Oregon State defeated Arkansas 5-0 in the crucial game of the College World Series Finals to win the third national championship in program history.
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One night after he had come into a strike of losing the college World Series finale, Oregon State did not need any kind of rally to win the NCAA title to win.

Freshman pitcher Kevin Abel smothered Arkansas with a two-hit complete game shutout, and Oregon State won Game 3 of the CWS Final 5-0 to win the third national championship in program history. Adley Rutschman drove in two runs, and Michael Gretler and Zak Taylor both drove in one for the Beavers.

"Keep making pitches, always out," said Abel. "I felt better as the game went on and just wiped it out, I would give everything I had, I really appreciate that they let me out of it, it was a lot of fun."

Abel limited the Razorbacks to two hits and two walks in nine stellar innings. He hit 10, threw 129 places and retired the last 20 strokes he faced. Abel became the first bowler to win four games in a single College World Series, and the fourth to have a shutout in the championship game. Brett Laxton of LSU was the last to do so in 1993.

"Gosh, this man, unbelievable," said catcher Rutschman. "Just the progress he made, no one thought he would come in. He was pulled away from the starts, he comes out and throws a complete game in the main game of the year, which is something special for me." He will do great things. "

Abel only got into trouble once when Arkansas loaded the bases with one in the top third, ending the threat by brushing Heston Kjerstad and hitting Luke Bonfield, who had no other base in the remainder of the game Runner.

Abel's versatility paid off in Omaha, with four of his four wins coming in starts and two in relief, Abel played a perfect inning of relief on Wednesday to win Game 2 of the final.

Am On June 23, Abel began and capped the Mississippi state for a run in seven innings while Oregon State won to advance to the CWS final and on June 18 he gave four innings of one-run relief for a win over Washington

"I know how much work these guys put in, six o'clock workouts starting in September," said Abel, "we wanted to finish it, we wanted to do it all year, and we did it."

Rutsc hman went 3-for-4 with RBI singles in the first and third inning. The sophomore catcher was named Most Outstanding Player after hitting .567 in Omaha with a CWS record of 17.

Having won Game 1 of the Best of Three final, Arkansas was just one stroke away from their first national championship in the game 2. The Razorbacks led 3: 2 with two outs in ninth position, as Oregon State's Cadyn Grenier sent a double-beat pop-up in the right-field line. Instead of a title win, the ball fell between three Arkansas field players in foul territory.

Grenier took advantage and took the tie in three games later. Trevor Larnach then followed with a two-run homer who gave the Beavers a decisive 5-3 lead.

"We have a special group here that could come together," said Rutschman. "We never thought we would lose, this is a special group."

Contribution: Associated Press.


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