Coastal Wins College World Series Opener vs #1 Florida
OMAHA, Neb. - Andrew Beckwith's first career complete game came on the college baseballs biggest stage as he led Coastal Carolina to a 2-1 victory over #1 Florida (52-15) in the Chanticleers' first ever game at the College World Series Sunday night at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The Chanticleers (50-16) will now play TCU, who defeated Texas Tech (5-3) in the early game Sunday. CCU and the Horn Frogs are set to square off Tuesday (June 21) at 8 pm (CT)/9 pm (ET) on ESPN. Coastal will serve as the home team.
Beckwith improves to 13-1 and tied the CCU single-season record for wins, joining Anthony Meo (2010), Scott Sturkie (2001), Ron Deubel (1999) and Steve Smith (1979). Beckwith only threw 98 pitches -- 71 strikes -- and did not walk a batter. He retired the last 10 batters he faced, scattered seven hits and struck out seven to tie his career high. Also, his 98 pitches were the fewest by any CWS pitcher to throw nine innings or more since 1981.
In the top of the third, Coastal was the beneficiary of the first replay in College World Series history. Marks started things with a one-out double. Two batters later, Connor Owings walked. Remillard followed with a fly ball down the right field line, which was originally ruled foul. Upon review, the call was overruled, Remillard was credited with a double and Marks scored from second to give Coastal an early 1-0 lead.
The Gators tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Deacon Lipit lined a one-out double down the right field line and advanced to third on a ground out. Pinch hitter Jeremy Vasquez delivered an RBI single to center to bring home Lipit.
Coastal answered in the top of the sixth. Owings drew a leadoff walk and Remillard drilled a 2-2 pitch off the center field wall for an RBI triple, which proved to be the game-winner.
Florida opened the bottom of the sixth with a single, but Beckwith induced a double play. After another single by the Gators, Beckwith struck out Mike Rivera to end the frame as he sat down the last 10 batters he faced.
Coastal had six extra base hits (four doubles and two triples) while Florida only had one double with six singles.
This is the fifth time CCU has won 50 games in one season. Other teams to win at least 50 games include 2005 (50), 2007 (50), 2008 (50) and 2010 (55).