With two teams in this year’s College World Series Finals like the Virginia Cavaliers and Vanderbilt Commodores, we knew coming in that we could have a three-game series on our hands, and that is exactly what we are going to get as the Cavaliers avenged their Game 1 loss on Tuesday night with a 7-2 win over the Commodores in Game 2.
Now, it will be off to the deciding third game that will crown a new national champion in college baseball.
Unlike the close outing in Game 1, Virginia ran away with this victory in Game 2 at TD Ameritrade Park.
It appeared that Vanderbilt might be on their way to securing the national title as they captured the early lead at 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
Vanderbilt would enter the sixth inning with a 2-1 lead, but that’s when it all began to fall apart and the Cavaliers took over and never looked back from there.
The Hoos scored three runs in the top of the inning, added two more in the seventh and then one more, for insurance, in the top of the ninth.
Through the entire game, the Virginia offense notched double digits in hits again, finishing with 13.
For Virginia, Brandon Waddell put on a masterful pitching performance, going the distance on the mound with his team’s national title fate on the line. In the complete game of work, Waddell gave up just four hits, walked two and struck out five. There really wasn’t much more that could have been asked of this young man, who delivered in a huge way.
So, Wednesday night, the stage is now set to see who will obtain the 2014 Men’s Division I College Baseball title.