June 15, 2009
Brian O’ Connor and his Virginia Cavaliers will live to see another day. Using a huge day from Keith Werman at the plate and strong relief pitching by Andrew Carraway, the Cavaliers held off a late ninth inning rally by the Cal State Fullerton Titans to win their first ever College World Series game 7-5 and send the Titans home packing.
The Cavaliers were put in an early 0-2 deficit when Dustin Garneau hit a two-run homerun off of Virginia starter, Robert Morey. The Cavaliers offense rebounded in the bottom half of the second inning with a four run outburst. John Hicks, Keith Werman, and Danny Hultzen each had RBI singles to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Cavs.
The Titans cut the Virginia lead to one run when Christian Colon hit a Robert Morey pitch into the left field bleachers. Virginia followed with a Phil Gosselin RBI double in the fifth and another two runs in the sixth inning thanks to a Werman RBI double and a Tyler Cannon RBI single.
Andrew Carraway, Matt Packer, and Tyler Wilson combined to shut down the Titans until the top of the ninth inning when Cal State drove in two runs off of Virginia closer Kevin Arico. Carraway went 2.2 innings giving up zero runs on four hits.
Arico quickly settled down and forced Khris Davis into a game ending groundout to give Brian O’ Connor his first ever win as a head coach in the College World Series.
The Cavaliers will face Arkansas Wednesday at 7 pm in another elimination game. The Razorbacks lost to LSU 9-1 Monday night.