Friday, December 15, 2017
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Florida Gators fall to Coastal Carolina in CWS opener (w/ video)

OMAHA, Neb. — Andrew Beckwith matched his career high with seven strikeouts and Zach Remillard doubled and tripled in runs as Coastal Carolina upset No. 1 seed Florida 2-1 on Sunday in the program's first College World Series game.

The Chanticleers of the Big South Conference pulled the stunner against a vaunted pitching staff that sent to the mound two first-round draft picks, a second-rounder, a third-rounder and a 10th-rounder.

Beckwith (13-1), never drafted, had a dazzling, efficient effort, mixing sidearm and overhand deliveries. The Gators' only run in their CWS opener came on Jeremy Vasquez's pinch single in the fifth. Beckwith allowed two singles the rest of the way and retired the last 10 batters in the first complete game of his career.

He set down the 3-4-5 batters in the bottom of the ninth. Former Plant High standout Peter Alonso popped, out then JJ Schwarz and Mike Rivera grounded out.

The Chanticleers (50-16) play TCU in a winners-bracket game Tuesday. The Gators (52-15) will try to stave off elimination against Texas Tech that afternoon.

The Chanticleers got to UF starter Logan Shore (12-1) for five hits, two triples and three doubles. The Athletics' second-round draft pick left with none out in the sixth after Remillard's RBI triple put the Chanticleers up 2-1.

TCU 5, Texas Tech 3: Luken Baker hammered Robert Dugger's fastball just inside the leftfield foul pole in the ninth for a go-ahead three-run homer as the Horned Frogs defeated their Big 12 rival.

Basketball: Former Michigan State player Keith Appling was arraigned on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Detroit police said Appling, 24, was arrested after officers stopped a fast-moving vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and saw him place a gun under a seat. Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-14 and had two 10-day contracts with the Magic this season.

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