Mississippi State defeated the Hoosiers 5-4 Monday night.
Earlier in the day, Bloomington resident Ryan Kessens was confident that IU’s hot-streak in the College World Series would continue Monday evening.
“We can hit any pitcher that the opposing team throws out there,” Kessens says. “We showed that against Louisville and Florida State before that, so I think our strength lies in our offense and as long as we hit the ball like we have been I think we can beat anybody.”
Kessens was one of many who cheered on the Hoosiers from Nick’s English Hut in Bloomington as the Hoosiers took on the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
IU carried the lead into the eighth inning, but the Bulldogs mounted a three run comeback and pulled ahead.
The Hoosiers attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but were unsuccessful, stranding the tying run on third base. The Hoosiers lost to the Bulldogs 5-4.
Despite the setback, Kessens remains optimistic about Indiana’s chances in the tournament.
“I’ve seen them do it before,” he says. “I was really hoping they could pull it off again, but we’ll get Oregon State in our next game and go from there, so hopefully we can pull that off.”
The Hoosiers will play against the Oregon State Beavers on Wednesday in an elimination game. If they win they will have a rematch against the Bulldogs on Friday.
A.J. Brammer contributed to this story.