First CWS Loser’s Game Looming


June 20th, 2016

Looking southwest from TD Ameritrade Park in Downtown Omaha. (Photo courtesy Ryan Robertson)

Looking southwest from TD Ameritrade Park in Downtown Omaha. (Photo courtesy Ryan Robertson)

Eight teams are currently battling it out in the 2016 College World Series – for the right to call themselves national champions.

This week at TD Ameritrade Park in Downtown Omaha, Chairman and President of CWS of Omaha Inc., Jack Diesing, spoke with local and national media who are also in Omaha to cover the series.

“Because of Omaha’s civic pride and our great public-private partnership that we have here in Omaha, as well as our great partnership with the NCAA – we’re here today to be the ‘lead-off hitters’ for the 67th consecutive year hosting the N.C.A.A. Men’s College World Series here in Omaha, Nebraska, ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt’.”

Diesing said the CWS is the best championship the NCAA offers. He also lauded the student-athletes as well as the City of Omaha.

“So we’ve got a great lineup of eight teams coming here this weekend begins with Omaha and all the on the famous hospitality, the can do spirit of the volunteers and the community,” Diesing said. “Especially our service clubs who are the initial point of contact for all the teams and host them to make them feel like this is their home.”

During Saturday’s opening day action, Oklahoma State topped UC Santa Barbara 1-0. Both starting pitchers, pitched gems, but OSU’s Thomas Hatch came out on top, giving up five hits and one walk. All this while pitching a complete game shutout. In game two Arizona took care of Miami 5-1 with the help of Zach Gibbons who was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Sunday, TCU topped in state Texas Tech 5-3. The Horned Frogs’ Luken Baken was 2-for-5  with 3 RBIs. Coastal Carolina pulled the upset of the first two days – beating top seeded Florida 2-1. With the game tied at 1-1 in the 6th – Florida walked the first batter and then Zach Remillard knocked in a triple to send home the runner and put the Chanticleers up for good.

Monday is set for the tournament’s first elimination game: Miami takes on UC Santa Barbara at 1pm, then at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State faces Arizona in the winner’s bracket.

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