OMAHA, NE - JUNE 27: The South Carolina Gamecocks warm up before play against the Florida Gators during game1 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 27, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

College World Series 2011: South Carolina Wins Second Straight National Championship

The South Carolina Gamecocks won their second National Championship on Tuesday after finishing off a sweep of the Florida Gators.

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College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: South Carolina Wins Second Straight College World Series

For the second straight season, the South Carolina Gamecocks are NCAA National Champions. They finished off a sweep of the Florida gators with a 5-2 victory, and are the 2011 NCAA Champions. Their victory is particularly noteworthy because it is the first in the new TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. They won the last National Championship played at Rosenblatt Stadium last year, and the first at this new venue. According to ESPN, that was their plan all along.

"Beginning of the year I said we finished at the old one, so let's try to open the new one up," said second baseman Scott Wingo, voted the CWS' Most Outstanding Player. "Coach wasn't sure we would get it, but I'm the type of guy who felt we were going to do it. I was thinking of the Oregon State team the whole year. I had a feeling we would get back and win this thing, and we did."

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College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: South Carolina Takes 1-0 Lead With Extra Innings Win

The first game of the 2011 College World Series finals was on Monday, and it featured two SEC schools in the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks. It perfectly epitomized all of the excitement that is usually associate with this tournament.

The game went to the top of the eleventh tied 1-1, and then an absolutely crazy series of events allowed the winning run to score. Christian Walker, on first base at the time, tried to steal second. It elicited a poor throw from the Florida catcher, which allowed Walker to head over to third base. The center fielder tried to throw him out at third, but his throw too went begging, and Walker scampered home for what would prove to be the go ahead run. You don't see a lot of game, if any, that end this way. Tough way for the Gators to lose, and I'm not sure that they'll be able to bounce back with such a short series.

They finals continue tonight with at 8 on ESPN.

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College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: Florida Faces South Carolina In Championship Series

The 2011 College World Series is starting to come to a close, and even though local favorite Virginia has been knocked out and won't have a chance to compete for the Title, there should be a pretty compelling Championship series. Starting Monday, the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks will play three games for all the marbles. You can watch the games on ESPN.

No matter who wins, the SEC is assured of their third straight National Championship. Of course, the Gamecocks won the title last year, but Florida has been as impressive as any team in the field during the tournament. I wouldn't be surprised if this one came down to South Carolina's experience of winning the title last year.

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College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: Virginia's Season Ends With 3-2 Extra Innings Loss To South Carolina

The Virginia Cavaliers baseball season has come to a close, as the Wahoos lost 3-2 to the defending national champion South Carolina Gamecocks 3-2 Friday evening in 13 innings. Two costly throwing errors by Virgina reliever Cody Winiarski in the thirteenth inning ultimately cost the Cavaliers the game. Gamecocks cloers Matt Price escaped bases-loaded situations in the 10th, 12th and 13th innings, as Virginia finished the game just two for 21 with runners on base. The two teams combined to leave 29 men on base.

Star Virginia hurler Danny Hultzen, the second pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, only lasted three innings, leaving the game due to illness. Hultzen was dominant in his limited work, however, striking our eight South Carolina batters. Gamecocks starter Michael Roth, the nation's ERA leader, hurled seven strong innings and left the game with his team winning 2-1.

South Carolina's win was their 14th straight in postseason play. The Gamecocks will now face fellow SEC club Florida in the College World Series best-of-three championship series. Florida defeated Vanderbilt on Friday, securing their first trip to the CWS finals since 2005.


College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: Virginia Eliminates California, Faces Rematch With South Carolina

Virginia's baseball season will continue. Two days after a disheartening loss to South Carolina knocked them to the brink of elimination, the Cavaliers topped California 8-1 to eliminate the Golden Bears and stave off elimination themselves in the 2011 College World Series. The Cavaliers will get a rematch with South Carolina next for a berth in the championship game. Virginia must win twice, while South Carolina can win just once and advance.

