out 11.
Slegers nearly matched him, throwing 116 pitches in his first career complete game.