Cavs, Razorbacks ready to rock Rosenblatt

June, 17, 2009
06/17/09
5:44
PM ET
OMAHA, Neb. -- The heat has made an appearance at Rosenblatt Stadium. And so has the wind.

It's 5 p.m. local time, and the temperature is still in the low 90s, and there's a stiff breeze out to left field. Not sure whether that means we're in for a long and high-scoring affair, but don't say you haven't been warned.

Tonight's game between Arkansas and Virginia is another elimination affair, with the winner advancing to Friday to face unbeaten LSU (2 p.m. ET, ESPN2HD) -- and the loser heading back home for the summer.

With the win-or-go-home stakes in play, Virginia coach Brian O'Connor is giving the ball to lefty ace Danny Hultzen (9-1, 2.33 ERA). He was the starter in Saturday's CWS opener against the Bayou Tigers, a 9-5 loss. Hultzen's no-decision line from that game: 3 IP, 7H, 3ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He will face Arkansas lefty Drew Smyly (3-1, 4.73 ERA), who has yet to appear in the CWS.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Arkansas (40-23):
LF Chase Leavitt
SS Ben Tschepikow
DH Scott Lyons
1B Andy Wilkins
2B Bo Bigham
3B Zack Cox
CF Brett Eibner
C James McCann
RF Jarrod McKinney

P Drew Smyly (3-1, 4.73)

Virginia (49-14-1):
SS Tyler Cannon
P Danny Hultzen (9-1, 2.33)
2B Phil Gosselin
RF Dan Grovatt
3B Steven Proscia
CF Jarrett Parker
1B John Hicks
C Franco Valdes
LF John Barr

Umpires:
HP Jeff Henrichs
1B Steve Manders
2B Darrin Sealey
3B Tony Maners

Weather:
Partly Cloudy
92 degrees
19 mph winds, out to left

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