It all comes down to Wednesday. The 2015 College World Series championship has reached its third and final game as the Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Last season, Vanderbilt and Virginia went to a decisive third game in the championship bracket with the Commodores coming out on top.
Here's a look at Wednesday's Game 3 information and who will come out on top as national champions.
|2015 College World Series: Game 3|
|Time (ET)||Team||Team||Watch||Live Stream|
|Wednesday, June 24, 8 p.m.||Virginia||Vanderbilt||ESPN||ESPN 3|
Prediction: Virginia Gets Its Revenge
Virginia has had an entire season to stew over last year's loss to Vanderbilt. In a Game 3 tied at two, John Norwood hit a solo home run for Vanderbilt in the top of the eighth inning that broke the Cavaliers' hearts.
And now they have the momentum. In a 3-0 win on Tuesday night, Virginia shut out a high-powered Vanderbilt offense that beat them 5-1 on Monday night.
It's going to come down to pitching. Despite two offenses that are capable of putting up big numbers, each staff has shown up on different nights. But there is one pitcher in particular that is capable of delivering a national championship to his team.
Virginia relief pitcher Josh Sborz has been lights-out for the Cavaliers. On Tuesday night he went four innings in long relief, not allowing any runs on three hits and three strikeouts.
In the Cavaliers' elimination game against Florida, a 5-4 win, Sborz held the Gators to three hits over four innings, preserving the one-run lead to get them to the championship. Sean Ryan of CollegeBaseballInsider.com sees how valuable Sborz has been.
While he put in an extended-relief effort a night before—in a do-or-die third game—expect Sborz to be making an appearance if Virginia is in a pickle.
He'll have to try to shut down a Vanderbilt offense that does not stay quiet for too long. During the regular season, Vanderbilt scored less than five runs in two consecutive games just three times.
In the College World Series, they went three straight games scoring under five, the first time this season, but managed to win them all.
Dansby Swanson and Zander Wiel are two big-time bats that are difficult to silence as well. Swanson, who went hitless in the first nine games of the College World Series is starting to come around. He has gone 3-for-7 in his past two games.
Wiel has dangerous power; his solo home run against TCU on June 16 broke up an Alex Young no-hitter and proved to be the game-winner in a 1-0 victory.
Virginia catcher Matt Thaiss will have to come up big as well. The Cavaliers' leading hitter with a .327 batting average does not have a hit in his last eight at-bats against Vanderbilt. In the 5-4 win over Florida in the semifinals, Thaiss went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.
If Thaiss doesn't go, there's a good chance Virginia doesn't go either.
But for this prediction, in the biggest game of his life, Thaiss will come through as Virginia will find a way to come out on top, 4-3, to win the College World Series championship.
*Stats courtesy of NCAA.com