June 16, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. -
The only two national seeds to advance to the College World Series will meet in a winner's bracket showdown Tuesday night. No. 7 TCU will take on No. 3 Virginia at 7 on ESPN.
TCU will send Brandon Finnegan to the mound Tuesday night. The junior is the second-highest draft pick in TCU baseball history as he was selected 17th overall by the Kansas City Royals. Finnegan is 9-3 this season with a 2.12 ERA. He ranks fifth nationally with 129 strikeouts. In his last outing, Finnegan allowed a pair of runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings to go along with seven strikeouts.
Virginia will match TCU's left-hander with one of its own in Brandon Waddell. The sophomore is 9-3 overall with a 2.66 ERA in 98 innings pitched. He ranks third on the squad with 63 strikeouts. Waddell earned the win in Virginia's 7-3 win over Maryland in game two of the Charlottesville Super Regional. He allowed a run on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.
HOW WE GOT HERE
TCU used a two-run bottom of the eighth to defeat Texas Tech 3-2 in its College World Series opener. Boomer White delivered the game-winning, two-out hit for the Frogs, while Riley Ferrell earned his third win of the season in relief.
Virginia provided the College World Series' first walk-off victory since 2011 as it defeated Ole Miss 2-1 Sunday night. Mike Papi delivered the two-out, game-winning double in the ninth to give the Cavaliers the win. On the mound, Virginia held a solid Rebel offense to just one run on one hit.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner of this contest is in the driver's seat as they will get to advance to Friday's bracket championship game. The loser of the game will fall into the loser's bracket and will play the winner of the Ole Miss/Texas Tech game on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game would then have to defeat Tuesday's winner twice to advance to the College World Series championship series.