Pinero, Cavs win College World Series

Virginia Cavs SS Daniel Pinero (22) slides into second base against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Cavs edged Vandy 4-2 to win the College World Series in Omaha.

Virginia Cavs SS Daniel Pinero (22) slides into second base against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Cavs edged Vandy 4-2 to win the College World Series in Omaha.

Pinero, Virginia College World Series champions

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

Junior National Team alum Daniel Pinero (Toronto, ON) is a College World Series champion.

Pinero and his University of Virginia Cavaliers defeated the defending champions Vanderbilt University Commodores, 4-2 to win the best of three series 2-1 at TD Ameritrade Park before 17,689 fans.

In doing so, the Cavs prevented the Vandy, the school that defeated them in the 2014 final from winning back-to-back titles.

The former Ontario Blue Jays infielder bunted a runner over in the seventh which led to the Cavs final run. He also singled batting in the No. 2 spot. 

At Omaha, Pinero opened by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a double in the opener in a 5-3 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks before 24,228 fans, singled in a 1-0 win over the Florida Gators before 19,544, had a pair of hits in a 10-5 loss to Florida in front of 19,015 and was 2-for-3 in a 5-4 win against Florida before 15,560, winning the right to face Vandy with its three first round draft picks.

Pinero was hitless in Game 1 as Vandy won 5-1 in front of 21,652 and in Game 2, a 3-0 win before his hit in the championship game.

During his seven-game stay in Omaha, Pinero hit .375 (9-for-24). 

A key piece for the Cavaliers as a sophomore, Pinero started all but one game at shortstop for the in 2015 after starting in 68 games as a freshman last season. Hitting out of the No. 2 hole this season, he belted six home runs and drove in 29 runs to go along with nine stolen bases.

In 2011, Pinero joined the Junior National Team program and was part of the team that won a silver medal at the COPABE 18U Pan American Championship in Cartagena, Colombia. He hit .333 (7-for-21) in seven games and was named to the tournament’s all-star team. In 2012, he helped Canada win a silver medal at the IBAF 18U World Cup in Seoul, South Korea and hit .308 (4-for-13) with a double in seven games.

In 2013, the Houston Astros selected Pinero in the 20th round of the Major League Baseball Draft and earlier this month he was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 36th round of the draft.

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.