College World Series: Virginia, Ole Miss suspended until Saturday because of weather


Lighting strikes near TD Ameritrade Park during the weather delay Friday night at the College World Series. (Thomas Wells/AP)

The Virginia baseball team will have to wait at least one more day to secure a spot in the College World Series finals for the first time in program history.

After a 93-minute weather delay because of severe thunderstorms around TD Ameritrade Park on Friday night, NCAA officials postponed the Cavaliers’ game against Mississippi until Saturday at 3 p.m.

The scoreless game will resume in the top of the second inning, and Virginia will have runners on first and second base with no outs after left fielder Derek Fisher reached on an error and center fielder Brandon Downes followed with a single to begin the inning. Designated hitter John La Prise will be at bat.

The Cavaliers (51-14) need just one win to reach the event’s best-of-three championship series, which is still scheduled to begin Monday. Mississippi (48-20) must beat Virginia twice to advance. The time for Sunday’s game — if necessary — is to be determined.

Virginia sophomore Josh Sborz (McLean High) needed just seven pitches to complete a 1-2-3 inning and will likely take the mound again when the game is restarted. A team spokesman said an official announcement would be made Saturday morning.

Left-handed senior Jeremy Massie got the start for Mississippi, but the Rebels could also turn to ace Chris Ellis. He allowed one run over six innings when the Cavaliers defeated Mississippi, 2-1, on a walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Papi to begin their College World Series run last Sunday.

●TEXAS 4, VANDERBILT 0: Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss pitched Texas’s second straight shutout at the College World Series, and the Longhorns forced a second bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 victory Friday.

The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20) will meet again Saturday at 8 p.m., with the winner advancing to the best-of-three finals against Virginia or Mississippi.

For the second straight game, Texas pitchers didn’t allow a runner past second base. The Longhorns have held opponents scoreless 19 straight innings.

Vanderbilt third baseman Xavier Turner was declared ineligible for an unspecified violation of NCAA rules and will not play in the rest of the College World Series.

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Mark Giannotto covers high school sports for The Washington Post.
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