Coastal Carolina has forced a deciding game at the College World Series. Closer Mike Morrison made his first start of the season a gave up only two runs in six and two-thirds innings of work and the Chanticleers scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat Arizona 5-4.
It sets up a winner take all game three for the title.
“It is a big game but you can’t make it bigger than life and we have not done that through this entire thing”, said Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore. “I keep telling them every time we meet it is just another ballgame and we have to play and execute.”
Arizona will get another chance to win a second national championship in five years.
“I have no worries about the readiness for Wednesday”, said Arizona coach Jay Johnson. “This team has developed a lot of trust amongst themselves and our staff. The upside is we get to be together Wednesday in competition and I can’t wait for that.”
Wildcat starter Kevin Ginkel battled Morrison in a pitchers duel. He also struck out ten in his seven innings of work. It was the first time in the last 30 years where both starting pitchers in College World Series game each had ten strikeouts.