June 25, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - The Virginia baseball team came up just short of winning a national championship Wednesday, falling to Vanderbilt, 3-2, in the deciding third game of the Finals of the 2014 Men's College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
A solo home run to left field in the top of the eighth inning by Vanderbilt's John Norwood off junior right-hander Nick Howard(Olney, Md.) broke a 2-2 tie, giving Vandy a one-run advantage. Virginia had bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't score the tying run.
The Cavaliers, who advanced to the Finals of the Men's College World Series for the first time in program history, finished the season with a 53-16 record, the second-most wins in program history. The Commodores close out the campaign with a mark of 51-21, winning just the second NCAA Championship in the school's history and the first for the baseball program.
Vanderbilt's Dansby Swanson hit the very first pitch of the ballgame through the left side of the infield and later came around to score on a throwing error on a double steal in an eventful first inning for sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Josh Sborz(McLean, Va.). Sborz allowed two hits and walked two more while striking out the final batter of the inning to escape with Virginia trailing 1-0.
Senior right-hander Artie Lewicki(Wyckoff, N.J.) took over for Sborz in the second inning, keeping Vanderbilt off the scoreboard until a two-out single to short plated an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning, putting UVa in a 2-0 hole.
Virginia, who had managed just one hit off Vanderbilt starter Carson Fulmer through five innings, got the offense ignited in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single to right center by sophomore catcher Robbie Coman (Lake Worth, Fla.). Freshman shortstop Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ontario) drove in Coman with another single to right center, cutting the gap to 2-1. Junior third baseman Kenny Towns(Burke, Va.), batting with the bases loaded with two outs, ripped a low liner at Vandy shortstop Vince Conde, who couldn't field it cleanly, with Pinero coming home to score the tying run on the error.
Norwood cranked a Howard fastball into the left-field bullpen with one out in the eighth for just the third long ball of the 2014 College World Series.
Fulmer pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, walking two while striking out five. Reliever Hayden Stone earned the win with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, while Adam Ravenelle worked out of bases-loaded jam in the eighth to claim his third save.
Lewicki worked six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. In his four CWS appearances, Lewicki pitched 13.0 innings without allowing an earned run. Lewicki's six innings of relief was the most by a Virginia pitcher since Shane Halleythrew six innings out of the bullpen in the 2012 season at Miami.
In working the final two innings, Howard took the defeat and fell to 2-2 on the year.
The 2014 Men's College World Series drew a record 347,740 fans to TD Ameritrade Park in the 16 games that spanned 12 days.
The Cavaliers had five players named to the All-Tournament team with catcher Nate Irving (Yonkers, N.Y.), second baseman Branden Cogswell (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and outfielder Brandon Downes (South Plainfield, N.J.) joining Lewicki and Tuesday's starter Brandon Waddell(Houston, Texas) on the squad.
2014 Men's College World Series All-Tournament Team
Catcher: Nate Irving, Virginia
First Base: Kevin Cron, TCU
Second Base: Branden Cogswell, Virginia
Third Base: Tyler Campbell, Vanderbilt
Shortstop: C.J. Hinojosa, Texas
Outfield: John Norwood, Vanderbilt
Outfield: Rhett Wiseman, Vanderbilt
Outfield: Brandon Downes, Virginia
Designated Hitter: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
Pitcher: Artie Lewicki, Virginia
Pitcher: Brandon Waddell, Virginia
Most Outstanding Player: Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
'Hoos Head Into Finals on High NoteMen's Basketball12/7/16No. 14 Virginia, which defeated East Carolina on Tuesday night, doesn't play again until Dec. 17, when Robert Morris visits JPJ.'Hoos Learn Painful Lessons in LossMen's Basketball12/3/16No. 6 Virginia's 24-game winning streak at John Paul Jones Arena ended Saturday with a 66-57 loss to No. 25 West Virginia.Soccer Teams Turn Attention to 2017Men's Soccer12/2/16The Virginia men's and women's soccer teams are fixtures in their respective NCAA tournaments, and 2017 should bring more success for both.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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