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.