The Cavaliers were never threatened by California, who they defeated handily earlier in the tournament. They scored two runs in the third inning before piling on four more in the sixth. California got a run in the eighth inning, but Virginia got two more for good measure after that.

Now, the top-ranked Cavaliers must beat defending champion South Carolina twice to advance. Their first chance will come Friday at 7 p.m. If the Cavaliers win, they'll play again Saturday at 7. Florida and Vanderbilt will do battle on the other side of the bracket.


College World Series 2011 TV Schedule: Virginia Faces Cal With Elimination On The Line

The University of Virginia came into the 2011 College World Series as the No. 1 team in the Country, and one of the legitimate favorites to win the National Championship. But they lost a very early game, and now their season is on the ropes.

On Thursday, they face the re-upstart Cal Bears at 7 on ESPN2 for a the ability to continue on in the tournament. Cal has become somewhat of a feel-good story in this tournament. Their team was actually disbanded by the UNiversity due to budget cuts, but after alumni (led by Jeff Kent) raised $9 million, the team was able to play this year. And of course, because you couldn't write this stuff, they made it all the way to the College World Series.

Virginia has to be the favorite in this game, but they are playing a team that already knows what it feels like to be eliminated, quite literally actually, so I wouldn't count the Bears out.

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College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: North Carolina Eliminated After 5-1 Loss To Vanderbilt

The 2011 College World Series continues to roll along, but with one fewer team than we had at this time yesterday. Vanderbilt and North Carolina both came into Wednesday's game with a 1-1 record, meaning that whichever team lost would be eliminated from contention. Thanks to a strong pitching performance by the entire staff, and a few timely home runs, Vanderbilt stays in the tournament with a 5-1 win over the Heels.

Vandy starter Taylor Hill went seven strong innings, allowing only four hits and one earned run. He was spelled by Corey Williams who went two innings without allowing a hit. Most of Vanderbilt's offense came on two hits. The first was a three run homer from Connor Harrell. That was followed up by a solo shot from Curt Casali.

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College World Series 2011 TV Schedule: North Carolina Takes On Vanderbilt

The College World Series rolls on Wednesday, but with fewer games than we've been used to up to this point. Wednesday only features one game, but it's an elimination game, so that should make sure that some of the excitement is still present.

The North Carolina Tar Heels will face the Vanderbilt Commodores on Wednesday at 7 pm. The game can be found on ESPN2. Both teams are 1-1 in the tournament, and the loser of this game heads back home, while the other tries to maneuver their way through the loser's bracket all the way to the National Championship.

Vanderbilt is coming off a 3-1 loss to Florida that was suspended because of rain. While North Carolina is coming off a 3-0 victory over the Texas Longhorns, which eliminated them from the tournament. But momentum is only as strong as the next day's starting pitcher, so we'll have to see how these team's respond to having their backs up against the wall.


College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: Virginia Faces Elimination After 7-1 Loss To South Carolina

The Virginia Cavaliers dominated college baseball in 2011. Now, they are one win away from going home. Virginia fell to South Carolina, 7-1, in the College World Series on Tuesday night and now must win out to have a chance to compete for the NCAA Championship.

Will Roberts, who hadn't been taken out before the fifth inning all season, had his worst outing of the year, giving up eight hits, six runs and three walks in three and two-thirds innings. Fielding errors cost Virginia, especially one by third baseman Steven Prosica in the first inning. It happened with two outs, and South Carolina would go on to score three runs in the inning. The Gamecocks tacked on three more runs before the end of the fourth inning and were in complete control.

Virginia must now defeat California on Thursday in a rematch of its College World Series opener to keep its season alive. The Cavaliers were on the brink of elimination in the Super Regionals vs. UC-Irvine, and now they must hold off elimination again.


