Tuesday, June 21, 2016

College Baseball: Coastal Carolina Faces TCU in Winners' Bracket Tonight

Coastal Carolina centerfielder Billy Cooke (photo - CCU Athletics)
Omaha, Neb. - The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers made good on their first appearance in a CWS game when they defeated #1-ranked Florida, 2-1, on Sunday. Tonight they face Texas Christian (TCU) (48-16) who, as reported, also won their 2016 Omaha opener. The first pitch is scheduled for 9 PM Eastern at TD AmeriTrade Park and the game will air on ESPN.

Junior righthander Alex Cunningham (9-3) projects as the Chants' starter, and will likely duel with the Horned Frogs' junior righty Brian Howard (9-2). Howard stands 6'9" and has 86 K's in 93 innings of work, both staff bests for TCU. Cunningham has 105 innings under his belt with 91 strikeouts. At the plate, Coastal Carolina (50-16) is batting an even .300 on the season with 488 runs scored, with rightfielder Connor Owings lead all Chants with a .374 average.

TCU has 455 runs (in two fewer games) and is batting .304 as a team. Sunday's hero Luken Baker is 10-60-.380 at the plate for the Horned Frogs.

CCU's dugout looks on during Sunday's win (photo - CCU Athletics)