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Omaha, NE - Vanderbilt topped Virginia, 9-8, in the opening game of the 2014 College World Series Finals on Monday night.
The Commodores (50-20) scored in just one frame, the third, but had nine runners cross the plate in the inning to take a 9-2 advantage. Virginia (52-15) battled back with three runs in the bottom of the third, two in the fifth, and one in the eighth, but still fell short.
Vanderbilt's nine run inning came as a result of five walks, three hits, and a hit batsman. Third baseman Tyler Campbell doubled twice in the big inning and continued to excel since replacing starter Xavier Turner, who was declared ineligible after an NCAA rules violation. Campbell's second double came with the bases loaded.
"I'm just still happy I got the the opportunity and I've been able to come in and be a solid player for the team," said Campbell after the game.
The two will resume the series Tuesday night. The CWS finals are a best-of-three format and the Commodores can capture a national title with a win.