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.