OMAHA, Neb. - Junior first baseman Mike Papi’s (Tunkhannock, Pa.) two-out double to right-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Virginia baseball team (50-14) to a 2-1 victory over Ole Miss (46-20) in the first round of the 2014 Men’s College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
Virginia will play TCU Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET in a winners’ bracket game. The Horned Frogs rallied for a 3-2 win over Texas Tech on Sunday.
“What a college baseball game,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “Ole Miss has a terrific ball club. I was just really proud of our club in all areas. I thought our pitching was outstanding. I thought Nathan Kirby was tremendous tonight. Certainly, in the eighth inning, he probably wants those walks back, but he did a great job of getting us to the eighth inning. Artie Lewicki came in and was really good and gave us a chance to win.”
Sophomore pitcher Nathan Kirby allowed just one hit in his seven-plus innings, but did not factor into the decision. Kirby allowed one run, walking three, including the two batters in the seventh inning, while striking out four. Senior Artie Lewicki (Wyckoff, N.J.) earned the victory, pitching two innings of relief without surrendering a hit. It was the first one-hitter in the College World Series since 1983 and just the fourth CWS one-hitter since the implementation of aluminum bats in 1974.
Ole Miss starter Chris Ellis worked six innings, giving up one run on six hits, walking four and striking out one. Aaron Greenwood took the loss, working 1.2 innings, allowing one run on one hit, walking one and striking out two.
Papi finished the game 2-of-4 with an RBI and a walk. Junior third baseman Kenny Towns (Burke, Va.) also had a pair of hits. Cogswell was 1-for-1 with three base-on-balls.