UVA Wins NCAA Title, Gets Past Vandy
I know we don't spend a lot of time talking college baseball at 1045theteam.com, but it's worth noting that the University of Virginia toppled Vanderbilt in Game 3 of the College World Series finals last night. The final was 4-2.
The Cavaliers and Commodores were meeting for the championship for the second consecutive season. Last year, Vandy beat Virginia -- also in three games. This is the first title for an ACC team since 1955.
Why should fans in the Capital Region care? Because there are ties to the 518 on both sides.
1. Shaker graduate Ben Cassillo is a freshman walk-on member of the Virginia baseball team. He was a second-team all-Suburban Council selection as a junior and a senior. He did not appear in a game for the Cavaliers this season.
2. Shenendehowa ace pitcher Ian Anderson is already committed to pitch for Vanderbilt. The junior
RHP was named to the Times Union's first team this season after going 7-1 this year with a 0.66 ERA.
3. Virginia was led in the 2014 season by Shenendehowa graduate Branden Cogswell. Cogswell was not part of this championship team as he left school after last season once he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics.