Arizona and Coastal Carolina Advance to NCAA Finals

The preseason top 25 polls did not have these two teams making it to the finals, or even appearing in their top 25 lists. Arizona at least has some history in appearing in NCAA finals, having won championships in 2012, 1986, 1980 and 1976 and finishing second in 1963, 1959 and 1956, but this was supposed to be a rebuilding season for them. For Coastal Carolina this is their first appearance in Omaha and they made it memorable by appearing in the NCAA championship.

Coastal Carolina beat TCU for the second time to qualify for the championships, getting some offensive production from Connor Owings, G.K. Young and Tyler Chadwick to beat TCU 7-5. Chadwick hit a solo shot in the second inning to give the Chanticleers an early 1-0 lead. Young added a two out two run triple in the third to up the ante to 3-0. Owings closed out a four run fourth with a two run double and Carolina had built a 7-1 lead.

The Horned Frogs pinched away at the lead, getting the score to 7-5 with the tying run at the plate and only one out, but Bobby Holmes got Michael Landestoy to ground into a double play to end the game and send the Chanticleers to the championship.

The path to the finals for Arizona was an early outburst on offense, led by the bat of Zack Gibbons, and the arm of Bobby Dalbec, who only allowed one run in his seven innings of work. Gibbons had RBI doubles in the first and second innings to fuel the Wildcats early 4-0 lead. An RBI single in the fourth gave him three RBIs in the 5-1 Arizona win.

The two teams will begin their best two out of three run to the championship today.

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