Vir­ginia rises to oc­ca­sion to force a de­cid­ing game

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OMAHA — Big per­for­mances from a cou­ple of un­likely sources and another shut­down re­lief per­for­mance from an old re­li­able al­lowed Vir­ginia to force a win­ner- take- all game in the Col­lege World Se­ries.

Sur­prise starter Adam Hase­ley and Josh Sborz com­bined on the shutout, se­nior util­ity man Thomas Woodruff drove in two runs, and the Cava­liers de­feated Van­der­bilt, 3- 0, on Tues­day night.

For the sec­ond year in a row, these two teams will go the dis­tance in the best- ofthree fi­nals. Van­der­bilt ( 5120) will be play­ing for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive na­tional ti­tle Wed­nes­day. Vir­ginia ( 43- 24) will be look­ing for its first.

“Adam Hase­ley rose to the oc­ca­sion on the mound and just gave us a high- qual­ity start,” Cava­liers Coach Brian O’Con­nor said. “Josh Sborz did what he’s been do­ing this en­tire tour­na­ment, grind­ing out the back half of the game. And this guy here [ Woodruff], I don’t know when the last time he started a game, but cer­tainly he put some great swings on the base­ball and played some great right field. Just a to­tal team ef­fort.”

Woodruff started for the f irst time since May 19 be­cause Joe McCarthy had to move to cen­ter to take the usual spot of Hase­ley, who was on the mound for the first time since May 23.

O’Con­nor called on the fresh­man be­cause he’s short of start­ing pitch­ing depth.

Hase­ley worked into the sixth in­ning for his long­est out­ing and turned over a score­less game to Sborz ( 7- 2). Hase­ley gave up four sin­gles, walked three and struck out one dur­ing his 71pitch out­ing.

Arkansas out­fielder An­drew Ben­in­tendi was named win­ner of USA Base­ball’s Golden Spikes Award as the col­lege player of the year. Ben­in­tendi bat­ted .376 and led the na­tion with 20 home runs.

Nati Harnik As­so­ci­ated Press

VAN­DER­BILT sec­ond base­man Nolan Rodgers ( 18) col­lides with short­stop Dansby Swan­son.

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