Oregon State baseball’s dramatic comeback against Arkansas sets up Game 3 at College World Series finals
OMAHA, Neb. — The Oregon State Beavers refused to go quietly into the night Wednesday at the College World Series.
Instead, the Beavers struck hard with two out in the top of the ninth in a can-you-believe-it rally that turned into a comeback win over Arkansas.
OSU’s 5-3 victory in front of 25,580 at TD Ameritrade Park ties the best-of-three CWS finals 1-1 and forces a decisive Game 3 at 3:30 p.m. PDT Thursday (TV on ESPN2).
“Until the final out is made against us, we’re going to fight to the end,” OSU second baseman Nick Madrigal said.
With the Beavers (54-12-1) trailing 3-2, Cadyn Grenier tied the game with a line single to left off of Arkansas closer Matt Cronin (2-2) that scored pinch runner Zach Clayton.
Grenier had been given new life when a pop up in foul territory down the right-field line dropped between three Arkansas fielders.
“When you see the ball drop, you know you have another life,” said Grenier, who went 3 for 5 and drove in two runs. “Really, all I thought was, ‘Get refocused and make the most of that extra life.'”
He did, and Trevor Larnach followed suit.
Larnach, who came to the plate immediately after Grenier, crushed a two-run homer into the right-field bullpen. Suddenly, the Beavers were in front and the heavily pro-Arkansas crowd was in disbelief.