OMAHA, Neb. –– This is how you exorcise a ghost.

Somewhere deep in the Oregon State memory banks, 2017 has been lurking. Those awful two days in TD Ameritrade Park when its trip to the College World Series came crashing down.

The Beavers were 56-4, needing only one more win to get to the CWS finals, and playing an LSU team they had just buried 13-1 four days earlier. There are no sure things in college baseball, but this seemed pretty close. Except it wasn’t. They lost 3-1 one night and 6-1 the next. In under 48 baffling hours, this mighty, nearly-unbeatable powerhouse produced two runs and five hits. What a way to go.

“It’s a tough day, when you’ve had such a great year,” coach Pat Casey said that Saturday night. One year later, it’s been another great year for Oregon State. But this Saturday night was so much different – with a locker room celebrating rather than shattered – after the Beavers beat Mississippi State 5-2 to advance to the CWS finals.

Have they remembered what last June felt like? Oh, yeah. Let’s ask three Oregon Staters who were all in on the final out Saturday night with the bases loaded – the moment that completed the 180-degree transformation from 2017.

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