A pitching duel highlighted the first game of the College World Series. Oklahoma State’s Thomas Hatch and UC Santa Barbara’s Shane Bieber had phenomenal games, striking out seven and six respectively in this one run affair. Hatch threw a five-hit shutout with the help of two double plays, making the Cowboys third in the nation this season. This shutout dropped his ERA to 1.77, while Bieber with a 2.65 saw only one run cross the plate in his eight innings on the mound.
With each team having six base runners the entire game, offense was at a premium. In this 1-0 game, the scoring came in the bottom of the 4th when the Cowboys were able to string together three singles, which allowed Corey Hassel to get around the bases. With few runners on the bases, the defense was in the spotlight. In the 6th, 2B J.R. Davis made a barehanded throw to get the runner at first to end the inning.
The turning point for Hatch came in the 2nd inning because he was able to calm his nerves and get through a jam. UCSB had runners on 1st and 3rd with one out and Hatch was looking nervous. He took a moment and a deep breath and continued with the game plan of throwing first pitch strikes. After a one-pitch lineout, Hatch struck out LF Josh Adams on eight pitches. From that point on, Hatch was dominant allowing only three Gauchos to reach base but not get past first.
The Cowboys look to continue their great pitching on Monday vs. Miami at 6 p.m. CST.