OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28: Fans arrive to Game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series between the UCLA Bruins and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

College World Series 2011: Florida, South Carolina To Meet In Championship Series

Virginia and Cal will face-off Thursday at 7:00 p.m. EST for the right to play South Carolina on Friday and move one step closer to the College Word Series title.

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College World Series Bracket Update: South Carolina Eliminates Virginia After Series Of Errors

Virginia and South Carolina appeared to be destined to play all night in the College World Series. But thanks to back-to-back errors by Virginia pitcher Cody Winiarski, South Carolina was finally able to break a 2-2 tie, advance to the College World Series finals on a walk-off bunt-single-error, or something of the sort. Virginia heads home after putting up a valiant fight, but falling just short in the end.

With a runner on second, the Gamecocks were trying to just bunt the runner over with a sacrifice. Winiarski fielded the bunt cleanly, appeared to have time to get the runner at second, but threw the ball into center field. Fast forward to the next batter with the same situation. Again Winiarski field the ball, but this time he tries to get the lead runner at third -- who would've been safe anyway. The throw was off-line, Adam Matthews took home on the throwing error and South Carolina had itself a 3-2 win.

Virginia had it's chances -- and I do mean chances. Four times from the eighth inning on, Virginia had the bases loaded. Each and every time, the Cavaliers came away empty-handed, including a line-out, putout double-play in the top of the 13th. In a game that featured valiant efforts by the closers, it was disappointing that it all came down to throwing errors.

South Carolina advances to face Florida in the College World Series Championship on Monday. The Gamecocks and Gators will battle it out in a best-of-three series in Omaha.

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NCAA Baseball Scores: Cal Eliminated From College World Series With Loss To Virginia, 8-1

The California Golden Bears' dream run at the College World Series is over after the Virginia Cavaliers staved off elimination with an 8-1 win. Cal dropped its first game in Omaha, but bounced back to eliminate Texas A&M before falling to Virginia on Thursday evening.

Virginia scored in bunches while relying on its pitching to keep the Bears at bay. The Cavaliers scored two runs in the top of the third before pouring it on in the sixth, scoring four runs to take a 6-0 lead. Cal finally got on the board in the eighth, but Virginia added two more insurance runs in the ninth inning to put it away.

When all was said and done, Virginia had an 8-1 win and stayed alive to fight another day. The Cavaliers will advance to battle South Carolina for the right to play in the final series. Virginia must win twice to advance while the Gamecocks must only win once to move-on.

For the latest on the tournament, head College World Series hub. You can find recaps of the opening round matchups, as well as previews of each team in the tournament there. For more on this game, Virginia fans should check out Streaking The Lawn and California fans should visit California Golden Blogs.

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