UVA Baseball Falls 3-2 in College World Series Championship
Brian O'Connor's team lost 3-2 against Vanderbilt in the College World Series championship game
OMAHA, NE (WVIR) -
The Virginia baseball team came up one run short of the first national championship in program history, as the Cavaliers lost 3-2 against Vanderbilt in Game Three of the College World Series Championship Series Wednesday in Omaha.
Junior slugger Mike Papi was left standing in the on-deck circle when Adam Ravenelle struck out Daniel Pinero to end the game.
UVA had an opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th, but were unable to score with the bases loaded and one out. The Commodores had taken the lead in the top of the 8th on a John Norwood solo home run off closer Nick Howard.
Virginia fell behind 2-0 before scoring two runs in the 6th to tie the game. The Wahoos managed just five hits in the decisive game of the series, after pounding out 28 hits in the first two games.
Josh Sborz got the start on the mound for UVA, giving up one run on two hits in his only inning of work. Artie Lewicki followed with six innings of relief, and allowed one unearned run while striking out five, before yielding to Howard in the 8th.
Virginia finishes the season with a record of 53-13, and the program's first-ever appearance in the CWS Championship Series
UVA will hold a 'Welcome Home' event for the team Thursday at 6 p.m. at Davenport Field. Admission and parking are free, and the gates open at 5:30 p.m.
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