Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Cavs and Razorbacks meet in elimination game
Another team will be sent packing Wednesday as the College World Series resumes in Omaha.
Arkansas will meet Virginia for the first time in its history, and the stakes will be high for this elimination game (ESPN2/ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET).
Here are some things to know heading into tonight:
• Virginia has leaned heavily on its bullpen in Omaha, as the Cavaliers' starters have gone just seven innings combined. While the 'pen was stronger against Fullerton than it was against LSU, it still hasn't lived up to its previous NCAA tournament performances.
• Virginia has staved off elimination three times in the NCAA tournament, winning two elimination games versus Ole Miss in the super regional and one versus Cal State Fullerton in Omaha.
• The Cavaliers hope to join the short list of teams that have won multiple games in their first trip to Omaha. Since 1980, only six teams have won two or more games in their first College World Series appearance.
Virginia's postseason bullpen
|First six games
|Two CWS games
Arkansas bounced back after a midseason lull that saw the Razorbacks go 8-14 from April 10 through May 16. Since the SEC tournament began, they are 8-3 while averaging nearly eight runs per game.
• Arkansas has a 31-3 record when scoring six or more runs, but is just 9-20 when scoring five or less runs.
• Arkansas met an ACC team once before in Omaha. The Razorbacks defeated North Carolina 7-3 in 1989, their last CWS win before this year.
• Since 2005, the SEC and ACC have gone head-to-head in Omaha five times, including LSU and Virginia in Saturday's opening round. While neither conference has been dominant, there has been one common characteristic: The games haven't been close. None of the five games has been decided by fewer than three runs.
Arkansas this season
|Feb. 20-April 8
|April 10-May 16