OMAHA, Neb. — JC Cloney pitched a four-hitter and Ryan Aguilar drove in two runs, leading Arizona to a 3-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in Game 1 of the College World Series finals on Monday night.
The Wildcats (49-22) can wrap up their second national championship in five years with a win tonight (8, ESPN).
Cloney extended his scoreless innings streak at the CWS to 16. The junior left-hander pitched seven innings in the Wildcats' 3-0 win over UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday.
Cloney allowed four singles, walked three and struck out six in the second complete game of his career.
"Hall of Fame performance," Arizona coach Jay Johnson said. "I don't know how many good swings they got on him (Monday night). He has a special level of competitiveness that's been on display here for 16 innings, and it's been a special performance."
The Wildcats scored in the first when Aguilar singled in Cody Ramer, who led off with a double. After a sacrifice fly by Zach Gibbons in the seventh, Aguilar added another RBI single to make it 3-0.
"It's awesome having Cody and Gibbons up right before me," Aguilar said. "Right before every game you're going to have an opportunity to score runs. And I just have to thank Coach for putting me in that order and trusting me a lot so I could get that opportunity. And (Monday) I pulled through for him."
Coastal Carolina (53-18), in the finals in its first CWS appearance, threatened in the ninth. Anthony Marks singled leading off and Zach Remillard bunted down the third-base line for a hit on a close play. But Connor Owings hit into a double play, and Cloney caught G.K. Young looking at strike three.
Arizona's defense, which has committed only one error at the CWS, continued to come up big. Second baseman Ramer, playing in short right as part of a shift in the fourth, sprinted to bare-hand Young's grounder. His throw to first barely beat Young's headfirst slide. Rightfielder Zach Gibbons went with his back to the wall to catch Michael Paez's deep fly to end the eighth inning.
GOLF: USF announced that Jimmy Jones, a two-time Division All-American, has transfered from Florida Southern and will be a junior in 2016-17.