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The Longhorns face another elimination game, this time against a Cavaliers team looking to bounce back from a disappointing Tuesday loss.

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After an impressive all-around performance in an 8-4 win against the Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday, the Texas Longhorns return to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha for a second elimination game, this time against the Virginia Cavaliers.

Originally scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Central on ESPN2, approaching inclement weather has delayed first pitch. Left-hander Pete Hansen (9-1, 1.79 ERA) takes the mound for the Longhorns against Cavaliers right-hander Mike Vasil (7-5, 4.82 ERA). A 6’5, 225-pounder, Vasil last started against Jacksonville, lasting only 2.0 innings when he allowed five earned runs on seven hits.

Virginia is trying to bounce back from blowing a 4-0 lead against Mississippi State after starter Griff McGarry took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. By scoring six runs in the eighth, the Bulldogs send the Hoos into the loser’s bracket to face the Horns.

The Cavaliers have shown some mental toughness during the NCAA Tournament, winning four straight elimination games in the Columbia Regional and the last two games against Dallas Baptist.

Leadoff hitter Zack Gelof has been hot in Omaha, going 6-for-8 (.750) with three runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI. Chris Newell, the center fielder for the Cavaliers, has five hits in the College World Series, including a home run on Tuesday against the Bulldogs, his second of the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Virginia is hitting .356 at TD Ameritrade Park.

[Update: 6:15 p.m. Central]

[Update: 7:15 p.m. Central]

Radar now indicates that rain is forecast to persist in Omaha until about 10:45.

[Update: 8:05 p.m. Central]

No change in the forecast from Weather.com, but it sounds like it might be a late night at TD Ameritrade Park and there is some optimism from a local meteorologist.

[Update: 8:50 p.m. Central]

Time to hope that there isn’t any more lightning in the vicinity of the stadium so this game can finally get started.

[Update: 8:56 p.m. Central]

We now have a time for first pitch.