Coastal Carolina beats LSU, headed to College World Series

CCU tops LSU in ninth inning

BATON ROUGE, LA (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina baseball is headed to its first College World Series in program history after defeating LSU 4-3 on Sunday night at Alex Box Stadium. CCU's historic season continued in Baton Rouge after the Chants picked up its first super regional win on Saturday night, and then completed the sweep of LSU on Sunday.

Michael Paez's chopper to left in the bottom of the ninth brought home Anthony Marks to seal the walk-off win.

"I joked around (before the bottom of the ninth), saying 'we're going to take us to Omaha', and you say that, but here we are," said Marks. "And really I was just trying to grind through that at-bat."

Marks drew a walk to open the inning, and stole second base shortly after. Michael Paez's hit then sealed the win for Coastal.

After LSU tied the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth after a pair of errors, CCU's confidence never waned.

"I was looking at it," explained closer Mike Morrison. "We had Paez, Dalton (Ewing), Zach (Remillard) and G.K. (Young) coming up too, and I knew one of those guys were going to get a hit, and it was unbelievable man. (After the the hit it was) Just a dead sprint out there to tackle his little butt and just to go nuts."

Alex Cunningham got the start for Coastal, and threw 7.1 innings, allowing ten hits, but only two runs. Bobby Holmes also got the Chants out of jams in the 8th and 9th innings to help close things up. LSU stranded 12 runners on base in the game.

CCU improves to 49-16 this year, and will face the winner of the Florida State-Florida super regional in the College World Series. FSU and UF will finish its series on Monday. The CWS begins Saturday, June 18th in Omaha.

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