College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: North Carolina Eliminates Texas, Florida-Vanderbilt Suspended

There were two games on the schedule for the 2011 College World Series last night, and because of rain, we only got through about one and a half of them.

The game that was completed was North Carolina against Texas. Runs were at a premium this game, particularly for the Texas Longhorns, who found it difficult to get anything going against North Carolina freshman Kent Emanuel. Emanuel went the full nine innings, sprinkling just four hits and zero runs. His offense didn't give him a ton of support (three runs) but the way he was pitching, he didn't really need that much. The loss was Texas' second of the tournament, which means that they are now out of the tournament.

The other game that was scheduled to be played on Monday night was a matchup of SEC Conference foes in Florida and Vanderbilt. Florida had gotten the best of Vandy this season, and that trend appeared to be continuing on Monday, before rain set in and suspended play. At the time of the delay in the sixth inning, Florida had a 3-1 lead.


College World Series 2011 TV Schedule: Virginia Vs. South Carolina Caps Off Tuesday's Action

The 2011 College World Series TV schedule for Tuesday's action from Omaha is jam-packed, thanks to a weather delay that halted a game on Monday night. Tornado sirens and more halted a game between Florida and Vanderbilt in the bottom of the sixth inning, with the Gators holding a 3-1 lead. Those two teams will resume play at 11:06 p.m on ESPN2.

Here is the rest of the schedule, which features Virginia in action.

Texas A&M vs. California: This is an elimination game, with the winner to face the loser of the game later. California fell meekly to top-seeded Virginia, 4-1, on Sunday, while Texas A&M was victimized by a walkoff home run in a 5-4 loss to South Carolina. (ESPN/ESPN3, 2 p.m.)

No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 South Carolina: This heavyweight matchup pits the top team in the nation against the defending champion. Virginia had to rally to even get to this point, but this is a new situation, and South Carolina will surely bring out the best in them. The winner of this game will get a few days off before resuming Friday. (ESPN/ESPN3, 7 p.m.)


College World Series Scores: Virginia Baseball Defeats California, 4-1

Despite having runners on base all afternoon long, the Virginia Cavaliers baseball squad was kept off the scoreboard through six innings by the California Golden Bears' pitching staff. That all changed in the seventh, courtesy of a RBI single from Virginia catcher John Hicks. Hicks' single ended the longest scoreless College World Series game in 24 years. Steven Proscia added a sacrifice fly in the same frame, and the Cavaliers never looked back on their way to a 4-1 victory.

Danny Hultzen was once again the star for Virginia, throwing 6 1/3 innings of no run ball. Hultzen allowed three hits, striking out six and walking three in the process.

California starter Erik Johnson lasted only three innings, after walking five of the 15 batters he faced. The Golden Bears' bullpen was only able to hold the Cavaliers bats silent for three innings before Virginia scored all of their runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

The Cavaliers await the winner of the 7:00 P.M. contest bewteen the Texas A&M Aggies and South Carolina Gamecocks. That Bracket 2 winners' game will be played Tuesday night.


College World Series Scores: Virginia Baseball Tied With California 0-0 After Five Innings

The opening game in the 2011 College World Series for the Virginia Cavaliers has turned into quite the pitchers duel. Despite having runners on base in almost every inning, the Cavaliers have yet to capitalize and score off Golden Bears pitching. Through five innings, Virginia has left eight runners on base.

Virginia ace Danny Hultzen has been stellar as usual, allowing just two hits and striking out six in his five innings of work, in the process lowering his ERA to a microscopic 1.43. California only got three innings out of starter Erik Johnson, who allowed five walks in his brief time on the mound. The Golden Bears bullpen will need to hold the Cavaliers offense in check the rest of the way.

At the plate, Virginia's John Barr is two for two, but is really the only batter in the game, for both sides, to have any success. Hultzen has helped his own cause by walking twice, and was robbed of a RBI hit in the bottom of the fifth on a tremendous play by California left fielder Austin Booker. 


