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What to Watch: Saturday

Game 12: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Mississippi Rebels (Suspended from Friday)
3 p.m. ET Saturday | ESPN2
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Did You Know: Virginia has four walk-off victories this season. Two of those have come in the College World Series, including one against Mississippi in its opening game.   Did You Know: Thursday marked the fourth time that Mississippi faced a team from Texas in the CWS, when it eliminated TCU. The Rebels are now 2-2 in those games.
On the Bump: Josh Sborrz threw a perfect first inning before the rains came on Friday. The Cavs will stick with him -- and his 67 strikeouts in 72 IP -- for the resumption.   On the Bump: The Rebels will hand the ball to Scott Weathersby, who last pitched Tuesday against Texas Tech, giving up a run and a hit in the ninth inning of a 2-1 victory.
In the Box: Branden Cogswell is 4-for-6 at the CWS and has reached base in eight of 10 official plate appearances. Cogswell currently is riding a season-high eight-game hit streak.   In the Box: Versus TCU, Will Allen went 3-for-5 with three RBI, a CWS record. Allen's single in the seventh allowed Auston Bousfield to score the winning run.
Pepper: If Virginia beats Mississippi, it will automatically advance to the championship series on Monday; if Ole Miss beats Virginia, a second game is forced on Sunday. Play was suspended in the second inning on Friday.
• Virginia and Ole Miss played on June 15; the Cavaliers defeated the Rebels 2-1 with a walk-off double from Mike Papi.
• UVa.'s bullpen has not allowed a run in 10 innings in the CWS.
• The Rebels are making their fifth CWS appearance and the first since 1972. Among current SEC teams only Missouri (1964) and Kentucky (never) have been absent from Omaha longer.
• Virginia's 15-inning game vs. TCU was the longest by innings and time (4:51) in program postseason history.
• Ole Miss had six hits in the first 3.1 innings Thursday, which equaled their combined hits through the first two games.

Game 13: Texas Longhorns vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
8 p.m. ET Saturday | ESPN
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Did You Know: By forcing Saturday's game with a 4-0 win vs. Vanderbilt on Friday, Texas won its third consecutive elimination game for the first time since 1981.   Did You Know: With a win on Saturday, Vanderbilt will become the sixth different SEC team to reach the CWS finals in the past seven years.
On the Bump: Parker French has made three starts in the NCAA tournament, earning a 1.35 ERA. On Monday, he tossed 7.1 innings holding Louisville to one run.   On the Bump: Carson Fulmer has a 3.66 ERA in three NCAA tournament starts. Last time out, in the first CWS game against Louisville, he worked 5.1 innings with two runs on six hits.
In the Box: C.J Hinojosa went 1-for-4 on Friday. He has a hit in eight consecutive games and has reached safely in 10 in a row. He now has seven RBI in the College World Series.   In the Box: Sophomore outfielder Rhett Wiseman recorded his 13th hit of the NCAA tournament on Friday. He is hitting .384 (15-for-39) in his past nine games.
Pepper: Texas scored twice in the first and twice in the second to beat Vanderbilt on Friday, forcing a winner-take-all game on Saturday. The victor will move on to face either Virginia or Mississippi in the final best-of-three series, starting on Monday.
• Vanderbilt has yet to beat Texas in the NCAA tournament (0-3). The Longhorns lead the all-time series 7-6.
• Texas' pitching staff has 13 shutouts this season, including two in the past two games. The Longhorns have allowed two runs or fewer in eight of 10 NCAA tournament games. Vanderbilt was shut out for the first time since May 8.
• The Commodores are scoring a run per game more (3.67) than the other seven teams average (2.47).
• Texas is guaranteed to finish in the top four of the College World Series for the 26th time in school history.
• Vanderbilt's Tyler Ferguson hit two batters in the first inning vs. Texas on Friday, bringing the Dores' total to eight, the most since 2007 and fifth most overall.

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