OMAHA – Top Ranked Virginia took down the Cinderella story California 4-1 in Game 1 of Day 2 in Omaha at the CWS (College World Series). Game 2 paired defending champion South Carolina with Texas A&M. South Carolina would use a walk-off single to win it in the bottom of the 9th.
California 1, #1 Virginia 4
In Game 3 of the 2011 College World Series, Virginia got a great start from All-American Danny Hultzen who went 6.1 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6. Branden Kline came in to pick up the save pitching .1 innings.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 7th when Virginia got on the board with 2 runs. Keith Werman (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) led off the inning with a single and was followed by a walk to Chris Taylor (1-for-4). After a ground out that moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd, John Hicks (1-for-4) singled driving in Werman with the first run of the game. Steven Proscia (0-for-3) drove in the 2nd run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to right.
The Cavs scored two more runs in the bottom of the 8th when Jared King (1-for-4) tripled in a run. He was followed by an RBI single by Werman.
California got on the board in the top of the 9th after Marcus Semien (1-for-3) singled to start the inning. He moved to 2nd base on a ground out, then stole 3rd. He scored on a single by Chad Bunting (1-for-4). Kline then came in to put out the rally.
Texas A&M 4, #4 South Carolina 5
This came started out like it was going to be a really high scoring game as both teams scored 4 runs in the first inning. But then the scoring stopped.
In the top of the 1st inning, A&M already had 1 run in when Brandon Wood (1-for-3, 3 RBI) came up to bat with the bases loaded and 2 outs. He then sent a pitch from Michael Roth down the right field line for a 3-RBI triple. A&M’s offense pretty much shut down after the first inning. The Gamecocks pitching staff limited the Aggies to only 4 hits over the game.
Ross Stripling pitched well for A&M going 8 innings allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while striking out 6.
Michael Roth was solid for South Carolina as well going 7.1 innings allowing 4 runs (all unearned) on 4 hits and 5 walks while striking out 8.
Second baseman Scott Wingo led the offense for South Carolina going 4-for-4 with a run and a RBI. Robert Beary chipped in with 2 hits of his own.
2011 CWS Schedule
(All Times Central)
Saturday, June 18
Game 1: No. 6 Vanderbilt 7, No. 3 North Carolina 3
Game 2: No. 7 Texas 4 vs. No. 2 Florida 8
Sunday, June 19
Game 3: California 1, No. 1 Virginia 4
Game 4: Texas A&M 4, No. 4 South Carolina 5
Monday, June 20
Game 5 – No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 7 Texas – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)
Game 6 – No. 2 Florida vs. No. 6 Vanderbilt – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD)
Tuesday, June 21
Game 7 – California vs. Texas A&M – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD)
Game 8 – No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 South Carolina – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD)
Wednesday, June 22
Game 9 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Thursday, June 23
Game 10 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Winner Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8
Friday, June 24
Game 11 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 12 – 6 p.m. (ESPN HD) Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 8
Saturday, June 25
Game 13 – 1 p.m. (ESPN HD) or 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.
Game 14 – 6 p.m. (ESPN2 HD) Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12. If it is the only game scheduled for that day, the game will start at 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 26
No games scheduled
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Monday, June 27
Game 1 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
Tuesday, June 28
Game 2 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
Wednesday, June 29
Game 3 – 7 p.m. (ESPN HD) Bracket One Winner vs. Bracket Two Winner
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