Both the Vanderbilt Commodores and UC Irvine Anteaters came into Monday’s meeting with one another feeling very good about themselves, each winning their opening game of the College World Series on Saturday. However, one would be leaving with their backs to the wall and on the brink of elimination, and that ended up being UC Irvine as they were outlasted by Vanderbilt, 6-4.
This almost turned out badly for Vanderbilt, however.
The Commodores took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but this strong, offensive UC Irvine team fired back in the second inning with four runs of their own, and you began to think that they might run away with this one from that point on.
But, that would be all that UC Irvine would get from there, and that was due in large part to the tremendous relief efforts of Commodores reliever Walker Buehler who had himself a masterful outing in this one, now allowing a hit the rest of the way since he came into the game with one out in the fourth inning.
With Buehler dominating on the mound, Vanderbilt was able to get three runs in the fifth inning to regain the lead, and then one more in the seventh for some insurance to make sure they moved to 2-0 in the College World Series.