Eric Cole ran in from right field. Carson Shaddy reached the dirt in foul territory from his second base position at a full sprint. Jared Gates drifted back from first base, looking up over his left shoulder.
All three Arkansas players said later that they could have made the catch that would have clinched the program’s first College World Series title.
Instead, the ball landed between them. Three pitches later, and with new life, Oregon State’s Cadyn Grenier laced a two-out, two-strike RBI single to left field to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth. The next batter, Trevor Larnach, followed with a two-run bomb that pinballed into the right-field bullpen, propelling Oregon State to a 5-3 victory. Game three of the best-of-three championship series is tonight at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha at 6pm.