The Virginia baseball team will play for the national championship.
The Wahoos knocked off Ole Miss, 4-1, on Saturday to advance to the title game. UVA will play the winner of Saturday night's Vanderbilt-Texas game in a best-of-three series that starts Monday. The Wahoos have never played in the finals.
Batting ninth, Robbie Coman's two-run bases loaded single in the fourth inning gave UVA a 2-1 lead, and the Wahoos never trailed again. UVA tacked on another run in the fourth on a Branden Cogswell sacrifice. A Joe McCarthy double in the seventh inning extended UVA's lead to 4-1.
Josh Sborz and two relievers limited the Rebels to six singles. Sborz (6-4) threw 12 pitches on Friday before a heavy thunderstorm forced suspension of the game in the second inning. He was on the mound when play resumed and worked through the fifth inning. Artie Lewicki took over to start the sixth, and closer Nick Howard worked the ninth for his 20th save. Lewicki has not allowed an earned run in 17.1 innings pitched in the NCAA Tournament.
“Our team, these last three weeks, has played with an incredible amount of poise,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “I really believe that at championship time, it takes poise and patience to prevail. Josh Sborz was really outstanding to start last night and come back today and pitch in the clutch like he did. It really speaks to who he is.”
UVA (52-14) has never won a baseball national championship. In fact, the only ACC member to ever win the NCAA baseball title was Wake Forest in 1955. Miami won national championships prior to joining the ACC.