Buehler, Vandy march on in Omaha

OMAHA-- Facing a 4-2 deficit, things were suddenly looking bleak for Vanderbilt against UC-Irvine in the second inning. However, Walker Buehler and his hard hitting teammates stormed back to put Vanderbilt in the driver's seat for a possible National Championship Finals series. The 'Dores marched back to win 6-4 and will get some well deserved rest before playing again.

Vanderbilt took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning off after a Zander Wiel single that scored Dansby Swanson. Later in the inning Xavier Turner's sacrifice scored Bryan Reynolds.

In the second inning Vandy starter Tyler Beede began to have control problems, hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch and giving up three hit s and four runs that put Vandy behind 4-2.

Walker Buehler relieved Beede in the fourth and the Anteaters wouldn't score another run. Vanderbilt's offense got things rolling again in the fifth. Vince Conde's groundout sacrifice scored Dansby Swanson. Later, Wiel doubled to deep left to score Bryan Reynolds. John Norwood's sacrifice fly to right scored Wiel and put the Commodores back up 5-4. In the Vandy seventh Norwood's single scored Rhett Wiseman.

Buehler, who earned the win, finished the game with seven strikeouts and allowed no runs while walking just two.
"I think the game turned around when Walker Buehler came in. It was a momentum change. Pounded the strike zone from the minute he got in there until the game finished. Very impressive." - Tim Corbin

On the night Swanson finished with three hits including two doubles, a walk, and a stolen base. Swanson now has 27 doubles on the season. Reynolds, Wiel, and Wiseman all had two hits.

Vanderbilt (48-19) will now play on Friday (2 pm) against the winner of the UC-Irvine-Texas game that will be played on Wednesday. If Vanderbilt wins on Friday they will be in the 3-game College World Series Finals from 23-25 June against the winner of Bracket 2. If Vanderbilt loses on Friday they will play another game on Saturday and the winner of that game will go to the finals.


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