UVA Dramatically Earns Spot In Omaha

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Coach Brian O’Connor gets a Gatorade splash during his ESPN interview.

Coach Kevin McMullan shows us the “O” for Omaha.

Down to their final out and final strike, the Cavaliers came up with an exhilarating comeback Monday in the Charlottesville Super Regional. Chris Taylor’s two-out, walk-off, 2 RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Virginia baseball team to a 3-2 win over UC Irvine in the decisive third game of the series. With the victory, the Hoos earned their second trip to the College World Series in the last three seasons.

Branden Kline (4-1) got the win in relief of Will Roberts, who was stellar and went 7.1 innings while allowing just one run on five hits. Roberts walked one and struck out one. Anteater ace Matt Summers (11-4) made his first relief appearance of the season and suffered his second loss of the series as he surrendered two runs on three hits and gave up a critical walk in the bottom of the ninth to load the bases for Taylor’s heroics.

Jimmy Litchfield was brilliant for Irvine (43-18) in his 4.1 innings of work and tied up Cavalier hitters all afternoon. Eater shortstop D. J. Crumlich almost single-handedly kept his club in the game with his slick glove work and a 3-for-4 afternoon. Taylor led the Wahoos (54-10) with two hits in four at-bats and the 2 game-winning RBI.

Virginia will open play at the College World Series on Sunday, June 19, against California at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. That game will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN and online at ESPN3.com.

A Storybook Ending

As the bottom of the ninth inning began Monday with Irvine leading game three of the Charlottesville Super Regional