2016 College World Series -- Championship Round

Coastal Carolina Forces Decisive Game Three with 5-4 Win

by Editor Rick Cabral

OMAHA, Neb. – Coastal Carolina scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and advance to the final championship game tomorrow night with a 5-4 win over Arizona.  

With one out in the eighth, Connor Owings fought off an inside pitch to hit a Texas Leaguer to left field, easily scoring the speedy Anthony Marx to give the Chanticleers (54-18) a 3-2 lead. Designated hitter G.K. Young knocked in the Chanticleers’ last two runs with a sharp single to right field off reliever Cameron Ming, who took the loss.  

Marx had three hits on the night, including a third inning single that knocked in Coastal’s first two runs. 

Arizona came back and narrowed the deficit in its half of the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Aguilar scored on a fielder’s choice. Then with two out Coastal’s shortstop Michael Paez misplayed a grounder, allowing Dalbec to score, making it 5-4 CCU.  

Coastal Carolina starter Mike Morrison—who hadn’t started a game all year—gave his team 6.2 strong innings. He allowed six hits, two earned runs, walked two and fanned 10 Arizona hitters. 

The Wildcats scored one run in the first inning. With one out and the bases loaded Bobby Dalbec failed to connect on a suicide bunt and the runner was picked off third base. He then stroked a sharp infield single to plate Arizona’s first run. But it appeared the Wildcats missed a prime opportunity off Morrison, who was not on his game in the first inning. 

After Marx put Coastal Carolina up 2-1 in the third inning, Arizona (49-23) tied the game in the fifth when Cody Ramer walked, and later scored on Ryan Aguilar’s fielder’s choice to make it 2-2. 

Wildcats starter Kevin Ginkle pitched outstanding as well, scattering five hits through seven innings. He allowed two runs (one earned), struck out 10 and walked none. 

Zach Gibbons went 3-for-4 for Arizona. He now has 13 hits at College World Series. 

Last night, Arizona took Game One 3-0 behind J.C. Cloney’s four-hit shutout. Aguilar drove in two runs to give the Wildcats a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three series at the CWS.


2016 College World Series

OK State Makes CWS History With 2nd 1-0 Win Over Arizona

OMAHA, Neb. – Oklahoma State did something no College World Series team has ever done by posting its second 1-0 shutout, this time against Arizona to advance in the Winner’s Bracket.

Right-hander Tyler Buffett held the Wildcats in check all night, scattering three hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked two. Trey Cobb relieved Buffett in the ninth inning, and allowed no hits to earn the save.

One of those three hits was by Kyle Lewis (Sierra College), who was immediately caught stealing on a failed hit and run attempt.

In the fourth inning, Donnie Walton led off with a double against Arizona starter Bobby Dalbec. Walton came home on Garrett Benge’s RBI single. Benge also delivered the winning blow on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara.

Dalbec threw eight innings, striking out 12. He allowed just five hits and one walk in taking the tough-luck loss.

Cowboys' center fielder Ryan Sluder made the play of the game in the first inning when Cody Ramer struck a shot to deep right center field that would have fallen for an easy double if not for the amazing lay-out by Sluder who landed on the warning track.

With their second consecutive 1-0 win, the Cowboys made CWS history in doing what no team had done before. If Oklahoma State wins their next game, they will advance to the Championship series.

Gauchos Win Elimination Game 5-3, Oust Miami From CWS 

OMAHA, Neb -- In the first elimination game of the 2016 College World Series UC Santa Barbara beat No.3 Miami 5-3 and sent the Hurricanes home packing. 

After a 62-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth, the Gauchos loaded the bases. Pinch hitter Ryan Cumberland knocked in two runs as UC Santa Barbara took a 3-1 lead. The Gauchos scored twice more in typical West Coast fashion on consecutive safety squeeze bunts to expand their cushion to 5-1. 

Miami took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Zack Collins solo home run to right field off right hander Noah Davis. The Gauchos tied the game that inning on a J.J. Muno’s RBI single. Davis (7-4), who earned the victory, limited the Hurricanes to one more hit over the next five innings. 

Left hander Kyle Nelson relieved Davis to start the seventh inning. He allowed Miami two runs in the eighth inning. Coach Andrew Checketts sent Nelson to start the ninth inning, and after Jacob Hayward reached first on an infield single, Nelson induced a perfect come-backer to start a double play to end the game and notch his 10th save of the season. 

With the victory, UC Santa Barbara secures its first-ever win at the College World Series. After a 1-0 loss on Saturday to Oklahoma State, the Gauchos are 1-1 and will face the loser of the Oklahoma State-Arizona matchup scheduled for later tonight. 

Miami, went 0-2 for the just the second time in its 25 appearances at the CWS.

Also with the victory today, the Gaucho--the third-rated team from the Big West--knocked the two top seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Louisville and Miami out of the NCAA tournament. Arizona, the Pac-12's lone representative, beat Miami in their first CWS game on Saturday.

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