Virginia-Cal State Fullerton Postgame Notes
Men’s College World Series Notes Game 5 June 15, 2009
Virginia 7, Cal State Fullerton 5
Attendance: 17,589 (SeriesTotal-114,450; Avg.-21,284)
Virginia (1-1) plays loser of Arkansas/LSU Wednesday at 6 p.m.; Cal State Fullerton (0-2) is eliminated
-Virginia improves to 1-1 all-time in MCWS contests with their first-ever MCWS victory and is now 1-1 all-time against Cal State Fullerton with both contests coming in NCAA Tournament play (2008 and 2009).
-With today’s victory, Virginia extended its own school record with 49 wins, a total which is third nationally (LSU 52, Arizona State 50).
-Virginia improves to 6-2 in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and is now 3-0 in elimination contests.
-Virginia eliminated both of the Big West’s national seeds from the NCAA Tournament (No. 6 UC Irvine and No. 2 Cal State Fullerton).
-Virginia is the third straight first-time MCWS participant to win its second game in Omaha, joining both UC Irvine and Louisville in 2007. The last first-time participant to not win a MCWS game in their first appearance was Missouri State in 2003.
-Virginia Coach Brian O’Connor is the second coach to pick up his first MCWS victory in 2009, joining Arkansas’ Dave Van Horn.
-Virginia, which entered today’s contest third in the country in ERA at 3.23, is 45-4 this season when holding opponents to five runs or fewer.
-Virginia hit 7-for-14 (.500) today with runners on base after going 2-for-16 (.125) in Saturday’s loss to LSU.
-Virginia’s four runs in the second inning were the most runs in a stanza during the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers had a three-run eighth inning against San Diego State at the Irvine regional on May 29.
-The Cavaliers’ seven runs are their most in an NCAA tournament game this year (previous high was five on four occasions). It was UVa’s highest run total since scoring 11 runs against Duke in the ACC Tournament.
-Andrew Carraway improved to 9-1 on the season with his 20th career win. His nine wins this season and 20 wins in his career both tie for sixth on UVa’s single-season and career lists. He now has made 73 appearances which ranks fourth on UVa’s career lists.
-Freshman Keith Werman went 2-for-4 today with two RBIs against Cal State Fullerton and is hitting .667 (6-for-9) with two doubles and three RBIs in Omaha. Werman is now hitting .435 (10-for-23) in the NCAA Tournament and is hitting .452 (19-for-42) in his last 15 games, as UVa is 12-3 in that stretch.
-Danny Hultzen’s stolen base in the seventh inning was the first stolen base allowed by Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Tournament.
Cal State Fullerton
-Today’s loss drops Cal State Fullerton to 34-27 in 16 all-time MCWS appearances, as the Titans suffered their fifth straight MCWS loss dating back to 2006. The five-game streak is the longest MCWS drought by the Titans, who had previously lost four in a row between 1988 and 1990.
-Cal State Fullerton coach Dave Serrano is now the 11th head coach to bring two teams to the Men’s College World Series and is now 2-4 in his two trips to Omaha, as he guided UC Irvine to the 2007 MCWS.
-The 2009 MCWS marks only the fifth time in their 16 MCWS appearances that Cal State Fullerton has gone 0-2. The previous times occurred in 1975, 1982, 1990 and 2007.
-The last time a former national champion was the first team eliminated from the MCWS was LSU in 2003, which is the only time it has happened since 2000.
-The consecutive losses marks only the fifth time this season at Cal State Fullerton lost two straight games this year and the first time since back-to-back losses to Pacific on April 17 and 18.
-Cal State Fullerton starter Daniel Renken lasted just 5.2 innings against Virginia, which was his shortest outing since March 19 against Oral Roberts. He had pitched at least eight innings in seven consecutive starts, dating back to April 24, and in 10 of his last 11 outings.
-The six runs allowed by Ranken was his highest total of the year, as he had not allowed more than four runs in any of his previous 16 starts. Renken had won his last seven starts prior to Monday’s loss to Virginia.
-Christian Colon extended his hit streak to 12 games with his eighth homer of the year. Colon is hitting .400 (18-for-45) with 12 RBIs during his season-ending hit streak.
-Joe Siddons finished the year hitting .467 (14-for-30) in his seven-game hit streak.
-Cal State Fullerton was 12-1 when hitting two or more homers in a game & 35-2 when out-hitting an opponent this season before Monday’s loss
-Cal State Fullerton is now 0-9 when allowing seven or more runs in a game this season
-Cal State Fullerton, which entered the MCWS fourth in the country with a 3.36 ERA, allowed 17 earned runs (9.00 ERA) in its two games in Omaha after allowing 11 runs in their five games in NCAA Regional and Super Regional play.