In the decisive third game of the Finals of the 2014 College World Series, the Virginia Cavaliers were just a couple bad breaks shy of winning the program's first ever national championship, falling to Vanderbilt by a final score of 3-2.
Behind the steadfast pitching of senior RHP Artie Lewicki, who relieved Josh Sborz in the second inning after Sborz had some trouble settling in in the first, ultimately leaving the Hoos down a run early, Virginia found themselves tied 2-2 with Vandy at the top of the eighth, until Vandy's John Norwood hit a solo home run into left field. The homer, the first by either team in this year's College World Series, gave Vandy what would eventually be the winning run.
The Cavaliers, though, not going down without a fight, would load the bases at the bottom of the inning with just one out, but Vandy pitcher Adam Ravenelle would deliver a pair of ground outs to end Virginia's threat.
In case you happened to be living under a rock, the ACC remains in search of its first title since Wake Forest in 1955.
What a season! The preseason top-ranked Cavaliers did not fail to deliver all season long. As commenter nb2011 pointed out, Virginia really lost this series on one fluke inning -- the third inning of Game One. So Cavalier fans everywhere can hold their heads up pretty high and think back to this season with pride. The Virginia Baseball program certainly will.
Championship or not, it has been an honor playing next to such a great group of men! I love em' all. One heck of a season for @UVABaseball— Michael Papi (@Hoos_urPapi) June 26, 2014
The Cavaliers finish the season with a 53-16 record, the second-most in program history. As always -- WAHOOWA, folks!