Saturday, December 16, 2017
Colleges

Mississippi State, Oregon State win at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — Trey Porter drove in the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning, and Mississippi State took control of its bracket in the College World Series with a 5-4 victory over Indiana on Monday night.

The Bulldogs (50-18) need one win to reach the best-of-three finals. They're off until Friday, when they'll play Indiana (49-15) or Oregon State. The Hoosiers and Beavers play Wednesday.

The Bulldogs erased a 3-2 deficit in the eighth. Brett Pirtle beat Will Nolden's throw home to tie it after DeMarcus Henderson smacked a one-out liner into right, and Porter sent Brian Korte's 3-and-1 pitch into right-center to score Wea Rea and Henderson for a two-run lead.

Indiana got a run in the ninth, but closer Jonathan Holder got the last out for his 20th save.

oregon st. 11, louisville 4: The Beavers (51-12) used a seven-run fourth inning to break open the game and eliminate the Cardinals (51-14). All the fourth-inning runs scored with two outs; two scored when first baseman Zak Wasserman, mistakenly thinking he caught a throw in time to retire Dylan Davis and end a bases-loaded situation, jogged toward the dugout. It was the highest-scoring game at the CWS in the three years it's been at TD Ameritrade Park.

rutgers AD takes over: New Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann started her job Monday after spending weeks under scrutiny since volleyball players that she coached at Tennessee in 1996 alleged she verbally and emotionally abused them. She denied the allegations. Hermann, 49, did not answer emails or calls; department spokesman Jason Baum said she will talk to the media next week. Late in the afternoon she released an open letter to the student-athletes on the university's athletic website, promising to create a student-athlete care system committed to programs to support athletic and academic pursuits and ensure that student-athletes always can voice any issues or concerns. "I've already rolled up my sleeves, and I can't wait to get to work with you, your coaches and the athletic department staff," Hermann wrote. "We will take the lessons of the past and learn from them.''

football: Kansas dismissed defensive lineman Chris Martin over what coach Charlie Weis calls the junior transfer's failure to follow some "stipulations" after he was charged May 13 in a robbery. Martin was expected to start. He played his freshman season at Florida and last year at City College of San Francisco. … Former Oklahoma State starting quarterback Wes Lunt will transfer to Illinois, returning to his home state. He said coming out of high school he didn't consider the Illini because of turmoil involving then-coach Ron Zook.

track: Texas men's coach Bubba Thornton is retiring after 18 years and 12 conference championships. His teams produced 26 individual NCAA champions. Thornton also coached the U.S. track team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Texas is reorganizing the men's and women's programs under one coach.

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