College World Series: Arkansas baseball 1 win away from first national title
The Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team is just one win away from its first national championship. The Hogs have been to Omaha eight other times, but they’re hoping the ninth one is different.
Arkansas beat Oregon State Tuesday night 4-1 in game one of the best of three series.
Really, the game can be told from the bottom of the fourth to the top of the fifth. With runners at the corners and no outs in the fourth, Oregon State got called for an interference at second base while the Hogs were trying to turn a double play. The runner didn’t slide into second and was called for interference. Therefore, the runner at third didn’t score (he had to go back to third), and the play resulted in a double play. Arkansas got out of the jam with no runs in the inning.
The Razorbacks then scored all four runs in the top of the fifth to capture momentum. The Beavers were held scoreless in the bottom of the fifth to keep momentum in the Hogs’ dugout.
Arkansas pitcher Blaine Knight came into Tuesday night’s game 13-0, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. He went six innings allowing just one earned run. Reliever Barrett Loseke was just as good, going two innings and allowing no runs. Closer Matt Cronin set a school record with his 14th save.
Offensively, the Hogs were led by catcher Grant Koch, who recorded two hits and one RBI. He also scored one run. Oddly, Arkansas struck out 15 times and recorded just five total hits. Still, the Hogs took advantage of the opportunities presented in the fourth and capitalized on them. Knight, Loseke and Cronin did the rest.
Game two will start Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. ET from Omaha, Nebraska.