Florida’s chances of winning its first ever national championship were dealt a blow Sunday night, as Coastal Carolina defeated the Gators 2-1 in the opening game of the College World Series for both teams.
Florida, the No. 1 overall seed, will face Texas Tech at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday in an elimination game.
Chanticleers third baseman Zach Remillard drove in both of his team’s runs courtesy of a third-inning double and a sixth-inning triple, and Big South pitcher of the Year Andrew Beckwith pitched a complete game, allowing just the one earned run and striking out seven.
Remillard, drafted in the 10th round of this month’s MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox, got Coastal Carolina on the scoreboard first when his double down the right-field line scored Anthony Marks. The ball was initially ruled foul, but the call was overturned on replay.
Florida answered two innings later with pinch-hitter Jeremy Vasquez’s RBI single to center field that scored Deacon Liput, who got on board with a double and later advanced to third on a fielder’s choice.
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But Remillard’s RBI triple in the sixth gave the Chanticleers the lead back, and the Gators could muster no further offense off of Beckwith.