Anthony Marks had no sooner completed his slide across home plate before he rose and smacked his hands together in one motion and then clenched his fists near his waist while letting out a celebratory howl.
As many of the teal-clad supporters in the stadium no doubt mirrored his response.
For a Coastal Carolina baseball team that has produced so many heart-pounding, unforgettable moments this postseason, these Chanticleers showed Tuesday night they’re far from down.
Facing elimination in the best-of-three finals of the College World Series, the Chants broke open a tied game with three runs in the top of the eighth inning and would need every one of them while holding on for a 5-4 win over Arizona before a crowd of 24,716 at TD Ameritrade Park.
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Marks had led off that eighth inning with a single up the middle, took second on a sacrifice bunt from Michael Paez and then scored as Connor Owings seemed to get jammed while blooping a go-ahead single into shallow left field.
Zach Remillard followed with a double down the left field line, and G.K. Young brought home two more runs with a single down the first base line.
After Arizona scored twice in the bottom of the inning, reliever Bobby Holmes and these resilient, tenacious Chants made sure there was no more drama in the ninth while extending this incredible season as far as it can go.
While there were many heroes in this win for Coastal Carolina, it started with yet another superlative performance from senior closer Mike Morrison – this time as a starter.
Coastal Carolina, 54-18, will play Arizona, 49-23, for the championship at 7 tonight.