Robbie Coman’s two-run single in the fourth inning helped Virginia earn its first-ever appearance in the College World Series finals after the Cavaliers posted a 4-1 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.
Coman and Brandon Downes each finished 2-for-4 and three UVA pitchers combined on a six-hitter to send the Cavaliers into the best-of-three championship series, which will begin Monday.
Virginia, the No. 3 overall seed, will take on the winner of Saturday’s Vanderbilt-Texas matchup in the finals.
Josh Sborz yielded just one unearned run on four hits over five innings for the Cavs, exiting with a 3-1 lead after Virginia scored three times in the top of the fourth. Artie Lewicki and Nick Howard shut down the Rebels the rest of the way, with Ole Miss failing to get a runner past first in the duo’s combined four innings of work.
Ole Miss, which needed to prevail to avoid elimination, owned a 1-0 edge after three innings before Virginia got untracked against Chris Ellis in the fourth.
Joe McCarthy drew a leadoff walk and Downes singled two batters later before Ellis walked John La Prise to load the bases for Coman, who shot a single to right center that plated a pair of runs and sent the Cavs ahead.
Brandon Cogswell then put down a well-placed bunt that brought in La Prise from third for a 3-1 lead.
McCarthy’s two-out double in the seventh gave the Cavaliers further insurance, and Howard erased a leadoff single in the ninth by getting a double-play ball and a game-ending strikeout of Holt Perdzock.
After play resumed following a second-inning suspension caused by thunderstorms on Friday, the Rebels pushed home the game’s initial run on an attempted double steal in which Will Allen scored from third.