Cinderella Coastal Carolina forces winner-take-all Game 3 of College World Series final

OMAHA, Neb. — Coastal Carolina's incredible postseason run isn't over yet.

Connor Owings' bloop RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning, and the Chanticleers 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 for the national championship.

"That was a whole lot of emotion going on out there, and it's hard to describe it, having not been in that position before in my life," said Coastal Carolina coach Gary Gilmore, whose program is in the CWS for the first time. "Our guys kept breathing pretty good, and we got through it."

The Chanticleers staved off elimination for the fourth time in the CWS and fifth time in the NCAA Tournament, but not before some nervous moments in the eighth inning, when their three-run lead was cut to one.

"One thing we always talk about is the team that deserves to win usually will," Wildcats coach Jay Johnson said. "In this case, it was Coastal. They were a little bit better with runners on base tonight and wiggled out of some jams. So we'll dust off and get ready for tomorrow."

The Chanticleers from Conway, South Carolina, will play the winner-take-all game for their school's first national championship in any sport.

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