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College World Series One-On-One: Virginia RHP Josh Sborz

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.

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College World Series One-On-One: Texas SS C.J. Hinojosa

OMAHA, Neb. — Texas (45-20) kept its season alive with one gigantic hit to beat UC irvine (41-25) Wednesday night, 1-0, eliminating the ‘Eaters from the 2014 College World Series.

Chad Hollingsworth pitched 8.1 scoreless innings in his second start of the season to outduel Evan Manarino (6.1 IP, 5 H, ER, 7 K), but Manarino made one big mistake, leaving up a 2-0 fastball to start the seventh inning.

Sophomore shortstop C.J. Hinojosa jumped all over the pitch and powered it out to left field for a home run — the first homer hit at TD Ameritrade Park in the 2014 College World Series.

After the game, Hinojosa talked about his solo shot, which proved to be the only run in the Longhorns’ 1-0 victory in a ‘winner-stays-loser-goes-home’ game against UC Irvine.

Hinojosa also discussed playing on the dirt infield compared to the Longhorns’ FieldTurf surface and making up for a defensive error in his next at bat. He also told what was going through his mind as he rounded the bases.

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College World Series One-On-One: Virginia C Nate Irving

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.

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