Cava­liers to meet Com­modores again

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - VIR­GINIA 5 FLORIDA 4

OMAHA— Kenny Towns drove in three runs, in­clud­ing the win­ner in the sev­enth, and Josh Sborz pitched four in­nings of shutout re­lief as Vir­ginia de­feated Florida, 5-4, on Satur­day night to set up a Col­lege World Se­ries fi­nals re­match against Van­der­bilt.

Vir­ginia (42-23), which lost, 10-5, to Florida on Fri­day, took two of three CWS games against the Ga­tors (52-18) and now has won eight of its nine NCAA tour­na­ment games. The Cava­liers open the best-of-three fi­nals against a Van­der­bilt teamthat beat them in three games for the cham­pi­onship last year.

It will be the first CWS fi­nals re­match since Ore­gon State beat North Carolina in 2006-07.

Sborz (6-2) ran his shutout in­nings streak to 23 since May 15, get­ting Richie Martin to ground out af­ter Har­ri­son Bader reached on a twoout sin­gle in the ninth. Danny Lewis (6-2) took the loss.

Af­ter sec­ond base­man Ernie Cle­ment flipped the ball to short­stop Daniel Pinero for the fi­nal out, catcher Matt Thaiss ran to the mound and em­braced Sborz and first base­man Pavin Smith and Towns, the third base­man, dashed across the diamond to do a jump­ing back bump.

The Cava­liers took the lead for good in a back-and-forth game af­ter Lewis in­ten­tion­ally walked Thaiss to load the bases with one out in the sev­enth.

Towns, Vir­ginia’s ca­reer leader in NCAA tour­na­ment RBIs who hit a game-win­ning dou­ble against Arkansas last­week, sent a sac­ri­fice fly to right to bring home Cle­ment.

Ted Kirk As­so­ci­ated Press

FLORIDA cen­ter fielder Buddy Reed chases a triple by Vir­ginia’s Pavin Smith dur­ing the fourth in­ning.

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