College World Series 2011 Bracket Update: Virginia Baseball Vs. California Highlights Day 2 Action

Sunday, the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team continues it's quest to take home the 2011 College World Series title, facing the University of California Bears in an afternoon affair. The Texas A&M Aggies will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the night cap. A quick look at Sunday's action in Omaha:

Game 3

University of California Golden Bears vs. Virginia Cavaliers

Virginia's pitching staff is extremely impressive, leading the nation in ERA (2.26) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.8), while also ranking third in in hits per nine innings (6.77) and fourth in walks per nine innings (2.28). Danny Hultzen, the #2 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, is the Cavaliers ace on this hill. Virginia will be facing a true underdog in the Golden Bears, a team whose baseball program was to be disbanded when the season ended, until a figurative ninth inning rally by program supporters in April saved the team and program. Cal's pitching staff is not too shabby itself, ranking 11th in the nation in ERA (2.84) and ninth in hits allowed per nine innings (7.68). (2:00 P.M., ESPN/

Game 4

Texas A&M Aggies vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

The Gamecocks are the defending natl champs, and just as their bullpen was a huge key to their success in their 2010 title run, so it is again in 2011. Right handed reliever Matt Price is one of, if not the, best closers in the country, as his postseason line illustrates: (0-0, 0.00, 3 SV, 9-1 K/BB ration in six innings pitched). Starters Michael Wacha and Ross Stripling are vital to the success of the Aggies, as is their collective team speed. Texas A&M was 13th nationally in steals, swiping 107 bags (led by speed demon Kray Bratsen. (7:00 P.M., ESPN/

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College World Series Scores: Vanderbilt, Florida Baseball Teams Victorious On Day 1

The first day of the 2011 College World Series ended with the Vanderbilt Commodores and Florida Gators as victors, each advancing to the winner's bracket of the double elimination tournament.

In the first game of the day, Vanderbilt defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 7-3. The Commodores, in their first College World Series ever, did not look the part of nervous newcomer, and were aided by North Carolina leaving 16 runners on base, just one short of the CWS record. Center fielder Connor Harrell broke the game open in the sixth inning, hitting the first home run at the newly christened TD Ameritrade Park, breaking open a tie game. Three Vanderbilt relievers shut down the Gators the rest of the way, and just like that, the newbie 'Dores were one step closer to championship glory.

Game Two saw the the Florida Gators defeat the Texas Longhorns 8-4. Despite begin down 3-0 early behind some sloppy play, Florida stormed back and took the lead in the fourth inning, never surrendering the lead once obtained. Florida starter Hudson Randall gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings pitched, but only one of those runs were earned. He struck out five and walked none. Longhorns starter Taylor Jungmann, the #12 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft of the Milwaukee Brewers, had his worst start of the season, lasting only 4 1/3 innings.

Florida will now face Vanderbilt Monday evening in a Bracket 1 winners' game. Texas and North Carolina will meet Monday afternoon in an elimination game.

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College World Series 2011 TV Schedule: Day 1 Action Begins Saturday, Virginia To Play Sunday

The 2011 College World Series begins in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday afternoon, with the Vanderbilt Commodores battling the North Carolina Tar Heels in Game 1. For the first time in 60 years the participating teams will not play in Rosenblatt Stadium, as it has been replaced by TD Ameritrade Park. The 2011 edition of the College World Series is the 65th overall, with 62 of the events having been held in Omaha. A quick look at Saturday's match-ups:

Game 1

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina has a balanced and patient lineup, one that averaged 7.0 runs per game (19th in country) and drew 340 walks (second in country). Vanderbilt, in the College World Series for the first time in school history, counters with a pitching staff led by second team All American and SEC pitcher of the year Grayson Garvin. Garvin, a supplemental first round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, is the first pitcher to ever go 10-0 in the SEC. (2:00 P.M., ESPN/

