OMAHA, Neb. – Virginia eliminated second-seeded Cal State Fullerton from the College World Series, beating another ace by chasing Daniel Renken in a 7-5 victory Monday.
The Cavaliers (49-14-1) won the elimination game and next play Arkansas in a Bracket 1 elimination game Wednesday. Fullerton (47-16) has lost five straight in the CWS.
In the other game Monday, Mikie Mahtook, Austin Nola and Blake Dean homered and LSU stayed unbeaten at the College World Series with a 9-1 win over Arkansas (40-23).
Cal State Fullerton’s Renken (11-3) gave up a season-high six runs and left in the sixth inning. The Cavaliers tagged another one of college baseball’s top pitchers, having defeated San Diego State ace and No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg in the regionals.
Virginia, in the CWS for the first time, took the lead for good in the second inning by scoring four times. Keith Werman, the Cavaliers’ ninth-place hitter, singled home the tying run and Danny Hultzen hit a two-run single past diving right fielder Gary Brown.
Werman continued his key hitting in the College World Series, going 2 for 4 and driving in two runs. The 140-pound freshman is 6 for 9 with two doubles and three RBIs in two CWS games.
LSU earned some time off with its victory over Arkansas. The No. 3-seeded Tigers (53-16), who have won 12 straight, are off until they play the Razorbacks or Virginia on Friday. A win in that game would send LSU to next week’s best-of-three finals.
Razorbacks starter Brett Eibner (5-5) was knocked out in the second inning after allowing four runs. TJ Forrest held LSU scoreless until the sixth, when the Tigers added five more.
LSU’s Louis Coleman (14-2) gave up six hits over his six innings, allowing the Hogs’ only run in the first. He struck out seven. Daniel Bradshaw and Nolan Cain finished LSU’s third win in four meetings against its Southeastern Conference rival.
The Tigers ran their season home run total to 99.