The Virginia baseball team beat Elon 11-3 in the NCAA Regional Final at Davenport Field in Charlottesville Sunday night.
UVa (50-10) advances to the Super Regionals with the victory, and will host the winner of Monday's Starkville Regional game between Mississippi State and Central Arkansas.
The Cavaliers were unranked to begin the season, but are in the Super Regionals for the fourth time in the last five years.
Sophomore Nick Howard says, "This group of guys, we knew within the clubhouse how good we could be. I guess the media didn't know a bunch of names that were returning. But in that clubhouse we knew what we were capable of, and we just needed to go out and show it."
The Phoenix (34-30) jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Cavaliers, but Virginia responded with six runs in the 3rd inning, and never looked back.
Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "A lot had been made of the first two ballgames, how they were all won on pitching and defense. Tonight, we certainly continued to pitch and play good defense, but we had a tremendous offensive day."
Howard went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, while Derek Fisher had two hits and three RBI.
The sophomore Fisher had been hitless in his career in the postseason (0-for-23) before coming through with a two RBI single in the 3rd.
Fisher says, "I was up with runners in scoring position, I couldn't tell you how many times in this series. To actually come through for our club at that point in time, I pretty much stuck with the same approach I had all weekend. I got a good pitch to hit, and fortunately it went through."
Freshman David Rosenberger threw five scoreless innings in relief of Whit Mayberry for the win.
UVa's bullpen pitched 11 scoreless innings in the Regional.
Elon had to play two games Sunday, after losing to Virginia 2-0 Saturday night.
The Phoenix set up a rematch with the Cavaliers in their second game of the day by scoring three runs in the 8th inning to come-from-behind and beat UNC-Wilmington 6-4.
Seahawks head coach Mark Scalf says, "Some days we just weren't good enough, and today was one of those days. With this game, the balls bounce a little different from time to time, and Elon was a little better than we were today."
UNCW senior second baseman Michael Bass adds, "A lot of it was just unlucky, and it all happened to be at the end of the game, rather than earlier in the game, where it's easier to come back from."
Virginia Tech (40-22) saw its season come to an end with a 10-4 loss against Oklahoma in the Blacksburg Regional Sunday night.
The Hokies beat UConn 3-1 in an elimination game Sunday afternoon, but allowed the Sooners to score six runs in the 9th inning to blow open a 4-3 game in the Regional Final.
Head coach Pete Hughes says, "I think our team is a pretty good team. You have a tournament to determine who's the better team, and Oklahoma came out as the team. Credit them for coming on the road, and winning on the road in a Regional. That's a hard thing to do."
"I'm gonna miss these guys," said a teary-eyed senior third baseman Andrew Rash. "It means the world to me. Coach Hughes means the world to me. This could be the last time I ever put on a uniform. I have the best 34 teammates you could ever have."
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