The College World Series began in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, June 17, 2017, with the Oregon State Beavers coming back to register the first win of the tournament over the Cal State Titans, 6-5. The game was played in T.D. Ameritrade Park.
The Titans took the lead right out of the box. Their shortstop, Timmy Richards, blasted a 3-run homer in the first inning. Oregon State came back with a run in the bottom of the second inning. Cal State scored two more runs in the fourth inning and the Beavers star pitcher Jake Thompson left the game in the top of the inning. Thompson, who was 14-0 in 2017, gave up 5 earned runs. It was the most he had surrendered in a single game. The Titans led 5-1 after four.
Both teams were quiet until the sixth inning when Oregon State loaded the bases against relief pitcher Colton Eastman. He came on for the starter Connor Seabold to begin the sixth. Eastman was pulled from the game after he walked four batters. He was replaced and the next batter was Trevor Larnach for the Beavers. The score was then 5-2 in favor of the Titans. Larnach hit a single up the middle and two runs scored. It was 5-4 Cal State and the Titan fans were getting nervous. Jack Anderson was up next with men on first and third and two outs. He singled and drove in the tying run to make it a 5-5 score after six.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth inning. Oregon State threatened to score with a long smash by K.J. Harrison to center field. It was caught in a spectacular effort by outfielder Ruben Cardenas for the Titans. However, the Titans pitcher gave up a two-out hit by Larnach and hit the next batter to put men on first and second. Adley Rutschman hit a single to drive in Larnach and secure the win for the Beavers.
The College World Series is an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. A team must lose twice to be eliminated. The Titans still have a chance to survive, however, this deflating loss will be hard to overcome. Oregon State came into the series as the number one seed with a 54-4 record. Additionally, they have the number one pitching staff in the nation. The Beavers pitchers have an outstanding 1.80 ERA. Yet, it was their offense that made the difference in this contest. Oregon State kept up the pressure with men on base in most innings, and overcame a four-run deficit for the victory. The College World Series continues through the final best-of-three game series on June 27 and 28.
Written By D.T. Osborn
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