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The Osmond Brothers, led by their heartthrob youngest son Donnie Osmond, once sang “One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch girl.”
Well those Mormon brothers sure as hell weren’t singing about baseball. Because tonight, it was one bad inning. And I mean one BAAAAAAD inning, that spoiled the whole bunch for Oregon State. After the Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, they seemed to be cruising. Of course, the lead could have been 2-0 in the fourth but a pretty nasty runner’s interference call on Adley Rutschman while trying to avoid a throw to first, took a sure run off the board.
Either way, the fifth inning was the crusher. That’s the inning that made me quote the terrible boy band song from the early 70s. Credit the Razorbacks for supplying the pressure, but also credit the Beavers for having a one-inning implosion which led to the UofA win tonight. In that fateful frame, the Razorbacks were the recipients of…
Two hit batters.
One of those walks and one of those hit batsmen were with the bases loaded. In other words, two free runs for Arkansas. That was enough runs to win this game tonight. Ouch.
“We put together one good inning,” head Hog Dave Van Horn said. “I feel pretty fortunate to win that game. Baseball is a little different game sometimes. Sometimes you score in just one inning but you get good pitching and you get good defense and you can win a game like that.”
As expected, the Razorbacks also had the large portion of the crowd at TD Ameritrade Park as well. The crowd was probably 80-20 in favor of the Hogs, mainly because a lot of fans made the drive up from the Natural State but also some residual love from the locals for coach Van Horn who led Nebraska to two appearances here at the CWS in the early 2000s.
“It was kind of exciting to play in front of all these Razorback fans,” said freshman Heston Kjerstad. “It felt like Baum Stadium, just a whole lot bigger with 25,000 fans in the stands.”
The Hogs were out-hit nine-to-five, but two of those hits coming from catcher Grant Koch who cracked an RBI single in that fateful four-run fifth inning.
Arkansas All American starting pitcher Blaine Knight finishes his junior season with a UofA record 14 wins against zero losses. He gave up seven hits to the Beavers but only one run in his 97-pitch effort.
By the way, that whole Osmond Brothers thing at the top of this column… just mentioning the fact that I know that song makes me want to punch myself.
Here is how things looked through our lenses…
TDA P.A. SONG OF THE NIGHT:
When all else fails, go with the voice of the late Chris Cornell. The Soundgarden front man had a voice for the ages and the p.a. at the stadium played this gem from his other band from the early 2000s, Audio Slave, right before the national anthem was about to be sung. This was one hard-rockin’ band, with members of Rage Against The Machine joining Cornell. Enjoy to the fullest…