Virginia 4, California 1

Sunday, June 19, 2011 • Attendance: 21,275 •  Box score • Hits tracker

Virginia nearly shuts out Cal

Virginia did something at the College World Series on Sunday that no other team had accomplished in five years.

The Cavaliers came within one out of recording a shutout.

Starter Danny Hultzen and relievers Tyler Wilson and Branden Kline pitched the national top-seed to a 4-1 win over California in a Bracket Two opening-round game before 21,275 fans at TD Ameritrade Park.

No Cal runner got past second base until there were two outs in the ninth inning during UVA's dominant performance.

Hultzen, the two-time Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year, gave up just three hits in 6 innings. He left after throwing 113 pitches, but with the game still scoreless.

Wilson improved to 9-0 with 2 innings of strong relief, but got touched for a run with two outs in the ninth when Cal's Chad Bunting singled in shortstop Marcus Semien.

The most-recent CWS shutout occurred June 22, 2006, when Oregon State blanked Rice 2-0.

Virginia (55-10), which moves into a winner's round game on Tuesday night, broke open a scoreless game in the bottom of the seventh.

No. 9 hitter Keith Werman singled to open the inning, and leadoff man Chris Taylor followed with a walk.

After a successful sacrifice bunt, Cavaliers catcher John Hicks lashed a single to center to score Werman. Taylor made it 2-0 when second baseman Steven Proscia launched a sacrifice fly to right.

Virginia added two more runs in the eighth on center fielder Kenny Swab's single, first baseman Jared King's triple and Werman's single.

Through the first 6 innings, there was no score and only two runners got as far as third base.

In the second, Virginia's first two batters walked. Hultzen moved to third as Cal (37-22) turned a double play. The inning ended with a strikeout.

In the third, Virginia's Taylor singled, stole second and moved to third on a line-drive single. But he was caught in a rundown trying to score on a grounder to first, ending the inning.

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