CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia baseball head coach Brian O’Connor has announced his program’s schedule for the 2015 season. Coming off a trip to the 2014 College World Series Finals, the Cavaliers open their season Feb. 13 with a three-game series at East Carolina and begin their 34-game home schedule on Feb. 17 against VCU.
The schedule is highlighted by 19 games against teams that played in the 2014 postseason, including a three-game series against ACC newcomer Louisville, which advanced to the College World Series last season. The first-ever games between the Cavaliers and Cardinals are slated for April 3-5 at UVa’s Davenport Field. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. – An 8th inning home run by John Norwood helped Vanderbilt make history on Wednesday evening, as the Commodores defeated Virginia, 3-2, in Game Three of the 2014 Men’s College World Series Finals, claiming its first NCAA National Championship in baseball.
In the 9th inning on Tuesday night, Mike Papi of Virginia was caught in a run down between third base and home. Papi retreated to third base where he barreled into a Vanderbilt Tyler Campbell clearly lowering his shoulder. The video is included below. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. – Virginia’s hot hitting continued in Game Two of the 2014 College World Series Finals, as the Cavaliers defeated Vanderbilt, 7-2, to tie the series at one-all on Monday.
With the win, Virginia (53-15) forced a Game Three in the series and brought its CWS Finals’ hit total to 28 combined over the last two games. Vanderbilt (50-21) will look to rebound in the series finale.
Both squads are searching for their first NCAA Championship in baseball.
OMAHA, Neb. – Vanderbilt took advantage of five walks, a hit by pitch and an error in a nine-run third inning and then held off a feisty Virginia club to pick up a 9-8 victory in Game One of the College World Series Finals Monday night.
OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia endured the weather and the Ole Miss Rebels to lock itself into its first ever College World Series championship. Robbie Coman, an unlikely hero in the No. 9 spot in the lineup, led the Cavaliers back from an early deficit to win the conclusion of a rain suspended game, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon to clinch the spot.
OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (52-14) used a three-run fourth inning to advance to the 2014 College World Series championship round with a 4-1 victory over Ole Miss (48-21) Saturday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.
A rain delay in the second inning Friday night pushed the game to Saturday, but Virginia starter Josh Sporz still came back to pitch the Cavaliers to the title round.
Sporz pitched five total innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run before turning the ball over to the bullpen arms of Artie Lewicki and Nick Howard, who allowed two hits and a walk in four innings of work.
After the game, Sborz talked about pitching back-to-back days after the Friday night rain delay and the momentum swings in the game’s early innings.
Josh Sporz also discussed being a member of the first Virginia squad to play for the national championship and the tension relief it is to have Lewicki and Howard to finish games.
Check out the full one-on-one interview with Sborz: Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — In Virginia’s opening game of the 2014 College World Series, Mike Papi blasted a walk-off double to score pinch runner Thomas Woodruff with the game-winning run and gave reliever Artie Lewicki the win.
Virginia (51-14) did nearly the same on Tuesday night to finish off a marathon 15-inning battle and knock off TCU, 3-2. Thomas Woodruff came on to pinch run and scored the game-winning run on a walk-off. This time it was a sacrifice fly from Daniel Pinero that ended the game, but again reliever Artie Lewicki was the beneficiary, picking up his eighth win of the season.
Both times the rallies started with Nate Irving. Irving blasted a double to left field, one hopping the fence, for the Cavaliers first hit in extra innings. And Woodruff came on to pinch run for him just like he did on Sunday.
Branden Cogswell, who had an impressive 3-for-5 game with two runs, two doubles and a walk, laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Woodruff to third base. Pinero twice tried to lay down a squeeze bunt, but twice fouled it off. But with a 2-2 count, he stayed on a breaking ball and hit it deep enough to centerfield to allow Woodruff to score easily and give Virginia its second straight walk-off College World Series victory.
Here’s a slideshow of the walk-off hit (full game gallery below):
OMAHA, Neb. – The 2014 College World Series is ensuring that fans are nothing if not entertained. For the fourth time in eight games, a team won in its final at-bat, as No. 3 Virginia walked off over No. 7 TCU, 3-2, in 15 innings.
The game matched the longest at the CWS and was the first since Southern California knocked off Florida State, 2-1, in the 1970 championship game. At four hours, fifty-one minutes, it was the fourth- longest in tournament history. Continue reading
OMAHA, Neb. — Virginia (51-14) scored a walk-off victory in 15 innings, beating TCU (48-17) Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, 3-2, in a game that tied the College World Series record for longest game played at 15 frames.
In nearly a carbon copy of the final inning of Virginia’s walk-off win against Ole Miss on Sunday, Nate Irving started the rally, was pinch run for by Thomas Woodruff, who scored the winning run, and reliever Artie Lewicki benefitted picking up the win.
Irving led off the 15th inning, blasting a double over the head of TCU left fielder Boomer White.
After the game, Irving talks about his big hit in the 15th inning and answers whether the Cavaliers are a team of destiny.
Nate Irving also discussed his “amazing” experience in the College World Series and how everyone is a part of the Virginia wins. He also talked about the pitching staff he gets to catch.
Check out the full one-on-one interview with Irving: Continue reading