In the second game on Saturday of the 2014 College World Series, we’re treated to a match up of one of the more successful baseball programs in recent years, the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Louisville Cardinals.
The Cardinals came into the season ranked 20th in the nation and worked their way up to no. 13 by year’s end. Meanwhile, the Commodores were given a bit more credit before the 2014 season opened up, being ranked in the Top 10, although they finished further down from that at 20.
Still, both of these teams found their way to Omaha, and here’s a look at how each team was able to make it to this point, beginning with the Cardinals.
Louisville experienced just one losing weekend en route to the American Athletic Conference regular-season title, then went 5-0 in regionals and super regionals for the second straight year to reach the 50-win plateau for the second straight year.
The Commodores had a bit more difficult of a road through the regular season.
The Commodores went 16-2 in preconference play, then went 17-13 in an up-and-down SEC performance. During one stretch in March and April, they lost four series in five weeks, but the played better down the stretch and still wound up hosting a regional, which they won in three games. Stanford pushed Vandy to three games in super regionals, but the Commodores rode hot bats to 23 runs in their two wins in that series.
These two battling on Saturday should be one of the better games of the weekend, and here’s how you can watch it live as it unfolds.
Date: June 14
Start Time: 8 PM ET
Location: Omaha, NE
Stadium: TD Ameritrade Park
Live Stream: WatchESPN app
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