For the third time since 2009, the Virginia baseball team is headed to the NCAA College World Series. UVa won the Charlottesville Super Regional on Monday, beating Maryland 11-2 in the decisive game three at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers will open play in College World Series on Sunday against Mississippi, who won the Lafayette Super Regional in three games over Louisiana-Lafayette. Game time will be 8 p.m. ET and it will air on ESPN2. The third-seeded Cavaliers are the highest seed to advance to Omaha.
"I'm just so proud of this team," head coach Brian O'Connor said after the game. "I think this is a team that's built to win in Omaha. I think they'll understand what it takes to be successful there, they'll be very very focused. They'll enjoy this victory tonight certainly, and then tomorrow we'll turn our attention to our next opponent. I think in all phases of the game this team is pretty special, and I'm excited to see them go out to Omaha and compete for a national championship."
Josh Sborz earned the win, pitching seven shutout innings. He allowed four hits while striking out nine to improve to 5-4 on the year. Nick Howard closed out the game on the mound for UVa, allowing one hit over the final 1.1 innings of shutout relief.
Kenny Towns led the Cavalier offense with a 3-for-4 night, driving in four runs to tie the school record for an NCAA Tournament game. Daniel Pinero, Joe McCarthy and Brandon Downes also had multi-hit games for Virginia.
The 'Hoos scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Derek Fisher's two-out RBI single drove in Daniel Pinero with the game's first run, before Towns followed with a triple off the left field wall to bring home Joe McCarthy and Fisher.
They extended the lead to 6-0 in the third. With the bases loaded, Towns hit a single that scored two runs and chased Ruse from the game. After Tayler Stiles walked John La Prise to reload the bases, Downes' infield single drove in another run.
After Maryland scored two in the eighth, UVa responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the advantage to 11-2.