Coastal Carolina Wins First-Ever National Championship
OMAHA (KFSM)- Coastal Carolina came into the College World Series as the underdogs, but Thursday they were the top dogs after beating Arizona 4-3 to claim the title. This wasn’t just the baseball program’s first-ever national championship win it was the first for any sport at Coastal Carolina.
In the deciding game, the two teams remained scoreless until the sixth inning. The Chanticleers (55-18) then took advantage of two errors on the same play for four unearned runs. The Wildcats rallied back and pulled it within one in the bottom on the ninth. They had a chance to score with two men on bases, but instead Coastal Carolina’s closer Alex Cunningham struck-out the final batter.
For the Junior pitcher he had experienced coming up short of a title in high school and he was determined to experience that again. “I had all the confidence in the world that we were going to pull that one out,” said Cunningham. “There was never a doubt in my mind, granted I definitely did not throw the best, don’t get me wrong I did not throw well at all, but I did well enough. In high school I lost the state championship three times in a row and I was not going to lose this one I promise that.”