OMAHA, NE (WMBF) – The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers fell to the Arizona Wildcats in game one of the College World Series Championship on Monday night. The Wildcats took down CCU by a 3-0 final as J.C. Cloney threw a complete game shutout for UA.
The Chanticleers only had four hits in the game, and it's just the second time in 71 games this year that Coastal has been shut out. The Chants lost to Wake Forest 11-0 earlier this season.
Ryan Aguilar went 2-4 with 2 RBI for the Wildcats, and Cody Ramer scored two of the team's three runs. Arizona got on the board early after Ramer hit a lead-off double to start the game for UA.
Zack Hopeck got the start for the Chants and exceeded expectations, throwing 6.1 innings, and surrendering just two runs on five hits. He also struck out five.
Arizona is now just one win away from winning its first national title since 2012, when the Wildcats beat South Carolina. The Chants must win in Tuesday night's game two to force a winner-take-all third game on Wednesday.
The Chants won three elimination games in three days last week to advance to the CWS Finals.
Head coach Gary Gilmore did not reveal a starter for Tuesday's game, but he did say that there is no chance Andrew Beckwith will throw on short rest for Coastal. He has thrown two complete games in the College World Series so far, and in his last outing against TCU, he threw 137 pitches.
Relievers Mike Morrison and Bobby Holmes were not used on Monday, which could free up availability for Tuesday night's game.
Coastal Carolina will be the designated road team tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 8:00 eastern time at TD Ameritrade Park, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.