Masterful Matt: Oregon State's Boyd Pitches the Beavers to CWS Final Four

J.P. Scott@TheJPScottSenior Analyst IJune 20, 2013

Jun 19, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Oregon State Beavers pitcher Matt Boyd (31) throws against the Indiana Hoosiers  during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
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On Wednesday, Oregon State punched the ticket that will keep them in town long enough to have outlasted half of the teams in the College World Series field.

Pitcher Matt Boyd tossed a complete game shutout for the Beavers, allowing only four hits in the process.  He was nearly untouchable on his way to a 1-0 win, striking out 11 Indiana Hoosier batters.

Making Boyd's feat all the more impressive is the fact that Indiana had not been shut out all season. 

Indiana shortstop Michael Basil had high praise for Boyd after the game.

"He was spotting his fast ball and he was getting his breaking ball on the first strike.  It really kept us off balance a lot, and we wanted to jump on his fastball, but a lot of times when his fastball was in the zone, it was right on the inside corner, outside corner.  Didn't really leave too much right over the heart of the plate.  Just really spotted the fastball and kept us off balance."

Basil had one of Indiana's four hits.

Indiana's Aaron Sleger pitched a complete game of his own, giving up one run on seven hits. He struck out five batters on the night.

Oregon State's lone run came when Kavin Keyes scored from third base off a Jake Rodriguez sacrifice fly in the top of the 4th inning.

It looked as if Indiana was going to tie the game up when Hoosier catcher Kyle Schwarber crushed a ball to right field in the bottom of the ninth, only to have it die in the tough outfield winds of TD Ameritrade Park. It was the second consecutive game in which the elements looked to have robbed Schwarber of a round tripper.

Oregon State will move on to play the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at 3 pm EST. The Beavers will need to defeat the Bulldogs twice to advance to the CWS Championship Series. 

The Indiana Hoosiers head home to Bloomington after winning one of the three games they played in Omaha. 

J.P. Scott is a Senior Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand via the postgame press conference.

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