baseball-d1 flag

Blair Kerkhoff | The Kansas City Star | June 28, 2018

Arkansas turns to Campbell with championship on the line

Oregon State rallies to beat Arkansas, 5-3

Isaiah Campbell got the starting nod for Arkansas' biggest game of the season, the NCAA Super Regional baseball final against South Carolina.

With his name likely called again Thursday, the stakes are even higher for the former Olathe South High standout.

The Razorbacks' crushing 5-3 loss to Oregon State on Wednesday night in College World Series forced a deciding third game in Omaha. Arkansas won the series opener on Tuesday and led 3-2 headed into the top of the ninth Wednesday. The Razorbacks were one out away from their first NCAA baseball title and had the opportunity to make a play when Oregon State's Cadyn Grenier lifted a pop foul to the right side.

Three Razorbacks chased the ball and all had a shot at making the catch. Second baseman Carson Shaddy put on a burst of speed, but he overran the ball and it dropped foul. Grenier then singled in the tying run and Trevor Lamach launched a two-run homer.

RELATED: Live updated from the 2018 CWS finals | Bracket | Highlights and video

Arkansas now turns to Campbell, the third-year sophomore who has delivered in his previous two appearances -- the Super Regional final and his only College World Series appearance, against Florida.

"We're really confident in Isaiah," Shaddy said.

Campbell, whose father, Parry, was in the Air Force, was born in Portugal and lived in Germany and Turkey before the family settled in Olathe. He went 15-4 over his final three seasons at Olathe South and turned in a 1.66 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 33 2/3 innings. He received recruiting interest from Kansas and Missouri schools but was sold when he visited Arkansas.

"Fell in love with it as soon as I got there," Campbell said. "I knew right away that's where I wanted to go."

Campbell made six starts in 13 appearances as a freshman but didn't get through the first inning of his sophomore year. Bone spurs were discovered in his right elbow and he took a medical redshirt.

"I had it since high school, but it never caused problems until last year," Campbell said.

His regular season had ups and downs. Campbell made 16 starts. He's 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander, whose fastball hits 96 mph, was the 24th-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels.

But as solid as he was against South Carolina, allowing two runs in four innings of a 14-4 victory, Campbell was even better in his previous outing, when he struck out eight over 5 1/3 innings to eliminate defending national champion Florida last week.

RELATED: This stat gives Arkansas the CWS advantage | 9 things to know about the series

"He's thrown really well the last couple of times out," Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said.

The Razorbacks need another big effort from Campbell to improve their chances of winning a national title.

This article is written by Blair Kerkhoff from The Kansas City Star and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to

When does the college baseball season start?

The 2020 college baseball opening weekend, set for February 14-16, will be here before you know it. Here's the information to know for the upcoming season.

Women's college soccer 2019 conference tournament break down

It's officially the last week of the women's college soccer regular season as conference tournaments and conference play wrap up. Check out what to keep an eye on this week as teams play their last matches before the NCAA tournament begins.

Women's college basketball rankings: Oregon No. 1 in AP preseason poll

Oregon is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history in the preseason AP Top 25 Poll for women's college basketball. Baylor, the reigning champs, checks in at No. 2.
Division I
College World Series
June 13-23/24, 2020
TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners