OMAHA, Neb. | Another day, another practice at Creighton University, and thus another round of interviews with MSU coach John Cohen and some of his players.
The Bulldogs (50-18) continued preparations for Friday’s College World Series rematch with Oregon State (52-12). First pitch is at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
“Obviously they’re a really good club, and having watched them twice – I watched the game and the replay – they do all phases really well,” Cohen said prior to today’s practice. “They do a great job of keeping people from scoring. They’re a very, very good lineup.”
Since losing the CWS opener to MSU on Saturday, 5-4, the Beavers have beaten Louisville (11-4) and Indiana (1-0). Cohen doesn’t know yet who he’ll start on the mound, but he hopes to know by this afternoon.
“We do have some options there. I guess with their offense you have to hope the wind’s blowing in again like it was last night.”
So what’s Cohen looking for in Friday’s starter?
“You have to have a guy on the mound who can control the running game, and you have to have a guy who can do a great job defensively with bunts. And certainly we do have some options there. Ben Bracewell is somebody who might be a nice matchup for them as well. Kendall’s probably our best in that area. You’ve got to force them into early contact, because if you don’t, you get deep into it, that allows more of the running stuff.”
Kendall Graveman started against OSU last week, giving up four runs – two earned – in 4 2/3 innings.
Check the video above for more from Cohen, and I’ll have some player videos on here in a bit, too. Plus, I’ll have video of our interview with former MSU player Burke Masters, who showed up at today’s practice.