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Originally Published: June 29, 2016 1:01 a.m.
OMAHA, Neb. — Connor Owings’ bloop RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning, and Coastal Carolina beat Arizona 5-4 on Tuesday night to send the College World Series finals to a deciding Game 3.
Mike Morrison was sensational in his first start of the season, helping the Chanticleers rebound from a 3-0 loss to the Wildcats in the opener. The teams meet again Wednesday night to decide the national championship.
Owings was batting .125 (3 for 24) in the CWS when he stepped to the plate against Cameron Ming in the eighth. The Big South player of the year fought off a high inside pitch, sending it into short left field to drive in Anthony Marks from second base with the go-ahead run.
After Zach Remillard chased Ming (3-3) with a double, G.K. Young followed with a two-run single off Alfonso Rivas to give the Chanticleers a three-run lead.
Arizona (49-23) made it a one-run game in the bottom half after Bobby Holmes (7-2) walked two straight to load the bases with none out. One run came home on Justin Behnke’s groundout, and another scored when shortstop Michael Paez bobbled Louis Boyd’s routine grounder.
Ryan Aguilar’s RBI groundout tied it in the fifth for Arizona. Arizona starter Kevin Ginkel was just as good, striking out a career-high 10 in seven innings. He allowed two runs and five hits.