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Oregon State Tops Arkansas to Claim the 2018 CWS Championship

Oregon State Tops Arkansas to Claim the 2018 CWS Championship

Wednesday's victor in 23-pitch relief of the 5-3 victory that Arkansas led 3-2 into OSU's 3-run ninth reprieved by a 2-out foul fly eluding the triple pursuit of Razorbacks second baseman Carson Shaddy, first baseman Jared Gates and right fielder Eric Cole, Abel came back Thursday and threw a complete game 2-hitter and struck out 10 as the Oregon State Beavers prevailed, 5-0 in Thursday's victor take all game for the national championship capping with successive victories the best 2-of-3 series that Arkansas opened winning 4-1 on Tuesday night. "This guy's going to be electric someday", Casey said.

Kevin Abel (7-1) struck out the side in the eighth inning and was tagged for a single by Arkansas junior shortstop Jax Biggers to lead off the bottom of the ninth.

Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth victory in the College World Series, and Oregon State beat Arkansas 5-0 on Thursday night for the national championship.

"It was great to see so many people out today to see us, cheering, and even on the freeway, people honking their horns", Abel said of the team's return to Oregon.

That performance was enough to earn Rutcshman the title of Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series. "It worked perfectly. All I can say about that is learn to bunt, kids". I think the message was really good.

That 2006 title was the first for Casey in his second trip to the CWS. Oregon State's team ERA dropped almost a run and a half in Yeskie's first season with OSU, and has been below 4.00 in eight of his nine years, including a school-record mark of 1.93 in 2017.

This group had unfinished business.

The Beavers, who came from behind in the ninth inning of the second game of the best-of-three series, jumped ahead early by scoring a pair of first-inning runs.

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After being down to their last strike, Grenier delivered the tying single and Larnach hit the winning two-run homer to even the series. Pat Bailey is in his 11th season as an Oregon State assistant.

"There was probably still that "What if?' and disappointment".

Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn was asked how the Razorbacks would respond to a "devastating" loss. Arkansas ends the season with a 48-21 record, good for the highest win total in the Van Horn era. Finishing the job was their mantra. "We had a good hitters" meeting, we let them sleep in, pregame was good. A moment later, catcher Adley Rutschman tackled him, and the dogpile that OSU had been deferring for the last two years finally materialized.

"Abel was commanding them well and keeping us all off balance, as Coach said, with his fastball", Kjerstad said.

If you missed any content from the marvelous evening, we've got you covered. "If Abel hadn't thrown so well, maybe it's a little different story, but he didn't give us a chance". Oregon State finished with 93 hits in seven games over the past 13 days. With time, this will be a team that Arkansas fans can reflect upon with so much more fondness for all it accomplished during a furious run to the CWS Finals.

The individual accolades were of no importance to Rutschman, who cared only about the championship.

Arkansas' 4-1 victory on Tuesday felt tenuous to me, and their lead through the bulk of Wednesday's 5-3 loss never felt safe. "So, I thank them for buying in this year and having a great season and a great run", said Shaddy. You've got to be able to grind through stuff, and that's what's going to be at the next level as well.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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