CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Chris Taylor hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting Virginia to a dramatic 3-2 victory against UC Irvine and back into the College World Series.
The Cavaliers (54-10) were down to their last out against Anteaters ace Matt Summers (11-4), making his first relief appearance of the season, when David Coleman singled to center, Jared King singled off Summers' leg and pinch-hitter Reed Gragnani drew a walk to load the bases.
Taylor then took a called strike and singled up the middle, just out of the reach of second baseman Tommy Reyes as two runs scored, causing Davenport Field to erupt in a huge celebration.
Only moments earlier, UC Irvine (43-18) seemed likely to send the Cavaliers, the national No. 1 seed, home for the second straight season as losers in a Charlottesville Super Regional.
Brendan Kline (4-1) earned the victory after being in line to suffer the loss.
Texas A&M 11, Florida State 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Michael Wacha continued his brilliant postseason for Texas A&M, allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1-3 innings as the Aggies defeated Florida State to advance to the College World Series.
In four postseason outings, Wacha (9-3) has allowed just three earned runs in 28 1-3 innings.
Texas A&M (47-20), which won two of three games in the Tallahassee Super Regional, reached the CWS for the first time since 1999. The Aggies will play defending national champion South Carolina on Sunday.
Adam Smith had a two-run homer and Kevin Gonzalez had a two-run double that was part of a six-run first inning for Texas A&M.
Stuart Tapley hit a solo home run and Rafael Lopez had an RBI double for Florida State (46-19), which was the only super regional host team that did not advance to Omaha. Seminoles right-hander Hunter Scantling (3-3) lasted just four batters.