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CWS 2013: Making Sense of the First Round of Games

Published by on June 17, 2013

When the College World Series began just two days ago, three of the eight teams participating were national seeds. Now, all three find themselves in the loser's bracket fighting for their lives.

How did this happen? How did four underdogs all win first round games in Omaha?

Believe it or not, once you look back at what actually went down, it all makes sense.

Starting with Game 1, both Oregon State and Mississippi State scored less than their season averages. Oregon State actually did a decent job of executing their small-ball approach for most of the game, piling up 10 total hits. The game was lost in the eighth inning, when the Beavers stranded two runners on base. Those turned out to be the runs that would have won the game.

In the end, the loose Bulldogs came through in the clutch thanks in large part to a two-run double by Wes Rea in the top of the eighth. Mississippi State is a grind it out team that doesn't seem to be phased by anything, and it showed in their Game 1 win.

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