Coastal Carolina Wins the Championship

In the NCAA football and basketball championships the odds of a team like Coastal Carolina winning a championship are pretty slim. Big schools with lots of scholarship opportunities are more likely to win those championships. Not in baseball, where scholarships are not as prevalent, allowing the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers to assemble a group of players to win the NCAA baseball championship. That will carry with them and the school for a long time.

The Chanticleers took advantage of two walks, a strikeout wild pitch to advance the runners to second and third and a double error (fielding and throwing) by the Wildcats second baseman Cody Ramer to score their first two runs. G.K. Young closed out the inning with a two run blast over the right field bullpen area to give Coastal an early 4-0 lead.

The Wildcats scrambled back with two runs in the bottom frame, also taking advantage of two walks and a fielding error to load the bases. Jared Oliva drove in two runs with a single.

The Wildcats made things interesting in the ninth inning, Zach Gibbons hitting a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3 and Ryan Aguilar doubling down the left field line to put the tying run on third. Alex Cunningham struck out Ryan Haug on a 3-2 pitch and the pile on began.

Andrew Beckwith pitched the first 5.2 innings to get credit for the win. That improved his record to 15-1, the most wins by a college pitcher in the NCAA. He won the MVP of the College World Series. No major league team thought the junior was good enough to draft in the 2016 draft. Perhaps that is a reflection of the quality of some of the major league teams scouting departments.

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