CWS notes: Before the rain, a sea of Razorback red in the stands
TD Ameritrade Park never completely filled up before it was announced that the first game of the College World Series championship finals would be postponed Monday.
But it was still pretty evident that Arkansas would have been well-represented in the stands.
Razorback fans have made their presence felt since the start of the College World Series. That was expected, considering an average of 8,176 packed into Baum Stadium for every home game. That’s the third-highest average in the country this season.
The same held true Monday as portions of TD Ameritrade Park, particularly the outfield bleachers, were a sea red. It was reminiscent of the 2013 CWS finals when Mississippi State fans invaded Omaha.
The Razorbacks noticed as they warmed up on Monday. Coach Dave Van Horn hopes to see everybody back at the ballpark Tuesday.
“They’re fired up,” Van Horn said. “There’s a lot of fans here. I’m glad they’re here and I’m sure they’ll be back (Tuesday), and it’ll be a beautiful day.”
Oregon State and Arkansas have met three times previously, the most recent game coming in 1995.
Arkansas won that contest 5-4.
The teams also met at the 1986 Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Arkansas won the first game 4-3 and Oregon State won the second 1-0.
Oregon State tidbits
» Tyler Malone is just the second player since the move to TD Ameritrade Park to hit three home runs in the CWS. He follows LSU’s Mike Papierski from last season.
» Adley Rutschman has 10 RBIs in the CWS, the most in Omaha since Arizona State’s Kole Calhoun had 11 in 2009.
» OSU has scored a team-record 507 runs in 2018, surpassing the national-champion 2006 club’s total of 504.
» The Beavers have not lost a game this season played on a Monday (4-0), Tuesday (6-0) or Wednesday (1-0).
» Oregon State is 19-11 all time in Omaha, with every win coming under coach Pat Casey. He is 19-9 at the CWS.
» The Beavers have won all four of their games against SEC teams this season and are 11-11 against the conference since 2009.
» Oregon State is 40-6 when scoring first this season.
» Arkansas has played in the NCAA tournament in 15 of the past 16 years, reaching the CWS five times during that span: 2004, 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018.
» The Hogs are 10-2 in postseason play this year, including 3-0 in the CWS.
» Arkansas last reached the CWS finals in 1979, losing 2-1 to Cal State Fullerton in the championship game.
» Sophomore outfielder Dominic Fletcher went 4 for 4 against Texas Tech to become the first player with four hits and four RBIs in a CWS game at TD Ameritrade Park.
» Arkansas’ 47 wins this year are the most under coach Dave Van Horn and fifth-most in school history.
» Jared Gates, a junior college transfer from Iowa Western, is hitting .338 the past two seasons in the month of June.
» Arkansas is 40-2 this year when leading after six innings.
Heading into the championship series, Austin Todd of Texas is listed as the top hitter in the CWS.
In two games, Todd went 2 for 3 (.667).
Two players from Arkansas, Casey Martin and Dominic Fletcher, are tied for second at .571. They are both 8 for 14.
Adley Rutschman of Oregon State is fourth at .529. He is 9 for 17.
In other categories:
» Oregon State is first in team batting average at .351 while Arkansas is second at .330.
» Arkansas is second in team pitching (3.67 ERA) and Oregon State is third (4.20).
» Arkansas is fifth in team fielding percentage (.968, three errors) while Oregon State is eighth (.958, eight errors).
» Five pitchers have ERAs of 0.00, including Barrett Loseke of Arkansas.