OMAHA, Neb., Sporting Alert – UC Santa Barbara scored an impressive 5-3 victory over No. 3 Miami (FL) in a rain-affected 2016 College World Series elimination game at TD Ameritrade Park on Monday.
Both teams were locked at 1-1 in the sixth inning before a storm blowing through the area caused a 62-minute rain delay.
However, after the storm moved away, the Gauchos (43-19-1) thrilled their traveling supporters with a powerful display on offense – belting out four runs in the bottom of the sixth to open up a sizable lead.
The College World Series debutants then held off a late rally from the Hurricanes (50-14) to claim its first-ever CWS victory in program history.
“It was a pretty good battle, and our guys did a really good job of competing,” said UCSB head coach Andrew Checketts, whose team has now knocked out two of the top three national seeds from the NCAA Tournament. No. 2 Louisville fell to them in Super Regional round.
“I thought they did a really good job during the rain delay of kind of staying in third and fourth gear and being able to come out and land some more blows.”
The third-ranked Miami, which had taken a 1-0 lead in the game on a homer from junior Zack Collins, will now head back to Florida, which left head coach Jim Morris very disappointed.
Miami had also dropped its opener 5-1 against Arizona.
“I’m disappointed in the way we played out here in Omaha,” Morris said. “We didn’t do the little things that we did all year to win the number of games we did.
“I felt like we had a great season coming into it. But the little things that we’ve been doing…we didn’t hit with on base or make a pitch or make a play defensively that we needed to make to win.
“And when you get to this level, you’ve got to do all the things to win, because everybody out here is playing well.”
Oklahoma State Edged To Victory Again
Meanwhile, in the other game on Monday night, the impressive run of Oklahoma State in NCAA tournament this season continued, after the Cowboys beat Arizona 1-0 on the winner’s side of bracket 1.
It was the second game in a row Oklahoma State (43-20) was carving out a narrow 1-0 victory, and the men from Stillwater accomplished the feat with another strong pitching performance at TD Ameritrade Park.
It’s the first time OSU was winning consecutive games at the College World Series since 1993 when the Cowboys beat Arizona State and Texas.
Starter Tyler Buffett tossed a career-high eight innings against the Wildcats and his coach was very impressed with the “outstanding” display.
“Unbelievable college baseball game,” OSU head coach Josh Holliday said. “Pitching and defense are at a premium, safe to say.
“Tyler Buffett was outstanding. His teammates played great defense behind him.
“And we did just enough on offense against an outstanding starting pitcher who really had his ball all over the place.”
On Wednesday, UC Santa Barbara will take on Arizona, while Oklahoma State awaits the winner of that series.
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College World Series Scores
Monday, June 20
UC Santa Barbara 5, Miami 3
No. 3 Miami (FL) eliminated from NCAA tournament
Oklahoma State 1, Arizona 0
Meanwhile, there are more College World Series games on the fixture of Tuesday evening, with No. 1 seed Florida (52-15) looking to bounce back from it’s opening game defeat when it faces No. 5 Texas Tech in an elimination game, at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2
TCU (48-16) and Coastal Carolina (50-16) which both secured opening game wins, with meet in the other game at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN.