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:
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/ESPN3.com)
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/ESPN3.com)
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