Oregon State becomes latest school to lose first game of College World Series to win national championship
Oregon State capped off an impressive national championship run Thursday night at the College World Series with a 5-0 win in Game 3 against Arkansas. It was the Beavers' sixth straight victory when facing elimination in Omaha this month as they became just the 12th national champion to lose its first game in the CWS before winning the title.
In the 72 NCAA Division I Baseball Championships held since the tournament started in 1947, just over 15 percent of national champions have overcome an opening-round loss. Oregon State became the first champion to do so since South Carolina in 2010.
Here's Oregon State's path to the national championship.
- Lost to North Carolina 8-6 on Saturday
- Beat Washington 14-5 on Monday
- Beat North Carolina 11-6 on Wednesday
- Beat Mississippi State on Friday
- Beat Mississippi State on Saturday
- Won the best-of-three College World Series Finals against Arkansas
Here's a list of national champions that lost their first game at the College World Series.
|Year||School||First Game of College World Series|
|2018||Oregon State||L, North Carolina 8-6|
|2010||South Carolina||L, Oklahoma 4-3|
|2006||Oregon State||L, Miami (FL) 11-1|
|1998||Southern California||L, LSU 12-10|
|1980||Arizona||L, St. John's 6-1|
|1979||Cal State Fullerton||L, Mississippi State 6-1|
|1976||Arizona||L, Arizona State 7-6|
|1970||Southern California||L, Ohio 4-1|
|1963||Southern California||L, Texas 8-3|
|1958||Southern California||L, Holy Cross 3-0|
|1950||Texas||L, Rutgers, 4-2|