Onward in Omaha!

First there were eight and then there were just two. Yes, Vanderbilt University will be one of those two in the finals of the 2014 College World Series. The Commodores defeated Texas 4-3 tonight in 10 innings to earn that right.

Vanderbilt and Texas slugged it out for 10 innings before a player who many Vandy fans had never heard of before Friday came in and did his job. After Vanderbilt loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th Tyler Campbell's walk off infield hit scored the winning run to advance the 'Dores to the finals.

Vanderbilt jumped up early in the second inning when Bryan Reynolds scored on groundout fielder's choice by John Norwood. In the third inning Vandy added another run when Vince Conde scored on a throwing error. Conde also reached on an error.

Texas would not go down easily. The Longhorns plated two runs in the fourth to knot the score at two as VU starter Carson Fulmer started to lose his velocity and accuracy. However, Vandy would also battle back.

After Vandy pitcher Hayden Stone came in and got things under control in the top of the fifth, in the bottom of that inning the 'Dores re-took the lead at 3-2 after Rhett Wiseman's double scored Zander Wiel.

But Texas would score in the sixth to tie the score once a again. Later, a miraculous catch by Wiseman and some strong pitching by Stone got Vandy to a position to win the game in the bottom of the tenth.

Following a Weil grounded out and Norwood lined out, Wiseman singled to centerfield. Afer Wiseman narrowly stole second, Ro Coleman earned a walk. Karl Ellison was walked to load to bases that setup Campbell's memorable infield chopper.

Following the winning Vanderbilt run the Texas players watched in stunned silence as the Commodores stormed the field in jubilation.

Vandy's Stone finished with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed three hits and one earned run while walking just one.

Vanderbilt accumulated 11 hits during the game with Dansby Swanson, Bryan Reynolds, Vince Conde, John Norwood, and Rhett Wisesman all with two hits.

After the game a happy and thankful Tim Corbin spoke about the game.

"The story of the game for us was the turnaround in pitching," said Corbin. "Hayden Stone certainly picked up Carson Fulmer and I'm proud of the freshman battery, Hayden and and Karl Ellison."

A somber Texas head coach Augie Garrido was quick and to the point after the game.

"They got one more run than we did and they get to move on because of it," said Garrido.

Vanderbilt improved to 49-20 on the season and 5-3 all time in the College World Series. The Commodores will face Virginia on Monday for the first of a best of three game series.

Texas finishes its season with a 46-21 record.


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