Oregon State and Louisville will play Monday in the College World Series for the right to put the jersey on at least one more time.
That's a point that Beavers coach Pat Casey re-emphasized right after a Saturday first-round loss to Mississippi State dropped his team into the 2 p.m. Bracket One elimination game against the Cardinals.
“Coach Casey tells us from day one of practice that there will be a day when someone takes the jersey away from you,'' Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto said. “He says we have to make sure that is as far back as possible.
“Our thing right now is that we want to keep the jersey on our back and keep playing.''
Louisville dropped into the win-or-go-home position with a 2-0 loss to Indiana on Saturday. The Cardinals managed just four hits, committed a couple of errors, walked six Hoosiers and hit two more.
It wasn't the kind of opening-night performance Louisville coach Dan McDonnell was hoping to see.
“You realize half the field is going to lose the first game,'' McDonnell said. “That's part of it. There have been teams that have lost the first game and won a national championship.
“Not that we're going to get ahead of ourselves, but we just need to go out, have a good practice Sunday and come out and compete like heck on Monday. You just have to fight.''