OMAHA, Neb. (WFXR) — In its first game College World Series game since winning it all in Omaha six years ago, Virginia baseball won its opener, 6-0, over third-seed Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.
Cavaliers pitcher and Halifax County product Andrew Abbott threw six innings of shutout baseball, allowing five hits and striking out ten batters, the most by a UVA pitcher in a CWS game. Matt Wyatt closed out the game for Virginia, striking out three and allowing a hit.
UVA recorded its third shutout at the College World Series since 2015, the most by any team in that time span.
Logan Michaels started the scoring for Virginia in the third inning, hitting a solo homer to give the Cavs an early lead. It marked the first home run of the season for Michaels and the occasion was made even more special with his dad in the stands on Father’s Day, three years after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
UVA added four more runs in the seventh, including an RBI single by Michaels, before tacking on one more score in the ninth to upset the Volunteers.
Virginia moves on to the winner’s bracket of the College World Series and will face the winner of Texas/Mississippi State on Tuesday night.