OMAHA, Neb., Sporting Alert – Coastal Carolina and Arizona will meet in a winner takes all Game 3 battle at the 2016 NCAA College World Series Thursday, after rain forced the game to move from Wednesday night.
—GAME SUSPENDED ON WEDNESDAY AND PLAYED ON THURSDAY EVENING.
Live streaming coverage of Game 3 is on ESPN 3 and WatchESPN. Live TV broadcast will be on ESPN, starting at 8pm ET.
After losing Game 1 of the College World Series championships series 3-1 on Monday night, the Chanticleers (54-18) rallied once again this postseason to force a third game with a narrow 5-4 victory over the Wildcats (49-23) on Tuesday night.
“What an incredible baseball game. Man alive,” said an elated winning CCU head coach Gary Gilmore. “There was a whole lot of emotion going on out there.
“And it’s really hard to describe not having ever been in that particular situation in my life. I mean, it was kind of nerve-racking at times, but everybody kept.
“I think our guys kept breathing pretty good and we got through it.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the first inning in Game 2, but Coastal Carolina, which has been very impressive in the NCAA tournament this year, rallied to score two runs in the third inning to go up 2-1 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, following a defensive error.
The Wildcats scored again in the bottom of the fifth to even the score, which set up a thrilling finish.
Breaking Away From The Cats
The Chanticleers blasted three runs in the eighth inning to break open the tie and shot to a 5-2 lead, but Arizona answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the eighth.
In the end, though, it was Coastal Carolina, which held on for the victory, with pitcher Bobby Holmes (7-4) keeping a steady head to earn the win, after pitching the final 2.2 innings.
He had 47 pitches and 26 strikes, as the Big South representatives held on for the vital win.
Anthony Marks, who was 3-for-4 on the night, accounted for three of CCU’s five runs.
It was the fourth time at this year’s College World Series that the Chanticleers were rallying from elimination to play another day.
Jay Johnson Tips His Hat Off…
Arizona head coach Jay Johnson gave credit to Coastal Carolina for coming out and forcing a decisive championship game.
“I thought it was a great college baseball game. Two teams with good players going at it. Got to tip your hat to them,” coach Johnson said.
“One thing we always talk about is the game will deserve the team — the team that deserves to win usually will. And in that case, it was Coastal.
“They were a little bit better with runners on base tonight and wiggled out of some jams. You’ve got to credit Morrison and Holmes for really pitching well when they needed to.
“So we’ll dust off, get ready for [Game 3].
Holmes, who improved to 3-0 with two saves in eight NCAA postseason appearances, pulled off a 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.