Vandy's Omaha Run Ends

OMAHA, Neb. (VUAD)– Vanderbilt’s repeat bid came to an end in the final game of the season.

The Commodores suffered a 4-2 loss to Virginia on Wednesday night in the decisive third game of the College World Series championship series at TD Ameritrade Park. In a rematch of last year’s final, Virginia turned the tables and captured its first national championship. The Commodores (51-21) were aiming for their second straight national title.

Vanderbilt mustered just five hits off Cavalier pitchers Brandon Waddell and Nathan Kirby. The Commodores scored both runs in the first inning. But Waddell, who defeated Vanderbilt in game two of the CWS finals last year, settled down after that. He allowed just four hits in seven innings before handing the ball over to Kirby. He allowed just one hit — Penn Murfee’s two-out single in the ninth – and struck out five in two innings to get the save.

Vanderbilt went ahead 2-0 in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Dansby Swanson and a double by Zander Wiel. But Virginia freshman Pavin Smith knotted the game with a two-run home run in the fourth inning off starter Walker Buehler. Smith then knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single off John Kilichowski in the fifth. Virginia (44-24) tacked on an insurance run in the seventh off reliever Kyle Wright.

Vanderbilt suffered back-to-back losses for the first time since April 17-18 as its season came to an end after recording 50-plus victories for the fifth time in program history.

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