UVA baseball heads to College World Series

From NBC12 News

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - After trading one-run victories in the first two games of their super regional series, it all came down to today for the UVA and Ole Miss baseball teams as one third and decisive game stodd between these two clubs and a trip to the College World Series.

For the 'Hoos -- the mission was simple, win and advance to Omaha for the first time.

However, the risk was great since defeat would bring an end to a 2009 season that saw Virginia tie a school record with 47 wins.

Franco Valdes has provided leadership, and apparently some ritualistic dancing for the 'Hoos--- but things didn't look good early.

Top of the first -- Matt Smith, the guy who hit the walk-off on Friday, hits an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.

Then, Virginia went into a manufactuing mode -- bottom four -- Goochland's John Hicks with the sac fly to plate Phil Gosselin to tie it at one.

Next inning -- it was Valdes with a liner up the middle for a base hit -- Steven Proscia comes in to put the Cavs on top 2-1.

Score 3-1 in the same inning -- Phil Gosselin comes with the base hit to right -- that brings home John Parr to make it 4-1 UVA.

The 'Hoos would go on to win 5-1 to advance to the College World Series for the first time in school history.

Virginia took advantage of three errors and stole six bases to improve to 5-1 since the NCAA tournament.

Virginia will face LSU in its College World Series opener. The date and time will be announced later on Monday.

(c) 2009. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.