Oregon State's Kevin Abel delivers all-time pitching performance

Arkansas couldn’t recover from its fatal blub

Modal Trigger Oregon State players celebrate after capturing the College World Series Thursday night. Getty Images

The Razorbacks caught some fortunate breaks in the middle innings that seemed to steer them toward a victory and what would have been a 5-0 run through Omaha before the fateful ninth.

The victory comes 24 hours after the third-seeded Beavers (55-12-1) stormed back in Game 2 after being one out away from losing the series.

The dream of a championship ended Thursday night for the Arkansas Razorbacks. "We knew the SEC was a league that was going to be older, and it was going to be a battle to even win our division or league". We're here and still playing.

The Beavers advanced to the finals after defeating Mississippi State 5-2 on June 23 in Nebraska.

The Minnesota Twins selected Larnach with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, and a big showing in Game 3 would inspire even more confidence in that pick.

The Beavers jumped out to an early advantage with two runs in the first inning off redshirt sophomore Isaiah Campbell.

As if all that doesn't point to how historically awesome Abel was, consider these other stats: his 2-hit shutout was the fewest hits allowed in a CWS championship game.

With Larnach and Rutschman anchoring the middle of Oregon State's lineup, look for the Beavers to power their way to their third College World Series title and first since winning back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.

Arkansas won the first game of the best-of-three championship series 4-1 on Tuesday.

Catcher Grant Koch echoed his fellow Fayetteville native.

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Thousands of Beaver fans chanted "O-S-U!" on Friday and cheered just about everything in orange and black.

"You couldn't predict what he was going to do", Carson Shaddy said of Abel.

"On behalf of the entire state of OR, we are so proud of each and every one of you", Brown proclaimed. "I'm just so thankful for all the support they've given me in my five years and letting me be very passionate about the Hogs".

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"That was probably one of the greatest World Series comebacks in history", Madrigal said, "and that'll be there forever". The Beavers, down to their last strike, rallied to force the winner-take-all game on Thursday.

They brought back nearly everybody in the everyday lineup along with ace Luke Heimlich. I really appreciate they let me go out there. But it's greatly putting him at risk and is another of *many* examples of college baseball coaches abusing pitchers - and potentially hurting the pitcher's professional baseball, career chances - to win a game.

Arkansas bounced right back by plating two runs in the bottom of the fifth with the aid of a couple of bloop singles. Oregon State made the Razorbacks pay for it behind one of the best pitching performances in a title game. "It felt better as the game went on and just kinda rode it out". But we never got that hit. I give tons of credit to to the OSU offense, but this is the one area that Arkansas needs to improve on in order to make another tournament run next season. Once that ball dropped, I said to myself: "'We're not done, '" Larnach said.

They will always be able to say they accomplished something that will never be forgotten. Pitching is a tough deal.

Among the everyday players, the top two hitters in freshmen Casey Martin (.345) and Heston Kjerstad (.332) return, but the next three - Shaddy (.330), Cole (.313) and Luke Bonfield (.296) do not.

This eternal truism of the great American game will take University of Arkansas sports fans into a bittersweet offseason. We make a decision.' Those guys were committed to that. "You can't take it back".

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