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.
Vandy's Omaha Run Ends
VandyMania.com Top Stories
Three Keys Reviewed: Vandy-WKUThe Vanderbilt Commodores rallied to defeat Western Kentucky 31-30 in overtime on Saturday in Bowling Green. Prior to the game VandyMania.com established three keys for a…
VandyMania.comYesterday at 2:28 PM
Shakespearean Success in small-town KentuckyThe Old Bard, William Shakespeare, wrote, "The play's the thing." For the Vanderbilt football team on Saturday evening in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the plays were the thing. This…
VandyMania.comMonday at 1:17 PM
Auburn Legacy Sets Official Visit With VandyFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --- With a teammate that's verbally attached to the same school, 2017 pass catcher James Bostic has locked in an official visit date with a suitor out of the…
Scout FootballMonday at 7:26 AM
Vandy-WKU: The Good, Bad, UglyThe Vanderbilt Commodores (2-2) rallied to defeat Western Kentucky 31-30 in overtime on Saturday in Bowling Green, Ky. Here is a look at some of the Good, Bad, and Ugly from the…
VandyMania.comSunday at 12:01 PM