Thursday, June 16, 2011

Virginia, North Carolina Headed Back To College World Series, FSU Eliminated

In the decisive game of the Charlottesville Super Regional, No. 1 national seed Virginia scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 3-2 win over UC Irvine Monday at Davenport Field. Sophomore Chris Taylor's two-RBI single completed the rally as the Cavaliers advance to the College World Series for the second time in the past three seasons.

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

Taylor was one of four Cavaliers with two hits on the day, along with John Hicks, Kenny Swab and David Coleman. D.J. Crumlich had three hits and Tommy Reyes had two hits to lead the Anteaters.
Kent Emanuel held Stanford to one run through six innings and North Carolina held off a late rally to beat the Cardinal 7-5 on Saturday and clinch another trip to the College World Series.

FSU senior Robby Scott
Jacob Stallings drove in three runs for the Tar Heels (50-14), who swept the best-of-3 NCAA Super Regional to reach Omaha for the fifth time in six seasons.

The Tar Heels led 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth inning before the Cardinal (35-22) rallied to within a run behind a three-RBI double from Austin Wilson. Then, with two outs in the top of the ninth, officials stopped the game for 3 1/2 hours due to lightning and heavy rain.

Saving its staff ace for the decisive third game, Texas A&M (47-20) rode the solid pitching of sophomore Michael Wacha and a big first inning to prevent the Florida State baseball team from earning its 21st College World Series berth with an 11-2 victory on Monday evening in the NCAA Super Regionals at Dick Howser Stadium.

Wacha (9-3) kept the Seminoles (46-19) off-balanced at the plate all evening. He scattered just three hits and allowed two runs in 7.1 innings pitched as FSU could not feed off its 23-run effort in game two of the regional.

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