Oregon State ousts UNC at CWS, Arkansas tops Texas Tech
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brett Daniels walked in the go-ahead run after Adley Rutschman tied it with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and Oregon State knocked North Carolina out of the College World Series with an 11-6 win Wednesday night.
It was a stunning turnabout after the Tar Heels had wiped out a 3-0 deficit to go up 6-3 in the sixth. North Carolina had been 37-0 when leading after seven innings and had won 50 straight when scoring six runs, the longest streak in Division I.
Tyler Malone hit his second homer of the CWS, and the Beavers’ third of the game, as Oregon State (51-11-1) built a five-run cushion and avenged Saturday’s 8-6 loss to the Tar Heels (44-20).
Oregon State will play Mississippi State in a bracket final, needing to win twice to reach the beast-of-three finals.
North Carolina’s eighth-inning meltdown in a steady mist saw three pitchers walk four batters, one intentionally, and allow three hits. With the bases loaded, Rutschman hit a drive to the center-field wall off Daniels (6-1) for his bases-clearing double. Daniels then walked two in a row, the first intentionally, to fill the bases again. Daniels ran the count full against Jack Anderson before walking him to force in Rutschman.
Jake Mulholland (3-2) pitched three innings of shutout relief for the win.
ARKANSAS 7, TEXAS TECH 4
Dominic Fletcher went 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs and Arkansas pitchers struck out 14 in a victory over Texas Tech.
Fletcher doubled in two runs in the first inning, homered in the fourth, had a bunt single in the sixth and singled in a run in the eighth as the Razorbacks won their second game to take control of Bracket 1. They need one more win, Friday or Saturday, to move to the best-of-three finals next week.
Arkansas (46-19) held one of the nation’s top offenses mostly in check. The Red Raiders (45-19) had come into the game scoring 8.2 runs per game and batting .311. Their six hits were their fewest in 19 games.
Barrett Loseke (4-2) struck out five in three innings of shutout relief for the win. Davis Martin (7-6) took the loss for Texas Tech.
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