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Virginia captures its first College World Series title

2015 Division I Men’s Baseball

The University of Virginia entered the 2015 baseball season with high expectations.

The Cavaliers were the preseason favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference, were ranked as high as third in the country in a pair of national preseason polls and had 14 letterwinners returning from a team that lost in the finals of the 2014 College World Series to Vanderbilt University.

Virginia lived up to the preseason hype by taking home the 2015 Division I Men’s Baseball championship trophy with a 4-2 win over Vanderbilt in Game 3 of the championship series June 24, in Omaha, Nebraska.

“I'm just so proud of these guys,” said Virginia coach Brian O’Connor, whose team joined the 1955 Wake Forest squad as the only ACC teams to win a College World Series title. “They hung together all year. It's just amazing what a group of guys that stay together and play for each other and pick each other up and don't give up can accomplish.”

Virginia, 44-24, dropped the first game of the championship series to the defending national champion Commodores. However, the Cavaliers bounced back to win 3-0 in the second game, forcing the winner-take-all finale.

In the third game, freshman outfielder Pavin Smith drove in three of Virginia’s runs, including a game-tying, two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning.

The Cavaliers’ junior relief pitcher Josh Sborz was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after throwing 13 scoreless innings through the College World Series, earning three wins and a save.  

The Results
2015 Division I Men’s Baseball

Vanderbilt 5, Virginia 1
Virginia 3, Vanderbilt 0
Virginia 4, Vanderbilt 2

Thomas Woodruff, University of Virginia

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