COLLEGE BASEBALL: Gilmore, Coastal Carolina reach championship series

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are on the way to the College World Series Finals after beating TCU 7-5. "I don't know that i ever dreamt getting to this point". "This group of guys, we don't want to say goodbye to each other yet".

The loss ends the Red Raiders' season at 47-20 overall, marking the most wins for Tech since 1996 and the third-most victories in program history.

"I dreamt of coming to Omaha".

"When I woke up this morning, the day before was over and I knew we had another game tonight", he said.

Parrett, who struck out as a pinch hitter against TCU on Tuesday, singled in a run in the second inning off Lanning and two more in the fifth off lefty Parker Mushinski.

The blast ignited a long-awaited offensive outburst from Coastal, which went on to tally 12 hits against TCU's previously dominant pitching staff.

"We wanted to win this thing, man", TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said. "You don't win 53 games and be Cinderella". Both teams have depleted staffs.

In the top of the third, the Chanticleers would take the one-run lead back on two costly Texas Tech errors, including one from Eric Gutierrez.

Right-handed reliever Bobby Holmes entered with a runner on third and one out in the seventh and squelched a rally with a ground ball and a strikeout.

Stifled by Chants starter Alex Cunningham through the first five innings, the Frogs offense finally began finding success in the later frames, scoring four straight runs between the sixth and ninth to cut the deficit to two runs. With one out, Evan Skoug singled to right to give the Frogs a pair of base runners.

"We got a few good swings off (Beckwith), but we weren't able to get enough runs across the board", Steinhagen said. "We probably missed more bunts here than what we did all year", Gilmore said.

The Chanticleers have been playing baseball since 1975 and are no strangers to the NCAA Tournament. Fourteen of the school's 15 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances, and all three of their super regionals, have come under Gilmore since 2001. TCU (49-17) has never played in the CWS final. Gilmore told how a player on his first team informed him he couldn't come to practice the next day because it conflicted with his job as a bartender on the beach. They start every game with a handshake more complicated than a Cirque du Soleil stunt.

Well, Coastal Carolina is there after getting three-hit nights from seniors Anthony Marks and Tyler Chadwick in the Bracket Two finale against the Big 12 postseason tournament champions.

Coastal Carolina will play TCU this evening and will need to beat the Horned Frogs twice to advance to the championship series.

Both teams are facing question marks with their pitching situation heading into these final two or three games of the year, but both are very similar, and neither one is truly a "cinderella" despite the odds. The aforementioned Fresno State and last year's Virginia team showed you don't have to dominate the regular season or earn a high national seed to win it all.