The Chanticleers defeated Arizona to claim the first national title in school history.
Coastal Carolina defeated Arizona 5-4 to force a Game 3 in the National Championship Series.
Images from Coastal Carolina's 2016 national championship run.
Coastal Carolina vs. Texas Tech
2016 Coastal Carolina Baseball -- College World Series Arrival (June 16, 2016)
Earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) for Fall 2014 and Dean’s List four times (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Fall 2017) … Named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 for posting at least a 3.0 GPA for each of the academic years.
2016 (So.): Was honored at the College World Series for having the highest GPA among the eight-team participants during the opening ceremonies … Was 7-2 with four saves while posting a 4.20 ERA in 28 outings (six starts) … Tallied 74 strikeouts in 83.2 innings … Pitched in nine of CCU’s 14 NCAA postseason games (18.2 innings) ... Was 3-0 with two saves with a team-best 1.93 ERA and .200 opponent batting average … In the postseason (conference tourney through CWS final), inherited 18 runners, just two scored … Moved into the starting rotation for weekends six through 12 and CCU was 5-1 in his six starts ... However, moved back to the bullpen for CCU’s last 28 games and CCU went 24-4 ... In fact, over his 15 appearances during that 28-game span, Holmes was 3-1 with three saves and a 1.85 ERA with .203 opponent batting average ... Lone loss came after a CCU error that would have been the final out in the eighth at Charleston Southern and was saddled with three unearned runs in 6-4 loss … Inherited 26 runners in 2016 and only three scored ... Had streak of 10 consecutive outings without allowing inherited runners to score … Dominated Saint Mary’s to get the save in the NCAA Regional opener ... Allowed one hit in 2.1 innings with five of his seven outs coming by strikeout ... Entered with a runner on second and two outs with CCU leading 5-2 ... Got a ground out to end the seventh ... Struck out three in the eighth while allowing his lone hit ... Worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two K’s and a ground out ... Also pitched 2.1 innings versus North Carolina State in the deciding game and would have been saddled with the loss despite the two runs he allowed were both unearned … However, CCU rallied with four runs in the ninth to advance to the Super Regional … At the Super Regional, pitched 1.2 innings and got the win in both games at LSU ... In Game one and down 4-2 with two runners on, got a ground out, allowed a walk and got a foul out to strand runners on second and third ... Overall, allowed two hits and three walks but just one run as Coastal pulled away for an 11-8 win ...In game two, worked the final 2.1 innings ... Entered with CCU leading 3-2 and two runners on ... Struck out the first batter he faced and walked the second to load the bases before getting a ground out to end the inning ... In the ninth, CCU made two errors that led to an unearned run to tie the game at 3-3 ... Holmes limited the damage as LSU had bases loaded and one out by recording a strikeout and a fly out to set-up CCU’s walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth … At the College World Series, pitched in five of the eight games, going 1-0 with a save and a 2.53 ERA in 10.2 innings … Picked up the save in the first elimination game with Texas Tech, going the final 2.1 and striking out two while allowing one hit and one walk … In the next elimination game, the rematch versus TCU, he worked 2.2 innings, allowing one run … Earned the win in CCU’s fourth elimination game, the second game versus Arizona (June 28) … Pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) after CCU had scored three in the top of the eighth … Worked a 1-2-3 ninth to get the win in the 5-4 victory … Gave CCU five pitches in two days later in the deciding game versus Arizona … Leading 4-2 and entering with bases loaded and two outs, Holmes got the strikeout to bridge the gap between Andrew Beckwith and Alex Cunningham … Earned the save versus Duke, striking out two in 2.2 scoreless innings … Credited with the win in Saturday’s win over Illinois ... Struck out a season-high seven in 3.1 innings, while allowing four hits, one run and four walks … Got his first career win as a starter (fifth career start) as he pitched a then career-high 7.0 innings in the Friday win over Stetson ... Scattered nine hits but only allowed two runs with a walk and five punch outs … Did not have his best stuff, but got the win in game two versus Gardner-Webb ... Pitched 5.1 innings and only struck out one while allowing seven hits, four runs and four walks … Pitched well, but did not factor in the decision in 6-5 victory over Campbell, leaving with game tied 5-5 in the top of the ninth ... Entered game in the third with CCU trailing 4-1 and pitched six-plus innings, scattering five hits and allowed one run with zero walks and five K’s … At Big South Championship, pitched twice and got a save ... In the semifinal win over Longwood, worked the final 3.2 innings to get his second save of the season ... Retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced, allowing one hit (a one-out double in the ninth).
2015 (Fr.): Named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper ... Also named the 2015 Big South Freshman of the Year and tabbed second team All-Big South as a relief pitcher … Posted a 4-1 record in 27 appearances with four saves and a 2.90 ERA … Ranked seventh in the Big South (180th NCAA) in ERA (2.90) and appearances (27), while ranking fifth (125th NCAA) in WHIP (1.13) ... Also ranked seventh in the league in saves (4) and eighth in opponent batting average (.228) … In league games only, ranked fourth in opponent batting average (.208), sixth in ERA (2.16), fifth in appearances (11) and seventh in save (2) … Was Coastal’s top relief pitcher before being forced into the starting rotation for the final two weeks of the regular season and the postseason … In 23 relief appearances, posted a 1.20 ERA while going 4-0 with four saves, including one versus Texas Southern in the NCAA College Station Regional before serving as a starter the next day versus sixth-ranked Texas A&M ... Overall, threw 45.0 innings as a relief pitcher with 45 strikeouts while allowing 29 hits and six earned runs (11 total) with 11 walks … As a starter, was 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA while recording just 10 strikeouts in 17.0 innings with five walks, 25 hits and 14 earned runs (16 total) … His best performance came at Florida State as he was tabbed Big South Pitcher of the Week for his effort ... Earned the win versus the then seventh-ranked Seminoles as he pitched 6.0 scoreless and hitless innings … Earned his first save as he pitched 4.1 innings versus Clemson and allowed two hits and one run with no walks and a season-high six strikeouts … After Holmes earned his save versus Clemson, he earned the win in his next outing at UNC Asheville ... Between the Clemson and UNCA games, Holmes retired 12 of his final 13 batters versus the Tigers (lone exception being a Clemson batter reaching on an error) and all 10 batters he faced versus the Bulldogs ... Those two outings were part of a 17-game span (Mar. 2-Apr. 28) that he posted a 3-0 record with three saves and a 0.84 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 32.1 innings and just three walks.
Prior to Coastal Carolina: Tabbed second team Region 8-AAA, going 6-3 with six complete games and a 1.43 ERA … Three-time selection to the Athens Banner Herald All-Northeast Georgia, earning honorable mention as a sophomore and senior and first team as a junior) … As a junior, added first team Region 8-AAA as he posted 79 strikeouts, went 6-3 with a 1.45 ERA … Named all-tournament in 2013 and 2014 at the Perfect Game East Cobb Invitational … Also named All-Region as a sophomore.