OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State's season ended with the Beavers waiting for the big hit that never came.
The Beavers were eliminated from the College World Series in a 4-1 loss to Mississippi State on Friday. The Bulldogs advanced to the CWS finals with the victory.
Oregon State advanced runners to second base in six innings but could get only one home. The Beavers were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and hit into three double plays.
"This certainly isn't the way we planned it, and it wasn't for a lack of effort," coach Pat Casey said. "We couldn't get a hit when we needed one. I think that's happened before to all teams. Obviously we were facing very good pitching. Mississippi State got here with their pitching, and the starter was good."
The Beavers were down 1-0 in the fifth when Hunter Renfroe delivered the key blow for the Bulldogs, a three-run homer off the back wall of the left-field bullpen.
The Bulldogs (51-18) beat the Beavers for the second time in the CWS. Oregon State (52-13) went 2-2 in its first CWS appearance since winning back-to-back national titles in 2006-07.
"Omaha's a crazy place," left fielder Michael Conforto said. "We had a lot of fun while we're here. It's just frustrating the way we ended it. There's a lot of positives we can take from this. We're going to grow as a team next year. We've got a lot of guys coming back."
Renfroe's homer off freshman left-hander Andrew Moore (14-2) was only the third in 11 CWS games.
Mississippi State's Kendall Graveman (7-5) worked the first 5 2-3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder finished, with Holder getting the last two outs for his 21st save of the season and school-record 30th of his career.
It's the sixth straight year a team from the Southeastern Conference has reached the finals.
The Bulldogs built on a 1-0 lead after Moore retired their first two batters in the fifth. Adam Frazier and Alex Detz singled before Renfroe, the No. 13 overall pick by San Diego in this month's draft, drove Moore's 3-1 breaking ball for his 16th home run of the season but first since May 4.