The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were backed into a corner Tuesday night facing a 1-0 College World Series deficit, but they flashed tremendous resolve and captured a 5-4 Game 2 win over the Arizona Wildcats to force a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday evening in Omaha, Nebraska.
But before breaking down which team will have the edge with college baseball's most coveted hardware on the line, here's a rundown of when and where you can catch all the action.
Date: Wednesday, June 29
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Preview and Prediction
Coastal Carolina's bats fell silent in a 3-0 Game 1 loss, but they came alive in Game 2 thanks to a strong effort in the small-ball department.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Chanticleers responded with a two-spot in the top of the third inning thanks to a single from left fielder Anthony Marks.
The Wildcats drew even in the fifth inning behind some small ball of their own, but the eighth inning proved to swing the game in Coastal Carolina's favor for good.
Right fielder Connor Owings delivered a go-ahead single that scored Marks, and G.K. Young drove in two more runs shortly thereafter to give the Chanticleers a three-run cushion that proved crucial.
Arizona struck back with two runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning to narrow the deficit to just one run, but the Chanticleers held on thanks to a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Coastal Carolina is now 5-0 in elimination games in the 2016 NCAA tournament, per ESPN Stats & Info, and that trend can't be discounted entering the final clash of the season on Wednesday evening.
However, Arizona has a track record that suggests it will be a tough out in Game 3.
The Wildcats have lost just two games since the start of June, and the last time they dropped back-to-back contests was in late May against the Oregon Ducks.
Unfortunately for Arizona, the Chanticleers appear poised for some progression to the mean when it comes to the long ball.
Coastal Carolina ranks first in the nation in home runs this year with 95, according to the NCAA's official statistical database, and the Big South champions have now gone two straight games without posting a dinger. In other words, they're due for a jack or two.
It's also worth considering that each of the last three College World Series champions—the Vanderbilt Commodores, UCLA Bruins and Virginia Cavaliers—were first-time winners of the illustrious hardware, according to Matt DeMarinis of the White & Blue Review.
Besting a stellar Wildcats pitching staff on back-to-back nights won't be an easy task, but the Chanticleers have proved to be the tournament's toughest out to this point. Consider them slight favorites to emerge victorious with the school's first title in sight.
Prediction: Coastal Carolina 6, Arizona 4