June 23, 2011
Wilson dominates on mound as
Virginia tops Cal
By Phil Stanton
(photos by Jimmy Jones)
Neb. – Senior Tyler Wilson (right) pitched 7.2 strong
innings as top-seeded Virginia defeated California 8-1 in an
elimination game Thursday at the 2011 College World Series in
front of a sellout crowd of 25,833 at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Cavaliers (56-11) will face fourth-seeded
South Carolina on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Virginia will have to
beat the Gamecocks on Friday and again on Saturday to advance to
the championship series.
Wilson scattered five hits and allowed one earned
run to raise his record to 10-0. He tossed seven shutout innings
and gave up the one run in the eighth.
“Tyler Wilson was spectacular tonight,” UVa head
coach Brian O’Connor said. “All year long, whenever we needed a
great outing, he’s responded every time for his teams. And he
was the right guy to give the ball to tonight.”
Wilson did not walk a batter and struck out five.
“The Cal players were aggressive very early in
the count,” Wilson said. “I knew it was going to be important
coming in to establish my fastball, command of the fastball both
in and out of the zone and to be able to pitch under the zone,
try to get under the hands if necessary. But I think that was
the key, was being able to command the fastball.”
Cody Winiarski got the final four outs to secure
The Cavaliers got a pair in the top of the third.
Jared King had a base hit to start the rally. Keith Werman laid
down a bunt and pitcher Dixon Anderson made an errant throw to
first as Werman was safe and King made it to second. Both
runners moved up a base on a sacrifice by Chris Taylor. King
scored on a wild pitch and John Barr’s sacrifice fly brought in
Werman as Virginia took a 2-0 lead.
UVa exploded with four runs in the sixth. With
one away, Kenny Swab (right) hit a ball to center that got past Darrel
Matthews. Swab raced around the bases to score on the single and
three-base error to make it 3-0. With two away, Werman had a RBI
single, Taylor added a run-scoring double and Barr drove in
another with a base hit as the Cavaliers pushed the lead to 6-0.
The Golden Bears (38-23) finally got on the board
in the eighth as Matthews (pictured below) had a one-out single and
eventually scored on a base hit by Tony Renda to make it a 6-1
Virginia added two in the ninth to complete the
It was the second time in the CWS that Virginia
defeated Cal. The Cavaliers posted a 4-1 win over the Bears on
“Again, the University of Virginia is very well
coached and they deserved to win,” Cal head coach David Esquer
said. “They do so many things fundamentally well, they make it
tough for you to beat them. You have to play an almost flawless
game and you’ve got to be on your game to be able to beat them.”
Werman went 2 for 2 with two sacrifice hits, two
runs and one RBI. Swab also had a pair of hits.
Austin Booker had two hits for Cal.