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CWS Finals In Pictures: Game 1

At The Ballpark

Game one of the College World Series finals is in the books and it was, well… zzzzzzzzzz.

Yes, it almost felt like we were watching UCLA put the clamps on Mississippi State in 2013 all over again. You remember that series finals right? MSU brought everyone from the Magnolia State that wasn’t saying “Go Rebs” and packed TD Ameritrade Park to the gills. Then, the Bulldog fans sat on their hands for 18 innings while UCLA essentially squeezed the life out of them with stellar pitching and solid defense. Tonight looked just like that. And it made it a very predictable outcome.

Monday night's game one of the CWS finals might not have exactly been the "Thrillah in Manila" but to these Arizona Wildcats, it was completely scintillating.Monday night’s game one of the CWS finals might not have exactly been the “Thrillah in Manila” but to these Arizona Wildcats, celebrating the final out of the game, it was completely scintillating.

And yes, all that “boring” talk is a huge complement to Arizona. Because of Wildcat No. 3 starter J.C. Cloney’s complete clamp-down of a hot-hitting Coastal Carolina batting order, this game had very little drama to it.

In fact, the game could’ve been stopped after the first inning where the outcome was pretty much decided. Cody Ramer started the game with a leadoff double and was eventually knocked in on an RBI single from Ryan Aguilar. After that, it was Cloney-time as the strong-legged UofA flinger changed speeds, sprayed location and kept the Chants off-kilter all game long.

Coastal leadoff hitter Michael Paez would say afterward, “You want to sit on a fastball and he throws you a cutter. Then you sit on the off-speed and he throws a fastball. He just threw a great game.

In the end Cloney ended up giving up just four hits and got some stellar defense behind him to lock down game one of the CWS finals. The Cats have the leg up, needing just one more win to earn their fifth national title in program history.

For the record, neither coach would tip his hat about who he is going to send to the mound on Tuesday night. The only thing the coaches would say is that Gary Gilmore said in the post-game press conference that there “is no shot” that Andrew Beckwith will come back and pitch on three days rest. Arizona’s Jay Johnson wouldn’t tip his hand either but said that Nathan Bannister “was throwing better yesterday than he did on Saturday” but said he and his staff would evaluate things after re-watching tonight’s game.

So there you go. The chess game begins.

Only THIS could keep that CCU crowd quiet. Arizona's J.C. Cloney threw a complete-game four-hitter with three walks to lead the UofA to a 3-0 win.Only THIS could keep that CCU crowd quiet.Arizona’s J.C. Cloney threw a complete-game four-hitter with three walks to lead the UofA to a 3-0 win.

Arizona leadoff man Cody Ramer reached base four times, including the game-setting leadoff double.Arizona leadoff man Cody Ramer reached base four times, including the game-setting leadoff double.

Zach Gibbons did some styling and profiling on second base as well after hitting an RBI double.Zach Gibbons did some styling and profiling on second base as well after hitting an RBI double.

Coastal's Anthony Marks makes a throw to the infield after making a catch in left field. Hey, somebody tell the chick behind him to get off her cell phone, there's a game going on here. Coastal’s Anthony Marks makes a throw to the infield after making a catch in left field. Hey, somebody tell the blond chick behind him to get off her cell phone, there’s a game going on here.

 

J.J. Metijevic seems unconcerned he just swung and missed on that pitch from CCU starter Zack Hopeck. J.J. ended up going 0-for-3 with a walk on the night.J.J. Metijevic seems unconcerned he just swung and missed on that pitch from CCU starter Zack Hopeck. J.J. ended up going 0-for-3 with a walk on the night.

 

Thanks to the good pitching, the game was a bit of a snoozer. Taking pictures of the crowd doing the wave became a necessity.Thanks to the good pitching, the game was a bit of a snoozer. Taking pictures of the crowd doing the wave became a necessity.

This foul ball catch by CCU's Zach Remillard ended up being No. 3 on ESPN Sports Center's Top Ten for the night. Well done there ZR.See the ball find the glove. This foul ball catch by CCU’s Zach Remillard ended up being No. 3 on ESPN Sports Center’s Top Ten for the night. Well done there ZR. Wish I had a better angle to get this picture, like sitting where those fans are behind you, for instance.

A head's up play on the base paths by Arizona. Cody Ramer actually tagged up from first base and made it safely on this play at second. A head’s up play on the base paths by Arizona. Cody Ramer actually tagged up from first base on a fly ball to centerfield and made it safely on this play at second.

Oh never mind those garish purple socks kids. ESPN commentator Alex Cora is all set up with a monitor and a microphone behind home plate.Oh never mind those garish purple socks kids. ESPN commentator Alex Cora is all set up with a monitor and a microphone behind home plate to do his reporting and commenting from the game.

Not as easy as it looks. Anthony Marks makes a tough catch looking into the sun early in the game vs. Arizona. Not as easy as it looks. Anthony Marks makes a tough catch looking into the sun early in the game vs. Arizona.

Hmmmm. Is Kaylee a Chants fan this week. Here she is giving the Chanticleers hand sign to some CCU fans before she does her first on-air spot of the night.Hmmmm. Is Kaylee a Chants fan this week? Here the ESPN sideline reporter is giving the Chanticleers hand sign to some CCU fans before she does her first on-air spot of the night.

 

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