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Well, what’s the deal? You still breathin’?
After that Holy Carpe Diem moment, or rather momentSSS, this game left just about everybody in the stadium completely speechless. Well, except the Beaver fans who were left with frayed voice boxes. Did you see that finish? It may have been one for the ages. Now do you see why you can’t say it’s over until the fat lady sings? Well she certainly grabbed the microphone and then cleared her throat and was about to bellow out a ringing tune. Until, that is, that Oregon State said “put a lid on it fat lady” with a ninth inning rally.
As you StitchHeads know, the baseball gods are fickle as hell. For most of this CWS championship series the Oregon State Beavers had been some kind of snakebitten. Be it by mental mistakes, or by base running blunders or by physical errors on defense. Also, in both the first two games the Beavs found themselves in a first and third with no outs situation, only to not score a single run in either case. In game one it was a runner’s interference call that wiped out a run and then in today’s game two it was a popped-up bunt and relay/tag out at third that ended another rally.
But after suffering a tough call or two tonight, maybe the baseball gods finally smiled down on the Beavers. If they come back and win game three tomorrow night, tonight’s raucous ninth inning may go down in College World Series lore.
Down to their last strike. a pop-up down the right field line lands between three Razorback defenders, giving OSU new life. I have to admit to you guys, when Grenier’s foul ball left the bat, I was looking through the lens of my camera and it was pointed right at the Arkansas bench.. figuring they were just about to charge out of the dugout and spill onto the field to form the championship dog pile. So I never did see how close they came to ending the game. Or how they SHOULD have caught that ball.
Aaron Fitt got a good pic of the drop into the Bermuda Triangle…
Well we all saw what Cadyn Grenier did with his extended life in that at-bat, zipping an RBI single to the outfield and tying the game at 3-3. But boy howdy, that inning was not done. Grenier’s game-tying single was followed by that epic two-run yard call by Trevor Larnach. And 90% of the stadium went silent while 10% of the stadium went psychotic.
The switch in yells from the two fan bases was one of the more bizarre occurrences I have experienced here in Omaha. From a deafening roar to a small, but hardy group of Beaver fans screaming… including the bench going absolutely nuts.
And as my good bud Ryan McGee of ESPN fame said, be wary of the body language and mental makeup on Arkansas for game three. This is one of those rallies that is eerily similar to Fresno State in 2008. The Bulldogs had to play five games in the bracket round while Georgia played just three games. And then, the Wonderdogs lost game one of the title series, before rebounding to win the next two.
Will we see a repeat of that tomorrow? Stay tuned.
And I mean, stay tuned VERY close and DO NOT turn that dial or go into the kitchen for a Hot Pocket. This series can turn on a dime. Just like we all saw tonight.
Here are some visuals for you…