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Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(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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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just three tickets to Omaha remain after both Vanderbilt and Texas Tech booked their trips to the College World Series on Sunday.
Vanderbilt, which had lost six of its last 11 games heading into the tournament, got some big moments out of a pair of rookies to win their Super Regional. Freshman Hayden Stone pitched six innings of three-hit ball as the Commodores defeated Stanford 12-5 on Sunday to clinch a World Series berth. Freshman All-American Bryan Reynolds went 8-for-12 in the three-game set with the Cardinal, helping Vandy reach just their second ever College World Series and first since 2011.
Vince Conde and John Norwood each drove in a pair as the Commodores scored six combined runs in the seventh and eight innings to pull away late.
Meanwhile, the Red Raiders used a completely different method to earn their spot in the final eight: pitching. Over the course of two games, Texas Tech allowed no runs to the College of Charleston, capping the series with a 1-0 win on Sunday. It is the first time in program history that the Red Raiders are going to Omaha.
Dylan Dusek pitched five-plus innings of shutout baseball, making it his fourth straight start without giving up a run. Three other pitchers combined to finish out the shutout while Adam Krisch doubled home the lone run in the fourth.
Texas, Louisville, and UC Irvine have all advanced to College World Series as well. Louisiana-Lafayette takes on Ole Miss, Maryland faces Virginia and Pepperdine battles Texas Christian University in a trio of do-or-die games to round out the final field on Monday night.
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Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — For the second straight night, the TCU Horned Frogs won an extra inning game in the NCAA Regionals. However, this one was twice as long as the previous contest. TCU knocked off Sam Houston State in 22 innings just one day after walking off against Siena in 11 innings on Friday.
A combined 594 pitches were thrown by 13 different pitchers in the game. It is just the second longest game in NCAA Baseball Tournament history behind Texas’ 3-2 win over Boston College in 25 innings back in 2009. It is also tied for the third-longest game overall in Division I history.
Boomer White played the hero once again for the Horned Frogs, driving in a run in the top of the 22nd inning to give TCU a 3-2 win. That came one game after hitting a walkoff RBI single in the 11th to defeat the Saints.
The Bearkats thought they had a walk-off win of their own in the 21st inning when Luke Plucheck’s slide broke up a double-play that scored a run. However, Plucheck was called for interference and the inning came to a close. That opened the door for TCU as Keaton Jones walked to begin the 22nd and eventually scored three batters later.
TCU (44-15) is the No. 7 seed in the national tournament and can win their fourth regional title in six years with another win. Sam Houston State (42-18) will take on Siena in an elimination game on Sunday, the winner will face the Horned Frogs later in the day.
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