Rutschman shines as World Series MVP
The World Series.
It's where stars step up and legends are made.
And, in the 2018 NCAA College Baseball World Series, absolutely no one stepped up more than Adley Rutschman.
Rutschman, a 2016 Sherwood High School graduate, turned in what easily could be called a legendary performance as he helped lead the Oregon State University to the College Baseball World Series championship at the event held in Omaha, Neb.
The switch-hitting catcher was simply marvelous for the Beavers during their eight World Series games. He had a World Series-record 17 hits to go with a .567 batting average. His on-base percentage of .649 was the second-best mark in World Series history, as were his 13 RBIs.
In the final game of the best-of-three World Series championship series, Rutschman went 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored in the title-clinching 5-0 win over Arkansas.
Rutschman also went 3 for 5 at the plate with a home run, a run scored and an RBI in the Beavers' thrilling, come-from-behind 5-3 win over Arkansas in the second game of the championship series.
Rutschman was named the World Series Most Outstanding Player as well as being named the catcher on the 2018 all-tournament team.
"He was our guy," Oregon State first baseman Zak Taylor, a 2015 Sherwood graduate, said of his former Bowmen teammate. "He was unbelievable to watch. And it just wasn't in the World Series, he did this all year."
He certainly did.
For the 2018 season, Rutschman, a year after hitting for a .234 batting average, had an OSU-record 102 base hits in 250 at-bats for a .408 average. He also had 22 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 56 runs scored and an OSU-record 83 RBIs.
Rutschman was named a second-team All-American at catcher by Baseball America. He also was a first-team All-Pacific 12 Conference selection.
Following the World Series championship, Rutschman played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Team USA swept a five-game series from Taiwan and got a 3-2 series win over Japan. Then, in a trip to Havana, Cuba, the USA squad got a 3-1 series win over Cuba.
In his time playing with Team USA, Rutschman hit for a .355 average with five doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 31 at-bats.