Omaha, NE, United States (4E Sports) – The Virginia Cavaliers scored three runs in a sixth-inning rally to top the Vanderbilt Commodores, 7-2 Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park to even the College World Series at 1-1.
Virginia starter Brandon Waddell allowed just one earned run off five hits in nine innings. He retired 12 in a row before he issued a walk with two outs in the ninth.
Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede allowed six runs on 10 hits and three walks.
Chris Harvey’s RBI groundout in the second sent John Norwood to the home plate for a 1-0 Vanderbilt lead.
A safety squeeze from Branden Cogswell allowed a run by Brandon Downes that made it 1-1 in the third.
Norwood had a double in the fourth that had Zander Wiel reaching base for a 2-1 lead.
Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy led off with back-to-back singles in the sixth to put men on the corners. Then a fielder’s choice pushed Papi across the plate to tie the game.
A steal and a single put men back on first and third, and La Prise recorded an RBI groundout to push Virginia in front.
Then Downes’ fly ball glanced off the glove of a diving John Norwood’s for a triple to make it 4-2.
In the seventh, Kenny Towns sent a two-out, bases-loaded liner into left field to plate two for a 6-2 Virginia lead.
Virginia added an insurance run in the top of the ninth to push their lead to five.
The teams will clash again Wednesday in a winner-take-all game for the national championship.