CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Simply put, Virginia was super.
The Cavaliers, chosen as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, showed why all weekend and clinched a Super Regional appearance with a 13-1 rout of East Carolina on Sunday night.
It’s the third straight Super Regional for Virginia and by far the easiest regional victory of the three. The Cavaliers outscored the opposition 29-3 in three games and clearly were the class of the region from the first pitch on.
“My opening statement last night was that against St. John’s I thought we played as well as we could possibly play,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. “We might have played even better tonight.”
In the early innings both teams were doing what they had the entire tournament: East Carolina was leaving men on base, and Virginia was scoring runs with two outs. After the Pirates stranded two in the bottom of the first - ECU left 39 men on in four games - the Cavaliers offense got going in the top of the second.
Jared King, Chris Taylor and John Barr delivered RBI singles with two outs as UVa. scored five runs in the inning. By the fourth inning, the Pirates were on their third pitcher and the Cavaliers were in the process of scoring four more to make it a 9-0 lead.
“The guys came out and really set the tone offensively tonight,” Virginia starter Tyler Wilson said. “As a pitcher, I can’t ask for anything more from my offense.”
Seven of the Cavs’ 13 runs came with two outs and Virginia scored 24 times with two down in the tournament.
It was the third day in a row the Cavs got a fantastic outing from their starting pitcher. Wilson went 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking on. He allowed only an RBI single by John Wooten in the fourth.
Taylor finished the game with four RBI. Barr, John Hicks and Steve Proscia each drove in two for the Cavs.
“They are certainly playing at a very high level,” ECU coach Billy Godwin said. “I think Virginia might have beat the 1927 Yankees tonight.”