Omaha, Neb. • Mississippi State's Wes Rea went to bat in the eighth inning expecting to see a changeup, and Oregon State pitcher Matt Boyd didn't disappoint him.
Rea drove the ball into right-center for a two-run double that gave the Bulldogs the lead, and closer Jonathan Holder worked out of trouble twice to secure a 5-4 victory Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series.
"I'm fortunate enough I've been up at the plate in these situations and have been able to get it done," Rea said. "It's something I take a lot of pride in when there are runners in scoring position."