Virginia doesn't want to go home and South Carolina doesn't want to come back on Saturday for a decisive game with a berth in the College World Series finals on the line. In the nightcap in Omaha, the Cavaliers and Gamecocks are deadlocked through 11 innings, and the end appears to be nowhere in sight. It's all tied at two heading into the 12th in Omaha as both teams partake in a pitchers duel.
The closers for each team have still been going strong, throwing multiple innings after being called in late. With the possibility of a game on Saturday, the managers are still conserving their pitching staff, though with the South Carolina closer above 70 pitches one has to wonder if he'll be run into the ground.
Virginia scored first and was in complete control early thanks to Danny Hultzen's superb performance. But Hultzen tired fast, the victim of an illness, and South Carolina pounced to take a 2-1 lead. Virginia answered in the eighth, knotting the game at two and eventually forcing extras. Which leads us to where we are now.
In the top of the 12th, Virginia and South Carolina are tied at two in the College World Series. If Virginia wins, these same two teams will be back at it again on Saturday. If South Carolina wins, it advances to the finals, and Virginia goes home.
For the latest on the tournament, head to the 2011 College World Series hub. You can find recaps of the opening round matchups, as well as previews of each team in the tournament there.