It's been an exhilarating ride in the 2013 NCAA Division I baseball tournament.
The 2013 College World Series has been no different.
On Monday, we saw four teams battle it out in Omaha. One of them was eliminated from the tournament.
We also learned a few things after Monday's action, as teams gave us a deeper look at their capabilities on the baseball diamond.
Here are the main takeaways from Monday at the 2013 College World Series.
Oregon State's Offense Can Be Dangerous
We all know about Oregon State's pitching. The Beavers ranked second in the nation in ERA through June 16.
But in two of their last three games, the Beavers have exploded at the plate. They posted an 11-4 victory over Louisville on Monday, knocking the Cardinals out of the CWS in the process. That was after a 12-4 victory over Kansas State in Game 2 of the Corvallis Super Regional.
On Monday, Oregon State posted 11 hits, including three doubles. Four different players had at least two hits in the win (Tyler Smith, Andy Peterson, Michael Conforto, Max Gordon).
To be fair, Louisville committed three errors as the Beavers scored a combined 10 runs in the third and fourth innings, but Oregon State's offense certainly put pressure on Louisville.
In Oregon State's 12-4 win over Kansas State, Wildcats pitchers Blake McFadden and Levi MaVorhis were tagged with nine runs in the first two innings.
Mississippi State Is For Real
Mississippi State was No. 7 in my championship odds headed into the 2013 College World Series, but it had more to do with the strength of the field than anything else. Any team in the field can win the national championship this year, and the Bulldogs' 5-4 victory over Indiana—my top team in the tournament—exemplified that in spades.
In the 5-4 victory, the Bulldogs got some key hits by Hunter Renfroe, Wes Rea, Demarcus Henderson and Trey Porter. Left-hander Chad Girodo also pitched splendidly in relief of starter Trevor Fitts, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings of work.
Granted, the giant ballpark in Omaha may have taken two home runs away away from Indiana, but a potential grand slam was also taken away from Mississippi State.
Derek Schultz of 1260 WNDE Indianapolis tweeted:
No. 10 Mississippi State has now defeated No. 3 Virginia (twice), No. 5 Oregon State and No. 12 Indiana in the tournament. The win over Indiana on Monday marked the Hoosiers' first loss of the tournament in seven games.
The Bulldogs are the first team to advance to the semifinals of the 2013 College World Series.
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