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UVa Baseball Rallies to Beat Maryland 5-4; Advances to College World Series

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The 'Hoos are headed to the College World Series for the 4th time in program history The 'Hoos are headed to the College World Series for the 4th time in program history
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia baseball team is going to the College World Series for the second year in a row, and the fourth time in program history, after the Cavaliers rallied to beat Maryland 5-4 in Game Two of the Super Regional at Davenport Field Saturday.

Freshman Ernie Clement delivered the game-winning, bases loaded, two RBI hit in the bottom of the 9th.

The inning began with a walk to Pavin Smith, followed by a Robbie Coman single, and a walk by Joe McCarthy.

Maryland closer Kevin Mooney came on in relief of Robert Galligan, and promptly walked Kevin Doherty to cut the deficit to 4-3, which set the stage for Clement.

UVa sophomore Matt Thaiss says, "I think I'm going to go buy a lottery ticket after this because I told Ernie that inning, he was going to come up and get a big hit. I also told our strength and conditioning coach in the dug out that Ernie looks a lot like Chris Taylor. They both kind of worked out."
Clement was tackled to the ground by his teammates after the game-winning hit.

Clement says, "That was impressive. I got dinged up. Its completely worth it though. I'll take it any day of the week."

"A lot of people will talk about and write about the 2011 walk-off win against (UC) Irvine and this one," says O'Connor.  "This one, I think is better."

The 'Hoos used late-inning rallies to win both games of the Super Regional, and eliminate the Terps for the second-consecutive year.

UVa went up 2-1 in the first inning, and chased Maryland starter Ryan Selmer from the game after recording just one out.

Galligan came on in relief, and tossed 7.2 innings of scoreless relief, before loading the bases with nobody out in the 9th.

The Terps scored one run against Brandon Waddell in the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 8th innings, but the junior lefthander was able to avoid the big inning.

Waddell pitched eight innings for Virginia, giving up four runs on ten hits while striking out seven.

"It was just a grind," says Waddell.  "I can think of a couple starts here and there that kind of pop up first in mind. The big thing is we got the win. We're going to Omaha."

Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "They've earned the right to continue to play next weekend in Omaha, Nebraska. That's why you come to the University of Virginia to play baseball. You come here to get a great education. You come here to have great teammates and to get better. And have a chance to play in Omaha. This team is going to have that opportunity and I couldn't be more proud of them."

The College World Series begins Saturday, June 13th in Omaha, Nebraska.
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