Just one short night ago, Arkansas was one out away from winning the national championship and a dropped pop fly would change their fortunes. After the dropped pop fly, Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier would tie up the game with an RBI single and Beavers right fielder Trevor Larnach would follow him with a go-ahead two run home run to set up a winner take all game three tonight.
Had one of those three Arkansas players made that routine catch just one night ago, the Razorbacks would have been crowned the 2018 national champions. They didn’t and Oregon State defeated Arkansas 5-0 to secure the 2018 national title.
Instead of the story of the College World Series being Arkansas sweeping Oregon State, it quickly became no one other then Beavers starting pitcher Kevin Abel. The freshman threw a game of a lifetime tonight as he went a complete game and only surrendered two hits and gave up no runs. The offense behind him certainly helped him out as well.
The Beavers bats were hot early. Grenier would kick off the offense in the bottom of the first as he got hit by a pitch with just one out. Larnach would follow with a single to right field that would put runners on the corners. Clean-up hitter Adley Rutschman would come up and capitalize on the opportunity as he hit a single to left field that would drive in Grenier to bring in the first run of the ball game.
Then, designated hitter Tyler Malone would record the second out of the inning as he grounded out to the second baseman, but, not before moving both Rutschman and Larnach to second and third. Oregon State third baseman Michael Gretler would then come up to the plate and hit a grounder to opposing third baseman Casey Martin who would make a throwing error, which would allow Larnach to score. Then a ground out would end the inning, but, not before Oregon State was able to go up 2-0 right off the bat.
The score would stay 2-0 up until the bottom of the third when Oregon State would put up a run off of a Rutschman RBi single to left field that would put the Beavers up 3-0.
The score wouldn’t change up until the fifth inning and obviously it was the Beavers who would score, as Abel didn’t allow the Razorbacks to score all game long. A Michael Gretler RBI sacrifice fly would be what would bring in the fourth run of the ball game for Oregon State to give them a 4-0 lead.
The Beavers would go on to score their final run in the bottom of the eighth inning when first baseman Zak Taylor would hit a RBI single to right field to make it a 5-0 game. Abel would then pitch another inning of shutout ball to end the game and allow Oregon State to be crowned the 2018 national champions.