June 19, 2011
Virginia outlasts Cal in
By Jimmy Jones
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Neb. - The Cal Bears gave top-seeded Virginia all it could
handle for six-plus innings but were unable to break through
offensively in falling 4-1 on a gorgeous day for baseball on
Sunday afternoon at TD Ameritrade Park.
Virginia, whose 55 wins lead the nation, had its
troubles at the plate through six innings but was able to break
through in the bottom of the seventh when Keith Werman (right)
led off with a single up the middle and Chris Taylor worked his
way on with a walk off Cal reliever Matt Flemer.
After a John Barr sacrifice bunt, John Hicks
delivered in the clutch with a solid single to center to plate
Werman. Steven Proscia added a run with a sacrifice fly to score
Taylor for a 2-0 advantage.
The Cavaliers, who were 45-2 on the season when
they led after seven innings, added to the total as Tyler Wilson
and Branden Kline, who was just named to the Team USA roster,
finished it out.
“I thought that we played a very good fundamental
game both defensively and at the plate,” Virginia coach Brian
O'Connor said. “Cal’s pitchers did a very good job but I was
confident that if we continued to battle that we would have a
chance to win it late and fortunately we did.”
Danny Hultzen (right) worked 6.1 innings for Virginia but did
not figure into the decision. He allowed just three hits, walked
three, struck out six and left with the score tied at 0-0 to
lower his ERA to 1.41.
“Hultzen grinded out another start,” O'Connor
said. “I was starting to wonder for a while. We had a lot of
missed opportunities where we didn't capitalize. I think that
speaks to the quality of the Cal arms and their ability to pitch
out of jams.”
Cal (37-22) utilized four hurlers with starter
Erik Johnson taking the ball for three innings and giving up
just two hits. The right-hander did not allow a run despite
issuing five walks.
Offensively, the Bears finished the game just 1
for 19 with runners on base and were 1 for 6 with runners in
“We had confidence the whole time,” Cal coach
David Esquer said. “Our pitchers did an unbelievable job of
keeping us in the game. We just couldn’t get it together
offensively. We knew that we would come through eventually but
we waited just a little too late.”
Logan Scott followed Johnson for the Golden Bears
and threw three innings. He was responsible for two earned runs
on three hits and one walk to take the loss.
Bears reliever Kevin Miller followed Scott and
allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits in the eighth.
Virginia advances to play South Carolina on
Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT.
Cal plays an elimination game against Texas A&M
on Tuesday at 1 p.m. CT.
(photos courtesy of Virginia Media Relations Office)