Alright, everyone reading this take a deep breath and try not to freak out anymore than you already have.
In what will go down as an instant classic, the Beavers managed to pull off a tremendous late-inning comeback to defeat the Tar Heels and stay alive in the College World Series.
It all started in the first inning when the Beavers got out to a fast start thanks to home runs from Cadyn Grenier and Adley Rutschman to take a 2-0 in the top of the 1st. The Beavs would then extend the lead to 3-0 after a double from Trevor Larnach in the 3rd inning, and it looked as if the Beavers were in total control.
Ditto.@BeaverBaseball #CWS pic.twitter.com/CfHQmDjfQZ— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 21, 2018
That quickly changed in the bottom of the 3rd, as UNC quickly erased the 3-0 deficit to tie the game thanks to quality at-bats from some of the Tar Heels pivotal players, including Kyle Datres and Michael Busch.
The Tar Heels would keep their momentum rolling by securing the lead in the 5th. Then eventually expanding their lead on a 2-run home run thanks to Kyle Datres to the put the Tar Heels up 6-3. It had started to seem as if hope was fading for the Beavers, as well as the season.
That was until the 8th inning rolled around.
The Beavers managed to quickly load the bases in the top of the 8th before sending Adley “Clutchman” Rutschman to the plate. Rutschman then proceeded to do what he has done the entire season, deliver in the clutch. Rutschman drilled a bases clearing double to tie the game at 6 a piece.
Following the game-changing double, the Beavs then managed to reload the bases that same inning. In a 2-out, full count situation, Jack Anderson managed to take a walk and give the Beavers the lead on a bases loaded walk.
NOT DONE YETTTTT! @BeaverBaseball ties it up with a bases-loaded double!#CWS pic.twitter.com/MX3WAcI9K5— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 21, 2018
At this point, it seemed Omaha Beavers could not be any more ecstatic about how this game has gone.
Oh, I failed to mention that the top of the 9th hadn’t occurred yet.
The Beavs quickly put runners on and proceeded to tack on 4 more runs in the top of the 9th off the bats of Tyler Malone, Trevor Larnach, and Jack Anderson. This would give Oregon State a commanding 11-6 lead. Jake Mullholland managed to secure the game, and the win, 4 batters later.
LARNACH lines one up the middle!@BeaverBaseball with some insurance! #CWS pic.twitter.com/Ww0WqF2SrV— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 21, 2018
This easily could have been one of the most exhilarating games of the entire season. Oregon State displayed a championship mentality to never give up regardless of the odds. It was an incredible win that prolonged the season for Oregon State.
The Beavers now have a date on friday with the Mississippi State Bulldogs to continue their quest towards the CWS finals.
Stay tuned on BTD for more coverage leading up to the game.