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Virginia Baseball faces Florida State in Elimination Game at College World Series

For the first time in college baseball history, the first two games of the College World Series both ended with walk-offs. The unlucky losers of those two games will now face off against each other with their seasons on the line as No. 12 Virginia (46-16) will face ACC rival and No. 8 seed Florida State (47-16) in an elimination matchup at the 2024 College World Series on Sunday at 2:00 PM (ESPN) at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha.

Both teams lost in heartbreaking fashion on Friday, as the Cavaliers walked No. 4 North Carolina 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Vance Honeycutt, while the Seminoles held leads of 9-4 and 11-2. 7 at No. 1 seed Tennessee and led 11–8 in the ninth, but the Volunteers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 12–11 victory.

The two brutal losses put the Hoos and Noles in the losers bracket, where they must win their next four games in a row to advance to the CWS finals.

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It will be another All-ACC matchup for UVA in Sunday’s elimination game. Florida State leads the all-time series with Virginia 61-34, but this will be the first-ever meeting between these two programs in the NCAA Tournament. FSU and UVA played one pool at the ACC Tournament this season, with the Seminoles posting a 12-7 victory to eliminate the Cavaliers. Virginia hit four home runs in that game, three of which came as part of a five-run seventh inning. Unfortunately for the Hoos, that explosion came in the bottom half of an inning that started with Florida State scoring seven runs in the first half.

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Joe Savino got the start for the Cavaliers in that game and allowed four earned runs in 4.2 innings before turning the ball to the UVA bullpen, who allowed eight more runs. Florida State started their star Jamie Arnold in that game and he gave up only two earned runs and struckout nine batters in six innings.

Arnold started for the Seminoles in Game 1 against Tennessee, so he won’t be available against Virginia. FSU head coach Link Jarrett confirmed at the postgame press conference on Friday that junior lefty Carson Dorsey will start against Virginia on Sunday. Dorsey also pitched in that ACC Tournament game against UVA and had one of his worst outings, failing to record an out and giving up four earned runs on three hits and a walk. He was better as a starter, though, with quality six-inning starts in road wins at Wake Forest and Duke. For the season, Dorsey has a 7-4 record in 22 appearances and 10 starts and a 4.67 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 35 walks in 69.1 innings.

For Virginia, Brian O’Connor was not asked to name a starter at the post-game press conference, but it will be junior judge Jay Woolfolk or graduate judge Joe Savino. It’s been more than two weeks since Savino pitched in UVA’s NCAA Tournament opener against Penn, when the Cavaliers gave the nod to Woolfolk for Game 2 of the Super Regionals and that series didn’t go to a third game. Woolfolk, while not as sharp as his brilliant start against Mississippi State, was still solid in the win over Kansas State. Savino started against FSU in the ACC tournament and gave up four earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings and struck out four batters. Woolfolk pitched two full innings out of the bullpen in that game, giving up one earned run on three hits and striking out three.

Stay tuned to CavaliersNow for more Virginia baseball coverage during the College World Series, including score updates and live analysis for the Virginia-Florida State elimination game on Sunday afternoon.

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