While the wild ride of the California Golden Bears earned more press during the 2011 College World Series, the phrase “it was fun while it lasted” must be employed at this point since the Virginia Cavaliers took out the surprise upstarts 8-1 in tonight’s victory at Omaha. Cal simply couldn’t handle anything Virginia’s Tyler Wilson literally threw at them and the Cavaliers bats took care of the rest.
Wilson went to 10-0 on the season with a stellar outing, going 7.2 innings while allowing only five hits and walking none, surrendering one lone run in the process. He also struck out five. Cal’s pitching simply fell apart as both Dixon Anderson and Kevin Miller performed poorly.
California was knocked out of the tournament in the process, leaving Virginia to face South Carolina for the chance to advance to Monday’s championship series. South Carolina already knocked off Virginia earlier in the CWS, which means the Cavaliers are up against the wall. In fact, their first contest wasn’t even close as the Gamecocks won 7-1. Friday night will provide the ultimate drama as the two teams face off for the second time in the CWS. Game time is 7pm ET and will be played on ESPN.