Just two games on Saturday separated NCAA baseball from its College World Series championship matchup.
In the championship bracket that began with two groups of four teams, a double elimination format whittled the field in half heading into Saturday. Each team had one loss, which revved up the drama in Omaha, Nebraska.
Here are the updated results from Saturday and the championship schedule:
|2016 College World Series Results: Saturday, June 25|
|2016 Championship Schedule|
|Monday, June 27||7 p.m.||TBD||Arizona||ESPN|
|Tuesday, June 28||8 p.m.||Arizona||TBD||ESPN|
|Wednesday, June 29*||8 p.m.||TBD||Arizona||ESPN|
Arizona 5, Oklahoma State 1
The Wildcats are through to the championship series for the eighth time with their win over Oklahoma State as they pursue their fifth national championship. Their last came in 2012 when they defeated South Carolina.
Arizona flew out of the gates with four runs in the first two innings thanks to four doubles off Oklahoma State ace Thomas Hatch.
The first came from Cody Ramer in the first inning, who later stole third and scored on a groundout by Zach Gibbons.
Ryan Aguilar followed Gibbons' grounder with a double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Jared Oliva's pop fly to center.
In the second, Arizona got things going with a leadoff walk from Kyle Lewis, who advanced to second on a grounder and scored when Louis Boyd collected the Wildcats' third double, which went down the left field line. Boyd came in to score on Gibbons' double to right-center.
Oklahoma State pulled one back in the third when Jon Littell led things off with a single. He advanced to third when Corey Hassel doubled to right field.
With runners on second and third with one out, J.R. Davis popped out, but it was deep enough to score Littell. However, it was the only run the Cowboys were able to muster out of a dangerous situation.
Arizona got it right back in the bottom of the fourth, capitalizing on Oklahoma State's mistakes.
Boyd grounded out to shortstop Donnie Walton with one out in the inning, but a throwing error allowed Boyd to go to second.
After Ramer struck out, Gibbons collected his third RBI of the game when he singled home Boyd to push Arizona's lead back up to four, via NCAA Baseball:
That was more than enough for Arizona's pitching trio of Bobby Dalbec, Kevin Ginkel and Alfonso Rivas. Dalbec started the game and went seven strong innings, allowing that lone run on just four hits while striking out six.
In the eighth inning, he handed things off to Ginkel, who allowed three hits over 1.2 innings. With runners on second and third with two outs, Arizona went with Rivas, who struck out Colin Simpson to ice the game.
Coastal Carolina 7, TCU 5
The TCU Horned Frogs defeated Coastal Carolina 6-1 on Tuesday, but the Chanticleers exacted revenge Saturday night with a 7-5 win to clinch their first-ever College World Series berth.
SportsCenter on Twitter documented the team's celebration:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Coastal Carolina became the first school since South Carolina in 1975 to win four games in its College World Series debut.
Coastal Carolina took a modest 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning following a solo home run by Tyler Chadwick and a two-RBI triple courtesy of G.K. Young, but the Big South qualifiers broke things wide open against pitcher Brian Trieglaff.
After starter Jared Janczak struck out three and walked two while allowing three earned runs in three innings, Trieglaff was lit up to the tune of four earned runs in just 0.2 innings in the bottom of the fourth.
The Chanticleers proceeded to assume a 7-1 lead, and the six-run margin was more than enough breathing room for a team that received strong pitching performances from Alex Cunningham (6.1 IP, three strikeouts, four earned runs) and Bobby Holmes (2.2 IP, one strikeout, one earned run).
The Horned Frogs chipped away and added four more runs over the course of the final five innings, but they didn't have enough firepower to complete the comeback.
Coastal Carolina will now attempt to make history and become the first school since Minnesota in 1956 to win the CWS during its first appearance in the title series, per ESPN Stats & Info.