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Waddell Ready to Take the Mound for Game Two

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Tuesday it will be a battle between the only two National seeds left in the NCAA baseball Tournament.

Three-seed Virginia will take on 7-seed TCU in a winner's bracket contest at the CWS.

Both teams will put outstanding lefthanded pitchers on the mound.

UVa sophomore southpaw Brandon Waddell is getting his body ready to pitch on Tuesday.

Ironically the Texas native will face a Texas school on Tuesday.

Waddell says, "I kind of decided I wanted to get out of Texas in the beginning, so I didn't really talk much to Texas schools. I lived there my whole life, so I wanted to experience something new. I didn't know where I wanted to go, but I kind of decided baseball would take care of that. I just knew I wanted to get out of there."

Waddell has a 9-3 record and 2.66 ERA.

Virginia practiced Monday at Creighton University preparing to face TCU pitcher Brandon Finnegan.


Finnegan

was recently selected 17th overall in the MLB draft by the Kansas City Royals.

UVa head coach Brian O'Connor says, "You don't find lefthanders too often that have that kind of stuff. That's why the guy goes in the first round. Quite frankly, I think he's a lot like Nathan Kirby. Really good arm, good breaking ball."

Virginia will face TCU at 8'clock eastern time Tuesday with the winner improving to 2-0 in the CWS and in control.

Junior Mike Papi says, "I know TCU is going to have a really good pitcher going out there for them. Like coach said, it's going to be huge for us to win that next game, and be in the drivers seat at 2-0."

O'Connor says, "If you can win the next ballgame, the other two ball clubs have to fight it out a little bit, to see who you meet to go to the title."

TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle says, "Brian O'Connor, I've known him forever, since he was recruiting at Notre Dame, and I was recruiting at Tulane. We were recruiting the same kids all over the country. Great respect for both teams. We're gonna run a little lefty up there that's not bad, and I'm sure they're going to put a pitcher out there, and we'll just go compete, and see what happens."

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