GUYS ... THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN OMAHA.
Oklahoma State is one game away from the College World Series championship after shutting out Arizona on Monday night. Amidst the action figures and shampooing, OSU clawed and clawed and clawed their way to a 1-0 win over Arizona and Bobby Dalbec. Dalbec threw 118 pitches with 12 strikeouts for Arizona, but it wouldn’t be enough. Dalbec was outdone by Tyler Buffett, who threw 8 scoreless innings and giving up just three hits, two walks and striking out six.
Web gems were aplenty in Omaha tonight for Oklahoma State, and none better than this play from Ryan Sluder, a ridiculous diving catch in center field. Sluder will probably find himself as the top play on tonight’s SportsCenter with this one. Buffett called it “one of the best plays” he’d ever seen in the postgame press conference. I concur.
A Garrett Benge RBI single in the 4th inning would be all that OSU needed to move on to 2-0 in the College World Series. Donnie Walton opened up the 4th with a double to the left field wall, and Benge would bring Walton around to score. Benge was not done making incredible plays, however. He did this in the 9th inning with a 1-0 lead on the line.
Lost in the controversy of whether the 1B kept his foot on the base is the amazing play Garrett Benge made pic.twitter.com/XUdOrTqf3J— #RoadToOmaha (@RoadToOmaha_) June 21, 2016
The first base umpire initially called the runner safe, implying that Dustin Williams pulled his foot off the bag. The umpires conferred and determined Williams’ foot was in fact on the bag. What a play. Expect this one on SC Top-10 as well.
I can’t believe this is a real sentence I am typing: Oklahoma State has not trailed in a postseason game in 2016. After seven games, OSU has given up just six runs. Incredible stuff from the Pokes. OSU will get a much-deserved break for the next three days. They await the winner of Arizona and UCSB on Wednesday, and will play that game Friday.