Hoos in Omaha: Facing Elimination

By: Matt Parsons
By: Matt Parsons

The Cardiac Cavs are on the brink of elimination in Omaha.

After Tuesday's loss to South Carolina, it's going to be an uphill battle for the Cavaliers at the CWS.  They will now need to win three games in three days just to get to the championship series next week.  But none of that matters if they don't get through tonight's game with Cal first.  The Golden Bears are certainly the Cinderella story of this tournament considering their entire program was on the brink of elimination prior to the season, so there will be a lot of people rooting for Cal outside of Virginia today. 

While the Cavs have never faced the prospect of having their program eliminated, they have had their backs to the wall recently.  Just look at last week, down to their final strike with the bases empty against UC Irvine.  The pressure could not have been any higher, but the Cavs came through, strung together two hits, a walk, and then the famous Chris Taylor walkoff to send them to Omaha.  One thing is for sure, the Cavs aren't scared and they are going to need that mental toughness to get through tonight's game, as well as the rest of this tournament if they make it that far.

Tonight, Brian O'Connor will send Tyler Wilson to the mound to try to save the Cavs' season.  While Danny Hultzen has been the team's ace, I can't think of anyone else I would want to see starting this game than Wilson.  He's a senior.  He's a captain.  And he's delivered for the team every time they have needed him to do so this season.  After the Cavs stumbled against NC State in the regular season, Wilson came back the next day and delivered a quality start.  He did the same thing against Miami after the 'Canes touched up Hultzen in the opener.  In talking to him yesterday, he knows this is the biggest start of his career and he's embracing it.  His teammates and coach have the utmost confidence in him, and I think he's going to go out and pitch very well tonight.  The Cavs will certainly need him to if they want to stay out here in Omaha at least one more day.

- MP

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