It looks like Tennessee baseball will have to wait a bit longer for its first College World Series win in 20 years. In the Vols’ first trip to Omaha, Neb. since 2005, they lost their opener Sunday afternoon to an unseeded team.
Virginia shut out Rocky Top 6-0. Logan Michaels got the ball rolling for UVA, as he hit a solo shot in the third off Chad Dallas. Michaels then drove in a run in the seventh thanks to a double off Dallas, and he then scored thanks to a single from Chris Newell.
Dallas’ rough seventh inning, which broke the game open, continued after Zack Gelof drove in Newell. Sean Hunley then came in and allowed a single from Max Cotier, which drove Gelof to complete a four-run inning.
In the ninth, Michaels, who was 3-for-4 on the day with two RBIs and a home run, scored his third run after Cotier grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. That was the final score of the game, and UVA walked away with a blowout win.
Andrew Abbott got the win, allowing just five hits and no runs in six innings. Dallas got the loss. Matt Wyatt finished out the final three innings for UVA and allowed just one hit. With the win, the Cavs and 18th-year head coach Brian O’Connor improve to 36-25 on the year. Tony Vitello’s Vols fall to 50-17 on the year.
It’s the first NCAA Tournament loss for UT, which defeated the Wright State Raiders and Liberty Flames twice in the NCAA Regionals and swept the LSU Tigers in the Super Regionals. They will now face the loser between the Texas Longhorns and Mississippi State Bulldogs, who play at 7 p.m. ET today, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.
This is only the shutout loss all year for Tennessee baseball, which is the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament and second-highest seed in the College World Series. The last time it happened, they won five straight and 11 of 12, including two of three against the highly ranked Georgia Bulldogs and sweeping LSU. That was in the regular season.