It's clear neither manager in the College World Series matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and South Carolina Gamecocks wants to burn his bullpen. So when the closers were called into pitch the worst-case scenario was a game that stretched deep into extra innings. Yet here we are in the top of the 13th inning, and the closers are still pitching.
Virginia's Branden Kline has thrown 107 pitches while South Carolina's Matt Price has thrown 87. Both have thrown well, though, and have stayed out of trouble. Neither has given up a run as the Gamecocks and Cavaliers battle back-and-forth in extras. The game's been knotted at two since the eighth inning, when Virginia scored a run to make it a ballgame and stave-off elimination.
Virginia must win on Friday night to stay alive while South Carolina can afford to lose. If the Gamecocks do win, they'll head to the College World Series finals. At this point, coming back for Saturday's game could be a nightmare for both teams after the lengthy affair on Friday night.
In the top of the 13th, South Carolina and Virginia are all tied up at two.
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