A Guide to the College World Series

Everything you need to know about the College World Series

By: Naveen Shankar

Oklahoma State vs. UC Santa Barbara

In the first game of the CWS, Oklahoma State right hander Thomas Hatch and the Cowboys recorded a 1–0 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon in front of 20,956 fans inside TD Ameritrade Park. En route to his fourth complete game of the season, Hatch scattered five Gaucho hits while striking out seven and walking just one to propel the Cowboys to their first CWS victory since 1993. OSU moved to 42–30 on the year, while UCSB dipped to 42–19–1.

Oklahoma State’s Corey Hassel, left, runs across home plate past UC Santa Barbara catcher Dempsey Grover. Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.
Miami catcher Zack Collins, center, tags out Arizona’s Kyle Lewis, left, to close the top of the first after teammates JJ Matijevic and Zach Gibbons scored on a hit by Jared Oliva. Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.

Arizona vs. Miami

In the second game, Arizona won 5–1 against Miami. The Wildcats capitalized on a shaky start from left-hander Michael Mediavilla, who found himself in a two-out bases-loaded jam after walking one and hitting a pair of Wildcats. Mediavilla then walked Kyle Lewis, bringing home Cody Ramer who drew a walk to open the game. Jared Oliva added a two-run single to plate Zach Gibbons and J.J. Matijevic, who were each hit by pitches. The Cats grabbed a 3–0 lead before taking the field for defense.

Miami (50–13) pushed across its only run of the game on Christopher Barr’s single in the fourth inning, briefly making it a two-run game. That margin was brief as the Wildcats quickly answered with two more runs. Louis Boyd doubled and Ramer singled, putting runners at the corners. Gibbons delivered a two-run double into the right field corner before being thrown out at third trying to stretch out a triple. Arizona advances to winner bracket action against Oklahoma State.

TCU’s Luken Baker (19), left, celebrates with Evan Skoug (9) after hitting a three-run home run to give the Horned Frogs a 5–3 lead over Texas Tech in the top of the ninth inning. Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.

TCU vs Texas Tech

The see-saw battle between Texas Tech and TCU came down to the final two innings. A one-out single from Hunter Raley was the first base runner allowed by Brian Trieglaff. After a stolen base, Brian Trieglaff notched his fifth strikeout of the game to record the second out. Following an intentional walk, Hunter Hargrove jumped on the first pitch for an RBI-double and a 3–2 Texas Tech lead. TCU fought back in the ninth inning. With one out, Evan Skoug lined a single into left field setting up Baker’s heroics.

The freshman jumped on a 1–0 offering from Robert Duggar and hooked it just inside the left field foul pole for his 10th home run of the season and a 5–3 TCU lead. Luken Baker’s ninth inning, three-run home run propelled the TCU Horned Frogs to a 5–3 victory over Texas Tech Sunday afternoon. With the win, TCU improved to 4–0 all-time in its opening game of the College World Series.

Florida vs. Costal Carolina

The Florida Gators came into Omaha as the number 1 ranked team in the nation and the overwhelming favorite in the College World Series. That took a hit when they got upset by Costal Carolina. Costal Carolina’s star pitcher, Andrew Beckwith threw his first complete game and extended his record to 13–1. 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.

Coastal Carolina starting pitcher Andrew Beckwith (41) pumps his fist after striking out Florida’s Buddy Reed (23) to close out the bottom of the eighth inning. Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.

Oklahoma St. vs. Arizona

For the second consecutive game, Oklahoma State rode a strong pitching performance to a 1–0 victory at the 2016 College World Series, knocking off Arizona on Monday night in a winner’s bracket matchup in front of 22,981 fans inside TD Ameritrade Park. With the win, the Cowboys improved to 43–20 on the year and became the first team in CWS history to record back-to-back 1–0 victories. The Wildcats dipped to 45–22 with the loss.

TCU vs. Costal Carolina

Luken Baker is showing no signs of cooling off at the College World Series. TCU’s freshman star homered to right in his first time at bat to start the Horned Frogs off in a 6–1 victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night that put them within one win of next week’s finals. On Sunday, Baker won the Frogs’ CWS opener against Texas Tech with a ninth-inning homer to left. Baker’s bat has helped the Frogs (49–16) win their first two CWS games for the first time in four appearances.

Florida vs. Texas Tech

The Gators had another chance to redeem themselves against Texas Tech. However, they lost 3–2 due to a very horrific offense. The offense reminded many Gator fans of the football team’s offense.

Florida’s Jonathan India (6) reacts after being called out at second base to end the game and eliminate the Gators from the College World Series. Courtesy of the Omaha World-Herald.
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