Severe weather in Omaha, Nebraska caused Game Three of the College World Series to be postponed from its original Wednesday night start time.
Fortunately, for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, it did not wash away their chance at history as they were able to win the school's first national championship in any sport on Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over the Arizona Wildcats.
Arizona's Bobby Dalbec and Coastal Carolina's Andrew Beckwith traded zeroes in the early going, with neither side giving up a run through the first five innings. Dalbec, in fact, allowed just one baserunner through the first four -- a leadoff single that was promptly erased on a double-play ball. Beckwith, for his part, had to consistently work out of trouble, with the Wildcats putting at least two runners on board in both the second and third innings.
The game was not without some controversy. In the third inning, the Wildcats had a runner on third with one out when outfielder Zach Gibbons hit a chopper back to Coastal Carolina starter Andrew Beckwith. Beckwith, who was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player, was able to throw home for the out.
The sixth inning proved to be the most critical frame as, with the score tied 0-0, Coastal Carolina scored two runs on an error by Arizona second baseman Cody Ramer. Later in the inning, Coastal Carolina DH G.K. Young hit a massive home run to right field to give them a 4-0 lead they would never relinquish. Young, by the way, accounted for two of Coastal Carolina's five hits, and was the only Chanticleer with multiple hits on the day.
The Wildcats answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and put together a strong rally in the bottom of the ninth, adding another run. However, with the tying run on third and the potential winning run on second base, Alex Cunningham struck out backup catcher Ryan Haug swinging to end the game and win the College World Series.