After Arkansas won game one on Tuesday night, all they had to do was pull off one more win on Wednesday and they would have been crowned the national champions. It looked as if as much was going to happen, as the Razorbacks held a lead for all but one inning of the game.
Arkansas struck early as first baseman Jared Gates scored on a wild pitch thrown by Oregon State pitcher Bryce Fehmel to put the Razorbacks up 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
Oregon State went on to even the game up two innings later via a solo shot from catcher Adley Rutschman. Just an inning later, the Beavers took their first lead of the ball game as shortstop Cadyn Grenier executed a suicide squeeze bunt to bring a run home and make it a 2-1 game heading to the bottom of the fifth.
The lead would be short lived, as the Razorbacks went on to put up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth off of two RBI singles, one from designated hitter Luke Bonfield and the other from second baseman Carson Shady.
The game stayed locked at 3-2 until the ninth inning, when a come-from-behind rally from Oregon State would become the story of the game. The Beavers were not only down to their final out in the top of the ninth when they trailed 3-2, but also their final strike.
Down to his final strike, Cadyn Grenier hit an RBI single to tie up the game. In the very next at-bat, Trevor Laranch hit a go-ahead two-run home run that went 375 feet. Rutschman would pop out to end the inning, but the damage was done, and the Beavers would head to the bottom of the ninth leading 5-3.
After a lead-off single by Arkansas shortstop Jax Biggers in the bottom of the ninth, Oregon State made a pitching change and brought in Jake Mulholland for Kevin Abel. Mulholland would come in and shut down the Arkansas hitters.
After striking out Arkansas right fielder Eric Cole, he forced Razorback third baseman Casey Martin into a game-ending double play that would ultimately complete the comeback and force a winner-take-all game three Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Oregon State pitcher Kevin Abel was the winning pitcher, as he pitched one inning, giving up one hit and no runs. Arkansas pitcher Matt Cronin was handed the loss after he pitched 1.2 innings, giving up two hits and three runs.