Virginia shuts out Vandyto force deciding Game 3
Surprise starter Adam Haseley and Josh Sborz combined on the shutout, senior utility man Thomas Woodruff drove in two runs, and the Cavaliers defeated Vanderbilt 3-0 on Tuesday night to force a winner-take-all game in the College World Series.
For the second year in a row, these two teams will go the distance in the best-of-three finals. Vanderbilt (51-20) will be playing for a second straight national title on Wednesday. Virginia (43-24) will be looking for its first.
Haseley, the Cavaliers' regular center fielder, hadn't pitched since May 23. The freshman gave Coach Brian O'Connor all he could have hoped for, working into the sixth inning for his longest outing and turning over a scoreless game to Sborz (7-2).
Sborz, who picked up his third career win in the CWS, hasn't allowed an earned run in 27 consecutive innings. He was tested Tuesday, with Vanderbilt getting its leadoff batter on base in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
The ninth was especially tense for Sborz after Bryan Reynolds singled and Will Toffey walked. But Sborz struck out Jeren Kendall, got Karl Ellison to fly out and struck out Nolan Rogers to end the game.
Virginia broke through against Vandy starter Phil Pfeifer (6-5) for three unearned runs in the sixth after he had retired the first two batters. Pavin Smith singled, Kevin Doherty got on board after his grounder up the middle bounced off the bag away from second baseman Tyler Campbell and Joe McCarthy reached when first baseman Zander Wiel couldn't handle his hot smashErnie Clement followed with an RBI single into left, and Woodruff drove a ball into center for two more runs.
The Cavaliers have scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning or later in each of their nine NCAA Tournament wins.
Clement, a freshman, and Woodruff, a senior who came into the game with only 67 at-bats in his career, combined to go 6-for-10 as the Nos. 8 and 9 batters in the order.
Finals' ratings best since Jordan's finale
The showdown between Stephen Curry and LeBron James proved to be the most popular NBA Finals on television since Michael Jordan was winning his sixth championship back in 1998.
The Nielsen company said the six-game series won by the Warriors averaged just under 19.9 million viewers. It didn't come close to the average of 29 million people who watched Jordan's last stand but, then again, nothing has. The Warriors' clinching game last week had more than 23 million viewers.
■ The Cavaliers picked up the $5 million option on center Timofey Mozgov's contract for next season. Cleveland acquired the 7-foot-1 center in a January trade from Denver in exchange for two first-round draft picks. Mozgov transformed the Cavs on defense, giving them a rim-protecting big man after Anderson Varejao was lost for the season with an Achilles injury. Mozgov, who will turn 29 in a few weeks, averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in 45 regular-season starts.
Sports in the courts
Mistrial declared in ex-Vandy players' case
Nashville Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins declared a mistrial for two former Vanderbilt University football players convicted of rape. "The defendants have a right to a fair and impartial trial, a right that was violated by juror #9's conduct," his order, released Tuesday afternoon, reads.
Prosecutors said they will seek a new trial date.
Brandon Vandenburg, 22, and Cory Batey, 21, were convicted of multiple counts of aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery and other charges after a 12-day jury trial in January. The trial received national media attention and unfolded amid an ongoing debate on how colleges handle sexual assaults on campus.
After trial, defense attorneys discovered one juror was a victim in a statutory rape case 15 years ago. They argued that the judge should declare a mistrial because that juror could not have been impartial based on his own personal experience. They said the juror intentionally did not disclose that past experience because he wanted to get on the jury.
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Legends see good, bad of All-Star day
Ryan O'Hearn of the Lexington Legends won the Home Run Derby during the South Atlantic League All-Star Game festivities, but the South stars came up short in the game against the North, 7-5. O'Hearn went 0-for-4 and fellow Legends Alfredo Escalerea and Elier Hernandez went 0-for-2.
Lexington pitcher Pedro Fernandez was roughed up in the third inning when the North scored three runs. Fernandez gave up three hits and three runs, two of them earned. Lexington's Zach Lovvorn came on in the fifth and allowed two more runs on two hits.
Central Michigan player dies
Central Michigan cornerback Derrick Nash, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 when he was still in high school, has died. He was 20.
Nash signed with Central Michigan in February 2013. He was diagnosed with leukemia that May during his senior year at Saginaw's Carrollton High School, where he was a running back who earned first-team all-state honors in 2012. After undergoing chemotherapy, Nash joined the Chippewas in 2014 and took part in spring practice. He was on schedule to claim a spot on the active roster for the 2014 season when doctors found the leukemia had returned, the athletic department said.
■ Central Florida announced that Coach George O'Leary, 68, would be the school's interim athletic director. Previous AD Todd Stansbury left to take the same position at Oregon State. O'Leary has been UCF's coach for the past 11 seasons.
ETC.U.S. Soccer selects Gold Cup roster
U.S. Soccer announced its roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann picked an experienced team, retaining 17 members from his 2014 World Cup roster. The Yanks won the last edition of this tournament, in 2013, although many countries sent diluted teams because of the conflict with World Cup qualifying. If they win it again, they'll be assured of a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
■ Former New Mexico State and Illinois men's basketball coach Lou Henson, who is set to be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame this fall, was in a Houston hospital awaiting tests due to a weakened immune system. The 83-year-old became dehydrated last week and spent a few days in an Illinois hospital. Henson retired with a record of 779-413, which made him one of the winningest coaches in Division I history.
The last word
A man holding a baby reached over the rolled-up tarp and made a barehanded catch over the glove of Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on Tuesday at Wrigley Field, prompting a replay review. The foul call was reversed and the Cubs' Jason Hammel was ruled out. Said the man, Keith Hartley of Chicago:
"I was just feeding him and I saw the ball coming our way and held on to him. ... I was hoping it wouldn't be like a Bartman-type situation. Some of my friends texted me, 'You're the anti-Bartman.'"