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BEAVERS NOTEBOOK: Boyd next likely starter; Gordon's bat delivers

OMAHA, Neb. -- Even with the daunting task of having to win three more elimination games just to get to the College World Series championship series, Oregon State isn't set up that badly with its pitching staff.

Coach Pat Casey said after Monday's 11-4 win over Louisville that senior left-hander Matt Boyd is the likely starter in Wednesday's 5 p.m. PT game against Indiana at TD Ameritrade Park.

BOYD"We'll probably go with 'Matty,' " Casey said immediately after the win over Louisville but before knowing whether the Beavers would face Indiana or Mississippi State. "There are couple of options. Dan Child is one."

Child has thrown only once since May 8 -- 11 pitches without recording an out against Kansas State at the Corvallis super regional. He's an unlikely choice.

Boyd, who gave up his starting role to take over as closer with the injury to Max Englebrekt, threw eight pitches in Saturday's 5-4 loss to Mississippi State but should be rested and ready to go Wednesday.

And Englebrekt, out of action with back spasms since the opener of the K-State series, is healthy and available Wednesday, too.

• Center fielder Max Gordon came into Monday's game hitting .229 and in the throes of a 3-for-34 slump. Gordon, though, had a big day at the plate, starting a three-run third inning by getting hit by a pitch and scoring, then rapping solid base hits his next two times at the plate.

GORDON"Feels good to get a couple of hits, to get my first hit in Omaha," said the senior from Ashland, generously listed at 5-8 but probably closer to 5-6. "Got the monkey off my back."

"Any time Max does something like that, a couple of knocks, you see how extra excited everybody is in our dugout," second baseman Andy Peterson said. "He's a war dog. Everyone says he's a savage. He plays his butt off every game."

Gordon also made one of the best defensive plays of the game, a diving grab of a sinking line drive in the ninth inning.

"Max is always a spark for us," Casey said. "When we put him in the lineup permanently (on April 26), that's when we got consistent as a club. His dad clued me (Sunday) in that he was going to hit today. And he did. I gotta start talking to the dad a little more, I guess."

• Ben Wetzler gave a workmanlike performance to run his record to 10-1. The junior left-hander scattered eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, throwing 102 pitches.

"Ben's a competitive guy," Casey said. "You want a tough guy when you're up against the wall. I knew he'd give us a good start."

• Left fielder Michael Conforto, who had two hits Monday and is 6 for 8 in the CWS, said the OSU players held a team meeting before the game.

"There was a quiet intensity," he said. "A couple of guys said they didn't want to stop playing with this team, and said how they felt about this team. We all really care about each other."

NOTES -- It was the first meeting on the diamond between Oregon State and Louisville. … Right fielder Dylan Davis got an infield hit, but OSU's cleanup hitter is 1 for 9 in the CWS. … Oregon State (51-12) set a school single-season record for victories. … Shortstop Tyler Smith, who had two hits Monday, has five multi-hit games in the postseason.

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