Arkansas was one out away from winning last year’s College World Series. A popup that fell between three players in foul territory with two outs in the ninth inning would’ve clinched the title. Instead it fell to the grass and kept Oregon State’s hopes alive. The Beavers went on two win the game and the decisive third game of the best-of-three series.
The Razorbacks were left stunned. It would’ve been the program’s first national championship, but instead, they watched Oregon State celebrate on the field at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.
Arkansas is back in the College World Series for the second consecutive year. It’s a new team but the goal remains the same. Winning the double-elimination tournament to secure the title is never easy, but the Razorbacks have a strong chance at accomplishing that task.
In the eight-team field, the Razorbacks are grouped with Texas Tech, Michigan and Florida State – three teams who have exceeded preseason expectations.
Getting past any of those teams, especially Florida State in the first game, won’t be easy. All three teams are riding momentum into the College World Series and are capable of surprising everyone and making it to the championship series.
With a deep lineup headlined by center fielder Dominic Fletcher and a pitching staff led by an experienced Isaiah Campbell, the Razorbacks are on a mission to redeem themselves after last year’s disappointment.
Baseball is always unpredictable, but the Razorbacks have the experience, talent and motivation to win their first national championship. Expect them to be dogpiling on the TD Ameritrade Park field and hoisting the title up at the conclusion of the College World Series.