The Beavers continued to steamroll through Omaha with their win in Game 1 of the Championship series. After losing in Game 1 of the series the year before, it definitely felt good to get the first win in the books early.
Jorge and JoePa led the Beavers to victory on the mound, with Jorge going 6.1 innings and JoePa finishing up the final 2.2. Jorge gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out three. It should be noted that Reyes gave up a double to Reid Fronk on the first pitch of the game, but bounced back to hold the Heels scoreless until the fifth. Patterson allowed a run on four hits with two strikeouts in his time on the hill.
And the Beavers certainly shared the love offensively: Chris Hopkins was 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Joey Wong was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Lissman was 1-for-, Canham was 1-for-2, and Barney was 1-for-4. All three of those players scored runs as well. Barney's single came in the sixth inning, and it tied Jacoby Ellsbury for the most career hits at Oregon State with 236. Scott Santschi went 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Lennerton was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI's, thanks to his ninth home run of the season.And Lonnie Lechelt went 2-for-3, hitting ninth.
The win was the first major blow the Beavers delivered to the Tar Heels in 2007. The knockout punch would come the next day, and that story is coming soon. For now, here's some of my pictures from Game 1: