College Worlds Series: Daniel Pinero’s sacrifice fly scored Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 baseball victory over Texas Christian on Tuesday night at Omaha, Nebraska, in a game that matched the longest in the College World Series’ 66-year history.
Pinero fouled off two squeeze-bunt attempts against Trey Teakell before he lofted a fly to center. Cody Jones’ throw toward home never had a chance. The Cavaliers’ bench and bullpen emptied, with everybody mobbing Pinero near second base.
Virginia (51-14), which had a walk-off win against Mississippi on Sunday in nine innings, plays Friday in its bracket final. TCU (48-17) plays Ole Miss in an elimination game today.
Artie Lewicki (8-1) got the win and Teakell (6-1) took the loss.
It was the longest game, as measured by innings, since Southern California beat Florida State 2-1 in 15 in the 1970 national championship game.
• Ole Miss wins in bottom of ninth: Pinch-hitter John Gatlin’s single into short right field over a pulled-in, five-man infield in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Mississippi a 2-1 victory over Texas Tech in an elimination game.
The exciting finish came after Texas Tech had tied it in the top of the ninth.
Ole Miss (47-20) plays TCU Thursday. The Red Raiders (45-20) went 0-2 in their first CWS.
Ole Miss won after Colby Bortles walked with one out. Brantley Bell hit a comebacker to Cameron Smith, who tried to force out Bortles at second. But he threw high into center field, allowing Bortles to go to third.
Dominic Moreno came on to face Gatlin, with Texas Tech shifting an extra player to the left side of the infield and going with only two outfielders. Gatlin punched a 1-2 pitch over second base, and the celebration was on.
Johnson misses mini-camp
NFL: Houston receiver Andre Johnson has skipped the first day of the Texans’ mandatory mini-camp.
Johnson hasn’t participated in any of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and said last month that he wouldn’t attend these workouts, either. Johnson has said he has not asked for a trade but last month wondered if Houston was “still the place for me.”
• Graham, Saints meet with arbitrator: All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans Saints met for arbitration on his contract.
Graham filed a grievance through the players’ union. He contends he should be considered a wide receiver, not a tight end, when the team designated him with the 2014 franchise tag. The salary difference is more than $5 million.
• Orton doesn’t show: Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton is a no-show for the first mandatory offseason practice.
Orton missed all the voluntary workouts amid reports that he is contemplating retirement.
Gatlin sprints to another win
Track and Field: Justin Gatlin remained unbeaten this season by winning the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet at Ostrava, Czech Republic, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year.
Gatlin pulled away from the rest of the field from the start, easing to his eighth victory of the year despite facing a head wind of 0.4 meters per second.
Gatlin had set the previous world-leading time of 9.87 at the Beijing World Challenge meet last month. American Mike Rodgers came second in 10.08
Americans were also fast in some other track events at the Golden Spike.
LaShawn Merritt dominated the men’s 400 with a time of 44.16. In the women’s 200, U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix clocked 22.75 in her win.
Azarenka loses in return
Miscellany: Victoria Azarenka was reasonably satisfied after losing her first match in more than three months, a three-setter in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Eastbourne, England.
Azarenka, the former No. 1 recovered from a left foot injury, lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Camila Giorgi of Italy after 2 hours, 46 minutes.
“That’s exactly what I wanted,” Azarenka said. “I wanted to have a competitive match. I wanted to test myself, to play for a long time, see how my body is going to react.”
• Cavendish wins fourth stage: Mark Cavendish edged out Juan Jose Lobato and Peter Sagan in a thrilling final cycling sprint to win the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse, while Tony Martin remained in the overall lead at Ossingen, Switzerland.