Cavaliers to meet Commodores again
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.
FLORIDA center fielder Buddy Reed chases a triple by Virginia’s Pavin Smith during the fourth inning.