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June 23, 2011
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Unbeaten Tyler Wilson carried a shutout into the eighth inning, Virginia used a four-run sixth to break open a close game and the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers eliminated California from the College World Series with a 8-1 victory on Thursday night.
Virginia (56-11) will face defending national champion South Carolina in the Bracket 2 final. The Cavs would need to beat the Gamecocks on Friday and again Saturday to reach next week's best-of-three finals.
Kenny Swab singled and came around to score on a three-base error to start Virginia's big sixth inning.
Wilson (10-0) allowed five hits over his career-high 7 2-3 innings. Cal starter Dixon Anderson (4-4) took the loss, failing to get past the third inning for the third time in five starts.
Virginia, which batted .246 with just three extra-base hits in its first two CWS games, got 11 hits off five pitchers.
Five of those hits came as the Cavaliers extended their lead to 6-0 in the sixth.
Swab scored after Darrel Matthews misplayed the bounce on his hard drive into center field and the ball rolled to the wall. The play was scored a single and three-base error. It was Matthews' first error in 50 games this season.
Keith Werman and John Barr followed with RBI singles and Chris Taylor with a run-scoring double.
Anderson, a ninth-round pick of the Washington Nationals, had a rough night in his first outing since June 5.
He hit Taylor with the first pitch of the game. His wild pitch in the third let Jared King score the first run. Anderson's throw to first on Werman's sacrifice bunt pulled Devon Rodriguez off the bag, and Werman scored on a sacrifice fly.
Kevin Miller relieved Anderson to start the fourth and held the Cavaliers in check until Swab's run around the bases in the sixth inning.
Cal had rallied from a 7-1 sixth-inning deficit to beat Baylor in the regional finals. There would be no comeback against Wilson, the Baltimore Orioles' 10th-round draft pick who retired 11 in a row from the second to sixth innings.
Wilson, who struck out five and walked none, left in the eighth after Cal put two runners on base. Cody Winiarski relieved, and Tony Renda ended the shutout with an RBI single.
Wilson, who also pitched on Virginia's 2009 CWS team, won his third decision in his fifth appearance in Omaha.
The Cavaliers will send No. 2 overall draft pick Danny Hultzen to the mound on Friday to face South Carolina, which has not announced its starter.