OMAHA, Neb. —
Daniel Pinero’s sacrifice fly scored Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 victory Tuesday night in a game that matched the longest in the College World Series’ 66-year history.
Pinero fouled off two squeeze-bunt attempts against Trey Teakell before he lofted a fly to center. Cody Jones’ throw toward home never had a chance. The Cavaliers’ bench and bullpen emptied, with everybody mobbing Pinero near second base.
Virginia (51-14), which had a walk-off win against Mississippi on Sunday in nine innings, plays Friday in its bracket final. TCU (48-17) plays Ole Miss in an elimination game Thursday.
Artie Lewicki (8-1) got the win and Teakell (6-1) took the loss.
It was the longest game, as measured by innings, since Southern California beat Florida State 2-1 in 15 in the 1970 national championship game.
NCAA College World Series Glance
By The Associated Press
At TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
Tuesday, June 17
Mississippi 2, Texas Tech 1, Texas Tech eliminated
Virginia 3, TCU 2, 15 innings
Wednesday, June 18
Game 9 — Texas (44-20) vs. UC Irvine (41-24), 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 19
Game 10 — Mississippi (47-20) vs. TCU (48-17), 8 p.m.
Friday, June 20
Game 11 — Vanderbilt (48-19) vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 12 — Virginia (51-14) vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 21
x-Game 13 — Game 6 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 3 p.m.
x-Game 14 — Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 8 p.m.
If only one game is necessary, it will start at 8:30 p.m.
Monday, June 23: Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24: Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.
x-Wednesday, June 25: Pairings TBA, 8 p.m.