CWS: Day Seven In Pictures
College World Series
Down to three.
Arkansas takes it’s Hog Wired act to the championship round after beating Florida 5-2 tonight. National Player of the Year Brady Singer was upstaged by the unpredictable Isaiah Campbell, who stymied the Gators for enough innings while getting an 11-hit attack from the offense to back him.
Singer was going on short rest and wasn’t his usual locked-in self, giving up seven hits and four runs with only striking out two Razorback batters in his 5.0 innings. The exit by the top-seeded Gators means that for the 20th straight year the No. 1 national seed will not win the national title. But that kind of fell on deaf ears to Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan.
“This game is very fickle,” Sully said. “It can change from game to game and week to week. The seedings and the numbers are irrelevant at this point.”
The Razorbacks will get two and a half days to rest now while the other bracket still has yet to be decided. That is because the Oregon State Beavers took Mississippi State to the woodshed, breaking down the Dogs 12-2 in impressive fashion. MSU took an early lead in the first inning, but then the Black and Orange would score the next six runs and never look back, out-hitting the Maroons 15-to-5 along the way. Speaking of transcendent performances, Beaver reliever Brandon Eisert gave 5.1 innings of one-hit work to subdue the Dogs and send this to a 13th game here in Omaha.
OSU and MSU will play at 7pm on Saturday night to decide who will take on the Piggies starting on Monday. Here is how things looked today…
OREGON STATE 12, MISSISSIPPI STATE 2
The offense stays hot, hitting .377 here in Omaha so far, and Bryce Fehmel and Brandon Eisert combined to wrangle the Bulldog bats as the Beavers breezed.
We saw a lot of this today. The Beavers welcome back another run to the dugout in their 12-2 win over Mississippi State.
Oregon State center fielder Jack Anderson took a gamble and tried to make a “hook-slide” catch. He just missed it, and that ended up leading to an RBI double.
… and that led to Jake Magnum scoring from first base after getting on with a plunking to start the game.
A bizarre play. With men on 1st and 3rd and no outs, Adley Rutschman’s comebacker caught Cadyn Grenier by surprise and he was caught in a pickle between third and home and tagged out.
… Then, the ball was thrown to get Trevor Larnach out at second, after he leaned too far off the base.
Madrigal the Magical. All American Nick Madrigal was a catalyst at the top of the batting order again, accounting for three hits and two RBI.
Michael Gretler scored twice today and also made this catch in foul territory.
Zak Taylor played an exemplary role as the nine-hole hitter today, going 1-for-2 with two RBI, while also getting plunked twice. Here he tried to lay down a sac bunt.
Adley Rutschman, who could be the first player taken in next year’s MLB draft, is a great leader and plays a very hands-on style of catcher for the Beavs.
Brandon the branding iron. Reliever Brandon Eisert came out of the ‘pen and threw 5.1 innings of 1-hit ball, giving up just a walk to squelch the Bulldog offense.
ARKANSAS 5, FLORIDA 2
Tonight the Hogs took the season series from the Gators but obviously this was the most important win of the five games they played. Number three starter Isaiah Campbell had a transcendent night on the mound and made this a special night in the Razorback baseball history. The last time UofA was playing for a national title was in 1979 where they lost to Cal State Fullerton.
the big guy was ON. Isaiah Campbell can be a little hit-and-miss at times, but not tonight. The 6’5 strapper gathered a career high eight punch outs, while holding Florida’s formerly hot bats to two hits and zero walks while improving to 5-6 on the year.
This was one molten-hot freshman. Casey Martin not only made some great plays at the hot corner, but he also led the Hog brigade with four hits in four at-bats, three singles and a double. He also scored twice.
“Dude, you feelin’ okay?” JJ Schwarz goes to check on Brady Singer. The National Player of the Year went five innings but gave up seven hits and four runs and just two Ks.
This li’l piggy had a ball today. The youngest Razorback fan was clapping along with the Hog-wild fans.
Isaiah Campbell casts an imposing figure as he enters the dugout after another three-up, three-down inning.
Dominic Fletcher crosses the plate after another home run and is met – as usual – by Hunter Wilson, who is holding the Hog Home Run Hat while his uniform is unbuttoned down to his navel.
… and then there are those times when you line your camera up perfectly and are ready to snap a picture of a catch that is so good it makes SportsCenter’s Top 10, only to be blocked by the second baseman at the last minute. Damn.
… but of course there is zero obstruction when it comes to getting this unspectacular Jared Gates catch.
“Wee goin’ to the champeeeenship!” Razorback players hop the fence and spill out onto the field to celebrate the win.
There will be no repeat national champion as the Gators look dejected following the loss to Arkansas.
Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn tells his players in the post-game huddle, “It’s all laid out for you.” This will be DVH’s first time coaching in the national championship series.
THE BEST P.A. SONG OF THE DAY:
The top song I heard played over the loud speaker between innings at today’s College World Series games was…
Greta Van Fleet’s “Highway Tune”:
The Frankenmuth, Michigan band has been compared to a modern day Led Zeppelin. See what you think