Oregon State coach Pat Casey marvels at the two sides of Matt Boyd's personality.
Off the field, Boyd is the nicest guy in the world.
“If you need someone to watch your kids,” Casey said, “Matty's your guy.”
But as Indiana found out Wednesday night at the College World Series, Boyd brings an assassin's mentality to the mound with him. The senior left-hander showed the Hoosiers no mercy in winning one of the tightest pitching duels in Omaha in more than a quarter of a century.
Boyd limited Indiana to four hits, didn't allow a runner to get closer than 180 feet from scoring and kept the Beavers' national championship hopes alive with a 1-0 victory before 26,035 at TD Ameritrade Park.
Thing was, Boyd needed to be at his lethal best to get the better of Indiana and Aaron Slegers. Slegers gave up the game's only run in the fourth inning when Jake Rodriguez followed a single by Kavin Keyes and a double by Ryan Barnes with a sacrifice fly.
“Matt was just a couple of pitches better,” Casey said. “We could never get anything going offensively. He (Slegers) handcuffed us. Fortunately for us, Matt was as good as I think anybody we've seen here in the College World Series.”
Boyd's gem allowed the Beavers to improve to 52-12 and move on to the Bracket One championship game on Friday against Mississippi State while ending Indiana's season at 49-16.