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Boyd, Oregon State advance past Indiana in CWS

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Oregon State's Matt Boyd outpitched Indiana's Aaron Slegers as the Beavers edged the Hoosiers 1-0 to survive an elimination game in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb, on Wednesday.

Both pitchers tossed complete games.

Boyd (11-4) gave up no runs on four hits, with three walks and 11 strikeouts. It was the first time all season that Indiana (49-16) has been shut out.

The Beavers (52-12) put their only run on the board in the fourth inning, but left more opportunities. Kavin Keyes led off with a single. Ryan Barnes squared to bunt then yanked a double down the left-field line, moving Keyes to third. Jake Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Keyes, but that's the only run the Beavers could get off Slegers (9-2), who gave up one run on seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Boyd was virtually unhittable for the first 3 1/3 innings. Only one batter put the ball in play -- a fly ball to left in the first. Seven of the 10 outs were on strikeouts and two other runners were picked off after walks.

He gave up his only two hits in the fifth inning. But he worked around a two-on, one-out jam. He didn't allow more than one baserunner in any other inning.

Oregon State now faces Mississippi State on Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

The Beavers lost 5-4 to Mississippi State in the opening game of the College World Series. Danny Hayes hit a fly ball to the warning track in right field with two outs and two on in the bottom of the ninth inning.

If Mississippi State wins, the Bulldogs advance to the championship series. If the Beavers win, there will be a deciding game Saturday.

NOTES: Oregon State is the only team remaining in the field that has won a national championship. The Beavers won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. LSU, the only other team in this year's field with a title, was eliminated by North Carolina on Tuesday. ... Indiana made its first trip to the College World Series. The Hoosiers are the first Big-10 team in the CWS since the 1984 Michigan Wolverines.
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