No. 1 UVa (55-11) vs. Cal (38-22)
Cal scouting report
Notable: Cal kicked their offense into gear Tuesday with seven runs combined in the fifth, sixth and seventh to win 7-3 and eliminate Texas A&M from the CWS. Second baseman Derek Campbell went 2-for-4 with two RBI on the game. The Golden Bears are going with right-hander Dixon Anderson – who last started against Rice in the Houston Regional with 4 2/3 IP/2 H/3 R/1 ER/3BB/4 K.
Top Bats: 2B/DH Tony Renda (.333 avg/3 HR/43 RBI), LF Austin Booker (.310/24 RBI), C Chadd Krist (.297 avg/43 RBI), SS Marcus Simien (.279 avg/5 HR/35 RBI [6 RBI this postseason]), 1B Devon Rodriguez (.283 avg/5 HR/35 RBI).
Top Arms: RHP Erik Johnson (7-4, 2.83 ERA), RHP Kevin Miller (6-4, 2.78 ERA), RHP Matt Flemer (4-2, 1.86 ERA, 6 saves).
Virginia Notes: Fielding errors, bad swings, a little bad luck and the defending champs happened to the Hoos on Tuesday night. Virginia had to pull Will Roberts early and use long reliever/fourth starter Cody Winiarski for a couple innings. Today’s starter Tyler Wilson pitched 2 1/3 innings with one run allowed on three hits with two strikeouts and no walks in the opener versus Cal to get the win.
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6/23 Virginia (RHP Tyler Wilson, 9-0/2.33 ERA) vs. Cal (RHP Dixon Anderson, 4-3/3.90 ERA), 7 p.m., ESPN2.
Why Virginia?: I checked, and double-checked – Cal is not in the SEC East. So, the ‘Hoos have that going for them. Wilson is a bulldog pitcher who’ll pull Virginia through to a rematch with South Carolina.