College Baseball: Virginia Deals Vanderbilt Loss, Moves to Championship Tonight
|Virginia celebrates after Tuesday night's win against Vanderbilt (photo /UVA/Mark Riley)|
Omaha, NE - The Virginia Cavaliers continued to reveal the third inning of the CWS Finals opening game as the anomaly it was on Tuesday night. UVA looked comfortably the better team as they beat Vanderbilt, 7-2, to advance to the deciding third game tonight at TD Ameritrade Park.
Were it not for largely self-induced struggles in Monday's third inning, the Cavaliers would already be college baseball's 2014 Division I champions. Since that inning they have yielded just two runs in 15 innings and as importantly have put up 13 of their own to even the series at one game apiece.
Virginia (53-15) starter Brian Waddell was much of the story as he pitched the first nine-innning complete game of his career when it mattered most. The sophomore lefthander from Houston allowed only one earned run and scattered five hits in moving his mark to 10-3 on the season. He outdueled Vanderbilt's ace Tyler Beede (8-8), who earlier this year went as the #14 overall pick in the MLB draft to the San Francisco Giants.
The Commodores (50-21) will face the Cavaliers tonight at 8 PM Eastern to decide the best of three series and the national champion.