Regionals, super regionals, qualifiers, (rainouts), they all boil down to this: the 2018 College World Series finals.
The Arkansas Razorbacks — or Diamond Hogs, if you prefer — earned their ninth appearance in the College World Series, but are still searching for that elusive championship. The last time they made it to the College World Series finals was 1979, losing to Cal State Fullerton. The Razorbacks are searching for their first finals win in Omaha since 2012.
On the other side of the diamond, the Oregon State Beavers are hoping to break the dam of disappointment and secure their first national title since 2007, despite making the College World Series in 2013 and 2017. They were eliminated in the 2017 semifinals by eventual runner-up LSU.
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The Hogs boast one of the nation’s top power-hitting lineups: they’ve mashed 98 home runs this year, tied for third-most in the country. The Beavers feature Nick Madrigal, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and one of the best hitters in the nation.
The numbers and talent lean in favor of the Razorbacks, but a championship pedigree follows the Beavers.
Three games (if necessary) will determine the best college baseball team in the country, and they start tonight.
Arkansas vs. Oregon State, College World Series Game 1 results
(All times Eastern)
7:25 p.m.: It’s 0-0 after one complete inning at TD Ameritrade.
7:10 p.m.: ESPN wastes no time going over Oregon State starting pitcher Luke Heimlich’s history as a sex offender. Play-by-play man Karl Ravech goes through it as Heimlich throws his warmup pitches.
7:07 p.m.: Unlike Monday night, weather conditions in Omaha are playable: partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80s.
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