The Oregon State Beavers are one of the strongest programs in college baseball and it’s not a surprise the team is back in the College World Series. Oregon State won the Pac-12 for the ninth time in the past 10 years and earned a No. 3 national seed for the NCAA Tournament. The Beavers have made it to the College World Series three times in the past six years and are aiming for their first national championship since winning back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.
They will begin this double-elimination tournament with a matchup against the No. 6 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. They are the only two national seeds on their half of the bracket, so the team that wins this game will be looked upon as the favorite to advance to the national championship series.
The Tar Heels went 43-18 in the regular season and after a slow start finished in the top ten in the national rankings. North Carolina is a worthy foe and would love to pull off the upset in Game 1 of the College World Series gambling.
The College World Series matchup between the Oregon State Beavers and North Carolina Tar Heels will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will take place on Saturday, June 16th, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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Oregon State has been given -270 odds to win this game on the moneyline, while the Tar Heels are the +230 underdogs to pull the upset. The Beavers’ spread to win by two runs or more is listed at -170, as the oddsmaker believe they could cruise pretty easily to this win. North Carolina comes in at +150 at the +1.5 runs spread.
The scoring total is listed at 10.5 runs, with the “under” listed at -130 as it is the favorite. Oregon State boasts five All-Americans on the roster and hopes to put together a strong game to get the upper hand in the bracket.
The Road To Omaha
Oregon State hosted a regional which featured LSU, San Diego State and Northwestern State. The Beavers had an easy go of it, beating Northwestern State 9-3 in the opening game and then LSU twice by a combined score of 26-1 to advance to the Super Regional. Oregon State hosted Minnesota in the Supers and swept with scores of 8-1 and 6-3. The Beavers’ performance against some quality competition is a reason why they should be considered on the short list of national championship contenders.
North Carolina went undefeated in its Regional. The Tar Heels knocked off North Carolina A&T in the opening game and then beat Houston twice to advance to the Super Regional. They faced off against Stetson and had no issue, winning the first game by a score of 7-4 and the second 7-5 to make it to the College World Series.
Free College World Series Picks
North Carolina is a solid team and could very well be Oregon State’s biggest competition to advance to the national championship series. Look for this game to be close and the Tar Heels are the right pick on the 1.5-run spread. However, the Beavers are going to win a squeaker in a game that should be lower-scoring than the oddsmakers believe.
Oregon State is looking like a national championship contender, and a win over North Carolina would go a long way in the Beavers taking control in the bracket in College World Series gambling.
College World Series ATS Pick: Oregon State 5, North Carolina 4
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