Virginia is the number one team in the country this year, and they finally broke down the California Golden Bears in the final stages of the game, scoring two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to break a scoreless tie. Cal added a late run in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Left handed Cavalier ace Danny Hultzen didn't have an outstanding appearance, walking three and allowing three hits, but he didn't give up a run in 6 and a third innings of pitching and struck out six. Tyler Wilson earned the win after pitching 2 and 1/3 innings of relief.
Erik Johnson had less success for the Bears, walking five batters in three innings. Johnson eventually was pulled for Logan Scott, who had three nice innings of work, but with Cal's bats silenced, he ended up with the loss after Virginia finally started crossing runs across in the bottom of the seventh. Keith Werman singled and Chris Taylor walked to start the inning, forcing Matt Flemer came in to relieve Scott. Flemer then gave up the sacrifice bunt to John Barr who advanced the runners, and a John Hicks RBI single and a Steven Proscia RBI sacrifice fly to right field gave Virginia a lead they would not relinquish.
A Jared King RBI triple to score pinch-runner Mitchell Shifflett and a Werman RBI single capped Virginia's scoring. Chad Bunting gave Cal their only run with an RBI single to left center to score Marcus Semien.
Cal now heads to the Loser's Bracket on Tuesday at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT on ESPN and must beat the South Carolina/Texas A&M loser to stay alive. Virginia will face the winner of that matchup in the Winner's Bracket on Tuesday at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ESPN.
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