Arkansas Razorbacks upend Oregon State Beavers 4-1 in College World Series Game 1: Live updates recap

Arkansas Razorbacks upend Oregon State Beavers 4-1 in College World Series Game 1: Live updates recap

Oregon State put itself in a familiar position Tuesday night after the Arkansas Razorbacks used a four-run fifth inning to beat the Beavers 4-1 in the College World Series championship series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Arkansas leads the best-of-three series 1-0, moving to within one win of the school’s first national title in baseball.

Oregon State is now 0-2 in non-elimination games in this year’s CWS. However, the Beavers are 4-0 in elimination games, a situation they’ll face Wednesday during Game 2.

Should Oregon State win the 4 p.m. (PDT) game, the two teams play a deciding Game 3 at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Oregon State pitchers Luke Heimlich and Christian Chamberlain combined to give up five hits, while striking 16. But it wasn’t enough to overcome a mistake-filled fifth inning, where Arkansas scored all of its runs on two hits, two hit batters and three walks. 

The Beavers’ bottom of the fourth inning will go down as one of the most controversial of the season. Leading 1-0 with a chance for more, Adley Rutschman was called for interference while running into second base. It took a run off the board, and wiped out a runner who would have been safe. Oregon State’s offense didn’t seem to recover, though the Beavers had nine hits, two by Rutschman and Trevor Larnach. 

Here is a complete recap of Tuesday’s game:

FINAL SCORE: Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Arkansas         000  040 000 — 4 5 0

Ore State         010  000 000 — 1 9 0

Top 1st: Luke Heimlich delivers a 93-mph fastball for a strike to start the game. Eric Cole grounds to third for the first out. Casey Martin strikes out swinging, on three pitches. Heston Kjerstad also strikes out swinging, on three pitches. No runs, no hits, no errors. Oregon State 0, Arkansas 0

Bottom 1st: Blaine Knight starts off with a strike. Steven Kwan strikes out, swinging. Cadyn Grenier flies out to short right field. Nick Madrigal grounds out to short. No runs, no hits, no errors. Oregon State 0, Arkansas 0

Top 2nd: Luke Bonfield grounds out to short. Dominic Fletcher strikes out, looking. Carson Shaddy walks, and is the game’s first base runner. Jared Gates flies to right. No runs, no hits, no errors. Oregon State 0, Arkansas 0

Bottom 2nd: Trevor Larnach rips the first pitch to the right field corner for a double. Adley Rutschman can’t check his swing, and strikes out. Tyler Malone hits a dribbler to short that becomes an infield single, Larnach to third. Michael Gretler bangs a single to left, drives in Larnach. Malone to second. Kyle Nobach strikes out, swinging. Zak Taylor strikes out. One run, three hits, no errors. Oregon State 1, Arkansas 0

Top 3rd: Grant Koch sharply singles to center. Jax Biggers strikes out, looking. Back to the top of the order in Eric Cole, who hits into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning. No runs, one hit, no errors. Oregon State 1, Arkansas 0

Bottom 3rd: Steven Kwan grounds out to second. Cadyn Grenier flies out to left. Nick Madrigal flies out to center. No runs, no hits, no errors. Oregon State 1, Arkansas 0

Top 4th: Casey Martin strikes out, swinging (fifth strikeout for Heimlich). Heston Kjerstad flies out to center. Luke Bonfield grounds out to short. No runs, no hits, no errors. Oregon State 1, Arkansas 0

Bottom 4th: Trevor Larnach hits a deep drive to left field that Kjerstad can’t see in the sky. It drops into the corner for a ground rule double. That’s a CWS-record fifth double for Larnach. Adley Rutschman drops a single to center, Larnach to third. Tyler Malone hits to second, and Rutschman is called for interference running into second, causing a double play. Larnach forced to stay at third. Michael Gretler strikes out. No runs, two hits, no errors. Oregon State 1, Arkansas 0

Top 5th: Dominic Fletcher pops up to first. Carson Shaddy walks on four pitches. Jared Gates singles to right, Shaddy moves to third. Grant Koch smashes a single to left, drives in Shaddy. Gates to second. Jax Biggers hit by pitch to load the bases. Eric Cole hit by pitch, Gates scores. Casey Martin slow roller to second that Madrigal boots, Koch scores. Bases still loaded. Christian Chamberlain replaces Heimlich. Heston Kjerstad walks, forces in Biggers. Luke Bonfield strikes out. Dominic Fletcher strikes out. Chamberlain comes out of the pen and gives up a walk, then strikes out two. Four runs, two hits, one error. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Bottom 5th: Kyle Nobach strikes out, looking. Zak Taylor flies out to first base, as Gates dives into foul ground to make the catch. Steven Kwan slices a ball into left for a single. Kadyn Grenier hits a ball that is initially called as foul, but it appears to hit the line. Call being reviewed by replay. After review, Grenier is given a single, and Kwan goes to third. Nick Madrigal lines out to second. No runs, two hits, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Top 6th: Carson Shaddy strikes out. Jared Gates strikes out, Chamberlain’s fourth consecutive strike out. Grant Koch walks, then advances to second on a wild pitch. Jax Biggers walks. Eric Cole walks to load the bases. Casey Martin grounds to short, and Cole is forced out. No runs, no hits, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Bottom 6th: Trevor Larnach grounds out to second. Adley Rutschman pops up to short. Tyler Malone walks, first issued by Blaine Knight. Michael Gretler grounds to second, and Malone is forced at second. No runs, no hits, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Top 7th: Jack Anderson replaces Kyle Nobach in left for OSU. Heston Kjerstad strikes out, swinging. Luke Bonfield grounds out to third. Dominic Fletcher with a double off the right field wall. Carson Shaddy strikes out looking. No runs, one hit, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Bottom 7th: Barrett Loseke pitching for Arkansas. Jack Anderson strikes out, swinging. Zak Taylor singles to left, but in trying to stretch to a double, is thrown out at second. Steven Kwan strikes out, swinging. No runs, one hit, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Top 8th: Jared Gates struck out, swinging. Grant Koch strikes out, swinging.  Jax Biggers strikes out, swinging. That’s 9 Ks for Chamberlain in 3 2/3 innings relief. No runs, no hits, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Bottom 8th: Cadyn Grenier, attempting to bunt, grounds out to the pitcher. Nick Madrigal flies out to center. Trevor Larnach strikes out, swinging. No runs, no hits, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Top 9th: Casey Martin bounces out to second. Casey Martin strikes out, swinging. Heston Kjerstad doubles to left center. Luke Bonfield walks. Dominic Fletcher strikes out. OSU pitchers have struck out 16 tonight. No runs, no hits, no errors. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1

Bottom 9th: Adley Rutschman leads off with a single to left. Matt Cronin comes out of the pen to replace Barrett Loseke. Tyler Malone strikes out on a 96-mph fastball. Michael Gretler strikes out. Andy Armstrong, pinch hitting for Jack Anderson, lines out to short. Arkansas 4, Oregon State 1