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.