OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State will face Arkansas for the nationwide championship in school baseball after the Beavers received a fourth straight sport on the College World Series — a 5-2 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday evening.
Sophomore designated hitter Tyler Malone delivered a three-run residence run in Oregon State’s five-run third inning, all of the help wanted for beginning pitcher Kevin Abel. The freshman right-hander gave the Beavers their first high quality begin of this CWS, lasting seven innings.
Abel allowed three hits and struck out 5 and handed off to Jake Mulholland, who escaped a bases-loaded jam with two outs within the backside of the ninth.
“It’s special,” mentioned Oregon State coach Pat Casey, who led the Beavers to nationwide titles in 2006 and ’07. “Our guys, you could see, we were running on fumes.”
Seeded third general within the NCAA postseason, Oregon State (53-11-1) superior to the best-of-three championship collection. It marks the primary time at TD Ameritrade Park, residence to the CWS since 2011, crew has superior to the championship spherical after dropping its first sport on the match.
Ten groups — most just lately South Carolina in 2010 — received championships after first-round defeats.
Oregon State flirted with catastrophe late. Mullholland issued a pair of walks, hit a batter and surrendered a run-scoring single, all with two outs, earlier than the sophomore nearer obtained Jordan Westburg on a floor ball to shortstop Cadyn Grenier to finish it.
“Mully is a drama queen,” Abel mentioned. “He likes to make things fun.”
The Beavers misplaced to North Carolina Eight-6 within the opening sport as ace pitcher Luke Heimlich lasted 2⅓ innings, his season low in a begin.
Heimlich, the controversial left-hander who went unselected within the Major League Baseball novice draft for the second straight 12 months after successful a nation-best 16 video games, was additionally hit onerous Wednesday in Oregon State’s 11-6 win over the Tar Heels.
Heimlich pleaded responsible in 2012 to felony molestation of an underage relative. He has repeatedly denied committing the offense.
The senior is now in line to begin within the opening sport of championship collection, Monday at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN and the ESPN App).
The Beavers scored all 5 runs within the third inning with two outs on singles by Adley Rutschman and Michael Gretler earlier than the massive blow to proper area by Malone — his eighth homer of the 12 months on a Three-1 pitch from Mississippi State starter Ethan Small.
Arkansas secured its alternative to play for the title with a 5-2 win over defending nationwide champion Florida on Friday. The Razorbacks are in search of their first championship in baseball and enjoying for the title for the primary time since 1979.
“They’re really good,” Casey mentioned of Arkansas. “They’re complete. They really pitch and hit. To handle Florida, [that’s] pretty impressive. I know how good they are.”