[Note: This article was compiled as a series of live updates during Thursday afternoon’s game]
Omaha, Neb. – With rain postponing the national championship game between Arizona and Coastal Carolina last night, the finale was moved to today at 1 PM. The best-of-three championship series was tied at 1-1 going into this afternoon.
Through five innings, and with dueling aces Andrew Beckwith and Bobby Dalbec pitching for CCU and Arizona respectively, the game remained scoreless. Coastal got two runners on base in the top of the sixth with one out. Dalbec then struck out right fielder Connor Owings. A fielding and throwing error by Arizona’s second baseman on a grounder off the bat of Zach Remillard put the Chants’ up 2-0. DH G.K. Young followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-0.
After the Chants’ Tyler Chadwick singled to center, Dalbec exited the game. Cameron Ming came in in relief and closed out the inning. The Wildcats answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, also aided by a fielding error. With two outs and men on first and second, Beckwith was lifted for reliever Bobby Holmes. Holmes promptly struck out SS Louis Boyd to end the threat with the Chants leading, 4-2.
CCU then went scoreless in the top of the seventh and Alex Cunningham relieved Holmes in the bottom of the frame. Cunningham escaped trouble with two runners on via a ground ball double play to end the inning. The eighth was scoreless for both teams.
The Chanticleers were silenced in the top of the ninth. The Wildcats scored on a walk, single, and sac fly, all with one out. Arizona now trailed, 4-3. First baseman Ryan Aguilar later doubled to put runners on second and third with two outs.
Cunningham then struck out Ryan Haug for the Chanticleers to claim their first national title in their first trip to the College World Series.