Beavers Stay Hot; Down North Carolina In CWS Championship Opener 11-4
June 23, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Freshman Jorge Reyes gave Oregon State another strong pitching performance, leading the defending champion Beavers to an 11-4 win over North Carolina in Game 1 of the College World Series championship Saturday night.
North Carolina, which won three straight elimination games to set up a rematch in the final, will need to win twice more to keep Oregon State (48-18) from becoming the first back-to-back national champion since LSU in 1996-97.
The Beavers have won all four of their CWS games and 10 of their last 11 overall.
The Tar Heels (57-15), who have come from behind to win five games in the NCAA tournament, couldn't rally against an Oregon State team that is 41-0 when leading after seven innings.
Reyes (7-3), allowed eight hits and three runs in 6 1-3 innings to win for the second time in the CWS and third time in the NCAA tournament.
North Carolina freshman Alex White (6-7) lost for the second time in the CWS. He was rocked by Rice last Sunday, and he gave up eight hits and five runs in 5 1-3 innings on Saturday.