UVa Beats TCU 3-2 in 15 Innings at the College World Series
Daniel Pinero had the game-winning RBI
OMAHA, NE (WVIR) -
The Virginia baseball team beat TCU 3-2 in 15 innings at the College World Series Tuesday night in Omaha.
Daniel Pinero scored pinch runner Thomas Woodruff from 3rd with a one out sac fly in the bottom of the 15th.
Woodruff has scored the game-winning run for UVa in both of its games in the CWS.
The junior came in to pinch run for Nate Irving, after the junior catcher led off the 15th with a ground-rule double to left.
Irving says, "We just wanted to keep grinding, keep playing hard nose baseball, keep doing the things we need to do to win, and we knew eventually something would push over."
The Wahoos jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, before the Horned Frogs took the lead with two runs in the second.
UVa tied the game at 2-2 on a fielders choice in the 5th, and the teams put matching zeroes on the scoreboard until Pinero's game-winner at about 1 AM.
Brandon Waddell pitched seven innings for Virginia, giving up six hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out five.
Nick Howard tossed four scoreless innings of relief, striking out six.
Whit Mayberry and Artie Lewicki each threw two innings of shutout baseball.
UVa Head Coach Brian O'Connor says, "You look at the pitching on both sides that was being thrown out there, there was some pretty special arms out there, guys who can pitch. It was just a matter of finding a break."
Brandon Cogswell went 3-for-5 with two runs scored at the leadoff position for Virginia.
The Wahoos and Horned Frogs tied the record for the longest game in College World Series history with the 15 inning marathon contest.
UVa senior pitcher Artie Lewicki says, "We're excited. It's hard not to come away from an exciting game like that regardless of how long it is, but it was a great win. We're in the driver's seat now."
The Cavaliers improve to 2-0 in the CWS, and don't have to play again Friday at 8pm.
TCU will play Ole Miss in an elimination game Thursday at 8pm, and the winner of that game will play UVa on Friday.
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