A night after coming within a strike of losing the College World Series finals, Oregon State didn’t need any sort of rally to win the NCAA title.
Freshman pitcher Kevin Abel stifled Arkansas with a two-hit complete-game shutout, and Oregon State won Game 3 of the CWS finals 5-0 to clinch the third national championship in program history. Adley Rutschman drove in two runs, and Michael Gretler and Zak Taylor each drove in one for the Beavers.
“Kept making pitches, kept getting outs,” Abel said. “I felt better as the game went on and just rode it out. I was going to give it everything I had. I really appreciate they let me go out there. It was a lot of fun.”
Abel limited the Razorbacks to two hits and two walks in nine stellar innings. He struck out 10, threw 129 pitches and retired the final 20 batters he faced. Abel became the first pitcher to win four games in a single College World Series and the fourth to throw a shutout in the championship game. Brett Laxton of LSU was the last to do it in 1993. By Matt Eppers, USA TODAY
You read that headline right, it happened. Freddie Mercury said it best, “We are the champions, my friends.”
After a deflating 2017 visit to Omaha, the Oregon State Beavers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks to become the 2018 College World Series National Champions.
After the electrifying result of game 2, Oregon State had their work cut out for them against the #5 ranked Razorbacks. Yet the Beavs managed to find a way to get it done behind one of the best pitched games in college baseball history. Here’s how it all went down… By
Adley Rutschman had three hits and drove in two of the Beavers’ runs, and Michael Gretler had an RBI, competing a storybook 24 hours for Oregon State, which won back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007. After losing Game 1, the Beavers were down to their last strike in Wednesday’s Game 2, before rallying for three runs with two outs in the ninth inning to force a decisive Game 3. By Reuters Staff
Oregon State was crowned the champion at the 2018 College World Series after defeating Arkansas, 5-0 in Game 3 on Thursday night.
It was certainly another exciting year in Omaha. We had lots of rain, amazing games, talented athletes and memorable moments.
Here are some of our favorite stories from the 2018 College World Series.
So… there was some rain in Omaha this year. The finals were pushed back a day due to weather and we even had one four-hour rain delay. This lead to one person in Omaha working very hard. As NCAA.com’s Mike Lopresti writes, “The busiest guy at the College World Series Monday isn’t in the lineup. He won’t hit, pitch or go in to play shortstop. He’s sitting in a room near the third base dugout – the bunker, they call it – peering at monitors.” That guy would be Marty McKewon, the official meteorologist for the College World Series.
It will be hard to look back at Oregon State’s national championship without mentioning the epic Game 2 the Beavers had in the 2018 finals. NCAA.com’s Andy Wittry highlighted how the bunt was the Beavers’ weakness, then strength in the very end, to force a decisive Game 3. We break down the good, the bad and the ugly of the Beavers’ bunting.
If you caught any of North Carolina’s games, you may have wondered what that strange WWE-style belt was doing hanging in their dugout. Well that, my friends, is the DOSE belt. The belt is given to anyone who gets hit by a pitch, as a badge of honor. There’s even a scoring system.
The Bulldogs went bananas during the postseason. Literally! The rally banana became a staple of Mississippi State’s baseball team; you could find them in the dugout, fans dressed as the fruit, and even getting social media love from the banana distributer Chiquita.
On the topic of food, we must recognize all the concessions at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. Take a look at all there is to offer — including some dishes that might make you ponder their purpose.
Have you ever wondered about the where and how when it comes to the College World Series crew preparing for all these games? And what about all the baseballs? NCAA.com’s Andy Wittry gives inside access, touring the secret storage room to find out more. There were more than 2,000 baseballs available — and that’s not counting practice balls.
Texas Tech pitcher Dylan Dusek has faced adversity, not only on the mound, but throughout the course of his life. He battled cancer, endured Tommy John surgery, and still made his way to Omaha with the Red Raiders.
Washington’s Joe DeMers, Willie MacIver, and Oregon State’s Trevor Larnach played together through Little League and high school before reaching Omaha this year, where the friends faced off on college baseball’s biggest stage.
Entering the 2018 College World Series, there had only been one grand slam in the last seven years of the CWS. Mississippi State’s Jordan Westburg added another when he recorded a grand slam against North Carolina in an elimination game. We break down the history of each grand slam. Beth Maiman, NCAA.com