Dominic Fletcher went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, and Arkansas moved within one win of reaching the College World Series’ championship round, defeating Texas Tech 7-4 on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.
The Red Raiders took their first loss of the double-elimination CWS, and they will meet defending-champion Florida on Thursday in a knockout game. The winner of that contest will face Arkansas on Friday. If the Razorbacks drop the Friday game, the same two teams will face off Saturday, with the winner moving on to the best-of-three title round.
Fletcher’s two-run double in the first inning put Arkansas on top for good. The center fielder added a solo homer in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the eighth.
Eric Cole and Casey Martin each had two hits for the Razorbacks. Reliever Barrett Loseke pitched three scoreless innings for the win.
Brian Klein and Cody Farhat knocked in two runs apiece for the Red Raiders.
—Trailing by three runs through seven innings, Oregon State scored four times in the eighth and four times in the ninth to defeat North Carolina 11-6 in an elimination game.
The Beavers advance to play Mississippi State on Friday. If the Bulldogs win, they would move on to the title round. If Oregon State wins, the sides would meet again Saturday to determine a finalist.
First-inning homers from Cadyn Grenier and Adley Rutschman got the Beavers off to a good start, but the Tar Heels bounced back to lead 6-4 after seven. Rutschman’s three-run double was the big blow in the eighth, and Tyler Malone’s two-run home run in the ninth helped put the game away.
Winning pitcher Jake Mulholland tossed three shutout innings of one-hit relief.
—Field Level Media