CWS Finals In Pictures: Game 1At 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.
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.