Vir­ginia, Van­der­bilt set to play it again

Los Angeles Times - - GOLF: U.S. OPEN -

OMAHA — De­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion Van­der­bilt and Vir­ginia will meet for the sec­ond straight year in the Col­lege World Se­ries cham­pi­onship se­ries be­gin­ning Mon­day night at TD Amer­i­trade Park.

The Com­modores went 3- 0 in bracket play. Vir­ginia was 3- 1, se­cur­ing its spot in the be­stof- three f in­als with its 5- 4 win over Florida on Satur­day.

Vir­ginia will be at­tempt­ing to win the first base­ball na­tional cham­pi­onship by an At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence school since Wake For­est in 1955.

The Cava­liers were just 18- 18 in March and April, fin­ished 15- 15 in At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence play and didn’t qual­ify for the 10- team con­fer­ence tour­na­ment un­til the last week of the reg­u­lar sea­son. They were given a No. 3 re­gional seed­ing and had to go to the West Coast for the start of the NCAA tour­na­ment.

“What we’ve been through this year, the ups and downs of the sea­son, it’s a lit­tle bit more sat­is­fy­ing,” Vir­ginia third base­man Kenny Towns said, “just be­cause where we’ve come from and how we’ve been able to have the suc­cess late in the post­sea­son.”

Van­der­bilt swept three games in bracket play and is 8- 0 in the na­tional tour­na­ment. The Com­modores dropped six of eight in April, but since los­ing a se­ries to Florida on May 9 they haven’t lost backto- back games.

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