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If Kenny Towns is "Mr. June," we need to know what Brandon Waddell's nickname is. With the start today, Waddell is now tied with Danny Hultzen for most starts in a UVa uniform, but he's on the verge of going down as best UVa postseason pitcher ever.
Coming into tonight, Florida had one of the best offenses in the country. They had scored 11 in one inning against Miami just two days ago. That would be all for naught because of Brandon Waddell.
Waddell held the Gators to just 2 hits over 7 full innings of work. He gave up an infield single in the 2nd and then did not allow another base runner til he walked the leadoff runner in the 6th inning. Florida would not register the other hit off the 3rd year until the 8th inning forcing Waddell out of the game with runners on first and third with no outs, clinging to a 1-0 lead.
Insert Josh Sborz.
Sborz proceeded to work a minor miracle. A linedrive off his glove, Sborz recovered and got an out at 2nd. A line out to 2b Ernie Clement was the 2nd out. And a groundout to Clement ended the Florida threat.
The 9th inning was much easier thanks to two straight ground balls back to Sborz and a ground ball to Clement to end the game.
The offense was one inning. Three straight singles from Matt Thaiss, Kenny Towns, and Pavin Smith, followed up by a sac fly from Robbie Coman was all UVa would need to win 1-0.
With the win, UVa is in the driver's seat to make the Championship Series. The Hoos are 2-0 and will have to wait til Friday at 3 to play their next opponent. That opponent will be either Florida or Miami, who will play on Wednesday at 8 PM.