CWS Finals In Pictures – Game Three Postseason
How cool was that?
For what was mostly a drama-less College World Series, it was neat to see the best game of the two weeks be the last game. Arizona, so close. Coastal, so determined. In the end, it was Coastal taking it’s first national title in any sport with a 4-3 win.
The Wildcats have only themselves to blame after giving up all four runs in a two-out nightmare. And to make the pain seep in a little bit more, it all started with an error. Yikes. Hate to see a team lose that way.
Credit the Chanticleers for taking advantage and scoring two runs on a misplay by UofA’s second baseman Cody Ramer, who had been MVP worthy all week long. Then, G.K. Young parked a two-run shot a batter later to make it a 4-0 lead.
‘Zona made it a game for sure with two runs in the sixth inning and one run in the ninth. But what a tough way to end it. Men on second and third with two outs and two strikes. CCU starter-turned-reliever Alex Cunningham gets Ryan Haug to strike out swinging.
Then, teal bedlam ensues.
Here are some of the images that mattered.
At first the noon start time on a midweek day looked rather embarrassing for the turnout as TD Ameritrade Park looked nearly empty during the national anthem. Eventually, a crowd of 18,823 would file through the turnstiles. The total attendance for the series was the third-highest on record, averaging over 20,000 per game.
It’s big time CONTROVERSY.This is one of those 50-50 plays that happen so fast you have no idea what the call from the umpire will be. Cody Ramer appears to slide under the glove of CCU catcher David Parrett – note the hand touching the plate under his right foot.
However Ramer’s reaction to Joe Burleson’s “out” call is one of shock and disbelief.
Andrew Beckwith tips his hat to the Coastal Carolina crowd after he gets the hook. Beckwith ended up going 5.2 innings, giving up six hits and two runs.
“Who you pointing that camera at Baldy?”The Marlins Man takes his seat directly behind home plate here too. But I bet he was really Jonesing for the Hurricanes to play in the championship series.
Bobby Holmes fires one of his five pitches in the game. He faced only one batter to close out the sixth inning before getting lifted for Alex Cunningham.
“The play of the year in college baseball” according to Jay Johnson. Cody Ramer looks toward the left field corner where Ryan Aguilar’s double landed. Anthony Marks fielded it so well and so cleanly that it kept Ramer from scoring. UofA head coach Jay Johnson said afterward, “Normally on a play like that Ramer scores no doubt. But Marks fielded the ball so well that I had to stop him at third. If he had gone home he would’ve been out by a mile.”
The final pitch of the college season.With the entire stadium on their feet in the ninth inning and two on and two out, Coastal’s Alex Cunningham is about to release what would be strike three on Arizona’s Ryan Haug.
…. and that would lead to catcher David Parrett and his Chanticleer teammates rushing the field in toward the all-too-familiar dogpile.
Spuh-LASH!!Of course in this modern era of dogpiling somebody has to come and douse water all over everyone. How did this fad start anyway?
Two security guards start to take out what they think is a fan who jumped the fence and joined in on the celebration. But eventually Tyler Chadwick came over and told the security thugs that were roughing him up that he was one of the team managers.
Lots going on in this picture.First off, those ridiculous confetti poppers are squeezed off by the dude on the right. Below, you can see the dejection on the face of Arizona head coach Jay Johnson as he walks off the field. Also, notice how Anthony Marks is grabbing his right leg on top of the dogpile?…
… turns out it was the worst-timed leg cramp in the history of college baseball. While his teammates are celebrating Marks has to deal with the pain of a charlie horse. Poor dude. (Don’t worry, he quickly recovered.)
Arizona’s Jay Johnson (far left) and his players take the bitter pill of watching CCU’s celebration.
Credit the Wildcat captains for actually sticking around and accepting the runner-up trophy. Me personally, I would rather they not have the runner-up trophy as part of this post-game because no player wants to go up there and pick up the hardware that says ‘you finished second.’
“I’m ready for my Pepsodent commercial”Coastal head coach Gary Gilmore is all smiles there sitting with the national title trophy in his clutches.
Coach Gilmore and his troops watch the One Shining Moment-like video play out on the video board in right field.
Why am I including a close up shot of CCU pitcher Cole Shaefer here? Because after Tuesday night’s win he came up to me and said, “Hey man I just wanted to say that I love your college baseball AND your college hockey writing. I’m from Michigan and I’m a huge Western Michigan hockey fan and I followed you and your tweets all season.”He’s a puck fan, folks. I had to give Cole some props here man. That’s cool.
In the post-game press conference coach Gilmore admitted that his wife would insist that Kevin Costner play him in the movie of his life. (Yes, that was my off-the-cuff question)