Boy, oh Boyd! OSU lefty shuts down Hoosiers, 1-0
OMAHA, Neb. - Matt Boyd scattered four hits and struck out 11 in a complete-game gem, silencing Indiana and making a fourth-inning sacrifice fly stand up for Oregon State, as the Beavers staved off elimination with a 1-0 victory over the Hoosiers at TD Ameritrade Park at the College World Series on Wednesday.
OSU, which improved to 16-5 in elimination games under Pat Casey and 4-0 this season, will match up again with Mississippi State on Friday at noon PT. The Bulldogs defeated the Beavers, 5-4, in the opening game in Omaha last Saturday.
Boyd was his usual stellar self on the big stage Wednesday. The senior left-hander guided Oregon State to the first 1-0 shutout at the College World Series since 1985, threw the Beavers' 12th shutout of the season to tie them with Rice for the national lead, and ended Indiana's season by holding the Hoosiers without a run for the first time this season.
The Beavers got on the board in the fourth with solid contact on three consecutive pitches. Kavin Keyes led off the inning by lacing a single to center field, his second hit of the game. Ryan Barnes squared around to bunt, but pulled the bat back and doubled down the left field line on the next offering, advancing Keyes to third. Jake Rodriguez completed the series; inside-outing a sacrifice fly to right that scored Keyes to put Oregon State on top, 1-0.
Boyd would make that manufactured run stand. He didn't face any trouble until the fifth inning, when Indiana got its first hit and also moved its only runner into scoring position. Michael Basil broke up Boyd's no-no with a bloop single to right field. Dustin DeMuth attempted to sacrifice Basil over, but his bunt died down the third base line, allowing him to reach safely.
Facing his first bit of difficulty, Boyd settled down and induced a flyout off the bat of Casey Smith and retired Chad Clark on a weak popup to third base to end the frame. In his first four innings of work, the Beaver lefty tallied seven strikeouts and only allowed three balls to be put in play. Both of his walks didn't amount to much, as Boyd picked off his second and third runners of the season - Chris Sujka in the first and Justin Cureton in the third.
Indiana's Cureton walked to lead off the sixth, but Boyd got Sujka to pop up for the first out and then worked the NCAA's third most prolific home run hitter to a 1-1 count before forcing Kyle Schwarber into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Boyd worked a clean seventh, allowed a harmless Casey Smith single in the eighth and surrendered a two-out Sam Travis single in the ninth before Nick Ramos grounded out to Keyes at third base to end the game.
This result was the 18th 1-0 shutout and the 103rd overall in College World Series history. The last came in 1985 when Howard Hilton, Tim Deitz and Fred Farwell combined to do the same for Arkansas against South Carolina on May 31, 1985.
The 11 strikeouts for Boyd were a College World Series record for Oregon State and were just one shy of his career-high of 12 from May 3 of this season, when he fanned 12 California Golden Bears. Boyd also tossed a complete-game in a 1-0 win for the Beavers against Utah on April 12.
Boyd's effort out-shined Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Aaron Slegers, who also threw all nine innings for Indiana. The last time the College World Series had two pitchers throw complete games in the same contest was on June 17, 2006 between Clemson (Stephen Faris) and North Carolina (Robert Woodard).