Game 2

Texas Longhorn vs. Florida Gators: The Gators are absolute mashers at the plate, clobbering 67 home runs as a team in 2011, good for fifth in the NCAA. The Gators also ranked 16th in batting average and 12th in runs. The Longhorns are built on pitching and defense (only Virginia allowed fewer runs than Texas), and with their small ball approach could easily be confused with a National League ballclub. (7:00 P.M., ESPN/

The Virginia Cavaliers, one strike from missing the College World Series all together before Chris Taylor's dramatic hit, play Sunday at 2:00 P.M. against the University of California Bears. Head here for complete 2011 College World Series coverage.  For more Virginia sports, join Streaking The Lawn


NCAA Baseball Super Regional 2011: Virginia Slips By UC-Irvine, 3-2, Advances To College World Series

It was nearly a Cinderella upset of epic proportions. With two outs to go in the ninth inning, No. 1-ranked Virginia was improbably trailing unranked UC-Irvine, 2-1, with a berth in the College World Series on the line. But then, the Cavaliers went on an improbable rally to win by a final score of 3-2. 

Chris Taylor gave Virginia the win with a base hit up the middle with the bases loaded, scoring two runs in walk-off fashion. Virginia began the rally when David Coleman hit a single up the middle, and he advanced to second when Jared King rifled a ball off the pitcher. Reed Gragnan then walked on four pitches to load the bases, setting up the game-winning run.

Virginia's win means they have advanced to their second-ever College World Series. They will next take on the California Golden Bears, another unseeded team.

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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011: UC Irvine, Mother Nature Defeat Virginia 6-4 In Super Regional Game 2

The Virginia Cavaliers and California Irvine Anteaters will meet at 1pm Monday in a winner-take-all Super Regional Game 3 courtesy of a 6-4 UC Irvine win Sunday. Virginia was leading 3-0 in the fifth inning when Mother Nature intervened, causing a four hour and 18 minute weather delay. When the two teams returned to the field, the tired cliche "it was a whle new ballgame" could not have been more true.

The Anteaters had been sloppy in the field and woeful at the bat in falling behind 3-0, allowing two unearned runs and getting only one batter to third base. But after the delay, left fielder Drew Hillman hit a home run, UC Irvine's first runs in two games against the Cavaliers. Momentum had shifted, and the Anteaters added two runs in the seventh and three in the eight off the Virginia bullpen, while Irvine freshman Andrew Thurman held the Cavaliers at bay in his four post-delay innings, allowing only one run on three hits.

It's a do-or-die Game 3, 1:00 P.M. Monday at Davenport Field. A loss by the Cavaliers before reaching Omaha and the College World Series would be a tremendous disappointment for a Virginia team that excelled in the NCAA regular season, garnering the top seed in this year's tournament.


NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011: Virginia Defeats California Irvine 6-0, One Win From Omaha And College World Series

The University of Virginia baseball team is one win away from advancing to the 2011 College World Series in Omaha, NE. UVA, despite an uncharacteristically mediocre start from star hurler Danny Hultzen and a 90 minute mid-game rain delay, defeated the UC Irvine Anteaters 6-0 Saturday in Game 1 of the Charlottesville Super Regional at Davenport Field.

Hultzen, fresh off being drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the #2 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, tossed 5 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and three walks, striking out three and hitting one batter. As noted above, not what college baseball fans expect to see from the Cavaliers ace, but it didn't hurt his ball club.

Despite the subpar outing, the bats provided plenty of support to make this a relatively easy win for Virginia. First baseman Jared King was the offensive star for the Cavaliers, hitting a three run homer in the sixth inning that would be the nail in the coffin for UC Irvine. King finished three for four at the plate. Teammates Stephen Proscia, Chris Taylor and Kenny Swab all chipped in two hits a piece for a Cavaliers attack that has now outscored their opponents 35-3 in four NCAA tournament games.

