Oregon State beats Arkansas in College World Series finals, winning their third national championship in baseball. Arkansas lost 5-0 to Oregon State on Thursday night in the decisive third game of the College World Series in front of 19,323 at TD Ameritrade Park.
Freshman pitcher Kevin Abel and Adley Rutschman powered the Beavers in the ninth inning Wednesday night that cost it the title in the sport.
Arkansas finished runner-up with a two-hit complete-game shutout by Abel and lost the third national championship for the second time in program history following the same to Cal State Fullerton in the final round of the College World Series in 1979.
Abel struck out Heston Kjerstad with a 129-pitch outing, stuck out 10 and retired the final 20 batters he faced to win. He won the record-setting fourth game and second of the championship series after throwing in the championship game Wednesday.
“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.”
Adley Rutschman went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. He set a CWS-record with 17 hits, batting at a .567 clip in Omaha. The sophomore catcher was named CWS Most Outstanding Player.
“My goodness, that man. Unbelievable,” Rutschman said. “Just the progression he made. No one would have thought that he’d do that coming in. He was getting pulled from starts. He comes out and throws a complete game in the most important game of the year. Pretty special to me. He’s going to do big things.”