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UVA, O’Connor got the game they wanted: It just didn’t work out

Going into Game 3 of the 2014 College World Series Finals, the series tied at one game apiece, UVA coach Brian O’Connor knew how he wanted the game to go and how in his perfect world he wanted it to end.


Late homer lifts Vandy over UVA, 3-2, in College World Series title game

John Norwood hit a tiebreaking solo homer off UVA closer Nick Howard in the top of the eighth, Vandy closer Adam Ravenelle got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth, and then Ravenelle closed the ninth with a pair of strikeouts, to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 win over the ‘Hoos that clinched the 2014 College World Series championship.


Press Conference: UVA baseball after Game 2 College World Series win

Press conference with UVA baseball coach Brian O’Connor and players Brandon Waddell, Brandon Downes and Kenny Towns after the Cavs’ 7-2 win in Game 2 of the 2014 College World Series Finals.


Waddell pitches UVA into Game 3, ‘Hoos top Vandy, 7-2

After a rough start from ace Nathan Kirby in a 9-8 Game 1 loss to Vanderbilt, UVA needed Brandon Waddell to go deep in Game 2 to keep the ‘Hoos hopes for the program’s first national title alive.


Press Conference: UVA after Game 1 CWS loss

Postgame interviews with UVA coach Brian O’Connor and Virginia players Branden Cogswell, Nathan Kirby and Brandon Downes following the Cavs’ 9-8 loss to Vanderbilt in Game 1 of the 2014 College World Series finals.


Vandy rocks Kirby, holds on for 9-8 win over UVA in CWS Game 1

Vanderbilt scored nine runs in a third-inning nightmare for UVA ace Nathan Kirby, and held off a game-long Virginia rally to post a 9-8 win in Game 1 of the College World Series.


Live Blog: UVA vs. Ole Miss in the College World Series, Part Deux

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham will lead a live blog during today’s resumption of the suspended College World Series game between UVA (51-14) and Ole Miss (48-20).


Chris Graham: UVA baseball handles expectations on way to CWS

It wasn’t just the preseason #1 ranking. The heralded 2011 UVA baseball signing class has had to carry the weight of expectations for three years.


Press Conference: UVA headed to the College World Series

Press conference with UVA baseball coach Brian O’Connor and Cavalier players Josh Sborz, Brandon Downes and Kenny Towns following Virginia’s 11-2 win over Maryland that sends the ‘Hoos to their third College World Series in the past six seasons.


UVA defeats Maryland, 11-2, headed to College World Series

Josh Sborz pitched the game of his life, giving #3 seed UVA seven shutout innings in his first start in more than a month, and the Cavalier offense jumped on Maryland early and often, as Virginia swamped Maryland, 11-2, on Monday night to earn the program’s third College World Series berth in the past six years.


Quick observations: How Game 1 was lost for UVA

How did third-seeded UVA drop Game 1 to Maryland? For starters, the starters. Nathan Kirby, lights on last week in a 3-0 win over Arkansas, giving up just one hit in eight innings, was anything but lights out on Saturday against the light-hitting Terps, giving up five runs on seven hits in four and two-thirds.


NCAA Baseball: Bucknell rolls the dice on bunt, gets burned

Top seed UVA led Bucknell by a too-close-for-comfort 3-0 margin in the bottom of the sixth. Given the Cavs’ recent troubles in middle relief, and starting pitcher Artie Lewicki’s pitch count already over 100, it was a critical juncture in the game.


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This one goes to 11: UVa. rallies, wins in extras, 4-3

A literal walkoff bases-loaded walk to Branden Cogswell in the bottom of the 11th pushed across the winning run for top-ranked UVa. in a 4-3 win over Georgia Tech in ACC baseball action on Saturday.


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Clutch hit by Mike Papi lifts #1 UVa. to 4-3 win over Georgia Tech

Mike Papi delivered the game-winning hit with a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning, and the UVa. bullpen closed down Georgia Tech from there, in a 4-3 win by the top-ranked ‘Hoos Friday night in an ACC series opener in Charlottesville, Va.


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North Carolina takes ACC baseball series finale from #1 UVa., 4-2

Unranked North Carolina salvaged the final game of its weekend series at top-ranked UVa., winning on Sunday by a 4-2 final.


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Classic baseball game: UVa. wins another close one

It followed a familiar script. Top-ranked UVa. was 4-2 coming into Friday night in games with a final score of 3-2 and 8-3 in one-run games.


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#1 UVa. baseball nips North Carolina, 3-2

Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.) pitched 7 2/3 innings and struck out 12, and Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) homered and drove in all three UVa. runs in the top-ranked Cavaliers’ 3-2 victory over North Carolina Friday evening in front of 4,576 at Davenport Field.


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#14 Clemson tops sloppy #2 UVa. baseball, 7-1

UVa. starter Josh Sborz took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Then the wheels fell off for the second-ranked Cavs.


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#1 UVa.’s Nathan Kirby throws no-hitter at Pitt in 4-0 win

Nathan Kirby didn’t just throw a no-hitter Friday night at Pitt. The UVa. lefty put in one of the more dominating no-hitters you may ever see.


Chris Graham: The scary thing about UVa. baseball

The UVa. baseball team is 25-4 and at the top of the national polls. Sounds good, but it’s clear that the ‘Hoos haven’t played anything close to their best baseball. That’s the scary thing about Virginia baseball right now: that things can actually get better, maybe a lot better.


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Meet the #1 UVa. baseball team

Now that the magical run of the basketball team has come to an end, it’s time to think UVa. baseball, which is still ranked #1 in the nation, and is a good bet to make its third appearance in the College World Series in the past six years.


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#1 UVa. baseball completes sweep of East Carolina, 6-2

#1 UVa. got five and two-thirds strong innings from Brandon Waddell and six two-out run-scoring hits to post a 6-2 win over East Carolina on Sunday in front of a February record crowd of 3,592 at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va.