Oregon State pitchers Luke Heimlich and Christian Chamberlaincombined to strike out 16 Arkansas batters on Tuesday night, but the Beavers were undone by one inning and fell 4-1 to the Razorbacks in Game 1 of the College World Series championship finals at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Arkansas scratched out four runs in the fifth inning to chase Heimlich, and the Beavers could summon no answer against Razorbacks pitchers Blaine Knight, Barrett Loseke and Matt Cronin.
Heimlich struck out five, while Chamberlain punched out 11.
After the loss, the Beavers (53-12-1) are once again pushed to the brink of elimination at the CWS. Oregon State has won four elimination games so far in Omaha, and the Beavers now would need to win six to come back and win the NCAA title.
It’s familiar territory for an Oregon State team at the CWS. The Beavers battled back from a Game 1 loss to win the title series in 2006.
Tuesday’s Game 1 saw a bizarre runner interference call against Adley Rutschman in the fourth inning that wiped away an OSU run and tacked on a second out against the Beavers. Then there was Cadyn Grenier’s drive down the right-field line in the fifth that was overturned from foul to fair on review. But the review gave the Beavers runners at first and third, even though Steven Kwan likely would have scored from first on the play.
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