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Tyler Wilson's relief helps Virginia secure victory

Virginia Coach Brian O'Connor hoped he would not need to use reliever Tyler Wilson in Friday's 15-4 win over Virginia Commonwealth, but he was left no choice when the Cavaliers held a 7-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning and the Rams having runners on first and third base with no outs.

The first batter Wilson faced reached on an error. Wilson then recorded a strikeout, induced a double play and was near flawless through the next two innings. He pitched three scoreless innings while allowing only one hit. Wilson struck out five, earned the win and preserved Virginia's other arms.

"Coming into a situation like that, Coach O'Connor told me to make my pitches, stay down in the zone, and let the defense play behind me," Wilson said. "I got a lot of faith in the guys behind me, and they did that."

Wilson, a native of the Richmond area, played against his hometown school, coached by someone who played with Wilson's father. He noted the story lines, but said the importance of a regional trumped the other aspects of the game.

Wilson has had a rubber arm all season, and he threw only 37 pitches. Don't be surprised if Wilson pitches again this weekend.

"Fortunately, he was able to conserve his pitches," O'Connor said. "He bounces back very well. He'll be ready to pitch out the bullpen tomorrow. It was great to see him throw the ball so well. He's been our go-to guy all season long."

By Zach Berman  |  June 4, 2010; 8:51 PM ET
 
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