Game 2 of the Super Regional is 1pm Sunday on ESPNU. A second Cavaliers win over the Anteaters in this best-of-three format sends Virginia to Omaha and the College World Series for the second time in three years.


NCAA Baseball Super Regionals Schedule And List Of Washington Nationals Draft Picks

The NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regional stage gets underway this weekend, with four games scheduled for Friday and four more for Saturday. Each matchup is a three-game mini-series, with the winner earning a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. Here is a schedule of the matchups:

No. 1 Virginia vs. UC-Irvine, Charlottesville

  • Game 1: Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 12 at 1 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, June 13
California vs. Dallas Baptist, Santa Clara
  • Game 1: Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 12 at 10 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Monday
No. 5 Florida State vs. Texas A&M, Tallahassee
  • Game 1: Saturday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Monday
No. 4 South Carolina vs. Connecticut, Columbia
  • Game 1: Saturday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Game 2: Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Monday
No. 2 Florida vs. Mississippi State, Gainesville
  • Game 1: Friday, June 10 at noon
  • Game 2: Saturday, June 11 at noon
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday
No. 7 Texas vs. Arizona State, Austin
  • Game 1: Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
  • Game 2: Saturday, June 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday
No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. Oregon, Nashville
  • Game 1: Friday. June 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Game 2: Saturday, June 11 at 9 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday
No. 3 North Carolina vs. Stanford, Chapel Hill
  • Game 1: Friday, June 10 at 3 p.m.
  • Game 2: Saturday, June 11 at 3 p.m.
  • Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday
Here's a list of Washington Nationals 2011 MLB Draft picks that remain alive in the tournament:
  • Taylor Hill, RHP, Vanderbilt (sixth-round pick). Nationals fans may not get to see Hill pitch, as he's not scheduled to start in either of the first two games. He'll pitch Sunday if needed.
  • Greg Holt, RHP, North Carolina (eighth-round pick). Holt is a reliever, so Nationals fans will likely see him at some point during the Tar Heels' games.
  • DIxon Anderson, RHP, California (ninth-round pick). It's not clear when Anderson will pitch for the upstart Golden Bears against Dallas Baptist, but you'll probably see him at some point.
  • Kyle Ottoson, LHP, Arizona State (24th-round pick). Ottoson is a hybrid starter/reliever, and he'll probably pitch out of the bullpen as the Sun Devils look to upset Texas.
  • Brian Harper, LHP, South Carolina (30th-round pick). Bryce Harper's older brother hasn't done much this season as a reliever.
  • Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Stanford (38th-round pick). Mooneyham has not played this season.
  • Tyler Thompson, OF, Florida (46th-round pick). Thompson starts, but tends to hit low in the Gators' lineup (No. 6 or 7). He is coming off a strong performance in the Regionals last weekend.

NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011: Virginia Routs East Carolina, Advances To Super Regional

The Virginia Cavaliers are the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, and they showed it in their 2011 NCAA Baseball Tournament regional. The Cavaliers routed East Carolina, 13-1, on Sunday to advance to the Super Regional in dominating fashion.

The Cavaliers jumped on East Carolina early, scoring five runs in the second inning and adding four more in the fourth. They had 17 hits in all, pounding six different East Carolina pitchers. Eight different Virginia players scored in the game, giving starter Tyler Wilson more than enough run support to get the easy victory.

Virginia was dominant throughout the weekend, winning games over Navy, St. John's and East Carolina by a combined margin of 29-3. Virginia improves to 51-9 on the year. The Cavaliers will next face UC-Irvine in a best-of-three Super Regionals series. UC-irvine surprised UCLA in the regional final on Sunday and are definitely huge underdogs to the top-ranked Cavaliers.


NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011: Virginia Crushes St. John's 10-2, Advances To Regional Championship

The University of Virginia baseball team is one win away from the 2011 NCAA Baseball Super Regionals. Virginia (51-9) jumped on St. John's (36-21) early, with Stephen Proscia hitting a two run bomb in the top of the first, and the Cavaliers cruised to a 10-2 win over the Red Storm. Virginia will play at 6pm Sunday, against the winner of the loser's bracket game between East Carolina and St. Johns (being played at 1pm).

Danny Hultzen was the star of the game for UVA, as he has been all season long. On the mound, Hultzen threw seven strong innings, striking out 12 St. John's batters and allowing only three hits and one earned run. He also chipped in at the plate, going two for three with one run batted in. Proscia, the first inning star, finished the game three for five, driving in three and also scoring three times.

A win for Virginia in Sunday's contest sends them on to the Super Regionals. If the Cavaliers lose, they will play a winner-take-all game on Monday at Davenport Field.


NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011: Navy Loses 6-1 To East Carolina, Eliminated From Postseason

The improbable worst-to-first season of the Navy Midshipmen that saw them win the Patriot League (33-24-1) has come to an end Saturday at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, VA. The East Carolina Pirates (39-20) defeated the Midshipmen 6-1, eliminating Navy from postseason play.

East Carolina starting pitcher Seth Maness was simply too much for Navy, as he threw a complete game five hitter, surrendering only one earned run. He struck out four and walked two batters, in the process lowering his ERA to 1.58. Chase Mcdonald was the star at the plate for the Pirates, going two for four with a home run and four runs batted in.

Navy starter Sam Long gave the Midshipmen six innings, but five walks came back to hurt him, and he allowed three runs (two earned) on the day. Reliever Preston Gainey fared even worse, allowing three earned runs in his three innings of work. The Navy bats were Nats-esque on the afternoon, as they could only muster one extra base hit among their five total knocks.

East Carolina will face the winner of Virginia and St. John's Sunday (it will be an elimination game for the Pirates). The Cavaliers and Red Storm face off at 6:00 P.M. Saturday.


NCAA Baseball Tournament 2011: Virginia Downs Navy, 6-0, In Regional Opener

The top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers had little trouble against Navy in their first NCAA Baseball Tournament regional game. Virginia, who entered the tournament as the No. 1 overall seed, rode two early runs and a dominating performance from pitcher Will Roberts to an easy 6-0 win on Friday afternoon.

Roberts went the entire game, striking out 14 in a complete-game shutout to improve his record to 11-1 on the season. Virginia provided more than enough offense in the bottom of the first inning, when Danny Hultzen ripped a two-out triple to score two runners. Virginia tacked on two runs in the third and runs in the fifth and seventh innings to provide the final margins.

Virginia improved to 50-9 on the year and will face the winner of the game between East Carolina and St. John's on Saturday at 6 p.m. Navy dropped to 33-24 and will face the loser in an elimination game at 1 p.m. 


NCAA Baseball Tournament Field: Virginia Earns No. 1 Seed

Today is a pretty good day to be a Cavalier. The University of Virginia won the 2011 Lacrosse National Championship yesterday, and today, they were pegged as the top overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Baseball tournament field by the selection committee. This is somewhat of a no-brainer selection, because the Cavaliers have by far the best record in the nation this year.

One of the big story lines isn't necessarily the selection itself, but the matchup that it could lead to in the Super Regionals. Here's more on the potential Virginia-UCLA matchup from SB Nation.

This one isn't even close and during the Regionals most of the country will be rooting for Virginia and UCLA just to set up a Super Regional match-up between the two. The Cavaliers are the number one national seed and one of the clear favorites to win the national title. UCLA was a preseason top three team that struggled early, but came on late to win the Pac-10 and will look to go one step further than a year ago, when they were College World Series runners up.

UCLA has two pitchers who will probably go in the first five picks of the upcoming draft in Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer. In a short series like the Super Regionals, if you have two guys like that on the bump, anything can happen. But Virginia has the top seed, and they have an excellent chance of adding a second National Championship this spring.

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