Sam Cohen knew he hit the change-up pitch hard and deep to right field, and the only question was whether it was deep enough.
The ball cleared the foul pole and fence with plenty of room and ignited a huge celebration that neither he nor his UC Santa Barbara teammates expected — not on Sunday, at least.
Cohen put UC Santa Barbara into its first College World Series with a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory over second-seeded Louisville in the second game of the Louisville, Ky., Super Regional.
“That was my first walk-off. I still can't believe it,” Cohen, a freshman...