The Arkansas Razorbacks held a 3-2 lead with two outs in the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, needing just one more out to clinch the first national championship in program history.
That’s when Oregon State batter Cadyn Grenier lifted a foul ball down the right field line. Three Arkansas players converged on it, with fans sensing a title.
However, as you can see below, the ball dropped between the three of them, giving Grenier new life. He then smacked a game-tying single and the next batter hit a two-run homer and the Beavers held on to force a do-or-die Game 3 on Thursday night:
this would've won the national championshop for arkansas.
instead, oregon st. just hit a dinger to take the lead.
— nick (@nick_pants) June 28, 2018
After the game, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn and his players weren’t getting down on themselves though. Van Horn said the important thing is that the Hogs still have a chance to clinch a title on Thursday night (via WholeHogSports.com):
“I’m not going to call it a devastating loss,” Van Horn said. “I’m still standing here. Nobody’s dead, you know? We’re just here.
“It’s baseball. It was a tough play. It was kind of in the triangle over there with the seats coming up. We’re here and still playing. You just have to fight through it. Baseball’s a tough game. It’s not a fair game all the time.”
Carson Shaddy, the Arkansas second baseman who had perhaps the best chance to catch the ball, said he simply over-ran the play:
“It’s a tough play,” Shaddy said. “I was running and didn’t hear anybody call it, so I just kept running trying to make the play and over-ran it. It’s a tough break. Just have to get back out tomorrow and we’re really confident in (Game 3 starter) Isaiah (Campbell) and we’re ready to go.”
Game 3, which will decide the winner of the 2018 College World Series, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday night. The matchup can be seen on ESPN2.