OMAHA, NE (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina defeated Arizona 5-4 to force a winner-take-all Game Three in the College World Series Finals on Tuesday night. The Chants broke through with three runs in the eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead and held on for the win. Game Three is set for 8:00 EST at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.
Mike Morrison keyed the way for Coastal. The All-American closer actually got the start in this game, and threw a career high 6.2 innings, and 103 pitches. His ten strikeouts tied a College World Series Finals record for most strikeouts in a game.
"I'm just glad I was able to give everything I could in my final time pitching for the school and put us in the position to win a championship," Morrison said of his effort on Tuesday.
Bobby Holmes relieved him, finishing the final 2.1 innings.
Coastal scored two runs in the third on an Anthony Marks base hit, and then tacked on three more in the eighth, after a Connor Owings bloop single, and a G.K. Young 2-RBI single. Arizona went through three pitchers in the inning as the Chants finally started to see the ball better.
"That might have been the first time all year that me and those other guys (Owings, Zach Remillard, Tyler Chadwick) went back-to-back-to-back-to-back hits like that," Young said. "I'm just ready and excited to be playing for a championship.
Coastal and Arizona are both 5-2 in the College World Series and will take at least nine more innings to see who the 2016 college baseball champion is. Neither team is likely to reveal a starter until close to game time.
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