CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting Virginia to a dramatic 3-2 victory against UC Irvine and back into the College World Series.
The Cavaliers (54-10) were down to their last out against Anteaters ace Matt Summers, making his first relief appearance of the season, when David Coleman singled to center, Jared King singled off Summers’ leg and pinch-hitter Reed Gragnani drew a walk to load the bases.
Taylor then took a called strike and singled up the middle, just out of the reach of second baseman Tommy Reyes as two runs scored, causing Davenport Field to erupt in a huge celebration.
Only moments earlier, UC Irvine (43-18) seemed likely to send the Cavaliers home as losers in the Charlottesville super regional again.
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