Vandy and Virginia to Meet in College World Series Final
(OMAHA, Neb.) -- They arrived in different fashions but Vanderbilt and Virginia reached the College World Series Finals on Saturday. Virginia defeated Ole Miss 4-1 in an elimination game while Vandy walked-off in 10 innings over Texas for their first trip to the finals.
The Cavaliers (52-14) are in the CWS for the third time in program history after a dominant pitching performance. Virginia allowed just two earned runs in 33 innings while limiting the Rebels to just six singles in the win. Robbie Coman drove in two runs with a hit in the fourth to give the Cavs a 2-1 lead before Branden Cogswell's squeeze bunt drove in another. An RBI double from Joe McCarthy added the unneeded insurance run as three pitchers combined for the win. Josh Sborz tossed five innings of the rain-suspended game while Nick Howard earned his 20th save.
Vanderbilt (49-20) encountered a bit more drama in their 4-3 win over the Longhorns. After taking a 2-0 lead after three innings, Kasey Clemens knotted things up for Texas with a two-run single in the fourth. Rhett Wiseman broke the tie with a single in the sixth before Zane Gurwitz's base hit in the home half of the inning. The score stayed that way through regulation play, forcing extra innings. Wiseman came up huge again in the top half of the tenth, robbing extra bases from C.J. Hinojosa, setting up the game-winner. With the bases loaded, Tyler Campbell hit a soft roller to short and beat the throw to first, sending the Commodores into their first ever finals.
While Vanderbilt will be looking for their first ever national championship in baseball, Virignia will be hoping to bring the Atlantic Coast Conference it's first title in Omaha since 1955. The three-game series begins on Monday at TD Ameritrade Ballpark.
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