Coastal Carolina, one win from final, beats TCU to play on in CWS
But with the Chanticleers facing elimination in their first College World Series, Beckwith pitched his second complete-game victory in five days.
The junior led CCU to a 4-1 victory against TCU Friday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. He allowed six hits, one run and one walk with five strikeouts.
"I just felt like I had all my pitches," said Beckwith, who threw 137 pitches — 101 for strikes. "Just pounded the strike zone."
CCU (52-17) took advantage of three walks, a hit batter and an error to score their runs, two in the third inning and two in the seventh. They forced a deciding game against TCU (49-17) Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
The winner advances to play Arizona or Oklahoma State in the best-of-three final series starting Monday. Arizona beat Oklahoma State 9-3 Friday to force a deciding game in their semifinal series.
CCU head coach Gary Gilmore did not tip his hand about who would start for CCU on Saturday night, but he praised Beckwith.
"Andrew was just incredible," Gilmore said. "Can't say enough about him. I think I would've had to hit him with brick or whatever to get him to come out of the game. I was trying to take him out of the game in the eighth, he wouldn't come out. I didn't want to send him out in the ninth and he was just not gonna have any part of it. What he did tonight was incredible."
Beckwith led the Chanticleers to a 2-1 victory against No. 1 Florida on Sunday. On Friday, CCU tied the Gators for the most wins in the NCAA this season. He has allowed 13 hits, two runs and one walk with 12 strikeouts in 18 innings in the CWS.
He also set a CCU single-season record for wins (14), which also leads the NCAA.
In two games at the College World Series, Beckwith has defeated #1 seed Florida and the third-ranked Horned Frogs. He has pitched 18 innings while allowing just 13 hits, two runs and one walk with 12 strikeouts.
After allowing a one-out double in the second, Beckwith retired 17 of the next 18 batters he faced until giving up a one-out, solo run to Dane Steinhagen in the bottom of the eighth. Beckwith surrendered an infield single before getting a ground out and fly out to end the frame and keep it a 4-1 lead.
The Chanticleers managed only four hits against TCU's Mitchell Traver (1-3) — one each from Michael Paez, Anthony Marks, Tyler Chadwick and David Parrett — but the players said they plan to come out swinging.
"Tomorrow's gonna be a great nine-inning game," Marks said. "I think everyone's going to get their money's worth."
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