June 13, 2009
There are too many story lines surrounding Virginia Baseball this week in Omaha. Brian O'Connor's return home, facing his mentor Paul Mainieri, and Virginia's first ever appearance at the College World Series. However, on Saturday night it was all business for both UVa and LSU.
The Tigers jumped on board early. Freshman Danny Hultzen toed the rubber for Virginia, but looked unsettled early on as Micah Gibbs singled in Blake Dean to give LSU the early 1-0 lead.
Things took a turn for the Cavs in the fifth. Down 3-2, Steven Proscia deposited a solo homerun to right field which tied the game at three. A few batters later, Keith Werman sent a single just passed the second baseman. Tyler Cannon came around third and scored, and Virginia had their first lead, 4-3.
Everything changed in the bottom half of the fifth. After two back-to-back LSU Singles, Sean Ochinko unloaded on a 2-1 fastball and sent it over the wall in left field and that gave the Tigers a 6-4 advantage.
In the eighth, Ryan Schimpf delivered the insurance in a two run homerun to give LSU a 9-5 lead, and the game would end by that mark as Virginia falls in their first ever CWS appearance.
It's not over for the Cavs, on Monday at 2 p.m. eastern they take on Cal-State Fullerton for another chance at advancing in Omaha.