Oregon State has one of the best lineups in the country, with all but two of its starters batting .300 or better. Nick Madrigal was picked fourth overall in the MLB draft and provides a sense of calm and leadership when the team needs it. The main problem in dealing with Oregon State is what comes after Madrigal in the lineup. Behind him is Trevor Larnach, who bats .344 and has 18 homers. He’s second on the team with 75 RBIs. Following Larnach is Adley Rutschman, who is hitting .529 in the CWS with 10 RBIs in five games. The Beavers have three pitchers with ERAs under 3.00: Jake Mulholland, Brandon Eisert and Luke Heimlich. The two aces are Heimlich and Bryce Fehmel. Oregon State is the first team in five years to reach the CWS finals after losing its opening game, winning four straight elimination games. Because of that, the Beavers come into the matchup with Arkansas with question marks in the bullpen. Meanwhile, Arkansas is fully rested after winning all three of its CWS games.
Hitter to watch: Nick Madrigal
He’s batting .385 in Omaha, below his .395 average. Should Madrigal get going even more, this lineup could become even harder to deal with.
Pitcher to watch: Kevin Abel
The freshman is the only Oregon State starter to be productive in Omaha. Abel pitched seven innings against Mississippi State, giving up three hits and one earned run and striking out five.
Key number: 28
Oregon State has scored 48 runs at the CWS. Of those, 28 have come with two outs. That’s the most by any team at the CWS since 1999. For context, in OSU’s CWS appearance in 2005, it didn’t score at all with two outs. This, more than anything, shows how deadly this Oregon State lineup is, and how hard it is to put away once it starts rolling.
Oregon State will win if ...
The pitching can keep Arkansas at bay. As coach Pat Casey said, the Beavers did not one quality start all CWS before Saturday. If they get another, the Beavers’ power-hitting lineup could lead them to victory.
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June 16, 2017: Lightning strikes outside TD Ameritrade Park. The weather forced a cancellation of the College World Series opening ceremonies.
June 29, 2016: Audrey Lane, 5, plays in a puddle during the rain delay before the College World Series championship between Coastal Carolina and Arizona.
June 14, 2015: Cal State Fullerton undergraduate assistant Chad Cordero grabs some of the players' gear to put in the tunnel as heavy rain starts to fall during a weather delay.
June 20, 2014: Jake Tucker, 14, of Omaha, stands in the falling rain during a delay in a game between Virginia and Mississippi.
June 20, 2014: A storm front roils over downtown as rain and lightning delay a game between Virginia and Mississippi.
June 24, 2013: Fans in line for tickets to the College World Series take refuge behind anything they can as a powerful storm moved through Omaha.
June 14, 2013: A brave couple darts out the main entrance of TD Ameritrade Park into the rain after a shortened version of the opening ceremonies.
June 20, 2011: Wind catches the umbrella from a pair of fans as they make their escape through the rain.
June 20, 2011: A stadium worker tries to keep her hat as she sneaks a look at the storm clouds. Vanderbilt and Florida were forced to leave the field.
June 22, 2010: A thunderstorm forces a delay in the Oklahoma vs. Clemson game after five innings.
June 20, 2010: The South Carolina players seek refuge from the rain in the dugout as puddles develop on the field.
June 20, 2010: What can't newspapers do?! Sergio Jamie tries to stay dry with a copy of The World-Herald while waiting out the rain before the game.
June 23, 2009: Zach Montana, from San Antonio, waits out the end of the rain delay in the seats, while LSU fan Shawn Lam, 14, from Convington, Louisiana, just seems happy to have his shoes off in front of a rainbow.
June 23, 2009: Trevor Anderson, of Omaha, plays catch with his brother, Jacob, in the stands of Rosenblatt Stadium during a rain delay.
June 24, 2006: A rainbow gives fans hope that North Carolina and Oregon State can complete their game.
June 17, 2006: Melissa Negrete, 17, from left, Jenny Brown, 15, Cameron Christensen, 18, and Molly Negrete, 15, enjoy the rain while begging to get inside the Miami dugout during a rain delay.
June 16, 1999: Groundskeeper Vince Sheibal takes a nap in the first-base dugout as he waits for the rain to stop.
June 1, 1987: Lightning strikes behind Oklahoma State players Tony Kounas, left, and Rocky Ward as they check out weather conditions during a rain delay. The Cowboys ultimately defeated LSU 8-7.
June 14, 1972: Coaches and others gather at Rosenblatt Stadium during a rain delay.
June 18, 1966: Ohio State outfielder Bo Rein checks the rain.
June 11, 1960: Rained-out Minnesota players gather. Coach Dick Siebert is host to players (from left) Ken Anderson, Saxe Roberts, Larry Bertelsen, Jim Rantz, Bob Wasko and Wayne Knapp.