Omaha, NE (WWBT)- The Cavalier baseball team used a tremendous pitching effort and late offense to top California, 4-1, in its College World Series opener on Sunday afternoon. Virginia improves to 55-10 and will advance in the winners' bracket.
Danny Hultzen got the start for Virginia and kept the Golden Bears off the scoreboard for his part of the game. Hultzen lasted 6.1 innings, giving up three hits and held Cal scoreless. He struck out six and tied a season high with three walks. Hultzen struggled with his control early, walking two batters in the first, but was able to settle down and pitch into the seventh inning. Tyler Wilson came on in relief to earn the win and pitch 2.1 innings. He gave up one earned run in the ninth and surrendered three hits. Branden Kline came on to pitch the final out in the ninth inning to record his 18th save of the season, tying a UVA and ACC record for saves in a single season.
The two teams took a scoreless ballgame into the seventh when Virginia broke through. John Hicks single to center to score Keith Werman to give UVA the 1-0 lead, and Steven Proscia followed with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Chris Taylor. Jared King belted an RBI triple in the eighth to score Mitchell Shifflet, pushing the Cavalier lead to 3-0 and Werman would follow with a single down the left field line to plate King, rounding out the Wahoo scoring on the afternoon. Cal would add a run in the ninth.
Virginia moves on to face defending national champion South Carolina on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The Gamecocks scored five unanswered runs to top Texas A&M, 5-4. This will mark the Cavaliers' first battle with South Carolina since the 2006 NCAA Tournament, when the Gamecocks won the Charlottesville Regional.