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Mike Papi leads Virginia past Ole Miss, 2-1, in College World Series

Mike Papi leads Virginia past Ole Miss, 2-1, in College World Series
Virginia's Mike Papi, right, celebrates after hitting a double in the ninth inning to score Thomas Woodruff and give the Cavaliers a 2-1 win over Mississippi. (Eric Francis / Associated Press)

Mike Papi's run-scoring double into right-center with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Virginia a 2-1 victory over Mississippi in the College World Series on Sunday night.

The Cavaliers' win came as Nathan Kirby and Artie Lewicki combined for the first one-hitter at the CWS in 31 years.

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The Rebels elected to pitch to Virginia's top hitter and RBI leader even though first base was unoccupied. Aaron Greenwood ran the count full before Papi drilled the ball into the gap, allowing Nate Irving to score from second.

Virginia plays Texas Christian in a winners game Tuesday night. Ole Miss meets Texas Tech in an elimination game in the afternoon.

Lewicki earned the win in relief after Kirby gave up one hit and one run over seven innings. Ole Miss converted two walks and a groundout to tie it in the eighth.

The one-hitter was the first since Alabama's Alan Dunn and Tim Meacham threw one against Arizona State in 1983.

Ole Miss' only hit against Kirby was Errol Robinson's single leading off the third, but the senior left-hander walked three and needed relief help from Lewicki in the eighth.

Texas Christian 3, Texas Tech 2: Boomer White drove in the go-ahead run in a dramatic eighth inning, and the Horned Frogs beat the Red Raiders in the College World Series.

TCU fell behind in the top of the eighth after starting pitcher Preston Morrison left the game, but came back in the bottom half against Tech closer Jonny Drozd.

Horned Frogs closer Riley Ferrell earned the win in relief of Morrison, who gave up five singles and struck out a career-high 10 in 7 1/3 innings. Drozd took the loss.

TCU Coach Jim Schlossnagle called on Ferrell after Morrison gave up a sharply hit single to Stephen Smith. Anthony Lyons followed with a pinch-hit single, and then Tyler Neslony drove a ball to the right-field wall for a 2-1 lead.

The Frogs went back ahead in the bottom half. Keaton Jones scored from second when second baseman Alec Humphreys, who had just entered the game, overthrew first after stopping Cody Jones' grounder up the middle. Jones went to second on the play and scored on White's two-out base hit to left.

The Red Raiders threatened in the ninth on Tim Proudfoot's infield single and an error that allowed Hunter Redman to reach with two out. The game ended when pinch-hitter Todd Ritchie grounded out.

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