The Oregon State Beavers shook off a poor opening game to rout Washington last time out to keep their season alive. The road gets tougher next time out as they face off against the North Carolina Tar Heels in another do-or-die situation.
Oregon State entered the College World Series as the favorite to win the national championship but an opening-round loss put that in peril. The Beavers need to stay hot to have a shot at winning their bracket and make it to the national championship series.
The Tar Heels have a solid team but they will be the underdogs in this matchup against the talented Beavers. The loser goes home so both teams will be giving everything they have in MLB gambling.
The College World Series contest will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will take place on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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Oregon State is listed as a heavy -290 favorite to win this game and remain alive in the College World Series. North Carolina is the +210 underdog to pull the upset and stay in the tournament. The runs total is listed at 10.5 as there should be a good deal of offense in this matchup.
Despite having a loss already this season, Oregon State is currently being wagered on at +115 to make it to the national championship series, so the oddsmakers have a lot of belief in their ability to keep winning.
Last Time Out
North Carolina won its first game to remain in the winner’s bracket but fell to Mississippi State, 12-2, last time out. The game was in reach heading into the eighth inning but the Bulldogs scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to pull away.
North Carolina’s defense was the culprit, as three errors led to an incredible nine unearned runs in the contest. The defense needs to tighten up or else the Tar Heels will be heading home after this contest. The offense also struggled and North Carolina will aim to put this game out of its head and focus on a bounceback.
Oregon State made it here by routing Washington, 14-5, last time out. The Beavers actually trailed 3-0 heading into the fifth inning and the game was tied at 5 heading into the seventh. Oregon State’s offense exploded from there, as the team scored four runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth.
Nick Madrigal and Michael Gretler had three hits apiece while Kyle Nobach went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Oregon State got some big-time relief work from Kevin Abel, as he only allowed one run in four innings while striking out five.
Free College World Series ATS Picks
Oregon State is still facing an uphill battle through the loser’s bracket but the team is very talented. The Beavers should be able to advance while also covering the spread and pushing the runs over the 10.5 total in College World Series wagering.
North Carolina is a good team but it is running into the best team in the country and its season will end at this juncture. Take the Beavers to fall short of the national championship series but they will win this game to stay alive for now.
MLB ATS Pick: Oregon State Beavers 7, North Carolina Tar Heels 4
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