No. 1 Cavaliers Battle No. 4 Gamecocks in CWS at 7 p.m. Tuesday
OMAHA, Neb. – The top-seeded Virginia baseball team takes on fourth-seeded South Carolina at 7 p.m. Tuesday (ET) in a winners’ bracket matchup at the College World Series. ESPN will televise the game from TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, with Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser and Kyle Peterson on the call.
WINA 1070-AM will have the local radio call, and the game also can be heard online at VirginiaSports.com (subscription service). Sirius/XM Radio will carry the national satellite radio broadcast on Channel 91.
Will Roberts (Jr., Richmond, Va.) will make the start for Virginia. Roberts (11-1, 1.57 ERA) will be opposed by South Carolina RHP Colby Holmes (7-3, 3.78 ERA).
Virginia in the NCAA Baseball Championship
– Counting this year, Virginia has competed in each of the last eight NCAA tournaments and 11 overall.
– UVa is 28-23 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including 2-2 in the CWS.
– Under Brian O’Connor (since 2004), UVa is 22-17 in the NCAAs.
Virginia-South Carolina History
– UVa is 27-35 all-time against South Carolina, a former ACC rival until the early 1970s.
– The teams last met in 2006 in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional, with the Gamecocks prevailing, 8-2. Prior to that, the programs had not played since 1987.
– South Carolina has won eight straight games in the series. UVa’s last win over the Gamecocks came on March 11, 1978, a 4-1 win in Columbia.
Common Opponents on Opposing Schedules
– While UVa and USC have not yet played this year, they share a pair of common opponents from the regular season.
– Both teams played Clemson and Auburn.
– UVa swept a three-game series at Clemson (March 11-13) and won 13-2 at Auburn.
– USC won two-of-three against Clemson (March 4, 6, 8) and took all four of its games against Auburn.
Virginia Notes from Win vs. California
– Virginia increases its program season wins record to 55.
– Branden Kline tied the UVa and ACC record with his 18th save on the season.
– Chris Taylor’s single in the third inning extended his team-best active hitting streak to 12 games.
– Danny Hultzen struck out six batters to increase his UVa season record to 157 and his UVa career record to 387.
– RHP Tyler Wilson’s appearance out of the bullpen was his fourth career CWS appearance and he has appeared in all four of UVa’s all-time CWS games.
– Keith Werman was two for his last 20 before his single to start the seventh inning.
– With two singles Werman had his first multiple-hit game since May 14 against Miami.
– Jared King’s RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning was the second of his career and season. King’s last triple came at Virginia Tech on April 1.
Odds and Ends
– Virginia owns the most wins in the CWS field, a school-record 55.
– Brian O’Connor coached his 500th career game on Sunday.
– UVa scored 33 of its 42 runs in the NCAA regional and super regional with two outs, but all of its runs Sunday came with one out.
– UVa will play its 66th game Tuesday – most ever in one season at Virginia.
– Keith Werman is now 8-for-12 with four RBI in four career CWS games.
– Opponents are batting .212 against UVa pitching this season, including .204 vs. Tuesday starter Will Roberts.