In the 9th inning with the Hoos staring down a tie ball game, 3rd year catcher Nate Irving was able to work a walk to start the rally the Cavaliers needed. 3rd year Thomas Woodruff pinch ran for the catcher and moved to 2nd on a Cogswell bunt. A tough strikeout from Pinero would be the second out of the inning, but UVa was far from done.
Mike Papi took to the plate with 1st base open. Many thought the Rebels would walk Papi and pitch to McCarthy since Papi's run would be meaningless, but they chose not to. They chose poorly. With two strikes and two outs, Papi laced a change up into the right-centerfield gap to score Woodruff and secure the UVa victory.
While Papi will be the story of the game for most, the Hoos would certainly not have won if it wasn't for 2nd year Nathan Kirby. Kirby took the start for the Hoos and held Ole Miss to one hit, a single in the 2nd inning. In all, Kirby would surrender one earned run on one hit and three walks, while striking out four. If it wasn't for the 8th inning, when Kirby lost some of his control, he might have gone the distance for a complete game.
4th year Artie Lewicki relieved Kirby in the 8th, and while he did let the lone Ole Miss run score, he held the Rebels at bay for the rest of the game striking out one and not giving up a hit in 2 full innings. Due to the Hoos winning the game in the 9th, Lewicki earned the win, his 7th of the season.
The offense was able to pound out 8 hits and 5 walks, but was unable to convert many of those runners. Similar to last weekend against the Terps, the left on base number was getting high, and the Hoos were clinging to a lead. Fortunately, the offense did all that it needed to in order to secure the victory.
With the win, the Hoos improve to 5-2 all time against Ole Miss. The Cavaliers have now beaten the Rebels in the Regionals, Super Regionals, and Omaha. I have a feeling Ole Miss doesn't want to see UVa ever again.
Also with the win, UVa moves on in the winner's bracket. The Cavaliers will face TCU on Tuesday at 8PM on ESPN, while Ole Miss will play Texas Tech in the elimination game on Tuesday at 3 PM on ESPN2.