Gameday Two

Drew Pomeranz pitched the game of his life Monday night. Saturday, he may not have to do precisely that, but he will need to be good again. And he plans to be.

"I feel great," said the Rebel sophomore left-hander with a complete game win against Western Kentucky five days ago after starting and pitching eight innings plus a batter in a win over Monmouth two days prior to that. "They (coaches) told me after the game (Friday) that I'd start."

The Rebels and Cavaliers battled 12 innings Friday and for more than four hours before Matt Smith launched a solo walkoff to end it 4-3 for Ole Miss. The two teams will get an early start today as first pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

If Ole Miss wins, the series is over, and the Rebels advance to the College World Series, which begins Sat., June 13, in Omaha, Neb.

If Virginia wins today, the two teams meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. for the right to advance to baseball's version of the Elite Eight.

Pomeranz (8-4) two-hit a powerful and potent Western Kentucky ballclub, striking out a school-record-tying 16 Hilltoppers and sending the Rebels into the Super Regional.

Pomeranz said that even after throwing more than 200 pitches combined in the two games in the Oxford Regional, he really hasn't felt any pain or soreness this week.

"I'll just go out there with the same approach," he said. "If I get tired, I know the adrenaline will kick in."

"(Drew) felt really good," said Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, "so we're going with him."

Certainly the entire team of Rebels (44-18) is riding high right now. The quick turnaround might be positive for them. They can go right back out and take care of business.

The Cavaliers (46-13) will send sophomore RHP Robert Morey (3-0, 2.91) to the mound to start. Virginia is the home team in Saturday's contest.

"He probably has been our most consistent starter over the last seven weeks," said UVa head coach Brian O'Connor. "He's had some real, real dominant outings. He pitched the opener at the Regional and had nine strikeouts in shutting out San Diego State. He's got a good arm, got good stuff, is a really good athlete, and I expect him to be ready to go (Saturday)."

Virginia, like Ole Miss, has bounced back on numerous occasions this season. The Cavaliers say they plan to do that again.

"We just flush it away. That game's over and there's nothing we can do about it now," said Friday starting pitcher and also designated hitter in game one Danny Hultzen. "We have to stay together and not point fingers. We just have to move on from what happened and come out (Saturday) ready to play."

The Rebels have been 1-0 in two prior home Super Regionals. In 2005, Logan Power was redshirting. In 2006, he played.

"That was a real disappointing loss back then," the fifth-year senior outfielder said of losing to Miami three years ago by dropping the final two games, just like the Rebs had done the year before against Texas. "But the past is the past. We're only focused on (Saturday)."


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