December 26, 2014

Day four CWS: Two walk-off victories cap exciting day for UVA and Ole Miss

John Gatlin’s pinch single into short right field over a pulled-in, five-man infield in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Ole Miss Rebels a 2-1 victory against Texas Tech in an elimination game on Tuesday evening at TD Ameritrade Ballpark in Omaha.  The exciting finish came after Texas Tech tied the game in the top of the ninth with a couple of steals and a sacrifice fly.

Ole Miss’ winning rally started when Colby Bortles walked with one out. Brantley Bell hit a comebacker to Cameron Smith, who tried to force out Bortles at second, but threw high into center field, allowing Bortles to go to third, before Gatlin’s game winner.  Tech tied it 1-1 in the top of the ninth. Adam Kirsch singled with one out, and Zach Davis entered as a pinch runner. With pinch hitter Anthony Lyons at the plate, Davis stole second and third. Lyons then lofted a sacrifice fly to right to bring in Davis.

Virginia beat TCU in the 15th inning in a 3-2 final that matched the longest game in College World Series history as it reached midnight  in Omaha.  Its the longest game at the CWS since 1970, when USC beat Arizona State 2-1 in 15 innings.  Daniel Pinero’s sacrifice fly on the 399th pitch of the night to centerfield scored pinch runner Thomas Woodruff from third with one out, to give Virginia their second walk off win of this Series and much needed rest.  The Cavaliers now have two days off.

With the game tied 2-2 after nine, TCU retired all 15 UVA batters in extra innings until catcher Nate Irving’s ground rule double in the 15th. Irving hit one of the farthest balls hit in this CWS and it took one hop over Boomer Whiting’s glove and into the UVA bullpen.  Woodruff was brought in to pinch run.

Through eight games, no home runs have been hit.

Ole Miss will face Virginia on Friday.