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Arizona stays alive at CWS with win over Oklahoma State

Arizona’s Zach Gibbons is safe at first base as a throwing error from Oklahoma State second baseman J.R. Davis pulls first baseman Andrew Rosa (44) off the bag in the eighth inning.

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Arizona’s Zach Gibbons is safe at first base as a throwing error from Oklahoma State second baseman J.R. Davis pulls first baseman Andrew Rosa (44) off the bag in the eighth inning.

OMAHA, Neb. — For the first time in a long time, Oklahoma State's pitching looked vulnerable on Friday.

Arizona had 14 hits against what had been the best pitching staff in the NCAA tournament and defeated the Cowboys 9-3 to stay alive in the College World Series.

The Wildcats forced a rematch today, with the winner reaching the best-of-three final series beginning Monday.

Oklahoma State beat Arizona 1-0 on a three-hitter Monday. The Wildcats (46-23) are 5-0 in elimination games in the national tournament.

"All year we've been counted out, picked to finish 10th or ninth in the Pac-12, not even supposed to come out of a regional," Arizona outfielder Zach Gibbons said. "I feel like when we get on the field, we have to prove everyone wrong almost. We're going to go out and grind."

Nathan Bannister and two relievers pitched a four-hitter for the Wildcats. Bannister dominated until leaving with an arm injury with two outs in the third inning. Bannister has pitched a nation-leading 1421/3 innings. Jensen Elliott, who lasted two innings, took the loss for the Cowboys (43-21).

Coastal Carolina 4, TCU 1: Andrew Beckwith pitched his second straight complete game and set a school record with his nation-leading 14th win as Coastal Carolina stayed alive, forcing a rematch tonight for the right to advance to the final series. Beckwith (14-1), who pitched the first complete game of his career in a 2-1 win over Florida on Sunday, scattered six hits in a 137-pitch outing. The Chanticleers (52-17) scored twice off Mitchell Traver in the third, on Anthony Marks' squeeze bunt single and a sacrifice fly. The Horned Frogs (49-17) were scoreless until Dane Steinhagen homered with one out in the eighth.

Miami suspends LB: Miami suspended linebacker Juwon Young indefinitely because of a violation of department rules, the Sun Sentinel reported. The junior started five of the final seven games last season and ranked second on the team with 57 tackles.

LGBT initiative: Nebraska, Northwestern and Oregon are partnering with an advocacy group on a new program for LGBT inclusion in sports. The schools joined the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, which educates athletic administrators and coaches about providing healthy environments in sports. SportSafe Inclusion co-founder Nevin Caple also co-founded Br{ache the Silence, which aims to shift the focus from homophobia to inclusion in college sports.

Basketball: Nevada, Buffalo, Oakland, UC Davis, Weber State, Drake, Iona and host Alaska Anchorage will be in the men's bracket of the Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 22-26. The four-team women's field includes Southern California, Missouri State, Portland and Alaska Anchorage.

Arizona stays alive at CWS with win over Oklahoma State 06/24/16 [Last modified: Friday, June 24, 2016 11:20pm]
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