Well it’s official. The 2015 college baseball season has come to an end. After a hard fought battle between Virginia and Vanderbilt, Virginia claimed their first ever baseball national championship. Even though the SEC sent four teams to the CWS, the ACC took it home.
The Virginia Cavaliers proved that just because you didn’t finish atop your conference, doesn’t mean you can’t win it all. The Cavaliers ended their regular season with five consecutive wins, and were primed to make a move in the ACC conference tournament. They in fact stalled once they reached pool play, losing to Miami, Notre Dame, and NC State.
They were fortunate enough to receive an At-Large bid into the NCAA regional, where they ran through USC and San Diego State with relative ease. Once they advanced to the Super Regional is where this fan thought they met their match. The University of Maryland had quite a showing in the Big 10 this year, and I thought they would get through Virginia without fail. Virginia however, had other plans. With a pair of victories the Cavaliers punched their ticket to Omaha.
After their arrival to Omaha, they were quick to make their way through the winner’s bracket with two consecutive wins. After a tough loss to Florida, they turned around the following day and advanced with a win to the championship series. After game 1: Vanderbilt looked to be in complete control. But Josh Sborz would not be denied in game 2, alongside a lights out relief performance the Cavaliers advanced to game three behind a 3-0 victory.
In game 3, pitching and a hot offensive player led the way. Pavin Smith came up clutch with a 2-3 day at the plate, including a home run, and Waddell and Kirby held the visiting Commodores to only five hits over nine innings of play.
Even though my beloved SEC couldn’t come up with the victory, I praise the Virginia Cavaliers and the ACC for their 2015 World Series win. Looking forward to 2016, let’s get ‘em next year boys!