In Omaha, Neb., closer Mike Morrison took the mound in the third and pitched 4.1 innings with six strikeouts as Coastal Carolina eliminated fifth-seeded Texas Tech 7-5 Thursday evening in the 2016 College World Series.

The Chanticleers (51-17) held a 4-3 lead in the third before the Red Raiders (47-20) put a pair on in the bottom of the third with one away. Morrison entered and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. But a pair of strikeouts thwarted the threat.

David Parrett had a two-run single to cap a three-run fifth as Coastal took a 7-3 lead.

Morrison (8-1) picked up the win, allowing three hits, four walks and two runs. Those two runs came in the seventh as TTU cut the deficit to 7-5. Bobby Holmes took the hill and got a strikeout to strand a pair. Holmes pitched the final 2.1 frames with one hit, one walk and two punchouts to earn his fourth save.

Parrett finished with two hits and three RBI, while Tyler Chadwick went 2 for 3 with one RBI for the Chants.

Stephen Smith had a three-run double in the third for the Red Raiders.

This is the first time since the NCAA tourney field expanded in 1999 that a national seed did not reach the final four.

 

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